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Monday, 10 January 2011 11:02

Cayman to get cheaper 1GB version

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Early HD 6950 1GB listings appear
We came across a rather interesting listing of a Sapphire HD 6950 board on our price search engine. What makes the new board quite interesting is not some fancy feature, but rather the lack of 1GB of memory.

Sappire’s new board, designated 11188-01-40G, packs just 1GB of GDDR5 and it’s a reference design with stock clocks. So, it’s really nothing spectacular, but it’s still a very interesting development. According to German tech site HT4U.net, the HD 6970 should also get a 1GB version, although we think an HD 6950 with 1GB makes quite a bit more sense.

The HD 6950 is one of AMD’s most competitive cards at the moment. It offers excellent value for money and Nvidia simply lacks anything to pit against it in the sub-€250 market. The new 1GB versions will obviously end up even cheaper than the currently available 2GB models, but at this point we are not entirely sure about the pricing.

Current listings indicate that the 1GB version could sell for about €240, but since the 2GB version is already selling for just over €250, we are guessing that the price will end up even lower. In any case it seems like a very nice move on AMD’s part.

Retailers believe they will have the 1GB HD 6950 in stock by the end of the month. You can check out the listings here.
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+13 #1 arclight 2011-01-10 11:36
I was thinking about this for quite some time, i mean this really makes sense. I hope they price it smack down in between the 6870 and the 6950 2 Gb version.

They could also remove the double BIOS switch to reduce cost if they like, so AMD could justify the 6950 2Gb version....more money better value and the possibility to unlock it to a 6970....

I'm just wondering how good the GTX 560 will be compared to the 69502Gb and 1Gb version. nVidia can still make a surprise, it just depends on price...

I might hold my purchase untill the end of January, hopefully both will be on shelves by then (i mean the GTX560 and HD6950 1 Gb)
 
 
+16 #2 nele 2011-01-10 11:57
Quoting arclight:
I was thinking about this for quite some time, i mean this really makes sense. I hope they price it smack down in between the 6870 and the 6950 2 Gb version.

They could also remove the double BIOS switch to reduce cost if they like, so AMD could justify the 6950 2Gb version....more money better value and the possibility to unlock it to a 6970....

I'm just wondering how good the GTX 560 will be compared to the 69502Gb and 1Gb version. nVidia can still make a surprise, it just depends on price...

I might hold my purchase untill the end of January, hopefully both will be on shelves by then (i mean the GTX560 and HD6950 1 Gb)


Well the 560 appears to be just a GF104 with one more cluster enabled... So I doubt it can come close to the 6950. However, it should also end up quite a bit cheaper, definitely sub-€200.

I think AMD did the right thing, although the 6970 with 1GB seems a bit pointless, but the 6950 should be a great deal.
 
 
+7 #3 East17 2011-01-10 14:22
They should really differentiate their products and prices. The 1 GB version should be more like 220 Euros or cheaper. It can't be that 1 GB of GDDR5 memory and related costs are just 10 euros and, halving the memory only yields a 10 Euro price reduction.
 
 
+6 #4 Exodite 2011-01-10 14:23
And here I were thinking that the mid-range lineup should start migrating upwards from 1GB.

Granted, 1GB isn't much of a limitation currently as we seem unable to progress from 1080p, and are being limited by the ancient hardware in this generations consoles, but hopefully those point will be rectified in the not-to-far-future.

2GB should probably be the default.
 
 
+7 #5 Super XP 2011-01-10 15:42
I agree with nele on this one, no point in coming out with a 1GB HD 6970, just stick with the HD 6950 which AMD can easily price much better. And remember the HD 6950's are un-lockable into HD 6970's... This about it AMD...
 
 
+8 #6 Nerdfighter 2011-01-10 15:58
It probably doesn't effect performance by a lot up to 1080p. The 6950 performs about the same than the 5870 and it doesn't suffer from only having 1GB. Hopefully they don't remove the unlocking ability.
 
 
+7 #7 Bl0bb3r 2011-01-10 17:34
It was that 512MB were enough for a long time, two years ago on the 4K series and now even 1GB isn't.

It's a good move because it gives buyers some options but they should really think about it, if the keep the card for a long time then 2GB is a must.
 
 
-4 #8 bardenck 2011-01-10 18:34
It offers excellent value for money and Nvidia simply lacks anything to pit against it in the sub-€250 market




gtx 560.....
 
 
+13 #9 nele 2011-01-10 18:54
Quoting bardenck:
It offers excellent value for money and Nvidia simply lacks anything to pit against it in the sub-€250 market




gtx 560.....


Well there is a difference. You can actually buy a 6950, whereas the 560 will launch in a few weeks.
 
 
+5 #10 Cartman 2011-01-10 21:10
The best feature about hd 6XXX is Morphological AA, i tryed it at my friends PC and GTA4 looks WOW , i wish he had Borderlands on his pc...

But is still think that AMD could make Morphological AA work on older Gfx cards like HD 4XXX, if it was part of DX11 it wouldnt work on God Of War 3!!
 

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