British tech site Hexus got its hands on 3DMark Vantage and Unigine Heaven benchmark scores of AMD's soon-to-be-released Radeon HD 6970. Independent testing is still required, but so far it looks like the release may be quite underwhelming. The Radeon HD 6970 scores H15,386 in 3DMark Vantage, which puts it behind the GeForce GTX 570 by quite a margin. The Unigine Heaven test shows a similar story, the new AMD card didn't manage to beat the GeForce GTX 570 in this benchmark either, which further indicates the Radeon HD 6970 is likely to perform somewhere between the GeForce GTX 470 and GeForce GTX 570.
In the older 3DMark Vantage suite, the card managed an overall score of H15,386, which - based on our own numbers - puts it ahead of NVIDIA's GTX 480 and AMD's own HD 5870, but behind the GTX 570 by quite a margin. Although the tests were carried out on an AMD platform, making an apples-to-apples comparison with our own benchmark results impossible, they still give a good indication of where the card might sit.
The source also posted results for the recently released 3DMark 11. While we don't have any of our own results to compare it to, the source tested a GTX 470 as well, which was found to be around 12 per cent slower than the new Radeon. Once again, this means that the HD 6970 is likely to perform somewhere between the GTX 470 and the GTX 570.