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One thing that AMD has going for it this launch is the widespread availability of their HD 6970 and HD 6950 cards. They are everywhere on Newegg and other e-tailers as of this writing. GIGABYTE has given us a reference card in every sense of the word, with clock speeds of 800MHz for the core and 1.25/5GHz for the memory. The performance is just below the GTX 570 in most instances and above it in one instance. This card is excellent for its value priced at $299.99 and if you’re in the market for a high-end card, this is a good choice, especially if you’re looking for a dual-card system but that is a different review. For now, the GIGABYTE HD 6950 offers stellar performance, great features and a 3 year warranty. Temperatures were 48C idle and 78C on full power meaning much lower temperatures than a GTX 570.