ASUS EAH6970 Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

ASUS EAH6970 Review

Introduction

The HD6970 series from AMD is a pretty good performer. It's rendered the HD6870 obsolete and, as we showed the other day, in Crossfire it rocks so hard it's unbelievable.

Today we're back looking at another single reference card, although this time from ASUS. We all know what that means, Voltage Tweak BIOS.

We're very hopeful that this will enable us to finally see what the top end of these cards is in terms of clock speed and hope much performance is available.

So without further ado, especially as you should all be familiar with these by now, let's crack on.

Technical Specifications

Graphics EngineAMD Radeon HD 6970
Bus StandardPCI Express 2.1
Video MemoryGDDR5 2GB
Engine Clock890 MHz
Memory Clock5500 MHz ( 1375 MHz GDDR5 )
RAMDAC400 MHz
Memory Interface256-bit
InterfaceDVI Output : Yes x 1 (DVI-I),Yes x 1 (DVI-D)
HDMI Output : Yes x 1
Display Port : Yes x 2 (Mini DP)
HDCP Support : Yes
Accessories1 x CrossFire cable
1 x Power cable
SoftwareASUS Utilities & Driver
Dimensions11 " x 5 " Inch

 

As you can see the only difference is the extra 10MHz clockspeed on the GPU which should help the stock results, but otherwise it's the same as all the other reference cards.

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Most Recent Comments

21-12-2010, 05:28:01

Rastalovich
Something still doesn't seem right. A colleague is still scratching his head here.

But looking at it from my pov, I've seen that issue with using an overclocking tool before. You ramp the slider as high as it'll go and you feel you could take it further - and it just won't allow it. It happened

to me recently using afterburner on a 8400 (which is besides the point), but you feel the 'tool' is being told the up/low limits. Perhaps the bios is the key.

If it were mine (I mean donate to me to play with), I'd delve into the bios fiddling menu like atitool/afterburner has and try and massage the limits. From memory tho, if the tool doesn't know the card's bios, it will limit what you can do. I'd still fiddle with it tho.

This is besides the point tho. Off the shelf, something still aint right to me.

Voltage tweak and a oc limit ? Nah, definitely not.

I hate to harp on about it, but those bios versions from the ref card and this would be interesting. I'm going to see if there's any revisions coming out in the future too.Quote

21-12-2010, 05:28:49

lawson
Nice review Tom Quote

21-12-2010, 05:37:07

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by lawson View Post

Nice review Tom
If you look dude Bryan wrote it It does say at the top of each review who the author is.Quote

21-12-2010, 05:49:05

Pyr0
i'd like that voltage tweak bios

any chance of a dump please Bryan?

[edit] did you try the "EnableUnofficialOverclocking" feature of Afterburner to get past the limitations of Catalyst Control Center?Quote

21-12-2010, 05:49:24

DSV-UltraGL
finally the ASUS!

man, i need some more info!

1- what is a the max voltage in smart doctor?

2- why didn't you use MSI's AfterBurner for OC;ing? ppl are getting higher clocks with that, max i saw @ stock voltages was 980mhz Core, so maybe up the voltage using Smartdoctor and get to 1Ghz (World FIRST!!) using Afterburner??

3-What are the temps? this one has aluminum cover, wanna see how much this one is cooler! before and after OC please!

i know am asking alot, but am barely holding back waiting for those to be in stock (USA), if no diff than other ones (plastic cover) my wait is over! thanx in advance!

EDIT:damn 19 sec diff pyro! Quote
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