TechSpot: AMD Radeon HD 6950 Review

After much anticipation AMD launched their Radeon HD 6900 series earlier this month. Many hoped that the new HD 6970 would go head to head with the GeForce GTX 580, possibly forcing Nvidia to make price cuts. However with a retail price that was undercutting the competition's flagship board, the slower HD 6970 was destined to take on the GTX 570 instead.

If you are looking for something a bit more affordable, between the GeForce GTX 470 at $250 and the GeForce GTX 570 at $350 there is a $100 price gap with no real contenders -- at least until AMD launched their new $299 Radeon HD 6950 graphics card.

At this price point, the Radeon HD 6950 has no direct competition, but in this review we'll be keeping a close eye on how it compares to the GTX 470 and 570 and whether it makes more sense to scale down or up to get better value.

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My goodness these things are getting huge. I have an nv 8600 and since I don't play new games, it suits me well. I guess in five years you will need a separate case for these things huh. Why don't they try to get these monsters under control, is it really that difficult?.

GTX 580 may have it in performance (just by a smidge) but that can't make up/compensate for the price difference or the power consumption and therein heat. I do love when AMD takes it to nVidia though, gets nVidia working on Graphics cards and not peddling their other junk.

Aanuun said,
GTX 580 may have it in performance (just by a smidge) but that can't make up/compensate for the price difference or the power consumption and therein heat. I do love when AMD takes it to nVidia though, gets nVidia working on Graphics cards and not peddling their other junk.

6970 is hotter than the 580

Are cards so fast today that you don't really need to upgrade from what you got? (i got 5870v2)

If I played games in the near future, would I really see any performance lags from this card vs 6950?

Izlude said,
Are cards so fast today that you don't really need to upgrade from what you got? (i got 5870v2)

If I played games in the near future, would I really see any performance lags from this card vs 6950?

The 5870 will serve you for years to come. Especially if you have a 5870x2 (which is faster than the 5900's due to dual GPU)

Recon415 said,

The 5870 will serve you for years to come. Especially if you have a 5870x2 (which is faster than the 5900's due to dual GPU)


wtf are you even talking about. 5970 is a dual gpu card. and performs bascially the same as 2 5870s in cf.

I'll wait till 5th January cause Intel will announce SandyBridge and I'll build a PC ( Only Tower ) with 1000 euro, budget.

My problem is like I've complex and can't even think to buy ATI or AMD... It's like I'm going automatically to buy Intel & nVidia. Don't know why...

So, this card is in the same class with 470 GTX? Because the card for my personal needs will be the 460-class. Should I look to compare with 6870? Also I'd like to know when they will release 560 GTX.

Your logic bypasses my skill in comprehension.

Intel and Nvidia have no real connections, and nothing that makes the combo, "better". Of course, buying an AMD proc and ATi card comes with a few perks, but that does not mean that the card is alot worse or unsupported without AMD processors. I've been running Intel/ATi for years, no problems.

I'm looking forward until someone else benchmarks this with the recent BIOS hack that turn this card into a HD6970. Techpowerup claims it matches the performance of the HD6970 once the clock is increased from 800MHz to 880MHz.

Gungel said,
I'm looking forward until someone else benchmarks this with the recent BIOS hack that turn this card into a HD6970. Techpowerup claims it matches the performance of the HD6970 once the clock is increased from 800MHz to 880MHz.

It performs just as well with the bios hack. Works quite well too, worked with my XFX.

A.S.W said,
Did this article come out anywhere else before? I remember I read this several hours ago...

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RealFduch said,

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I'm very positive that it's not the TechSpot page...
My memory told me it was a Neowin page when I first viewed this, anybody here saw it before this page?