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AMD Radeon HD 6900 (AMD Cayman) series graphics cards

Specification and architecture review of AMD Radeon HD 6900 (AMD Cayman) series graphics cards

Under the sun

At the time this article is published, AMD Radeon HD 6970 will be competing against GeForce GTX 570 that was recently announced. Radeon HD 6950 will take its own niche which will be filled by NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 560 to debut in January 2010:

Positions of AMD graphics cards on the market in Q4 2010

After Radeon HD 5800 series cards has been replaced by two new series of graphic accelerators, AMD graphics solutions has formed such a tight (in terms of performance) line that we can barely draw a line between AMD Radeon HD 6950 and HD 6870.

And another thing — what’s with industry leadership? The answer is simple — AMD is still a leader with its dual-GPU flagship — ATI Radeon HD 5970. Besides, we will meet a new AMD high-end dual-GPU solution in Q1 2011 — ATI Radeon HD 5970 will be replaced with AMD Radeon HD 6990 graphic card of even greater performance.

Let’s move to specification and prices of newcomers:

GeForce GTX 460 768MBRadeon HD 6850GeForce GTX 460 1GBRadeon HD 6870Radeon HD 6950GeForce GTX 570Radeon HD 6970GeForce GTX 580
GPUGF104RV940Pro (Barts Pro)GF104RV940XT (Barts XT)RV970Pro (Cayman Pro)GF110RV970XT (Cayman XT)GF110
Technology process40 nm40 nm40 nm40 nm40 nm40 nm40 nm40 nm
Die size332mm2255mm2332mm2255mm2389mm2520mm2389mm2520mm2
Transistor count, billion1.951.701.951.702.643.002.643.00
Shader Units336960336112014084801536512
Shader Processor Counter336192336224352480384512
TMU5648565688609664
ROPs2432323232403248
GPU clock675 MHz775 MHz675 MHz900 MHz800 MHz732 MHz880 MHz772 MHz
Memory / type768 MB GDDR51024 MB GDDR51024 MB GDDR51024 MB GDDR52048 MB GDDR51280 MB GDDR52048 MB GDDR51536 MB GDDR5
Memory bus width192 bit256 bit256 bit256 bit256 bit320 bit256 bit384 bit
Memory Clock900 MHz1000 MHz900 MHz1050 MHz1250 MHz950 MHz1375 MHz1002 MHz
MSRP$160$180$200$240$299$349$369$499

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