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Old January 18, 2011, 12:47 PM
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Default AMD Radeon 6950 1GB Shedding Pounds [Updated]

The rumour of a new AMD Radeon 6950 graphics card has it not only shedding some excess memory, but also being lighter on the wallet. [Update [01/18/2010] As a result of some miscommunication, the original report by online sources claiming that AMD would be launching a 6970 1GB at $279 are in fact, false. In our contact with AMD, the company confirm... [ Read full article ]
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Old January 18, 2011, 03:23 PM
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Kinda leaving the 6870 obsolete already. At that price point, the $20 more than the 6870 makes it so much more worth the money.
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Kinda leaving the 6870 obsolete already. At that price point, the $20 more than the 6870 makes it so much more worth the money.
Would probably leave the 6950 useless for 19x20 and under.. which is most of us.
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Quick update to the story

Apparently Xbit Labs (and AMD for that matter) goofed one major.

The inc card will be the 6950 1GB @ $279, which is a lot less impressive to say the least....


Also is likely a way for AMD to stop the spread of the 6950 > 6970 upgrades
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i would take a 6950 2gb buffer over a 6970 1gb buffer at the same price. remember, these cards are not meant to be used at low resolutions, rather at higher ones, where they shine, i think :)
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i would take a 6950 2gb buffer over a 6970 1gb buffer at the same price. remember, these cards are not meant to be used at low resolutions, rather at higher ones, where they shine, i think :)

6970 1GB is just a pipe dream at this point anyways so
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Quick update to the story

Apparently Xbit Labs (and AMD for that matter) goofed one major.

The inc card will be the 6950 1GB @ $279, which is a lot less impressive to say the least....


Also is likely a way for AMD to stop the spread of the 6950 > 6970 upgrades
Makes sense now.... You just had to know that they wouldn't let that continue for long.
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ah,ok,that'd make no sense at all. not even on 6950 unless price was fantastic(way below 249)
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Also is likely a way for AMD to stop the spread of the 6950 > 6970 upgrades


I wonder if there are solid numbers from retailers after the 6950 bios upgrade, showing that the 6950's started selling like hotcakes?

I remember when I ordered a 6970 for my kid, that the darn thing was nearly sold out under xfx branding, yet the 6950 was still fully stocked at NCIX.

*shrug*

Either way, I'm sure AMD didn't much like the butchering of the 6970 sales due to the upgrades, and this move into lower price point, is also meant to eschew in a stealth fix, to prevent the bios from being flashed?
This is merely my guess.
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I wonder if there are solid numbers from retailers after the 6950 bios upgrade, showing that the 6950's started selling like hotcakes?

I remember when I ordered a 6970 for my kid, that the darn thing was nearly sold out under xfx branding, yet the 6950 was still fully stocked at NCIX.

*shrug*

Either way, I'm sure AMD didn't much like the butchering of the 6970 sales due to the upgrades, and this move into lower price point, is also meant to eschew in a stealth fix, to prevent the bios from being flashed?
This is merely my guess.
I'm not convinced that the ability to upgrade a 6950 to a 6970 was a mistake.

AMD / ATI has a fairly long history of these kinds of Easter Eggs on their products, and I suspect it's more of a marketing thing than an actual oversight on their part.

If you think of it from a marketing POV, it's a brilliant strategy. In a close performance / buck market, they get to sell more product to enthusiasts who know about the "tweak", yet still get the higher markup on the vast majority of units sold to folks who wouldn't do the tweak even if they know about it.

It's almost like the MIR sale strategy, but without the downside of users like myself who refuse to factor MIR pricing in at all.
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