Thursday, 09 December 2010 14:53

Cayman 6970 has less than 300W TDP

Written by Fuad Abazovic

AMD officially
AMD has clearly abandoned its performance per watt graphics dream. The company that used to make small and power efficient chips went for a different approach, a huge chip. As we reported earlier, Cayman in its Radeon HD 6970 variant has a total board power rating of under 300W.

AMD has a history of avoiding some industry standards such as TDP as they already tried to skip this standard when Barcelona core went hot. AMD is currently using three different TDP values and calls them PowerTune Maximum Power, Typical Gaming Power and, of course, Typical Idle Power. The PowerTune feature looks a lot similar to the gimmick that Nvidia used on its GTX 580 and it looks like this one lock the HD 6970 maximum TDP at 250W. Typical Gaming Power is set at 190W while the idle stands at 20W.

The card physically has one 6-pin and one 8-pin connector and it plans to introduce PowerTune technology where you will be able to add or substract 20W in order to save some power and the Amazon forests or add some maximal power for better overclocking.

Overall the best case scenario looks to be quite hot and much more than people are expecting, us included. AMD will officially launch Radeon HD 6970 and 6950 on the December 15th 5AM European Time and December 14th 08.00 PM California Pacific Standard Time and you will get this one confirmed.

Last modified on Thursday, 09 December 2010 15:49
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+106 #1 hellfire 2010-12-09 15:55
has clearly abandoned its performance per watt graphics dream

250Wmax board power is 33% more than 5870, I doubt that 6970 perfomance advantage over 5870 is less then 33%. Your point makes no sence here, as perfomance per watt grown further even on same 40nm

stop failing on such simple calculaions all the time please
+72 #2 fuadzilla 2010-12-09 16:02
he will be a different person when talking about the green jello... :-*
+60 #3 moKi 2010-12-09 16:08
"Cayman 6970 has less than 300W TDP"

What a statement. Next article he will say, the 2015 AMD CPUs will have less than 2000W TDP... :lol:
+132 #4 Tr0y 2010-12-09 16:46
"AMD has a history of avoiding some industry standards such as TDP ...".

Fuad? are you nuts? Why are you writing this bullshit?

In the past, when ATI said it's TDP is 150, then it was 150. MAX.!

On the other side, when Nvidia gave TDP numbers, they usually meant TYPICAL power draw. Which meant that in reality power consumption was much higher.

You can say about ATI what you want - but their TDP values have always been accurate.

Shame on you Fuad!
+64 #5 spede 2010-12-09 16:47
I only read the first sentence and that was enough. 1/5 stars.
+54 #6 Bors Mistral 2010-12-09 16:50
Funny article...
AMD has clearly abandoned its performance per watt graphics dream.
In all likelihood it'll still be more power efficient than competitor's offerings.
+11 #7 yourma2000 2010-12-09 16:52
so this must mean that the 6990 (which AMD OFFICIALLY confirmed is coming) will have a max TDP of 500w...I doubt it
+72 #8 Vesper 2010-12-09 16:54
I am new here and i gotta say that this guy called Fuad SHOULD QUIT WRITING!

I havent seen such a big troll before.
My friend you are clearly biased and you should just give the amd news to someone else!
-16 #9 romulous 2010-12-09 16:57
Save the Amazon forests ? are you kidding ? Only less Amozonians can do that. FYI : trees need carbon dioxide to grow. When is this media fueled insanity going to end. Every living thing on the planet has cabon in it. No carbon = no life.

Real Science + Common sense VS Media hype and nonsense. Some ppl need to go back to school and learn the basics.
+82 #10 jonelsorel 2010-12-09 17:01
@ Fuad: a new visitor to Fudzilla would probably think you're simply a fanboy if he/she read this article. However we all know you're on nvidia's payroll somehow.

You've descended to inimaginable lows in your attempts to mask nvidia's failings, with sentences such as this about the competition:

"AMD has clearly abandoned its performance per watt graphics dream."

You're way beyond recovery, reputation and credibility wise. Some could even say you're clinically retarded!

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