ASUS Launches New HD6900 Series Graphics Cards

December 16, 2010 // 12:45 a.m.

Featuring the most powerful AMD graphics processing technology developed to date for PC gaming enthusiasts and power users



New ASUS HD6970 and HD6950 graphics cards field the latest graphics cores from AMD, dubbed “Cayman”. These are super-powered GPUs custom-made to enable DirectX® 11 and Windows® 7-optimized gaming in resolutions above 1920 x 1200 with all advanced features turned on in-game and with impressive frame rates. Offering an irresistible combination of design and performance to power users and PC gaming enthusiasts, ASUS improves on the reference design with factory overclocking out of the box for superior performance. The new cards further use exclusive ASUS overvolting interface Voltage Tweak for 50%* faster clock speeds. ASUS has also implemented more heat-efficient materials in construction, contributing to better cooling and therefore enhanced output tolerances.



Product highlights



l The ASUS HD6970 “Cayman XT” gets its core set to 890MHz and video memory to a massive 5.5GHz at the factory, while the ASUS HD6950 “Cayman PRO” arrives factory-overclocked to 810MHz on the core and 5GHz on the video memory. Tested and verified stable, these overclocks give users all the benefits of faster performance — such as extra frames per second and no slow-down even during intense action sequences in games — while never compromising product reliability and longevity.

l ASUS exclusive and popular overvolting interface Voltage Tweak is incorporated in both the HD6970 and HD6950. Gamers and hardcore tuners can boost clocks by 50%* with proper cooling support. This is a phenomenal increase, and one that is sure to come in handy for competitive overclockers and those truly dedicated to pixel-perfect PC gaming.

l Going beyond the reference design, ASUS has once again swapped the stock plastic shroud for an all-aluminum cover that’s far more heat efficient. This creates better cooling on both the HD6970 and HD6950, dissipating surface heat more evenly and rapidly than the reference design. Less heat immediately translates into greater stability, better performance, longer product lifespan and increased overclocking potential.

l The ASUS HD6970 and HD6950 come with innovative features from AMD, including Eyefinity, HD3D and EyeSpeed technologies.

- AMD Eyefinity technology comes standard on both models, enabling the connection of up to six** displays to a single graphics card. This results in huge viewing real estate, offering an ideal platform for immersive gaming and expanded productivity.

- AMD HD3D technology creates new exciting possibilities with 3D visuals in PC games, movies, video content and even photos. The power of these new cards means the 3D effect renders in sharp detail and with no lag.

- AMD EyeSpeed accelerates video playback for a more enjoyable high definition experience. Content from Blu-ray to online videos runs unhampered in full resolution and detail.



Specifications

Model


ASUS EAH6950/2DI2S/2GD5

Graphics engine


AMD Radeon HD6950

Bus standard


PCI Express® 2.1

Video memory


2GB GDDR5

Engine clock


810MHz

Memory clock


5GHz (1.25GHz GDDR5)

Memory interface


256-bit

DVI max resolution


2560 x 1600

D-Sub max resolution


2048 x 1536

DVI output


DVI-I X1

DVI-D X1

HDMI output


X1 (native)

DisplayPort™


Mini DisplayPort ™ X2

HDCP compliant


YES

Adapters bundled


1 x 6-pin power cable

1 x CrossFire bridge

Software bundled


ASUS utilities and driver

Dimensions


11” x 5”



Model


EAH6970/2DI2S/2GD5

Graphics engine


AMD Radeon HD6970

Bus standard


PCI Express® 2.1

Video memory


2GB GDDR5

Engine clock


890MHz

Memory clock


5.5GHz (1.375GHz GDDR5)

Memory interface


256-bit

DVI max resolution


2560 x 1600

D-Sub max resolution


2048 x 1536

DVI output


DVI-I X1

DVI-D X1

HDMI output


X1 (native)

DisplayPort™


Mini DisplayPort ™X2

HDCP compliant


YES

Adapters bundled


1 x 6-pin power cable

1 x CrossFire bridge

Software bundled


ASUS utilities and driver

Dimensions


11” x 5”





Notes to editors



30-word



New ASUS HD6970 and HD6950 graphics cards offer the most powerful AMD GPU technology. Factory overclocked for enhanced performance, they feature ASUS Voltage Tweak for 50%* speed boosts.



60-word



New ASUS HD6970 and HD6950 graphics cards use the latest and most powerful AMD GPU technology. ASUS factory-overclocks them to 890MHz and 810MHz, respectively, and provides exclusive ASUS Voltage Tweak overvolting for 50%* speed boosts. An aluminum shroud spreads surface heat evenly and rapidly, while AMD Eyefinity connects up to six displays to a single graphics card.



100-word



New ASUS HD6970 and HD6950 graphics cards feature the latest and most powerful AMD GPU technology, dubbed “Cayman”. ASUS factory-overclocks them to 890MHz and 810MHz, respectively, with a massive 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM clocked at up to 5.5GHz. Power users benefit from ASUS Voltage Tweak overvolting for 50%* speed boosts. Both cards use an all-aluminum shroud instead of the reference design’s plastic cover, dissipating surface heat more evenly and rapidly for improved stability and performance. AMD Eyefinity technology drives up to six screens from a single card, while AMD HD3D makes 3D gaming and movies an HD reality.

*Actual performance may vary based on specific system configuration and other prevailing conditions. Enhanced cooling required to achieve 50% speed boosts through Voltage Tweak.

** DisplayPort 1.2™ compatible monitors required for six-screen AMD Eyefinity output. Please visit www.amd.com/Eyefinity for more information.



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