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"Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 review also features the Sapphire Radeon HD 6870. Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 uses the Cayman GPU at 880Mhz and has 2GB GDDR5 memory running at 5500Mhz. Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 has a 256Bit Memory Interface, 1536 Shader Processors and DirectX 11. We will be testing the Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 and Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 using Aliens Vs Predator, Bad Company 2, Lost Planet 2, Just Cause 2 and Metro 2033."
"Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 uses a new GPU architecture from AMD which features dual graphics engines in one chip with 24 SIMD engines and a total of 1536 stream processors with 96 texture units, providing massively parallel computing power for graphics and other accelerated applications. Its core clock speed of 880MHz, together with a dedicated high speed interface to 2GB of GDDR5 memory running at 1375MHz (5.5Gb/s effective) delivers the highest performance in this series. New Tesselation engines bring three times the performance of the previous generation, and new Enhanced Quality AA and new filtering modes bring the highest image quality ever achieved."
SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 6970 FEATURES
Advanced GDDR5 Memory Technology
"GDDR5 memory provides twice the bandwidth per pin of GDDR3 memory, delivering more speed and higher bandwidth."
"The latest PCI-Express 2.0 specification doubles data throughput from 2.5Gbps to 5Gbps allowing you to exploit the full performance potential of your graphics card."
AMD HD3D Technology
"Enjoy the most immersive experience possible with full support for High Definition Stereoscopic 3D, a technique that presents 2D images (movies, games, photos) in a format that creates the illusion of three-dimensional depth when using compatible 3D displays / glasses / software."
40nm Process Technology
"Cutting edge manufacturing process allows for efficient, high performance parts which use less power than their predecessors."
ATI Avivo HD (DVD/HD-DVD/Blu-ray Playback)
"Watch the hottest Blu-ray movies or other HD content at full 1080p display resolution and beyond and enjoy a more feature rich experience with enhanced Unified Video Decoder(UVD)."
ATI CrossFireX Multi-GPU Technology
"Triple or Quadruple gaming power withATI CrossFireX Multi-GPU Technology.ATI CrossFireX technology supports up to four graphics cards to be used in a single system."
"Equipped with the most popular Dual Link DVI (Digital Visual Interface), this card is able to display ultra high resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600 at 60Hz."
"HDMI 1.4a builds on previous generations of HDMI connectivity with support for Deep Color, 7.1 High Bitrate Audio, and 3D Stereoscopic support, ensuring the highest quality Blu-ray and video experience possible from your PC."
"Enjoy the benefits of the latest generation display interface, DisplayPort. With the ultra high HD resolution of 2560 x 1600 the graphics card ensures that you are able to support the latest generation of LCD monitors."
Microsoft DirectX 11
"Get intense gaming performance and unrivalled image quality with stunning 3D visual effects, realistic lighting and lifelike imagery with SAPPHIRE graphics cards supporting DirectX®11. New features in DirectX®11 such as Hardware Tesselation, HDR Texture Compression, Multi-threading support and DirectCompute bring lifelike gaming and an experience never possible on a PC before."
OpenGL 3.1 and 3.2
"Supports the latest OpenGL API (Application Programming Interface) to accelerate performance of applications outside of DirectX®, i.e. Adobe Autodesk 2D/3D graphic design."
Shader Model 5.0
"Supports Shader Model 5.0 feature set including VTF (Vertex Texture Fetch) which is a key feature used extensively in many of the games that ship today. Without support for this feature the game will fall back to a lesser shader path resulting in the loss of cool, lifelike effects made possible by Shader Model 5.0."
ATI Catalyst Control Center
"The ATI Catalyst Control Center software application gives you complete control over the performance and visual quality of your SAPPHIRE ATI Radeon based graphics card allowing for the best experience on your PC."
Accelerated Video Transcoding
"Massively parallel architecture and support for common shader transcoding instructions accelerates video encoding / transcoding way beyond what was possible with the CPU only."
"The Sapphire Radeon HD 5970 has 880 MHz Core Clock GPU, 40nm Chip, 1536 x Stream Processors, 2048MB Memory, 256bit GDDR5 which is 5500 MHz Effective. 1 x Dual-Link DVI, 1 x HDMI 1.4a, 2 x Mini-DisplayPort, 1 x Single-Link DVI-D and DisplayPort 1.2."
SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 6970 INDEX