Date: December 15th, 2010
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: XFX
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XFX HD 6970 INTRODUCTION
The release of AMD's new single-GPU flagship HD 6970 is just in time for the 2010 holiday season and thus allows consumers to ponder whether their current HD 5800 videocard is still technically relevant, or whether it is time for an upgrade.
With new features such as Enhanced Quality Anti-aliasing, Morphological Filtering and PowerTune Technology, all of which are not enabled by default, AMD sets out to allow the power user to adjust and enhance the gaming quality and/or performance to meet their current gaming needs with less of a performance hit on their current gaming configuration. Whether or not you will be utilizing these features is up to you and AMD has chosen not to force gamers to use these new enhancements, and allow them to try them out and see if it suits their needs.
Through a mixture of synthetic and real world gaming performance benchmarking in DirectX 9, DirectX 10 and tessellation enhanced DirectX 11 environments, we are hoping to lay out on the table whether or not upgrading will be a smart decision. Numbers do not lie and through testing we will see if this card should be in your shopping cart, or whether the card you have on hand might still be a product you can hang on to for a while longer.
XFX has been kind enough to allow us to test their reference-based version of the HD6970 in our lab. Let's see how this card works out..... The reviews continues on Page 2 .
XFX CORPORATE PROFILE
XFX dares to go where the competition would like to, but can't. That's because, at XFX, we don't just create great digital video componentsówe build all-out, mind-blowing, performance-crushing, competition-obliterating video cards and motherboards. And, not only are they amazing, you don't have to live on dry noodles and peanut butter to afford them.
XFX is a division of PINE Technology Holdings Limited, a leading manufacturer and marketer of innovative solutions for the worldwide gaming technologies market. Founded in 1989, PINE designs, develops, manufactures and distributes high-performance video graphics technology and computer peripherals. The company's dedicated research and development team are continually pushing the limits to meet the demands of the ever-growing and performance-driven community. Headquartered in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Hong Kong SAR), PINE has more than 1,000 employees worldwide with 16 offices around the globe. PINE also maintains four state-of-the-art research and development facilities in the Asia Pacific region and two factories in Mainland China. To learn more about PINE, please visit www.pinegroup.com .