Last time we reviewed a graphic card it was the HD 6950. It already proved to be a very high perfoming card, but now it's time to look at the top model of the single GPU cards - the HD 6970 - Cayman XT. As already said in the last review, the HD 6970 is a very close relative to the HD 6950, but this model has all the performance of the Cayman core unlocked and ready to go. So then, what's the impact on performance? Let's find out!
Package & Specs
|AMD Radeon HD6870||AMD Radeon HD6950||AMD Radeon HD6970||Nvidia Geforce GTX 580||Nvidia Geforce GTX 570||Nvidia Geforce GTX 560|
|Stream processors / Cuda cores||1120||1408||1536||512||480||384|
|Core speed (MHz)||900||800||880||772/1544||732/1464||822/1644|
|Memory speed (MHz)||1050||1250||1375||1000||950||1002|
Premium gaming graphic cards from both camps in a side-by-side comparison. Really the only difference here is that now we're looking at the Cayman XT rather than Pro, all the stream processors are unlocked, the clock speeds are higher and also the TDP has gone up by 50 watts.
HIS tends to pack their cards in very distinctively shaped boxed and the HD 6970 IceQ Turbo is no exception. As you'd expect, the larger the card, the larger the box, but still it's reasonable sized compared to some other packages we've seen. Just like other models, also this one has its detailed printed on the box, and there's also the Turbo-sticker stating that the card is factory overclocked.
The bundle of the card is limited to the manual and driver CD, DVI-VGA adapter, two power adapters and a crossfire bridge. All you need, but no extras.
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