Chinese site posts Radeon HD 6970 numbers
If you've been keeping track of unofficial stories about AMD's Northern Islands GPUs, you'll know the Radeon HD 6800 series is but the tip of the iceberg. A higher-end "Cayman" GPU is on the way, as well. The folks at ZOL.com.cn have posted images and performance numbers for the Cayman-based Radeon HD 6970, and it looks quite potent indeed.
ZOL's numbers cover both 3DMark Vantage and the Unigine Heaven benchmark, comparing the new card to two existing products: the Radeon HD 5870 and GeForce GTX 480. I've compiled the data into a handy table for easy perusal:
|Radeon HD 6970
|GeForce GTX 480
|Radeon HD 5870
If there's any truth at all to these numbers, AMD might once again end up with the quickest single GPU on the market. That status could be short-lived, of course—we've also been hearing reports about the imminent arrival of a GeForce GTX 580 from the Nvidia camp. (Thanks to TweakTown for the tip.)