AMD announced Radeon HD 6970 cards with 1GB GDDR5 will hit retail stores by mid-February for $279. Additionally, the company also announced that PowerColor, Sapphire and XFX will introduce overclocked Radeon HD 6870 cards with a core of 940-975MHz (stock: 900MHz) and 1GB GDDR5 clocked at 4400-4600MHz (stock: 4200MHz). These cards will be available for around $229 to $259.
At the $279 price-point the Radeon HD 6970 1GB and will pose a more affordable alternative for the company's Radeon HD 6950 (which has lower processing power, but 2GB of memory onboard and $299 price-tag) and a more expensive alternative for the Radeon HD 6870 (which has lower performance and costs from $225 to $259). While in very high resolution, with high FSAA levels and in generally demanding games the model 6970 with 1GB of memory is likely to be slower compared to the model 6950 with 2GB of memory, in loads of today's games performance of the novelty is likely to be close to that of the 6970 with 2GB of GDDR5.