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    Default cheaper 6900 1gb on there way

    AMD preparing 1GB Radeon HD 6950/6970

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    Cheaper 1 GB Radeon HD 6950 and HD 6970 Coming Soon
    While it may not have toppled NVIDIA's fastest single-GPU graphics card, AMD's Radeon HD 6900 series sure stepped up competition in the high-end segment, with Radeon HD 6970 competing with GeForce GTX 570, and the HD 6950, which can be unlocked to the HD 6970, having a class of its own. To further increase competitiveness, and probably to ward off the GeForce GTX 560 threat, AMD is reportedly directing partners to add 1 GB variants of the HD 6950 and HD 6970.

    Currently 2 GB of GDDR5 memory is standard for both SKUs. With half the memory and cost-effective choice of PCB and components, AMD partners can significantly reduce prices at the expense of some performance, but end up with equal or better price-performance ratios to GTX 570 and the upcoming GTX 560. The two new SKUs will be available soon. Sapphire is said to be one of the first with HD 6900 1 GB series.
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    AMD may soon have a noteworthy alternative in the form of a Radeon HD 6950 equipped with a smaller GDDR5 frame buffer - down from 2GB to 1GB.

    A 50 per cent reduction in memory was always on the cards, but the first real proof has now surfaced in the form of a listing at European retailer r-computer.de.

    According to the retailer's virtual shelves, a Sapphire HD 6950 1GB will be available in 1-2 weeks priced at €245 - that's around €20 less than Sapphire's existing 2GB model.

    We've yet to see any UK listings, but the Radeon HD 6950 1GB could well hit the £200 sweet spot if/when it makes its way to retail.
    from HEXUS.com

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    AMD's decision to use 2GB GDDR5 as default on its Cayman cards - Radeon HD 6950 and HD 6970 - was questioned by some of the enthusiast community. However, it did mean that the HD6950/70 performed admirably in high resolution / high IQ settings, performing well above their price range. At more standard resolutions upto 1920x1080 and 4xAA, the extra memory is said to provide minimal boosts in framerates for most current games. It comes as no surprise that AMD is preparing a 1GB GDDR5 variant of Radeon HD 6950, with a lower cost and power consumption. This move will keep the upcoming GeForce GTX 560 at bay, and close the gap between the $230 HD 6870 and the $300 HD 6950.

    Somewhat surprisingly, there will be a 1GB variant for even the HD 6970. The gap between the HD 6950 and HD 6970 is already marginal (just over 10%) so it will be interesting to see where the HD 6970 1GB fits in. Certainly, at resolutions below 1080p, there will be next to no difference in performance between 1GB and 2GB, but then again, cards in the $100-$200 range are more appropriate for those resolutions. In addition to the reduced memory.
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    German Online retailer r-computer has listed a Sapphire Radeon HD6950 1GB edition, which has sparked speculation about a cheaper alternative to the original 2GB 6950.
    The high-mid range card has been receiving a lot of praise, but a lot of the potential buyers have been put off by the price. A 50% reduction in VRAM should put quite a dent on the card’s price, which might just put it in reach.
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    1.less than 5% gamers use above 1900x1080 4xaa.so,it is gonna be sweet for most gamers.
    2.it is doubtful that ,will they stiill be able to be flashed to 6970?
    3.may/will see significant hit in cfx.
    4.in eyefinity ,it will lag great(5700x1600)

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    expected price: 250~275$
    Last edited by Mohiuddin; January 12th, 2011 at 15:35.

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    Default Re: cheaper 6900 1gb on there way

    great news. Maximum game toh 1gb e use korte pare na at 1080p (with no AA).

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    Default Re: cheaper 6900 1gb on there way

    @Laaden ,
    yea, even most modern games use not more that 700mb vram in full hd resolution and 4aa!
    But, cfx can get a hit.
    U may can see this thread for gtx560 which may be found at 279$(rumor, release date january 25).

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    Default Re: cheaper 6900 1gb on there way

    picture of 1gb 6950HD HIS....

    it looks like that the BIOS switch is gone from this version.

    Following in Sapphire's footsteps, it looks that HSI will be another partner that will be releasing a 1GB version of the Radeon HD 6950 card. AMD hasn't officially confirmed such a card, but for now it looks like that all partners will have one.

    In addition to the less than original memory amount, the HIS Radeon HD 6950 1GB will also feature a custom cooler that has a center placed fan. Spec wise, the Radeon HD 6950 1GB will work at 800MHz for the GPU and 5000MHz for 1GB of GDDR5 memory paired up with a 256-bit memory interface. The card still has 1408 stream processors.

    The card still features support for AMD's Eyefinity and CrossFireX and features two DVI, HDMI and two mini DisplayPort outputs. Unfortunately, the price or the precise availability date haven't been announced but we are pretty sure that AMD will get this card on the market just before the launch of the GTX 560 Ti.

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