After a month long delay, AMD’s latest and fastest single GPU offerings are finally here. Codenamed Cayman, the Radeon HD 6900 series is presently made up of the Radeon HD 6970 and HD 6950 and boasts a couple of improvements such as a next-generation tessellation unit and a new VLIW4 core design over the Radeon HD 6800 series that was launched in late October.
To be honest, we found the new Radeon HD 6900 series cards to be slightly underwhelming in view of AMD’s recent hits. Although tessellation performance has been improved, the new cards weren’t that much faster than the old Radeon HD 5870 - ATI/AMD’s previous fastest single GPU card. To compound matters, NVIDIA has made substantial improvements to their Fermi cards, enabling better performance and power and thermal characteristics. To get to speed on the Radeon HD 6900 series, we highly suggest checking out our full review here.
In true HardwareZone tradition, we’ll be following up our review of the Radeon HD 6900 series by taking a look at how the new cards perform in a 2-way CrossFireX configuration.
To evaluate the new Radeon HD 6900 series in a 2-way CrossFireX configuration, we’ll be using our X58 setup which has the following specifications:
The full list of cards tested and driver version used are as follows:
The list of benchmarks used: