HD 6970 with Core i7-975 benchmarks at Ultra Quality quality settings

For the most part, the HD 6970 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 is worth noting that the HD 6970 is a very power hungry card and requires a decent power supply unit. With current 2048 MB RAM, the HD 6970 can have serious memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games. This combination between HD 6970 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 6970 can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games. View Current Price List

AMD Radeon HD 6970
Price $ 369 4/5 Very Good
Year 2010 1/5 Weak
Series HD 6970
Maximum Recorded Temperature 84C 2/5 Acceptable
Max Fan Noise 54dB 2/5 Acceptable
Recommended Power Supply 600W 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 53 FPS 3/5 Good
Average 1440p Performance 36 FPS 2/5 Acceptable
Average 4K Performance 0 FPS 1/5 Weak
Memory 2 GB 3/5 Good
Overall Combination Score 54/100 Good
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Game Performance at Ultra Quality settings

Resolution 1920x1080

Year Game Frames Per Second
2014 Thief
32 FPS
2013 Battlefield 4
28 FPS
2013 Bioshock Infinite
43 FPS
2013 Company of Heroes 2
26 FPS
2013 Crysis 3
38 FPS
2013 GRID 2
51 FPS
2013 Metro: Last Light
27 FPS
2013 Total War: Rome 2
33 FPS
2011 Batman: Arkham City
67 FPS
2011 Battlefield 3
36 FPS
2011 DiRT 3
72 FPS
2011 Portal 2
141 FPS
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
83 FPS
2011 Total War: Shogun 2
75 FPS
2010 Civilization V
45 FPS
2010 Metro: 2033
44 FPS
2010 Starcraft II
68 FPS
2008 Crysis: Warhead
39 FPS

Resolution 2560x1440

Year Game Frames Per Second
2014 Thief
21 FPS
2013 Battlefield 4
18 FPS
2013 Bioshock Infinite
27 FPS
2013 Company of Heroes 2
18 FPS
2013 Crysis 3
25 FPS
2013 GRID 2
38 FPS
2013 Metro: Last Light
23 FPS
2013 Total War: Rome 2
21 FPS
2011 Batman: Arkham City
42 FPS
2011 Battlefield 3
38 FPS
2011 DiRT 3
54 FPS
2011 Portal 2
98 FPS
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
63 FPS
2011 Total War: Shogun 2
19 FPS
2010 Civilization V
35 FPS
2010 Metro: 2033
28 FPS
2010 Starcraft II
50 FPS
2008 Crysis: Warhead
25 FPS

Resolution 3840x2160

Year Game Frames Per Second

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HD 6970 Specifications

Board Design

Length10.5 inches 267 mm
Outputs2x DVI1x HDMI2x mini-DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Slot WidthDual-slot
TDP250 W

Clock Speeds

GPU Clock880 MHz
Memory Clock1375 MHz 5500 MHz effective

Graphics Card

Bus InterfacePCIe 2.0 x16
GenerationNorthern Islands (HD 6900)
Launch Price369 USD
ProductionEnd-of-life
Release DateDec 14th, 2010

Graphics Features

DirectX11.2 (11_0)
OpenCL1.2
OpenGL4.4
Shader Model5
VulkanN/A

Graphics Processor

ArchitectureTeraScale 3
Die Size389 mm²
GPU NameCayman
GPU VariantCayman XT (215-0807007)
Process Size40 nm
Transistors2,640 million

Memory

Bandwidth176.0 GB/s
Memory Bus256 bit
Memory Size2048 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5

Render Config

Compute Units24
ROPs32
Shading Units1536
TMUs96

Theoretical Performance

FP32 (float) performance2,703 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance675.8 GFLOPS (1:4)
Pixel Rate28.16 GPixel/s
Texture Rate84.48 GTexel/s

Critics Reviews

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 8.79.6.2RC2.
In the middle of December, at the beginning of the annual holiday shopping spree, AMD released their latest and greatest graphics cards, the Radeon HD 6970 and 6950.
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AMD's Radeon HD 6970 & Radeon HD 6950: Paving The Future For AMD ... not only does the 6970 start things off with a slight lead over NVIDIA’s GTX 570, but even the cheaper 6950 holds parity ...
The Radeon HD 6970 has 1536 ALUs versus 1600 in the Radeon HD 5870, and the 6950 has “only” 1408 ALUs. Well, the answer to that question lies in AMD's new "VLIW4" architecture, which we’ll ...
The Radeon HD 6970 measures 27cm long (10.6 in), the typical length for today’s high-end graphics cards. For example, the old Radeon HD 4870 X2 graphics card measured 28cm long, as did the more ...
After a short delay, AMD brings us the new Radeon HD 6970. Code-named Cayman XT this new graphics processor features 2640 million transistors, 23% more than that of the 5870.
The AMD Radeon HD 6970 is a first-class, single-GPU gaming video card that costs only 9.
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.