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AMD Radeon HD 6950M vs AMD Radeon HD 6970M

AMD Radeon HD 6950M

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The AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6950M (or sometimes called ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6950) is a high-end graphics card generally used for big and heavy laptops. It is based on the desktop HD 6850 graphics card and therefore features the new UVD3 video processor, increased Tessellation performance and Eyefinity+. The codename of this GPU is Blackcomb Pro and it should have similar power consumption as the GeForce GTX 470M. Compared to the faster HD 6970M, the 6950M's core is clocked slower by at least 100 MHz.

The 960 Stream processors should be still based on the "old" 5D architecture, similar to the 5000 series. Therefore, the number of shaders in the 6950M is not comparable to the 1D cores of current Nvidia GPUs. The Tessellation performance, however, 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 cores of the 6950M can also be used for general computations like video transcoding.

The 3D performance is on par with the GeForce GTX 470M in the high end class of notebook graphic cards. For gamers, this means that the Radeon HD 6950M is able to fluently play most modern games (as of 2011) in high detail settings. Only Crysis and Metro 2033 will 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 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 provided that the notebook itself has enough video-out ports.

The power consumption of the 6950M should be similar to the Nvidia GeForce GTX470M and is therefore only suited for medium to large laptops with good cooling solutions.

AMD Radeon HD 6970M

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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.

AMD Radeon HD 6950MAMD Radeon HD 6970M
ManufacturerAMDAMD
Radeon HD 6900M Series
Radeon HD 6990M Crossfire compare 2240 @ 0.72 GHz256 Bit @ 900 MHz
Radeon HD 6970M Crossfire compare 1920 @ 0.68 GHz256 Bit @ 900 MHz
Radeon HD 6990M compare 1120 @ 0.72 GHz256 Bit @ 900 MHz
Radeon HD 6970M 960 @ 0.68 GHz256 Bit @ 900 MHz
Radeon HD 6950M 960 @ 0.58 GHz256 Bit @ 900 MHz
Radeon HD 6990M Crossfire compare 2240 @ 0.72 GHz256 Bit @ 900 MHz
Radeon HD 6970M Crossfire compare 1920 @ 0.68 GHz256 Bit @ 900 MHz
Radeon HD 6990M compare 1120 @ 0.72 GHz256 Bit @ 900 MHz
Radeon HD 6970M 960 @ 0.68 GHz256 Bit @ 900 MHz
Radeon HD 6950M 960 @ 0.58 GHz256 Bit @ 900 MHz
CodenameBlackcomb ProBlackcomb XT
ArchitectureTerascale 2Terascale 2
Pipelines960 - unified960 - unified
Core Speed580 MHz680 MHz
Memory Speed900 MHz900 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory2048 MB2048 MB
Shared Memorynono
DirectXDirectX 11, Shader 5.0DirectX 11, Shader 5.0
Transistors1700 Million1700 Million
technology40 nm40 nm
Notebook Sizelargelarge
Date of Announcement06.01.2011 06.01.2011
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.amd.com/us/products/notebook/...http://www.amd.com/us/products/notebook/...

