AMD has been offering a lone Radeon HD 6000 series GPU since October, pitching the Radeon HD 6870 head on at the GeForce GTX 460 with a suggested retail price of $240. However, as impressive as the Radeon HD 6870 is at that price point, not to mention the very confusing naming scheme, AMD stressed this wasn't a 5870 replacement.
After a short delay, AMD brings us their new flagship GPU in the form of the Radeon HD 6970. Code-named Cayman XT, this new graphics processor is poised to take on the latest GeForce GTX 570 featuring a staggering 2640 million transistors, 23% more than that of the Radeon HD 5870.
Like the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 and GTX 570 graphics cards which are more refined versions of the GTX 480 and GTX 470 graphics cards, the Radeon HD 6970 is essentially a more refined version of the 5870. To find out exactly what this means, read on...
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