While we don't have a price on the HIS HD 6970 Turbo yet, it's safe to assume going off past versions of the Turbo model including the HD 6800s, you're going to pay roughly $10 to $15 more for the overclock.
For slightly more money you're getting slightly more performance. If you do not want to overclock yourself and wouldn't mind getting an extra bit of grunt out of the card without having to do anything, the Turbo variant of the HD 6970 isn't a bad purchase.
Overclocking for the most part without a voltage increase seems to be a bit more limited on the HD 6900 series and that seems to be the main reason we're not only seeing few companies offer us overclocked ones, but also why the companies that do offer us only a small bump.
If you prefer to save some money and do the overclocking yourself, you've always got the option to buy the HIS HD 6970 2GB and attack it yourself with some overclocking software.
If you're not one to overclock, though, and just feel more comfortable buying something that's pre overclocked, the HIS HD 6970 Turbo 2GB is a nice little buy. The best thing is that the premium for the pre overclock is only minor, making it easy to justify. If you were put in the position where you couldn't get just a reference card, it's nice to know that you're not getting gouged in the pricing department for a card that carries with it a little overclock.
It'll be no doubt interesting to see what happens when HIS start to introduce not just the HD 6900 series, but the HD 6800 series to some of those other series we love like the iCooler Turbo one.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Package]
- Page 2 [Card and Specifications]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup and 3DMark 11]
- Page 4 [3DMark Vantage]
- Page 5 [Unigine Heaven Benchmark]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Resident Evil 5]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Mafia II]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Lost Planet 2]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Aliens vs. Predator]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - Street Fighter IV]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - Far Cry 2]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - Batman Arkham Asylum]
- Page 14 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 15 [Temperature Test]
- Page 16 [Sound Test]
- Page 17 [Power Consumption Tests]
- Page 18 [Total Performance Rating (TPR)]
- Page 19 [Final Thoughts]
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