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Report: AMD Radeon HD 6970 & 6950, single and in CrossFire X
by Damien Triolet
Published on January 24, 2011



After several weeks of delays, the Radeon HD 6900s are finally here and usher in Cayman, a development of the GPU used for the Radeon HD 5800s and designed to push the bar even higher in terms of performance. Will it give enough to challenge the GeForce GTX 500s?



Not really…
AMD announced the situation loud and clear when presenting the Radeon HD 6900s: the GeForce GTX 580 is out of reach.


This is bound to disappoint a good section of the public as many users were hoping to see AMD overtake NVIDIA with a higher performance GPU. AMD no doubt believed it was on course too but has had to revise its ambitions. The reason for this may well be that it has been more difficult than previously thought to get the most out of its new architecture, but also, of course, the release of the excellent GeForce GTX 500s must have upset the initial plans.

Thankfully, AMD has been very pragmatic in terms of its price positioning and has decided to attack NVIDIA again when it comes to price / peformance ratios: the Radeon HD 6970 has been priced at €330 against €350 for the GeForce GTX 570. The Radeon HD 6950, at €270, has no direct competition… except for the Radeon HD 5870, that is.


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