Roundup: AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB

Here’s our usual Friday weekly roundup, and it has in fact been pretty busy in the graphics card market this week. First it was the GTX 560 Ti, and now an HD 6950 at an entirely new price point. We also like to take this opportunity to mention, not only is AMD releasing the 1GB variant of the Radeon HD 6950 but prices are being slashed for existing cards as well. They are as follows (in US funds):

  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB: $269 to $289
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB: $259
  • AMD Radeon HD 6870: $219

These cards are showing up at many retailers, but there’s still no word on exact availability. We would suggest that AMD get these out the doors soon, as their competing counterpart is already on sale. Also something to note is that these 1GB cards won’t have the BIOS switch, so flashing it to a HD 6970 (“free upgrade”) may not be possible.

At the time of writing this, there weren’t that many reviews of the card on its own – while there were many comparisons with the GTX 560 Ti. We had a good chuckle, since the HD 6950 1GB is after all AMD’s direct answer to it along with the price cuts they put in for good measure as well. In case you have a hard time deciding between the two, we threw in the comparison articles for your consumption. Enjoy.

UPDATE: We haven’t seen any articles surface lately around this particular new model – one the reasons being that this it’s simply just a revised product (with less memory). If any of you guys manage to find something interesting that you want posted, by all means please shout out in the comments below. So instead we’ll show you sneak peek pics of the upcoming AMD Radeon HD 6990 – codenamed Antilles (new flagship for 2011, to arrive late first quarter of this year) below, so we can hopefully try to start off next week with non-video card related posts. Here’s a closeup (it’s huge, measuring in at 12″), and it was taken at the Shangri-la Hotel in Singapore where the “AMD Asia-Pacific Fusion Tech Day” was held.

More pictures here: http://goo.gl/XwXyO (translated from Japanese).

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