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

Multi-Card Scaling In DiRT 2

Nvidia holds on to a lead throughout DiRT 2 testing with its GeForce GTX 570s in SLI, besting the pricier Radeon HD 6970s across the board.

As with all of the tests so far (except Metro), you get playable performance even with two Radeon HD 6870s, though. It’s worth reiterating that it’s probably not necessary to run a pair of graphics cards with this much performance unless you’re spanning a trio of displays in Eyefinity or Surround.

Nvidia might rule the benchmark results in DiRT 2, but the fact that AMD’s cards serve up superior scaling means the GeForce GTX 570’s lead diminishes as you switch from one card to two.

  • 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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