XFX Radeon HD 6970 

Released December, 2010
  • 880 MHz
  • 2 GB GDDR5
6.5 Out of 10

Recently we have seen an influx of new custom designs from many AIBs that build on the foundation laid out by the HD 6970 reference version but improve on points like overclocking, features or cooling.
by techPowerUp! (Apr, 2011)
You can see that power draw and performance are very closely correlated for everything above the "-5%" setting, the relationship is quite linear.
by techPowerUp! (Dec, 2010)

GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the Radeon HD 6970 among Desktop GPUs


Radeon HD 6970
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more


Radeon HD 6970
T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more


Radeon HD 6970
Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Radeon HD 6970
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more


Radeon HD 6970
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

Radeon HD 6970
TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more


Overall Score

Radeon HD 6970

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Radeon HD 6970

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 6970
274.06 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 750 Ti
173.22 mHash/s
Radeon HD 7870
314.14 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 6970
18.68 mPixels/s
Radeon HD 7870
60.32 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 750 Ti
44.94 mPixels/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

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Radeon HD 7870

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

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Radeon HD 7870

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Radeon HD 6970

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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Battlefield 4

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Battlefield 3

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Reviews Word on the street for the Radeon HD 6970

Under load however the card is significantly quieter than AMD's HD 6970 reference design cooler.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


It seems that GPU manufacturers are now shifting to using advanced power containment systems to optimize their cards more toward intended applications.
by techPowerUp! (Dec, 2010)
At this time no software supports this controller yet, but I am sure this will change in the weeks to come.
by techPowerUp! (Dec, 2010)
But since such power limits should only be active in "useless" applications, it wouldn't make any difference, no?
by techPowerUp! (Dec, 2010)


Some people may see benefits from this when using Eyefinity, but the majority of users will game at 1920x1200, even 2560x1600 is just a niche resolution.
by techPowerUp! (Dec, 2010)
Without turbo, the card will run at reference design clocks, and is more focused on a quieter gaming experience according to PowerColor.
by techPowerUp! (Nov, 2011)
In our testing we saw limited additional overclocking beyond PowerColor's Turbo clocks, which might be disappointing to overclockers, but can also be useful to users who don't want to waste their time with tweaking and rather start gaming at maximized performance immediately.
by techPowerUp! (Nov, 2011)


You may combine up to four HD 6950 and HD 6970 cards in CrossFire for increased performance or improved image quality settings.
by techPowerUp! (Dec, 2010)
Take those two out of the equation, and we're actually seeing the GTX 480 (which has roughly the same performance as GTX 570) being edged past by HD 6970, and HD 6950 way ahead of whatever else is down there from NVIDIA (GTX 470, GTX 460 1 GB).
by techPowerUp! (Dec, 2010)
Please note that the straight line at higher power levels means that Furmark can not load the card any higher and the card is running at maximum performance.
by techPowerUp! (Dec, 2010)

Multi card

You may combine up to four HD 6970 cards from any vendor in a multi-GPU CrossFire configuration for higher framerater or better image quality settings.
by techPowerUp! (Nov, 2011)
You may combine up to four HD 6900 cards of any model from any vendor in CrossFire.
by techPowerUp! (Mar, 2011)
You may combine up to four HD 69xx cards from any vendor in CrossFire.
by techPowerUp! (Apr, 2011)


PowerColor's big new dual fan heatsink delivers low temperatures across the board, but seems to have some trouble being quiet in idle.
by techPowerUp! (Mar, 2011)
Once it approaches 1015 MHz at 1.4 V the gains stop, probably because of all the heat from the extra juice - the cooler does handle the heat fine, though.
by techPowerUp! (Mar, 2011)
On the other hand, temperatures of the card are quite low, which is certainly an effect of the increased fan speed.
by techPowerUp! (Nov, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


GPU brand AMD
GPU name Cayman XT
Market Desktop
Clock speed 880 MHz
Is dual GPU No
Reference card AMD Radeon HD 6970 880 MHz 2 GB

raw performance

Shading units 1,536
Texture mapping units 96
Render output processors 32
Compute units 24
Pixel rate 28.16 GPixel/s
Texture rate 84.48 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 2,703 GFLOPS


Memory clock speed 1,375 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 5,500 MHz
Memory bus 256 bit
Memory 2,048 MB
Memory type GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 176 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 250W
Idle noise level 42.7 dB
Load noise level 53.2 dB
Idle power consumption 120W
Load power consumption 370W
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Pretty good card for older titles/ lower spec games, and good games with medium resolution. Card runs pretty loud though. Not a huge fan of that. ( I have the powercolor PCB )
Ya I got nowhere near than in my 3DMark11
lol! 6970 3DMark11 24000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Correct plz!
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