AMD cuts down Radeon prices, intros 1GB HD 6950

By Jos · 6 replies
Jan 25, 2011
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  1. Last week we told you about how AMD was looking to put some pressure in the sub-$300 segment with new cutback Radeon HD 6900 cards as Nvidia readies the launch of its GTX 560 Ti – which is due today, so check back for our review! Well, now the company has made it official announcing a new 1GB variant of the Radeon HD 6950 priced at $259. This is basically a normal HD 6950 with half the memory and as a result the price and memory performance is lower.

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  2. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    AMD should have launched the 6900 series with 1 GB buffers and then introduced the 2 GB models later. With these current price adjustments, they risk confusing prospective buyers of both the 6800 and 6900 series cards and could end up cannibalizing sales of the 6800 cards in favor of the 6900 cards just to stay competitive with Nvidia at the US$ 250 price point.
  3. edison5do

    edison5do TS Rookie Posts: 231

    With the 560 Ti at $250, the HD 6870 provide almost the same performance (with the exceptions of some games) ande now the 1Gb 6950 at $269, with a lot more performance looks like a better Idea, just $20 buck more... Nice Price game here --- and the customes Stay HAPPY!! like me :)
  4. CamaroMullet

    CamaroMullet TS Rookie Posts: 93

    Here's a link to the 6950 and the 560 going head to head. Review

    They lined up pretty close, with ATI having a slight edge in performance, better power consumption and connection options. But 20 bucks more, with no physx. Pretty interesting.
  5. DokkRokken

    DokkRokken TS Rookie Posts: 267

    AMD probably justifies the price with Eyefinity, which I'd say is fair.
  6. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    Even found one for $199 after MIR, which is a great for the performance it offers.
  7. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    AMD couldn't do that. With the GTX 570 and 580 already in the marketplace and selling, AMD risked getting stomped in the Christmas sale season.
    A 1Gb AMD card wouldn't fare too differently from the 2Gb part in single monitor testing, but multi-monitor (Eyefinity) and enthusiast levels of game image quality (8x antialiasing for example) testing would definitely put the 1Gb cards at a disadvantage as the low capacity cards ran out of memory frame-buffer, and an increasing number of tech sites now include extreme resolution and/or IQ in their test regime.

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