AMD HD6970 update and performance indicators.

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Kitguru frequently receives inside information on upcoming products and often we publish the news just as we get it - sure we aren’t always popular with some company executives for doing it, but we can live with that.

Last night we were given a very detailed listing from a reputable source relating directly to performance levels for upcoming AMD graphics card products, not yet in the public domain. These performance figures were incredible and our news team decided to post a quick news article until I had time to analyse the figures myself later.

I spoke directly with some very close sources to AMD to get confirmation on the performance figures we received. As there is already much confusion relating to the HD6970 part we felt it was important to update everyone as to what we have heard a short while ago. Although I can vouch for this source as 100% accurate, I cannot reveal their identity.

Just to clarify for our readers: The HD6970  is not aimed at the GTX580 price point and therefore will not perform to the same levels. We are fairly certain that it will be a stunning value for money solution however.

The figures we received which formed the basis of the earlier newspost were for another card in the upcoming AMD range and as such needed clarification. We cannot detail further information at this time as we are under NDA with AMD and will not break these terms. You can rest assured however that the upcoming cards from AMD are going to be absolutely stunning. Nuff’ said.

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  • Tri Color

    Good info zardon, thanks. looking forward to the release, whenever that might be. here is hoping for a HD6970 price point of £300 inc vat !

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  • Samuel

    If it is £300, ill jump on it like a whore on a monk.

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  • Tech head

    300 would suit me too if that was the case. 400 is just silly.

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  • Tim

    6990 it is then . Spill the beans

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  • Moneky Boy

    Wait……First it’s fast……Now it’s slow? And what’s this card you’re talking about? The 6990? How could someone mistake that for a 6970? You sure you aren’t referencing to the 6950? Heck, AMD, supposedly, hasn’t even released the official BIOS yet.

    This is getting rather confusing, and I wish someone would provide some semi-accurate benchmarks.

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  • Tim

    Eh? Who said it was slow? Says it’s not going to beat a card which could be 100 more, but clearly something else in their lineup will nail it, which we all assume will be the 6990, making the differences between it and 5970 higher.

    I would assume leaked info doesn’t always come with a reviewers board and guide either ;)

    No one has supplied benchmarks semi accurate or otherwise. But there is a lot of fud on sites like fudzilla lately so it’s good to get confirmation from here and strong sources

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  • anthony256

    From what I read, the 6970 will beat the 580 and be cheaper.

    This quote:

    “The HD6970 is not aimed at the GTX580 price point and therefore will not perform to the same levels.”

    The 6870 is <$300, so I'm guessing the 6950 might $399 and the 6970 will be $499 – easily cheaper than the GTX580. Then, it's not competing on price point (cheaper) nor performance for that price point (faster).

    :)

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  • Reynaldo

    Makes me wonder if 2 dual chip cards are coming, one based on Barts and one based on Cayman, as well as Cayman itself single. Interesting….

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  • http://Edison.com Edison

    AMD had send some 6970 board to AIB with a BIOS that only enabled 1536 SP, so you can not judge its real performance at this time from the AIB.

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  • SiliconDoc

    It’s this kind of stuff that STARTS fanboy wars.

    ” From what I read, the 6970 will beat the 580 and be cheaper.
    This quote:
    “The HD6970 is not aimed at the GTX580 price point and therefore will not perform to the same levels.”
    The 6870 is <$300, so I'm guessing the 6950 might $399 and the 6970 will be $499 – easily cheaper than the GTX580. Then, it's not competing on price point (cheaper) nor performance for that price point (faster)
    :)
    "

    "Not perform to the same levels" clearly means not up to the same levels.

    The AMD GPU CHART clealry shows the 6970 BELOW the 5970 – just as it was with the Barts and the 5850 and 5870.

    Don't expect the fanboys to face reality, and expect many charlie like lies up to the very day of the late release, and plenty of hollering about Fudzilla who got the news correct, as usual – even though the raging red ati fanboys invading those forums clearly cannot stand the truth anymore than the rest of them out on the web.

    Their basis for their raging fury is a cooked up mentally unstable hatred of "NVidia the corporation that is evil", and they take it out on all of us with their hate filled dementia.

    Try to ignore the worst of them, if you can.

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  • Relayer

    @ SiliconDoc

    Unless you think Anthony is Charlie incognito why would you go OT just to spew some hate?

    I didn’t read what Anthony did either in the release. It looks like the 6970 is going to be slower than the 580, from what I take from it. I’m not gonna spew crap because of it though. What’s your problem? Charlie turn you down for a date, or something?

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  • SiliconDoc

    Like I said you hypocritical piece of insulting palmfacing yourself.

    ” It’s this kind of stuff that STARTS fanboy wars.”

    Now of course, you’ve made sure it is. You’re a genius, aren’t you. NOT !
    LOL

    Wow, futzy boy wouldn’t take the time to say anything, but he sure would take the time retaliate on anyone who does say anything.
    DUH. DUHHH DUMB.

    People amaze me, how their righteous indignation is LAUGHABLE.

    Look the kiddie screwed up and so did you. Lots of you people around, very few like me who make the corrections.
    You’re lucky I’m here.

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  • morgoth

    @SiliconDoc

    Hey Fanboy why so angry? No need :)

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  • Faith

    Two things we can all agree on:
    1) Two GPUs will almost always beat 1 GPU
    2) nVidia cards will get faster through Xmas/New Year as most TWIMTBP DX11 games come into the market

    The biggest problem with graphics reviews right now, is that so many options are good

    It’s not like the days of choosing X700 Vs X800 or 7600 vs 7800, where the weaker of the two meant that your gaming experience would be complete pants

    Even the cards around £100 are great and it you get as far as £200 or £250, then the performance is pretty stunning

    As always, the hardware is around 2-3 years ahead of the games

    If nVidia and AMD stopped making new graphics cards right now, with the current generation, and we had to ‘make do’ with the GTX580/6990 for the future, then games would continue to get better and better for half a decade or more

    Like the consoles. XBox360 is a 2600 or 2900 Radeon and the PS3 is a 7600 or 7800 GeForce, and yet the games still keep on coming

    When you buy fast/expensive, you are NOT really doing it for TODAY, but rather for many, many TOMORROWs to come

    Roll on FanBois wars – they are fun and they’re not likely tyo be going anywhere, any time soon :)

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