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AMD HD 6970 Review

By on December 15, 2010
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Enough to dethrone the GTX 570?

Good: Very quiet under load, Fast in DX11 and high resolutions, Cool
Bad: PowerTune changes don't have much affect when applied, Low overclocking
Price: AED 1,400
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

As usual, our testbed is an Intel Core i7 965EE @ 3.2GHz on an ASUS Rampage II Extreme motherboard, packing 3x 1GB Corsairs XMS3-1333 ram, a Kingston 64GB V-Series SSD running Windows 7 Ultimate; all of which is powered by a Corsair HX1000W PSU. Given the price and expected performance of this card, we’ve included the GTX 580, the GTX 570, the GTX 480, the HD 5870 and the HD 6870 for comparison purposes.

That’s pretty decent performance on DirectX 11 benchmarks, especially as the HD 6970 tries to close in on the GTX 580 and leaving the GTX 570 behind.

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