“Legit Bottom Line: The AMD Radeon HD 6970 and 6950 video cards bring new features and better performance to the table with a price point and level of performance that is competitive with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 500 series of cards.”
- Nathan Kirsch
“The improvement in tessellation performance is pretty evident [in Metro 2033] as not only does the new HD 6970 completely walk over the performance of the HD 5870 2GB card but is nearly as fast as NVIDIA's GTX 580 card!”
- Ryan Shrout
"In most ways, AMD hit the nail on the head with the HD 6970."
- Michael Hoenig
“With the advancements made in their technologies, and increasing software that will support the new AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing Technology, you will get a well-rounded gaming and home video experience.”
- Paul E. Marini Jr.
"One word aptly describes AMD's latest Radeon HD 6800 series GPUs: refinement. AMD's goal was to drive cost and power consumption out of their architecture, along with enhancing its capabilities, features and image quality in next-generation DX11 gaming engines. To that end we'd say the company has succeeded masterfully."
- David Altavilla
"AMD may not have a new process to produce chips on this year, but as we’ll see they definitely haven’t run out of ideas or ways to improve their efficiency on the 40nm process."
- Ryan Smith
"As a result, even with NVIDIA’s latest round of price drops AMD has managed to dethrone the $200 king, and in the process is reshaping the competitive market only recently established by the GTX 460."
- Ryan Smith
"In conclusion, the AMD Radeon HD 6870 introduces more flexibility for display devices, especially where Eyefinity is used, plus it enables stereoscopic 3D gaming and Blu-ray or 3D DVD playback for the first time. The reconfigured Cypress-turned-Barts GPU offers gaming performance that rivals the older Radeon HD 5850, occasionally competes with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470, and easily outperforms the 1GB GTX 460."
- Olin Coles
"The architecture changes that AMD made in the Radeon HD 6800 'Barts' series of video cards is rather amazing. As a single card the Radeon HD 6850 used roughly the same amount of power at idle and load as an NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 and it crushes that card in the benchmarks. When you run a pair of Radeon HD 6850 video cards in CrossFire you get great performance and the power consumption is still less than a stock clocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470!...We found that the Radeon HD 6870 uses about 35W more power at load than compared to a Radeon HD 6850, but...[it] manages to use less power at load than a ATI Radeon HD 5850 or 5870! AMD has done some great stuff here with power management with the Radeon HD 6000 series."
- Nate Kirsch
"AMD hit a Grand Slam with Eyefinity when it launched with the Radeon HD 5800 line. But why rest on "good enough?" There are now more display options thanks to Display Port 1.2. A single card can now have 3-6 simultaneous displays with the right equipment on the Display Port connections. You no longer need a special, more expensive "Eyefinity Edition" card to take advantage of more than 3 monitors. HDMI 1.4a is also shipping on the AMD Radeon HD 6800 series cards. That means we now have honest to goodness 3D Blu-ray support for a HTPC!"
- Nate Kirsch