ASUS EAH6970 Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

ASUS EAH6970 Review


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 )
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, 05:02:29

The latest variant of the HD6970 comes to us via ASUS. Does their voltage tweak BIOS enable extra performance?

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21-12-2010, 05:28:01

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

Nice review Tom Quote

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