Radeon HD 6950 & 6970 review -
So then, based on Cayman, initially two product are thus released, the Radeon HD 6950 and 6970. At a later stage in time we expect the product under codename "Antilles" to have two Caymen GPUs for what we all know as a dual-GPU graphics card.
Here are the particulars for the two products released today placed into a table.
|Radeon HD 6950||Radeon 6970|
|Die Size||389 mm2||389 mm2|
|Transistors||2.64 Billion||2.64 Billion|
|Core Clock / MHz||800||880|
|Memory Clock / MHz||5000||5500|
|Memory Bandwith||160 GBps||176 GBPs|
|Compute performance||2.25 TFLOPS||2.7 TFLOPS|
|TDP||140 W||190 W|
|Idle power||20 W||20 W|
The Radeon HD 6950 comes armed with 1408 Shader processors, thus 22 SIMD based shader clusters, split up in a twofold engine. The domain and shader clock is locked in at 800 MHz. The card comes paired with 2 GB of memory clocked at (effective) 5000 MHz. The TDP of this product is 140 W which can be extended to 200 W board power with a new feature called PowerTune which we'll explain later.
The Radeon HD 6970 comes armed with 1536 Shader processors, thus 24 SIMD based shader clusters, split up in a twofold engine. The domain and shader clock is locked in at 880 MHz. The card comes paired with 2 GB of memory clocked at (effective) 5500 MHz. The TDP of this product is 190 W which can be extended to 250 W board power with a new feature called PowerTune which we'll explain later.
Let's have a quick comparative overview of some of the specifications representing a certain scope of other performance parts:
|Specifications||Radeon HD 5770||Radeon HD 5850||Radeon HD 6850||Radeon HD 6870||Radeon HD 6950||Radeon HD 6970|
|GPU||Juniper XT||Cypress Pro||Barts Pro||Barts XT||Cayman Pro||Cayman XT|
|Manufact. tech.||40nm||40 nm||40nm||40nm||40nm||40nm|
|GPU frequency||850 MHz||725 MHz||775 MHz||900 MHz||800 MHz||880 MHz|
|Memory Datarate||4800 MHz||4000 MHz||4000 MHz||4200 MHz||5000 MHz||5500 MHz|
||1 GB GDDR5||1 GB GDDR5||1 GB GDDR5||1 GB GDDR5||2 GB GDDR5||2 GB GDDR5|
||108 W||151 W||127 W||150 W||150 W||190 W|
||-||-||19 W||19 W||20 W||20 W|
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