Early Radeon HD 6970 tests suggest 10% better performance over Nvidia’s GTX 480

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Early Radeon HD 6970 tests suggest 10% better performance over Nvidia’s GTX 480

Interesting. While it’s just a rumour at this point and certainly isn’t an absolute. There’s been a number of benchmarking results for the upcoming Cayman-based Radeon HD 6970 surfacing and, if both the rumours and statistics are true, the reference 6970 may very well be able to boast a very impressive 10% overall performance average over Nvidia’s current reigning champion, the GeForce GTX 480 card.

According to Guru3D, the 6970 managed to score a whopping 23,499 3DMarks in Performance mode using the 3D Mark Vantage tool; and the 6970 managed to score an average of 36.6 frames per second whilst benchmarking using the latest Unigine Heaven software at a resolution of 1920×1200, 4xAA and 16xAF. Impressive, no? To further put this into perspective, here’s the results of the GTX 480 and of AMD’s last generation 5000-series top performer, the 5870 vs. the Radeon HD 6970:

  • The GTX 480 scored P21106 in 3D Mark Vantage, and 29.5 FPS in the Unigine Heaven benchmarking tool
  • The Radeon HD 5870 scored P19337 in 3D Mark Vantage, and 17.3 FPS in the Unigine Heaven benchmarking tool
  • The Radeon HD 6970 scored P24499 in 3D Mark Vantage, and 36.6 FPS in the Unigine Heaven benchmarking tool

Full credit must fall to Guru3D for the benchmarking results included above.

And yes, I realise the image says “Nvidia vs ATi” and not “Nvidia vs AMD“.

By , Chief Biscuit Dunker