AMD Radeon HD 6970: specs and benchmarks

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AMD Radeon HD 6970
Radeon HD 6970
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  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 0
  • Max video memory 2048 MB
  • Memory type DDR5
  • Memory clock speed 1375
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2010
Performance 7.22

Summary

AMD started Radeon HD 6970 sales 14 December 2010 at a recommended price of $369. This is Terascale 2 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 dual-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

7.22%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090.

General info

Some basic facts about Radeon HD 6970: architecture, market segment, release date etc.

Place in performance rating431
Value for money1.19
ArchitectureTerascale 2 (2009−2015)
GPU code nameCayman
Market segmentDesktop
Designreference
Release date14 December 2010 (11 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$369
Current price$191 (0.5x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

Radeon HD 6970's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base 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 / CUDA cores1536of 18432 (AD102)
Boost clock speed880 MHzof 3599 (Radeon RX 7990 XTX)
Number of transistors2,640 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology40 nmof 4 (GeForce RTX 4080 Ti)
Thermal design power (TDP)550 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate84.48of 969.9 (H100 SXM5 96 GB)
Floating-point performance2,703.4 gflopsof 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 graphics cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

Bus supportPCIe 2.0 x16
InterfacePCIe 2.0 x16
Length267 mm
Width2-slot
Supplementary power connectors1x 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 have no dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM instead.

Memory typeDDR5
Maximum RAM amount2 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width256 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed1375 MHzof 22400 (GeForce RTX 4080)

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 6970. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference graphics cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model, while non-reference desktop models can (though not necessarily will) bear a different set of video ports.

Display Connectors2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
Eyefinity1
HDMI+
DisplayPort support-

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.

AppAcceleration-
CrossFire1
Enduro-
HD3D-
PowerTune-
TrueAudio-
ZeroCore-

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 6970, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectXDirectX® 11
Shader Model5.0
OpenGL4.4of 4.6 (GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile)
OpenCL1.2
Mantle-

Benchmark performance

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


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

HD 6970 7.22
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  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 26%

HD 6970 2824

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

HD 6970 3470

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 frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

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Cyberpunk 2077 8−9
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 14−16
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 7−8
Battlefield 5 21−24
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 20−22
Cyberpunk 2077 8−9
Far Cry 5 14−16
Far Cry New Dawn 16−18
Forza Horizon 4 24−27
Hitman 3 14−16
Horizon Zero Dawn 10−11
Red Dead Redemption 2 12−14
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 14−16
Watch Dogs: Legion 9−10
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 14−16
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 7−8
Battlefield 5 21−24
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 20−22
Cyberpunk 2077 8−9
Far Cry 5 14−16
Far Cry New Dawn 16−18
Forza Horizon 4 24−27
Hitman 3 14−16
Horizon Zero Dawn 10−11
Metro Exodus 9−10
Red Dead Redemption 2 12−14
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 14−16
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 14−16
Watch Dogs: Legion 9−10
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 14−16
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 7−8
Battlefield 5 21−24
Cyberpunk 2077 8−9
Far Cry 5 14−16
Far Cry New Dawn 16−18
Forza Horizon 4 24−27
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 14−16
Watch Dogs: Legion 9−10
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 10−12
Hitman 3 9−10
Horizon Zero Dawn 9−10
Metro Exodus 6−7
Red Dead Redemption 2 6−7
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 9−10
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 5−6
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 2−3
Battlefield 5 8−9
Cyberpunk 2077 2−3
Far Cry 5 9−10
Far Cry New Dawn 8−9
Forza Horizon 4 12−14
Watch Dogs: Legion 4−5
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 5−6
Hitman 3 7−8
Horizon Zero Dawn 6−7
Metro Exodus 2−3
Red Dead Redemption 2 5−6
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 3−4
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 6−7
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 3−4
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 2−3
Battlefield 5 4−5
Cyberpunk 2077 1−2
Far Cry 5 5−6
Far Cry New Dawn 8−9
Forza Horizon 4 9−10
Watch Dogs: Legion 3−4

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon HD 6970 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon HD 6970 from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 560, which is slower by 4% and lower by 10 positions in our rating.

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