AMD’s Radeon HD 6970M
We’re glad to see that even AMD is referring to its new mobile modules by the shorter “Radeon HD 6970M” moniker, as the original “Mobility Radeon HD 6970” naming scheme was terribly wordy. We’re even willing to overlook any similarities to the naming practices of its competitor, for the sake of brevity.
Speaking of similarities, Eurocom thought that Nvidia’s GTX 470M SLI would so closely-match the performance levels of AMD’s Radeon HD 6970M in CrossFire that it included a pair of each for today’s tests. If the performance is indeed similar, AMD will take the performance-value win with a colossal $219 price advantage.
A surprisingly-small die comes not from a shrink in die process, but the use of a less complex GPU. A closer look at the Radeon HD 6970M’s specs indicates that its “Blackcomb XT” is nothing more than an underclocked Radeon HD 6850 desktop part, indicating that it's based on the older VLIW5 architecture, and not the company's newer VLIW4 arrangement.
|Desktop vs Mobility Radeon Graphics|
|Row 0 - Cell 0||Desktop Radeon HD 6970||Desktop Radeon HD 6850||Radeon HD 6970M|
|Transistors||2.64 billion||1.7 billion||1.7 billion|
|Engine Clock||880 MHz||775 MHz||680 MHz|
|Compute Performance||2.7 TFLOPS||1.49 TFLOPS||1.3 TFLOPS|
|Memory Bandwidth||176 GB/s||128 GB/s||115.2 GB/s|
|TDP||250 W||127 W||100 W|
AMD isn’t the only one still playing the horrid name game with its notebook parts, as Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 470M appears to be nothing more than an underclocked GeForce GTX 460 SE, priced around 3x higher, without the fancy heat sinks and brackets that a desktop card must include.
|Desktop vs Mobile GeForce Graphics|
|Row 0 - Cell 0||Desktop GeForce GTX 470||Desktop GeForce GTX 460 SE||GeForce GTX 470M|
|Transistors||3 billion||1.95 billion||1.95 billion|
|Engine Clock||607 MHz||650 MHz||535 MHz|
|Compute Performance||1.09 TFLOPS||855 GFLOPS||634 GFLOPS|
|Memory Bandwidth||133.9 GB/s||108.8 GB/s||72 GB/s|
|TDP||215 W||150 W||50 W (GPU Only)|
Note that AMD lists TDP for a complete card, while Nvidia lists it for the GPU alone. We expect actual power consumption to be somewhat similar from the complete modules.
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5292$... Are you kidding me!!Reply
dogman_1234Yikes!What, you don't have a $180,000 car sitting in front of your $5m mansion?Reply
This is even more absurd than the other recent power gaming notebook that was tested. You could save almost $500 by using Sandy Bridge instead of the old i7s, for the same performance. Even Falcon Mach V's usually don't get this expensive. This is absolutely ridiculousReply
fstrthnuThis is even more absurd than the other recent power gaming notebook that was tested. You could save almost $500 by using Sandy Bridge instead of the old i7s, for the same performance. Even Falcon Mach V's usually don't get this expensive. This is absolutely ridiculousNo you couldn't. Because as of CES when these cards launched, nobody produced a dual-graphics module chassis for the Sandy Bridge.Reply
There are the battery life graphs that I love! Thanks for adding those to the laptop review! My first laptop was a P4 Northwood that barely got 90 minutes of battery life. This one is insane!Reply
Insane and impossible to get and pay in Mëxico :( ....Reply
First of all,great review ! I was desperately waiting for 6970M review from Tom's.Reply
The overall performance is quite good especially in single mode which it's faster than both GTX 470M/480M.I think if AMD pays more attention to mobile drivers, then 2 of this cards should perform better.
About the price,well not everyone configures the laptop with i7 980x.Websites usually test the high-end specs in order to reduce the bottleneck and let the laptop run at its full potential.
I've read that Sager will soon release a model with mobile Sandy bridge CPUs along with 1 6970M and it won't be very expensive I think.
CrashmanWhat, you don't have a $180,000 car sitting in front of your $5m mansion?Reply
Duh of course, we all do but i mean 32 bedrooms IS kinda small. On a serious note, wtf 5k seriously? I could build a desktop and hook it up to a small generator for 1.5k and get at least 4 hours of power than pay 5k for 20min Fuk that $hit.
Who is buying this? I bet it weights 50 lbs. Nice battery life of 22 minutes.Reply