AMD Radeon HD 6970
Released December, 2010
The Pros:Powerful enough to run any game with DirectX 11. Installation is relatively simple and free of surprises. Generates very little heat when run at default settings.
The Cons:Need to ensure that your power supply has at least 600 watts. Takes up a lot of space in a case, need to make sure there's room. Need a 6 pin connector from the power supply.
The Radeon HD 6970 is the new top-end desktop graphics card from AMD, released alongside the HD 6950 in December 2010. The GPUs are successors to AMD's former top-of-the-line DirectX 11 models, the HD 5850 and 5870.
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The HD 6970 offers 1536 stream processors and an 880MHz core clock speed, an upgrade over both the 850MHz HD 5870 and the 800MHz HD 6950, which, significantly, is about $70 cheaper. Both new GPUs utilize 2GB of GDDR5 RAM and enable overclocking via Dual-BIOS switch. They also support up to six simultaneous displays with Eyefinity technology, and include the EyeSpeed suite of "visual acceleration" features, encompassing advanced parallel processing, playback acceleration, and video quality enhancement.
- 2GB GDDR5 RAM
- 1536 stream processors
- 880MHz core clock speed
- 1375MHz memory clock speed
- Advanced anti-aliasing
- Eyefinity multi-display technology (max. 6)
- EyeSpeed technologies
- accelerated parallel processing
- UVD 3 dedicated video playback accelerator
- Enhanced Video Quality features
- Dual-stream HD playback support
- 3D support
- CrossFireX multi-GPU technology
- PowerPlay power management
- Dual-BIOS switch
- DirectX 11
- OpenGL 4.1
- PCI Express 2.1
User Reviews (2)
powerful enough to run any game with DirectX 11
installation is relatively simple and free of surprises
generates very little heat when run at default settings
can handle higher game settings without much of a sacrifice in framerate
need to ensure that your power supply has at least 600 watts
takes up a lot of space in a case, need to make sure there's room
need a 6 pin connector from the power supply
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