AMD Radeon HD 6970: specs and benchmarks

AMD Radeon HD 6970

Summary

AMD started Radeon HD 6970 sales 14 December 2010 at a recommended price of $369. This is TeraScale 3 architecture desktop card based on 40 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 2 GB of DDR5 memory clocked at 1.38 GHz are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of .

Compatibility-wise, this is 2-slot card attached via PCIe 2.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 267 mm. One 6-pin and one 8-pin connectors are required, and power consumption is at 550 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 15.38 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile.

General info

Of Radeon HD 6970's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
56.27
 
Architecture
TeraScale 3
 
Code name
Cayman
 
Type
Desktop
 
Design
reference
 
Release date
14 December 2010
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$369
 
of 14999 (Quadro Plex 7000)
Price now
$95
 
of 10560 (Quadro GV100)

Technical specs

Radeon HD 6970's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon HD 6970's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
1536
 
of 8192 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Boost Clock
880 MHz
 
Transistor count
2,640 million
 
of 21100
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
 
of 7
Power consumption (TDP)
550 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
84.5 GTexel / s
 
Floating-point performance
2,703.4 gflops
 
of 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 6970's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).
Bus support
PCIe 2.0 x16
 
Interface
PCIe 2.0 x16
 
Length
267 mm
 
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
 

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 6970: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Memory type
DDR5
 
Maximum RAM amount
2 GB
 
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
of 8192 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Memory clock speed
1375 MHz
 

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 6970.
Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
 
Eyefinity
+
 
HDMI
+
 

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon HD 6970. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
CrossFire
+
 

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 6970, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX® 11
 
OpenGL
4.4
 
of 4.6

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon HD 6970. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

15.38

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

3470

Passmark

3522

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon HD 6970. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
273 Mh/s
 
 

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Radeon HD 6970 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS. Comparisons with system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon HD 6970 performance compared to its nearest competitors. All GPU types participate.

NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon HD 6970 from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 750, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 7 positions in our rating.

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