The new Radeon HD 6950 1GB was released by vendors looking to bring the price down on AMD’s card, it is exactly the same design barring the missing gigabyte of GDDR5.  The price difference is minimal, seeing HD6950 1GB models at $255 with the full 2GB model costing a mere $22 more.  More important is the performance delta between these cards, which is exactly what [H]ard|OCP investigated.  What they saw is not unexpected, if you game at 1920×1200 or lower, and are on a budget, get the 1GB version.

The difference a gigabyte makes, HD6950 2GB versus the 1GB version - Graphics Cards 2

“We are pitting the new Radeon HD 6950 1GB video card against the Radeon HD 6950 2GB version and a GeForce GTX 560 Ti in apples-to-apples testing to see how they compare. We test at 1920×1200 and 2560×1600 to push memory limitations and find which card provides the best gaming value.”

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