Benchmarks

3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
2643 Points (6%)
min: 2983     avg: 3066     median: 3054 (7%)     max: 3143 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
2452 Points (4%)
min: 2774     avg: 2821     median: 2818.5 (5%)     max: 2874 Points
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + AMD Radeon HD 6950M
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. total
10122 Points (10%)
3DM Vant. Perf. total + AMD Radeon HD 6970M
min: 11091     avg: 12056     median: 11898 (12%)     max: 13412 Points
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + AMD Radeon HD 6950M
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX
9694 Points (9%)
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + AMD Radeon HD 6970M
min: 10895     avg: 11385     median: 11499 (11%)     max: 11645 Points
3DMark 03 - 3DMark 03 - Standard
49088 Points (26%)
min: 53658     avg: 56456     median: 56921 (30%)     max: 58788 Points
3DMark 05 - 3DMark 05 - Standard
18466 Points (27%)
min: 18890     avg: 21991     median: 22213 (32%)     max: 24871 Points
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon HD 6950M
3DMark 06
13719 Points (26%)
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon HD 6970M
min: 14047     avg: 17190     median: 17447 (32%)     max: 19907 Points
3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + AMD Radeon HD 6970M
3DMark 06
20155 (37%)
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - Heaven 2.1 high
min: 33     avg: 33.3     median: 33.2 (6%)     max: 33.7 fps
SPECviewperf 11
specvp11 snx-01 + AMD Radeon HD 6970M
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 snx-01
min: 9.25     avg: 9.9     median: 10.2 (7%)     max: 10.35 fps
specvp11 tcvis-02 + AMD Radeon HD 6970M
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 tcvis-02
min: 4.13     avg: 5.7     median: 6.1 (10%)     max: 6.81 fps
specvp11 sw-02 + AMD Radeon HD 6970M
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 sw-02
min: 16.02     avg: 21     median: 22.3 (27%)     max: 24.63 fps
specvp11 proe-05 + AMD Radeon HD 6970M
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 proe-05
min: 1.45     avg: 1.9     median: 1.9 (8%)     max: 2.31 fps
specvp11 maya-03 + AMD Radeon HD 6970M
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 maya-03
min: 7.66     avg: 10.8     median: 11.5 (9%)     max: 13.22 fps
specvp11 lightwave-01 + AMD Radeon HD 6970M
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 lightwave-01
min: 20.59     avg: 25.2     median: 25.7 (28%)     max: 29.34 fps
specvp11 ensight-04 + AMD Radeon HD 6970M
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 ensight-04
min: 17.64     avg: 18.8     median: 19.2 (9%)     max: 19.46 fps
specvp11 catia-03 + AMD Radeon HD 6970M
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 catia-03
min: 5.34     avg: 6.9     median: 7.2 (9%)     max: 8.09 fps
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Gaming graphics
7.6 Points (96%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Graphics
7.6 Points (96%)
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + AMD Radeon HD 6970M
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit)
min: 6890     avg: 7968     median: 7951.5 (38%)     max: 9080
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + AMD Radeon HD 6970M
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit
min: 40.3     avg: 53.3     median: 55.6 (24%)     max: 61.87 fps

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon HD 6950M → 100% n=7

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon HD 6970M → 119% n=7

- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

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 detailed information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

low 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
61.9  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
64.7  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
35.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 6970M:
26.7  fps
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
76.6  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
64.2  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
59.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 6970M:
30.3  fps
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
193.4  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
132.1  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
89.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 6970M:
64.6  fps
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
95.1  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
72.2  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
52.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 6970M:
24.3  fps
low 1280x720
Radeon HD 6970M:
60  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
59.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 6970M:
54.1  fps
Alan Wake

Alan Wake

2012
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
87  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
55  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 6970M:
27.2  fps
Star Wars: The Old Republic

Star Wars: The Old Republic

2011
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
70  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
53  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 6970M:
43.5  fps
Anno 2070

Anno 2070

2011
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
207.8 fps  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
97.1 fps  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
58.6 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 6970M:
29.7 fps  fps
low 1280x720
Radeon HD 6970M:
51.5 fps  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
48.4 fps  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
40.8 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 6970M:
30.6 fps  fps
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
263.6  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
136.1  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
99.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 6970M:
63.8  fps
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
84.3 fps  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
58.8 fps  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
45.7 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 6970M:
19 fps  fps
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
96  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
88  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
71  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 6970M:
35  fps
Fifa 12

Fifa 12

2011
low 800x600
Radeon HD 6970M:
377.1 fps  fps
med. 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
215.9 fps  fps
high 1360x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
176.3 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 6970M:
135.7 fps  fps
F1 2011

F1 2011

2011
low 800x600
Radeon HD 6970M:
131 fps  fps
med. 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
85 fps  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
71 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 6970M:
45 fps  fps
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
174.7 fps  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
102.7 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 6970M:
45.1 fps  fps
Dirt 3

Dirt 3

2011
low 800x600
Radeon HD 6970M:
224.7  fps
med. 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
104.8  fps
high 1360x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
78.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 6970M:
33.2  fps
Crysis 2

