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 USD. This is TeraScale 3 architecture desktop card based on 40 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 2048 GB of GDDR5 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. An additional 1 power connector 6-pin and 1 power connector 8-pin are required, and power consumption is at 550 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 23.60 percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon R9 390 X2.

General info

Of Radeon HD 6970's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Perfomance to price
75.35
 
Architecture
TeraScale 3
 
Code name
Cayman
 
Type
Desktop
 
Design
reference
 
Release date
14 December 2010
 
Launch price (MSRP)
369 USD
 
of 14999 (Quadro Plex 7000)
Price
94.99 USD
 
of 4576.59 (Quadro P6000)

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 (FirePro S9300 X2)
Boost Clock
880 MHz
 
Transistor count
2,640 million
 
of 21100
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
 
of 12
Power consumption (TDP)
550 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
84.5
 
of 20896 (Tesla M10)
Floating-point performance
2,703.4 gflops
 

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
 
Width
2-slot
 
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
 

Memory specs

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
GDDR5
 
Maximum RAM amount
2 GB
 
of 32 (Tesla M10)
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
of 8192 (FirePro S9300 X2)
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
 

Video card benchmarks 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
23.60
 
 
3DMark Ice Storm GPU
179448.00
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
5406.00
 
 
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
10445.00
 
 
3DMark Vantage Performance
37536.00
 
 
Unigine Heaven 3.0
3690.35
 
 
Passmark
3501
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score
3470
 
 

Mining hashrate

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

Game benchmarks (in FPS)

Let's see how good Radeon HD 6970 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS, while overall gaming performance is a number in 0-100 range, and the older the game, the less impact it has on the overall grade.
Overall gaming performance
16.53
 
 

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 570, which is faster by 1% and higher by 1 position in our rating.

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