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AMD Radeon HD 6970M

The AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6970M (or sometimes called ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6970) is a high-end graphics card normally reserved for big and heavy laptops. It is based on the desktop HD 6850 graphics card and therefore features UVD3 video processing and Eyefinity+. The codename of this GPU is Blackcomb XT and it should have comparable power consumption results as the GeForce GTX 480M.

The 960 Stream processors are still based on the "old" 5D architecture similar to the 5000 series. Therefore, the number of shaders is not comparable to the 1D cores of current Nvidia GPUs. The Tessellation performance should be improved (like the desktop 6800 series) with the new cards. The Stream processors can be used with DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.1, DirectCompute 11 and OpenCL. With the latter two, the 6970M can also be used for general computations such as transcoding videos.

The 3D performance of this card lies between the GeForce GTX 470M and 485M, both of which are high-end notebook GPUs. In our tests, the 6970M is on average 33% faster than a GeForce GTX 480M, but the newer GTX 485M is still about 12% faster than the AMD card. Compared to the previous generation ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870, the Radeon 6970M is about 50% faster, but has greater power demands.

For gamers, this means that the Radeon HD 6970M is able to fluently display all most modern games in high detail settings. Only Crysis and Metro 2033 stutter in the highest detail settings at 1920x1080 resolution (see below).

The new UVD3 video decoder supports the decoding of MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, Flash and now also Multi-View Codec (MVC) and MPEG-4 part 2 (DivX, xVid) HD videos on the graphics card.

Furthermore, the HD 6900M series integrates an HD audio controller to transmit HD Audio (TrueHD or DTS Master Audio) over HDMI and/or DisplayPort (e.g. for Blu-Ray videos).

The AMD HD3D Technology offers support for Blu-Ray 3D and 3D displays (integrated and external). However, the solution is not as mature as Nvidia's 3D Vision.

Thanks to Eyefinity, the graphics chip is able to theoretically drive up to 6 monitors simultaneously. However, this only works if the laptop features enough video outputs.

The power consumption of the 6790M should be similar to the Nvidia GeForce GTX 480M / 485M and is therefore at about 100 Watts when considering the MXM board and the 2 GB GDDR5 memory. Eurocom, for example, states that the TDP ranges from about 75-100 Watts. As a result, the card is only suited for large laptops with good cooling solutions.

ManufacturerAMD
Radeon HD 6900M Series

Radeon HD 6990M Crossfire

2240 @ 715MHz256 Bit @ 900MHz

Radeon HD 6970M Crossfire

1920 @ 680MHz256 Bit @ 900MHz

Radeon HD 6990M

1120 @ 715MHz256 Bit @ 900MHz
Radeon HD 6970M 960 @ 680MHz256 Bit @ 900MHz

Radeon HD 6950M

960 @ 580MHz256 Bit @ 900MHz
CodenameBlackcomb XT
ArchitectureTerascale 2
Pipelines960 - unified
Core Speed *680 MHz
Shader Speed *680 MHz
Memory Speed *900 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory2048 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11, Shader 5.0
Power Consumption75-100 Watt
Transistors1700 Million
technology40 nm
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement06.01.2011
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.amd.com/us/products/notebook/...
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.

Benchmarks

3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 2983      avg: 3066 (24%)     median: 3054 (24%)     max: 3143 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 2774      avg: 2821.3 (20%)     median: 2818.5 (20%)     max: 2874 points
...
GeForce GTX 460 768MB 0%
Radeon HD 6970M
Radeon HD 6790 2%
Radeon HD 7770 10%
Radeon HD 5850 21%
...
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100%
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 11091      avg: 12055.5 (33%)     median: 11898 (32%)     max: 13412 Points
3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 10895      avg: 11384.5 (26%)     median: 11499 (26%)     max: 11645 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 14047      avg: 17519.6 (59%)     median: 17634 (60%)     max: 20155 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 18890      avg: 21991.3 (60%)     median: 22213 (60%)     max: 24871 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 53658      avg: 56455.7 (37%)     median: 56921 (38%)     max: 58788 Points
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 33      avg: 33.3 (20%)     median: 33.2 (20%)     max: 33.7 fps
PCMark Vantage - Gaming Score 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 8149      avg: 9809.3 (38%)     median: 10260 (39%)     max: 11019 Points
SPECviewperf 11 - Catia 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 5.34      avg: 6.9 (10%)     median: 7.2 (10%)     max: 8.09 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Ensight 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 17.64      avg: 18.8 (31%)     median: 19.2 (32%)     max: 19.46 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Lightwave 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 20.59      avg: 25.2 (31%)     median: 25.7 (32%)     max: 29.34 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Maya 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 7.66      avg: 10.8 (10%)     median: 11.5 (10%)     max: 13.22 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 1.45      avg: 1.9 (10%)     median: 1.9 (10%)     max: 2.31 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - SolidWorks 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 16.02      avg: 21 (32%)     median: 22.3 (35%)     max: 24.63 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Tcvis 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 4.13      avg: 5.7 (10%)     median: 6.1 (10%)     max: 6.81 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Siemens NX 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 9.25      avg: 9.9 (16%)     median: 10.2 (16%)     max: 10.35 fps
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 40.3      avg: 53.3 (49%)     median: 55.6 (51%)     max: 61.87 Points
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 6890      avg: 7968.3 (68%)     median: 7951.5 (68%)     max: 9080 Points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
0% 100%
min: 7.6      avg: 7.6 (96%)     median: 7.6 (96%)     max: 7.6 points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
0% 100%
min: 7.6      avg: 7.6 (96%)     median: 7.6 (96%)     max: 7.6 points
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailled information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

Max Payne 3
Max Payne 3 (2012)
low:
61.9  fps      Compare
med.:
64.7  fps      Compare
high:
35.1  fps      Compare
ultra:
26.7  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Dirt Showdown
low:
76.6  fps      Compare
med.:
64.2  fps      Compare
high:
59.5  fps      Compare
ultra:
30.3  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Diablo III
Diablo III (2012)
low:
193.4  fps      Compare
med.:
132.1  fps      Compare
high:
89.4  fps      Compare
ultra:
64.6  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Risen 2: Dark Waters
low:
95.1  fps      Compare
med.:
72.2  fps      Compare
high:
52.9  fps      Compare
ultra:
24.3  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Mass Effect 3
low:
60  fps      Compare
high:
59.3  fps      Compare
ultra:
54.1  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Alan Wake
Alan Wake (2012)
low:
87  fps      Compare
med.:
55  fps      Compare
ultra:
27.2  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Star Wars: The Old Republic
Star Wars: The Old Republic (2011)
low:
70  fps      Compare
high:
53  fps      Compare
ultra:
43.5  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Anno 2070
Anno 2070 (2011)
low:
207.8  fps      Compare
med.:
97.1  fps      Compare
high:
58.6  fps      Compare
ultra:
29.7  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
low:
51.5  fps      Compare
med.:
48.4  fps      Compare
high:
40.8  fps      Compare
ultra:
30.6  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
CoD: Modern Warfare 3
low:
263.6  fps      Compare
med.:
136.1  fps      Compare
high:
99.4  fps      Compare
ultra:
63.8  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Battlefield 3
low:
84.3  fps      Compare
med.:
58.8  fps      Compare
high:
45.7  fps      Compare