Crysis 2

2011
low 800x600
Radeon HD 6970M:
178.9  fps
med. 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
126.3  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
96.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 6970M:
30.2  fps
low 800x600
Radeon HD 6970M:
76.7 fps  fps
med. 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
67.3 fps  fps
high 1360x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
65.3 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 6970M:
61.9 fps 74.5 fps ~ 68 fps
Fifa 11

Fifa 11

2010
low 800x600
Radeon HD 6970M:
301.2 714.6 ~ 508 fps
med. 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
229.7 421.2 ~ 325 fps
high 1360x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
154.5 200.6 ~ 178 fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 6970M:
168.3 171.4 fps ~ 170 fps
Mafia 2

Mafia 2

2010
low 800x600
Radeon HD 6970M:
71.6  fps
med. 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
69.8  fps
high 1360x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
67.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 6970M:
52.3 55.9 ~ 54 fps
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
178.7 fps 222.6 ~ 201 fps
med. 1360x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
66.1 fps  fps
high 1360x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
65.5 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 6970M:
58 fps 58.6 fps 71.1 ~ 63 fps
low 800x600
Radeon HD 6970M:
94.3 fps 144 ~ 119 fps
med. 1360x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
77.2 fps  fps
high 1600x900
Radeon HD 6970M:
47.9 fps 52 fps 71.4 ~ 57 fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 6970M:
18 fps 18.3 fps 24 ~ 20 fps
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
132.5 fps  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
111.4 fps  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
82.9 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 6970M:
47.6 fps 49.7 fps ~ 49 fps
low 800x600
Radeon HD 6970M:
172.9 fps  fps
med. 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
105.2 fps  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
94.9 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 6970M:
67.1 fps 76.9 fps ~ 72 fps
Risen

Risen

2009
low 800x600
Radeon HD 6970M:
97.6 fps 134.2 ~ 116 fps
med. 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
77.9 78.3 fps ~ 78 fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
60.4 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 6970M:
43.7 45.2 fps 46.8 fps ~ 45 fps
Resident Evil 5

Resident Evil 5

2009
low 800x600
Radeon HD 6970M:
102.6  fps
high 1360x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
80.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 6970M:
75.7 80 ~ 78 fps
Need for Speed Shift

Need for Speed Shift

2009
low 800x600
Radeon HD 6970M:
89.2  fps
med. 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
53.5 fps 64.3 ~ 59 fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
56.6 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 6970M:
52.2 fps 54.1 64.6 fps ~ 57 fps
Colin McRae: DIRT 2

Colin McRae: DIRT 2

2009
low 800x600
Radeon HD 6970M:
95.2 115 ~ 105 fps
med. 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
93.9 94.7 ~ 94 fps
high 1360x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
73.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 6970M:
47.7 49.3 50.3 ~ 49 fps
Anno 1404

Anno 1404

2009
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
133.4  fps
ultra 1280x1024
Radeon HD 6970M:
82.2  fps
F.E.A.R. 2

F.E.A.R. 2

2009
low 800x600
Radeon HD 6970M:
156.5  fps
med. 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
106.3  fps
high 1280x1024
Radeon HD 6970M:
101.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 6970M:
85 86.8 fps ~ 86 fps
Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead

2008
low 640x480
Radeon HD 6970M:
157.3  fps
high 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
120.5  fps
Far Cry 2

Far Cry 2

2008
low 640x480
Radeon HD 6970M:
120.9  fps
high 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
91.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 6970M:
57.2 61.6 ~ 59 fps
Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare

Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare

2007
low 800x600
Radeon HD 6970M:
188.5 312.9 ~ 251 fps
med. 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
117 203.1 ~ 160 fps
high 1280x1024
Radeon HD 6970M:
103.4  fps
Crysis - GPU Benchmark

Crysis - GPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
107.6  fps
med. 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
67.6  fps
high 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
57.9 76.7 ~ 67 fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 6970M:
24.6 25 ~ 25 fps
Crysis - CPU Benchmark

Crysis - CPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
137.5  fps
med. 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
65.5  fps
high 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
55.8 74.1 ~ 65 fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 6970M:
22.8 23.3 ~ 23 fps
Call of Juarez Benchmark

Call of Juarez Benchmark

2006
high 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
81.3 83.3 ~ 82 fps
Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

2005
high 1024x768
Radeon HD 6970M:
204.8  fps

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