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UPDATE: AMD said that instead of released model 6970 with 1GB of memory it would release the Radeon HD 6950 1GB graphics card. The initial release contained a mistake.

Advanced Micro Devices late on Monday announced the incoming of premium-class Radeon HD 6950 graphics board with reduced amount of onboard memory at $269 - $279 price-point as well as the massively factory-overclocked versions of its Radeon HD 6870 graphics cards.

Various partners of AMD plan to release ATI Radeon HD 6950 graphics cards based on the Cayman graphics processing unit (GPU) with 1408 stream processors and featuring only 1GB of onboard GDDR5 memory, according to a statement of AMD. The new graphics cards will be available starting from mid-February and will cost $279 in the U.S.

At the $279 price-point the Radeon HD 6950 1GB and will pose a more affordable alternative for the company's Radeon HD 6950 (which has similar processing power, but 2GB of memory onboard and $299 price-tag) and a more expensive alternative for the Radeon HD 6870 (which has lower performance and costs from $225 to $259). While in very high resolution, with high FSAA levels and in generally demanding games the model 6970 with 1GB of memory will be slower than be slower compared to the model 6950 with 2GB of memory, in loads of today's games performance of the novelty is likely to be close to that of the 6950 with 2GB of GDDR5.

The intention of AMD to release a lower-priced version of its latest and highest-performing graphics processing unit may indicate that the company is trying to boost or sustain the share on the market of graphics cards of enthusiasts, who like novelties, high speeds and adore latest architectures.

AMD also informed that PowerColor, Sapphire Technologies and XFX plan to release graphics cards based on the Radeon HD 6870 graphics processors with 940MHz - 975MHz chip clock-speed (up from 900MHz on default models) with 1GB of 4400MHz - 4600GHz memory (up from 4200MHz) onboard. Prices will range between $229 to $259 in e-tail depending on partner SKU, AMD said

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

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Preemptive strike against the pending GTX560 release. This heated rivalry is nothing but good news for consumers
0 0 [Posted by: mamisano  | Date: 01/18/11 06:32:01 AM]
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Amen to that!!
0 0 [Posted by: lh3nry  | Date: 01/18/11 07:00:36 AM]
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Perfect !
0 0 [Posted by: East17  | Date: 01/18/11 02:15:51 PM]
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ROFLMAO! GTX 560 is obsolete before launch! And GTX 570 is about to go the way of the dodo! I have a 5850 would it be worth grabbing a 6970 1GB or should I just crossfire with another 5850?
0 0 [Posted by: dizzystuff  | Date: 01/18/11 04:38:53 PM]
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I you game at more than 1080p or want to try eyefinity, definetely yes. If not I think you can wait for the 28nm HD7000.
0 2 [Posted by: Nintendork  | Date: 01/18/11 08:52:10 PM]
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From what I see nVidia and AMD are very close in performance. GTX560 is far from obsolete. I am a bit dissapointed with 6xxx series actually. AMD lost its edge, and now both companies are in par. The only advantage that AMD has ni comparison to nVidia is the higher margins.
0 0 [Posted by: redhavoc  | Date: 01/18/11 05:36:21 PM]
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That's what you gaing when TSMC screwed AMD's portfolio with 32nm.

HD6900 @32nm would've come with 1920SP and equal or surpass the 5970. Nvidia always gets the die shrinks months later(55nm, 40nm).
0 2 [Posted by: Nintendork  | Date: 01/18/11 08:54:31 PM]
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Buy a cheap 5850 card and xfire!!! I did! I bought a 2nd 5850 for $199 ($169) after rebate. If you have a very good power supply you can overclock the 5850 to 900Mhz + (even the non-reference cards with the Sapphire Trixx software) I was running both my Reference 5850 from XFX and a HIS non-reference at 950Mhz (with an overvolt to 1.2v) & 1200MHz memory, but every now and then the PC would shut off, I don't think my Antec 850 with 4 x 18A 12v rails is handling the load well when overvolting and driving the cards that high. That being said, temps were even hitting 70C on the cards and on my 5850 stock XFX I hit 90C without problems on Furmark.
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