It's Official: AMD Rebrands Radeon HD 5700 into HD 6700 Series
4/28/2011 by: Marcus Pollice
While there have been numerous rumors about this before and some indication in OEM offerings, AMD and its board partners officially announce their Radeon HD 6750/6770 products today. Under the hood the same hardware with the very same specs as the Radeon HD 5750/5770 released in 2009 is employed. AMD is even upfront with this fact, so we can’t blame them for sneaky rebadging even if we wanted to. From a beancounter perspective, it is perfectly normal to move from the cold Canada (Evergreen, HD 5000) to the Caribbean (Northern Islands, HD 6000).
Good Bye, ATI: ATI Radeon HD 5700 Becomes AMD Radeon HD 6700 Series (one GPU, two names).
Technically speaking, the cards feature a Juniper XT/Pro GPU that consists of 1.04 billion transistors, is manufactured on a 40nm process and weighs in at a 166mm² die size. For the Radeon HD 6770 it features 800 stream processors clocked at 850MHz and 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 memory clocked at 1.2GHz yielding 76.8GB/s of bandwidth. The HD 6750 comes in at 720 stream processors clocked at 700MHz. The memory is packed in the same amount but clocked a tad slower at 1.15GHz, resulting in 73.66GB/s bandwidth.
For Germany we got informed that the MSRPs of the HIS 6750 is at €89.90 and for the HIS 6770 at €99.90. ASUS suggests €107 for the HD 6750 Formula and €121 for the HD 6770 DirectCU. The ASUS models feature an
updated PCB and custom cooling solutions. All these prices include 19% VAT. Club3D didn't name MSRPs but offers custom cooling solutions as well. Their HD 6750 is even passively cooled. Sapphire also offers a slightly overclocked version of the HD 6770 with 860MHz core clock dubbed Vapor-X, a model with increased display connectivity dubbed Flex and a 512MB variant of the HD 6750 in addition to standard models.
Street prices of the HD 6750/6770 were almost unavailable at press time. Though as a shopping tip, before buying a HD 6750/6770, compare prices with the equivalent product of the previous series. In the beginning I'd expect slightly higher prices for the newer cards. Currently a HD 5770 is available starting at $109 at Newegg or around €87 in Europe. When taking current exchange rates and VAT (around 20% in a lot of european countries) into account, the prices are almost the same in the US and Europe. If you find a HD 5770 on sale, have in mind that you'd get the same performance as the HD 6770. Or as Charles Dickens wrote, old lamps for new ones.
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