UPDATED: Report: AMD Radeon HD 6970 1GB to cost $279

AMD has been preparing 1GB variants of both HD 6950 and HD 6970 and we have been expecting the 1GB HD 6950 card to cost in the $270-$280 bracket. Xbitlabs is now reporting that it is in fact the 1GB variant of HD 6970 that will be priced at an amazing $279. If true, this will make it a whopping $100 lower than the standard 2GB HD 6970. It also means the HD 6970 1GB will be cheaper than the HD 6950 2GB.


UPDATE: The $279 tag applies to the HD 6950 1GB after all. The HD 6970 will be priced quite a bit higher, as makes sense.

AMD has been preparing 1GB variants of both HD 6950 and HD 6970 and we have been expecting the 1GB HD 6950 card to cost in the $270-$280 bracket.
Xbitlabs is now reporting that it is in fact the 1GB variant of HD 6970
that will be priced at an amazing $279. If true, this will make it a
whopping $100 lower than the standard 2GB HD 6970. It also means the HD
6970 1GB will be cheaper than the HD 6950 2GB.

In some games and resolutions 1080p and under, the HD 6970 1GB might end up faster than the HD 6950 2GB for a lower price. However, there’s no doubt that at higher resolutions, higher IQ and modern games using a lot of memory, the HD 6950 2GB will continue to be the faster card.

Overclocked variants of the HD 6870 are also expected, with clock speeds upto 975 MHz. Prices are expected to vary between $225 and $259.

Which brings in the question of where the HD 6950 1GB will place, if these reports are indeed true. With the HD 6870 OC editions costing $259 and the 1GB HD 6970 at $279, there’s no space for a HD 6950 1GB. Perhaps the HD 6870s will fall in price to accommodate. The HD 6950 1GB has been listed in e-tail for a week now. Nevertheless, a HD 6970 1GB at $279 is an amazing deal (assuming only the memory is changed), and will surely force further price cuts to the upcoming GTX 560 Ti.

Source: Xbitlabs

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