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The highest-performing Radeon HD 6000-series graphics processing unit (GPU) code-named Cayman is expected to deliver 30% - 50% performance increase compared to the recently released Radeon HD 6870 graphics card. The increase is not a major one to say at least, considering the fact that the model 6870 is slower than the previous-generation Radeon HD 5870.

"We believe that the [Radeon HD 6900] will be the No. 1 on the market and no one [will be able to] compete with AMD. We believe that the performance of the new-generation Radeon HD 6900 will be 30% to 50% higher compared to the Radeon HD 6800-series," said Eliane Liao, a spokeswoman for Power Color, in an interview with Donanim Haber web-site.

Even though representatives for graphics cards suppliers are supposed to know performance levels of future products, developers of GPUs tend to finalize specifications on the last minute and therefore actual performance results differ from predicted levels.

In case Ms. Liao is correct and the Radeon HD 6970 - the fastest single-chip Cayman-based graphics card - will be about 40% faster than the Radeon HD 6870 on average, the novelty will deliver performance comparable or higher than the GeForce HD 480, but will not be able to compete head-to-head against Nvidia Corp.'s new flagship offering, the GeForce GTX 580.

The spokeswoman for Power Color also confirmed intention to release dual-chip Radeon HD 6990 graphics solution, which, according to ATI, graphics business unit of Advanced Micro Devices, will be on the market in Q1 2011. With the power of two Cayman graphics processors, the model HD 6990 will leave behind the GeForce GTX 580, but this will happen months after the launch of the latter.

The Radeon HD 6950 and 6970 graphics cards will be available in mid-December, 2010.

Tags: ATI, AMD, Radeon, Northern Islands, 40nm, Cayman, Barts

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It better be because the 580 just crushes the 5870.
0 0 [Posted by: beck2448  | Date: 11/17/10 02:47:00 PM]
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well i would hope that the 580 is faster than the 5870

otherwise why would you pay over 200.00 more for the card
if it didn't ?

0 0 [Posted by: ultimaone  | Date: 11/17/10 05:37:32 PM]
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Its gonna be ok :) Sure ATi's solution will be a little slower but let's hope that the die size will be smaller and that the card will be cheaper than nVIDIA's.
0 0 [Posted by: East17  | Date: 11/17/10 09:03:25 PM]
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is that theoretical performance, or real world performance?

because I don't have a clue about the first one, but on the second one my understanding is that GTX580 is just about 50% faster than HD6870 (as in "gives, on average across different games, 50% more frames per second")

and that was my prediction: HD6970 will be 1920 shaders at close to 900MHz, and nearly on par with GTX580, with a die that is about 25% smaller, and thus costs less than half to manufacture
0 0 [Posted by: NormanBates  | Date: 11/18/10 01:16:19 AM]
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This article has a bizarre sudden slant for xbitlabs.

but will not be able to compete head-to-head against Nvidia Corp.'s new flagship offering, the GeForce GTX 580.


Considering we haven't seen the cayman parts yet, and considering it will be very close in performance as stated by normanbates above. Not to mention being smaller, cheaper, use less energy. And be followed in early 2011 by the 6990 which will be almost double the 580 in performance.
0 0 [Posted by: cashkennedy  | Date: 11/18/10 09:34:22 AM]
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In a case that it perform 40 % faster than 6870 it should be on pair with gtx580.
http://www.techpowerup.co.../HD_6870_PCS_Plus/27.html
0 0 [Posted by: Jon A. Silvers  | Date: 12/01/10 03:20:37 AM]
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