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Wednesday, 08 December 2010 11:06

Radeon HD 6970 is 10 - 20% faster than GTX 480

Written by Fuad Abazovic
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Update: Hold the presses, it's faster
AMD has talked to some of its favourite journalists and wants to prepare them for the European Cayman launch that should take place on December 15th, exactly seven days from now.

Some of the lucky ones got the cards that they are testing them as we speak, while partners should have the cards ready to ship early next week. We got a hint about the performance, and we will settle for that.

AMD's own benchmarketing data claims that Cayman XT is slightly below 20 percent faster than a GTX 480 in 3Dmark Vantage. When we compare our own GTX 480 results and add 20 percent on top of that it turns that Cayman XT loses to both GTX 570 and especially GTX 580.

It looks like AMD has big gains versus GTX 480 in all OpenGL games including ET Quake Wars, Wolfenstein MP and Chronicles of Riddick, quite old games if you ask us. It is around 20 percent faster than the GTX 480 in these games.

In HAWX 2 Radeon HD 6970 is some 15 percent faster than the GTX 480, and in Dirt 2 it is over 15 percent faster. When we compare the scores we have with this game and GTX 480 and add additional 15 percent we don’t see it beating the GTX 580, but it gets close.

The smallest gain is in Far Cry 2 with only a few percent faster than GTX 480, following with World in Conflict where ATI is below 10 percent faster and Metro 2033 where ATI wins by slightly over 10 percent, again vs GTX 480.

There might be some cases where Radeon HD 6970 will be able to beat the GTX 580, but the first impression is that Nvidia should end up slightly faster in most games.

Update:

It appears that our usually well informed source failed us, and forwarded a photoshopped roadmap. So, we plainly got served. We are in the process of gathering more reliable info on Cayman performance and we will write an update as soon as we get something worthwhile. It will clearly end up quite a bit faster and we apologize for the inconvenience.



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+100 #1 fuadzilla 2010-12-08 11:31
title should be changed to 'fuad claims'... :zzz
 
 
+138 #2 yourma2000 2010-12-08 11:34
but benchmarks show the GTX580 being around 10-20% better than the GTX480, so why does the 6970 lose out the to the GTX580?
 
 
-66 #3 function69 2010-12-08 11:44
Why is it being compared to 480 when 580 is out? Secondly, if it's only 20% faster than 480 than it's pretty disappointing, unless it's going to be much cheaper than 580.
 
 
+89 #4 agent_47 2010-12-08 11:46
Quoting yourma2000:
but benchmarks show the GTX580 being around 10-20% better than the GTX480, so why does the 6970 lose out the to the GTX580?


only in fudzilla world it will be slower....

after all its without any link to solid benchmark results....

its best to wait for the results to drop out
 
 
+85 #5 Nerdfighter 2010-12-08 11:53
Again a huge biased dump on AMD by Fudo. This one has more BS than usual. If the 6970 is e.g. 19% faster than the 480: 1.19 * 20000 (what the 480 scores in Vantage) = 23800. That's a lot faster than the 570, and close to the 580.
 
 
+64 #6 NateMo1980 2010-12-08 11:56
so basically what he is saying is it is very close to the 580. Not to mention about 80$ cheaper. And this version handles Tessellation much better than 5xxx series.
But the way he worded it he only says it doesn't beat the 580. well duh. never thought it would but if the 580 is 20% faster than a 480 and the 6970 is 10-20% faster than 480 sounds like a good GPu to me for the price ;) This puts the 6970 where i thought it would be and i bet the thermals and watt usage is better
 
 
+91 #7 leftiszi 2010-12-08 12:04
Fudzilla refers to that:
http://d.imagehost.org/0113/15mz711.png

Well, NEWSFLASH:
http://d.imagehost.org/0065/fakeenhanced.png

NEEEEXT...!

(credit goes to the guys at B3D)
 
 
+104 #8 boobster 2010-12-08 12:37
Fuad sez:

"When we compare our own GTX 480 results and add 20 percent on top of that it turns that Cayman XT loses to both GTX 570 and especially GTX 580."


Most reviews show the GTX 570 about equal to a GTX 480, yet, you claim that 20% added to a GTX 480 will still lose to a GTX 570. Do you do this to get more hits on your site or what?
 
 
+55 #9 Vithren 2010-12-08 13:19
Quoting leftiszi:
Fudzilla refers to that:
http://d.imagehost.org/0113/15mz711.png

Well, NEWSFLASH:
http://d.imagehost.org/0065/fakeenhanced.png

NEEEEXT...!

(credit goes to the guys at B3D)


+1. Fuad, isn't it really you responsibility to know stuff like that?
 
 
+45 #10 MrScary 2010-12-08 13:34
Quoting leftiszi:
Fudzilla refers to that:
http://d.imagehost.org/0113/15mz711.png

Well, NEWSFLASH:
http://d.imagehost.org/0065/fakeenhanced.png

NEEEEXT...!

(credit goes to the guys at B3D)

According to that, 6970 results are a lot better than showed on the graphs. if you take in count the the blackened bars over horrendous 480.
Poor fuad your nvidia share are going to the floor.
 

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