Roughly this time last month we were testing a variety of graphics cards in the new Call of Duty: Black Ops video game. I remember picking up a Radeon HD 4870 and thinking to myself "wow I've had this thing forever," and in a sense I have considering this series was launched over two years ago. The follow up to this card was the Radeon HD 5870, a solid successful product for AMD as it remained their flagship single-GPU card for roughly 15 months, and it is only being replaced today. 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 features 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... Read the complete review.