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

Benchmark Results: 3DMark Vantage (DX10)

3DMark Vantage gives us an interesting look at synthetic performance. These results reflect AMD’s projected interpretation of the current graphics card market almost exactly. That is to say the Radeon HD 6970 competes with the GeForce GTX 480/570, and the Radeon HD 6950 doesn’t have an exact match in the company’s portfolio.

What you’ll find, though, is that the 6950 has a bit of a sibling rivalry going here. AMD’s Radeon HD 5870 remains a very capable piece of graphics hardware priced attractively under $300 (as low as $260 with rebates). In order for the 6950 to be set apart, AMD needs to price it competitively.

  • 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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