Monday, December 13, 2010

Graphics update: Radeon HD 6970 & 6950

I haven't been posting much lately, mostly because I've been busy, but also because there's a lot of nonsense floating around about the upcoming Radeons, which makes it quite difficult to sort out the truth from the FUD. That said, the following specs, gathered by Expreview, are almost certain.

Radeon HD 6970: specifications
Radeon HD 6950: specifications
These specifications may not appear all that impressive, but AMD has apparently improved the architecture's efficiency by quite a bit. Indeed, the HD 6970 seems to perform a solid 10% (if not more) above the GTX 570, which would make it almost as fast as the 580, according to performance numbers floating around.

The HD 6950 should therefore be roughly 5% below the GTX 570, perhaps equal or even slightly faster. In any case, it should be quite a close call. Exact power figures and prices have been rather elusive so far, but the cards will be released on December 15, so the wait is almost over.

It's going to be a merry Christmas indeed… :-)

Furthermore, I think that AMD and NVIDIA's renaming practices are dishonest and harmful to consumers, and that they need to stop.

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