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ASUS Radeon 6950 and 6970

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Posted January 21, 2011 by Jake in Video Cards
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Introduction

When AMD launched the 6800 series graphics cards not long ago, they made some changes designed to move forward, with new naming conventions, new architecture, and new expectations. Nvidia’s GTX 400 series flagship cards proved to be very disappointing for the most part, but their 500 series cards have turned things around and shown considerable improvements.

AMD’s 6900 cards are positioned to battle Nvidia’s new kids on the block, and this brings us to the topic of today’s discussion: the ASUS Radeon 6950 and 6970. Wtih voltage tweaking ability, these cards bring a great deal of potential for gamers who want overclocking headroom.

The 6900 series cards are the AMD flagship cards, but can these cards withstand Nvidia’s recent success? We know that a Radeon 6950 can be flashed to a 6970, and while that sounds awfully tempting on the cheap, it doesn’t come without a few risks, and novice users may find a BIOS flash particularly daunting. That being said, it might be just what the doctor ordered for AMD to counter Nvidia’s impressive 500 series lineup.

Are these cards up to the task? Let’s dive right in and find out.

ASUS, a technology-oriented company blessed with one of the world’s top R&D teams, is well known for high-quality and innovative technology. As a leading company in the new digital era, ASUS offers a complete product portfolio to compete in the new millennium. The philosophy of ASUS product development is to do the fundamentals well first before moving forward. Started with computer components such as motherboards, graphic cards, and optical storage devices, ASUS now has now over 16 product lines, including desktop barebone systems, servers, notebooks, handhelds, network devices, broadband communications, LCD monitors, TVs, wireless applications, and CPT (chassis, power supply and thermal) products.

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