AMD Radeon HD 6970 benchmark numbers leaked?

By Jos · 82 replies
Oct 27, 2010
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  1. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    I'd bank on the final performance numbers being higher. As dividedbyzero noted, they may be lowballing some of the specs, to lull the competition into a false sense of security (and giving them a misleadingly low performance target to try to best). But, it's also quite possible that it's just the base numbers running off current drivers, with no optimization for the new cards in place yet. Judging by AMD's previous recent launches, there is usually a performance jump right as the product is launching, when they have shiny new drivers that can really get those graphics hamsters in there running on their wheels.
  2. UT66

    UT66 TS Rookie Posts: 143

    23,499 on 3DMark Vantage and 36.6fps Unigine Heaven ?! .... WOW Great... numbers! Right there two of my favorite games ever! I must have spent about hundred of hours playing them... o wait a minute i was thinking about price of Persia... the first one. good times.
  3. RebelFlag

    RebelFlag TS Addict Posts: 147   +78

    These early leaks are also famous for using tweaked custom drivers, especially ATI.
  4. Honestly, if I want a Dual-Gpu card, I hope the ones about the dual Zotac GTX 460 is true and runs like SLI 460s. If it's under $400, then there is no point in buying a GTX 480 or a 6870.
  5. oasis789

    oasis789 TS Rookie Posts: 51

    really? i was under the impression they were made in taiwan
  6. sMILEY4ever

    sMILEY4ever TS Booster Posts: 158

    6970 is the next gen 5870.
    Get it?
  7. oasis789

    oasis789 TS Rookie Posts: 51

    that is very confusing nomenclature. then again, nvidia is weird too. gt, gts, gtx and a whole alphabet soup...
  8. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 669

    AMD has had the performance crown since the introduction of the 4870 x2 in 2008. The 480 was a strong push by nVidia to change that, but most benchmarks put the 5970 as the top card today. If this is reliable news, which I suspect it isn't, then its just more beat down delivered by AMD with a 2 year advantage.

    Personally, I'm disappointed in nVidia's offerings and hope the soon return with a stronger more power efficient offering.
  9. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    Stunning! What usually happens is that performance improves after the video card drivers mature. So to have these kind of raw numbers before the drivers have matured, these cards look amazing!

    Assuming that this is all real of course.
  10. bioflex

    bioflex TS Enthusiast Posts: 72

    now this is awesome if its indeed true, but what about the supposed gtx 580?....i am sure nvidia is preparing something serious.......only time would tell.
  11. Zoner1501

    Zoner1501 TS Enthusiast Posts: 54   +17

    The 6970 is a single GPU, Its the 6990 that will be Dual-Core.
  12. mpribe

    mpribe TS Enthusiast Posts: 31

    very excited by this arms race. Much better than the days when nVidia basically had the market cornered.
  13. ElDaFree

    ElDaFree TS Rookie

    I really hope that whenever a new lineup of graphics cards is being launched nowadays that 3rd party manufacturers are allowed to ship the PCB's with their own custom cooling solutions right off the bat. I am very willing to pay a small premium for a Twin Frozr fan setup from MSI or any other equivalent cooling. These high end cards tend to run a little too hot for my taste with their default solutions. That being said, I am super excited for this launch, and I am eager to see how Nvidia will react with their pricing strategies and their upcoming GTX5XX.
  14. frodough

    frodough TS Rookie Posts: 90

    i have only recently gotten a 5000 series card and 6000 is arleady around the corner? whoa, may be in a couple years we will have a new series of cards each quarter !
  15. better they launch when they double the performance. that is the right way.
  16. TeamworkGuy2

    TeamworkGuy2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 191

    The GPU market is moving so fast. Felt like the Radeon 5xxx series was just released.
    Although I realize that this is just an update on that series, not a major architecture change.
    Then the Geforce 4xx series... I am getting dizzy with all the benchmarks.
    Plus, I can not decide when to buy a GPU, because everything is going so fast, just a month ago, my budget could only fit a Radeon 5750 ($140), now I can fit a factory overclocked GTS 450 ($140) or a Radeon 5770, which are both improvements over the 5750.
    If I wait a little longer I should be able to get a GTX 460 768 Mb for ~$150. Whoa!!!
  17. ional10

    ional10 TS Rookie

    There's nothing like healthy competition! the 6970 looks to be a very good card indeed, though naturally we should wait for an official techspot review! As long as the radeon's provide low power consumption and maximum efficiency, gamers should rejoice! hopefully it won't break the bank as well!!
  18. kevin1212

    kevin1212 TS Rookie Posts: 45

    There is nothing impressive if these cards use up a considerable amount of power to deliver these numbers. I'm a bit confused by AMD's strategy here actually. I wouldn't consider this 6000 series to be a next generation, i usually measure that by an improvement in efficiency, and there is none here. Now we have a 6850, 6870, 6950, 6970 and 6990, in addition to the rebranding of the 5750 and 5770, not to mention the 5850 and 5870 are still available... quite a lot of choices, I really don't see the reason for this, perhaps have more price points would appeal to more people, but its a really different approach by AMD.

    They're just replaceing what they currently have with some slight improvements/changes (at better prices at least) and then adding another line which they will now call high end, but will use more power to deliver, so whats really so special, was there even a need?
  19. i'm on a 4890 and the 6970 does interest me alot.

    However, if this card comes out in November does that mean we are expecting to the 7xxxx series in Summer of 2011.

    If so it might make more sense to just go with a 6870 for now and if the 7xxxx brings in a huge performance increase sell that an upgrade.

    Hmm what to do what do to..

    Will play the waiting game for now and take alook again around xmas once better drivers will be out for the refresh cards.

    exciting times indeed with phenom II sucking the tail pipe of the i7 this is the best thing AMD has going at the moment.
  20. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    IMO unless the 6970 was over 30% faster than the 5870 its not worth upgrading till the 7000 series is out. i say if you have anything under the 5830 get a 6870 and wait till the 7000 series is released.
  21. Regenweald

    Regenweald TS Rookie Posts: 143

    I'm glad I don't have money to upgrade now, the 6970 would have been near impossible to resist. Will save for the nexus of orochi + the 7000 series, 4Q next year :) exciting times!
  22. Eddo22

    Eddo22 TS Booster Posts: 166   +8

    Why would you want one when you can get the superior 6850 for $20 more? The Geforce 460 is old news now, unless your a die hard nvidia fan on a budget.

    You left out Antilles. The dual GPU Monster. Will it be a combo of a pair of 6950s or even better a pair of 6970s. :D
  23. TeamworkGuy2

    TeamworkGuy2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 191

    I am on a budget, although I do not mind which brand I buy.

    "$20 more?" is the 6850 really that low..?
    I just checked and 6850s are $180... :(

    Oh, you were talking about the GTX 460, 768 Mb being $20 less than the 6850. I thought you were talking about the GTS 450.
  24. ruzveh

    ruzveh Banned Posts: 123

    hey it would be very interesting to see the temperature, noise & power consumption numbers of these cards vs 480 one. I may not be a buyer of these but always take a good look those numbers as an advisor.
  25. The site referenced lists the 3DMark score 24,499. (you have it as 23,499).

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