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Radeon HD 6970 And 6950 Review: Is Cayman A Gator Or A Crock?

Multi-Card Scaling In AvP

Aliens Vs. Predator isn’t as demanding as Metro 2033, and at 2560x1600, it doesn’t use as much frame buffer, so the Radeon HD 6870s are able to handle it more gracefully.

With that said, the Radeon HD 6950s and GeForce GTX 570s are roughly on par here, with the Radeon HD 6970s demonstrating a reasonable lead. The 6870s trail behind, not surprisingly, but still deliver what we’d consider to be playable average frame rates at 2560x1600.

AMD’s boards reaffirm the company’s claims of improved CrossFire performance, serving up an almost perfect doubling of frame rate at 2560x1600. Nvidia gives us the solid SLI scaling we’ve come to expect, but it’s the Radeon HD 6950 and 6970 that show off the best numbers.

The Radeon HD 6870 doesn’t do poorly here, but it clearly doesn’t have the driver optimizations tied in to the 6900-series cards.

  • terror112
    WOW not impressed.
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  • Annisman
    Thanks for the review Angelini, these new naming schemes are hurting my head, sometimes the only way to tell (at a quick glance) which AMD card matches up to what Nvidia card, is by comparing the prices, which I think is bad for the average consumer.
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  • rohitbaran
    These cards are to GTX 500 series what 4000 series was to GTX 200. Not the fastest at their time but offer killer performance and feature set for the price. I too expected 6900 to be close to GTX 580, but it didn't turn out that way. Still, it is the card I have waited for to upgrade. Right in my budget.
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  • tacoslave
    imagine when this hits 32nm?
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  • notty22
    AMD's top card is about a draw with the gtx 570.
    Pricing is in line.
    Gives AMD only hold outs buying options, Nvidia already offered
    Merry Christmas
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  • microterf
    Why drop the 580 when it comes to the multi-gpu scaling??
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  • IzzyCraft
    Sorry all i read was this
    "This helps catch AMD up to Nvidia. However, Intel has something waiting in the wings that’ll take both graphics companies by surprise. In a couple of weeks, we'll be able to tell you more." and now i'm fixated to weather or not intel's gpu's can actually commit to proper playback.
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  • andrewcutter
    but from what i read at hardocp, though it is priced alongside the 570, 6970 was benched against the 580 and they were trading blows... So toms has it at par with 570 but hard has it on par with 580.. now im confused because if it can give 580 perfomance or almost 580 performance at 570 price and power then this one is a winner. Sim a 6950 was trading blows with 570 there. So i am very confused
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  • sgt bombulous
    This is hilarious... How long ago was it that there were ATI fanboys blabbering "The 6970 is gonna be 80% faster than the GTX 580!!!". And then reality hit...
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  • manitoublack
    I'd have to say wait until the christmas new years dust settles
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