Thursday, 04 November 2010 11:50

Cayman HD 6970 has 2GB RAM

Written by Fuad Abazovic


256-bit

Information about AMD's upcoming Cayman core is still hard come by, but we have at least one new fact that we can rely on.

Cayman has 2GB of GDDR5 memory and the controller of choice is 256-bit. While in terms of RAM quantity the card beats Nvidia's GTX 580 which has 1.5GB, we can definitely say anything over 1GB is overkill for most users, but it looks good for marketing purposes.

Despite its 256-bit bus, Cayman Radeon HD 6970 looks to be quite close to GTX 580 performance, but we still don’t have anything better than this claim. Launch appears to be set for the week of November 22nd  and samples are supposed to get to AMD selected press very soon.

Last modified on Thursday, 04 November 2010 13:50
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+163 #1 JWellington 2010-11-04 12:10
Anything over 1GB is NOT Overkill, particularly with games becmonig more memory intensive; plus, as a PC gamer who often uses texture mods....this is a plus....
 
 
+81 #2 thaad 2010-11-04 12:10
Quoting Fuad:
Cayman Radeon HD 6970 looks to be quite close to GTX 580 performance


HD6970 close to GTX580???????????????
How come u know the result?


Radeon rule!

Radeon Rock.... 8)
 
 
+93 #3 guideX 2010-11-04 12:15
You must be joking about the 6970 coming close to the GTX 580... The 6970 is going to obliterate the 580. This is a certainty.
 
 
+125 #4 Sethroque 2010-11-04 12:24
2GB isn't overkill for a eyefinity card, mind you with AMD you don't need two cards ;]
 
 
+104 #5 Steve-O 2010-11-04 12:34
Once again Fuad, you are gravely mistaken. Any res 2560x1600 and up (aka eyefinity) is vastly better with more than 1GB of ram when you turn up the AA (ATi and NV).

Despite its 256-bit bus, Cayman Radeon HD 6970 looks to be quite close to GTX 580 performance, but we still don’t have anything better than this claim.

Perhaps you should try looking at a chart, or a graph, or something? Maybe you should look at the supposed 600$ initial proposed MSRP of the 580. Maybe you should get better sources, or start paying them in high-quality beer instead of wine laced with antifreeze.

Of course this is your site, skewed to whatever you think is the truth.
 
 
+64 #6 bane 2010-11-04 12:34
There are already a handful of games that will use over 1GB of VRAM with everything cranked up. A 2GB card is an investment into future highly-demanding games.
 
 
+42 #7 Steve-O 2010-11-04 12:43
Oh, and again who is this "we" you keep mentioning?
 
 
+49 #8 blandead 2010-11-04 12:46
I've been waiting til this retarded fuad articles would stop ruining this site, but I guess not.

Luckily there are still some tech sites that actually review new products thoroughly and the new features.

Morphological AA feature seems to be dependent on amount/speed of ram

1GB is plenty for 1920x1200 to use that feature but for higher resolutions you get a HUGE performance drop whereas at 1920x1200 and lower you get a very minimal and consistent drop for the improved look

Thus for high gaming resolutions you need 2GB for this feature and possibly more efficient when combining it with regular AA methods. Actually looks very good if done right

580 is just fermi done right like it should have been
 
 
-46 #9 Tr0y 2010-11-04 12:47
Quoting guideX:
The 6970 is going to obliterate the 580. This is a certainty.



Because you've seen it in your wet dreams?

:o ... fanboys. Hate 'em.

Lets just wait 3 more weeks, shall we?
 
 
+74 #10 Supercrit 2010-11-04 12:56
Wow another article about GTX 580
 

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