HD 6950 with Core i7-975 benchmarks at Ultra Quality quality settings

For the most part, the HD 6950 is still capable of playing modern games, but you would have to reduce settings to sustain those higher framerates. If keeping graphics quality settings closer to ultra or high is important, there are a few options for upgrades. It appears that the HD 6950 is a more capable mid-range card that can play AAA titles at 1080p with 60 frames per second. The price/performance ratio is excellent for HD 6950 against the competition in budget mid-range cards. It is worth noting that the HD 6950 is a very power hungry card and requires a decent power supply unit. With current 2048 MB RAM, the HD 6950 can have serious memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games. This combination between HD 6950 and Intel Core i7-975 @ 3.33GHz has less than 15% bottleneck in many games and can cause minor FPS loss. With current 2048 MB RAM, the HD 6950 can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

AMD Radeon HD 6950
Price $ 250 4/5 Very Good
Year 2010 1/5 Weak
Series HD 6950
Maximum Recorded Temperature 78C 3/5 Good
Max Fan Noise 49dB 3/5 Good
Recommended Power Supply 550W 2/5 Acceptable
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-975 @ 3.33GHz ($179.99)
CPU Impact on FPS + 0 FPS 5/5 Excellent
CPU Impact on FPS % 0%
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 59 FPS 4/5 Very Good
Average 1440p Performance 39 FPS 2/5 Acceptable
Average 4K Performance 0 FPS 1/5 Weak
Memory 2 GB 3/5 Good
Overall Combination Score 57/100 Good
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Game Performance at Ultra Quality settings

Resolution 1920x1080

Year Game Frames Per Second
52 FPS
32 FPS
67 FPS
125 FPS
67 FPS
66 FPS
40 FPS
39 FPS
66 FPS
35 FPS

Resolution 2560x1440

Year Game Frames Per Second
32 FPS
33 FPS
49 FPS
87 FPS
50 FPS
17 FPS
31 FPS
25 FPS
45 FPS
23 FPS

Resolution 3840x2160

Year Game Frames Per Second

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HD 6950 Specifications

Board Design

Length10.5 inches 267 mm
Outputs2x DVI1x HDMI2x mini-DisplayPort
Power Connectors2x 6-pin
Slot WidthDual-slot
TDP200 W

Clock Speeds

GPU Clock800 MHz
Memory Clock1250 MHz 5000 MHz effective

Graphics Card

Bus InterfacePCIe 2.0 x16
GenerationNorthern Islands (HD 6900)
Launch Price299 USD
Release DateDec 14th, 2010

Graphics Features

DirectX11.2 (11_0)
Shader Model5

Graphics Processor

ArchitectureTeraScale 3
Die Size389 mm²
GPU NameCayman
GPU VariantCayman PRO (215-0807019)
Process Size40 nm
Transistors2,640 million


Bandwidth160.0 GB/s
Memory Bus256 bit
Memory Size2048 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5

Render Config

Compute Units22
Shading Units1408

Theoretical Performance

FP32 (float) performance2,253 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance563.2 GFLOPS (1:4)
Pixel Rate25.60 GPixel/s
Texture Rate70.40 GTexel/s

Critics Reviews

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With the Radeon HD 6950 1 GB AMD introduces a new HD 6950 variant that is more cost effective than the 2 GB version. The price difference is about , just for 1 GB less memory, all other specs have remained the same.
The Test. For the launch of the Radeon HD 6900 series, AMD supplied us with a 6900-enabled version of the Catalyst 10.11 driver, version
AMD Radeon HD 6950 - Verdict In performance terms the Radeon HD 6950 is a rather impressive beast. Considering it's around £80 cheaper than the Radeon HD 6970, and you're only losing a couple of ...
HotHardware takes a detailed look at the new AMD Radeon HD 6970 and 6950 DirectX 11 graphics cards based on the Cayman 40nm GPU. - Page 6
AMD's 0 gaming video card, the Radeon HD 6950, is fairly powerful but may be a tough sell.
A few weeks ago AMD released the Radeon HD 6970 and Radeon HD 6950. Both cards are based on AMD's new Cayman core which is their first graphics processor to use a VLIW4 shader configuration. Just like on all other similar products, AMD's two Cayman variants, called Cayman Pro and Cayman XT, are based on the exact same GPU silicon.
AMD's Radeon HD 6970 & Radeon HD 6950: Paving The Future For AMD ... but even the cheaper 6950 holds parity. In the case of the 6900 series it also hits a special milestone at 2560, being the ...
AMD Radeon HD 6950 - Verdict The Radeon HD 6950 may lose out in the DirectX 10 benchmarks, but the card's performance at DirectX 11, especially at 2560x1600, is thoroughly impressive.