AMD Radeon HD 6970: specs and benchmarks

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AMD Radeon HD 6970
Radeon HD 6970
  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 880
  • Max video memory 2 GB
  • Memory type DDR5
  • Memory clock speed 2750
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2010
Performance 10.80
Graphics card Technical data and tests
AMD Radeon HD 6970
AMD Radeon HD 6970 AMD Radeon HD 6970


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 2.75 GHz are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 176.0 GB/s.

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 250 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at


percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.

General info

Of Radeon HD 6970's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating369
Value for money4.45
ArchitectureTerascale 2
GPU code nameCayman
Market segmentDesktop
Release date14 December 2010 (10 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$369
Price now$211 (0.6x MSRP)of 11999 (Tesla V100 FHHL)
Value for money

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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 14080 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Core clock speed880 MHzof 2233 (Playstation 5 GPU)
Number of transistors2,640 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology40 nmof 5 (Apple M1 GPU)
Thermal design power (TDP)250 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate84.48of 779.2 (Radeon RX 6900 XTX)
Floating-point performance2,703.4 gflopsof 2918.4 (GRID K340)

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).

InterfacePCIe 2.0 x16
Length267 mm
Supplementary power connectors1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin


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 typeDDR5
Maximum RAM amount2 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width256 Bitof 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed2750 MHzof 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth176.0 GB/sof 1024 (Radeon VII)

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 video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

Display Connectors2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort

API support

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

DirectX11.2 (11_0)
Shader Model5.0
OpenGL4.4of 4.6 (GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile)

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 10.80
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • Passmark

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.

HD 6970 3470

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.

HD 6970 2867

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.

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 460 768MB, which is slower by 3% and lower by 11 positions in our rating.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 768MB GeForce GTX 460 768MB

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Similar GPUs

Here is our recommendation of several graphics cards that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti GeForce GTX 560 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 GeForce GTX 470
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 GeForce GTX 590
AMD Radeon HD 6870 Radeon HD 6870
AMD Radeon HD 7770 Radeon HD 7770
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 GeForce GTX 570

User rating

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