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Spinner
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Posted - 05/20/2011 :  02:23:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just a quick review.

Quick info

The Sapphire Radeon HD6950 2GB is an enthusiast graphics card thats affordable yet performs. With its 2GB of GDDR5 clocking at 5000mhz its easy to say that you can run on some mad resolutions, though having this amount of ram on a graphics card that almost lives up to what you expect from the 2GB of ram is slightly annoying.

Test system

Processor: Intel Core i7 860
Motherboard: MSI P55-G85
CPU Heatsink: Intel
Memory: 4GB Kingston HyperX T1 2000MHz
Video Cards: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 (CCC 10.2)
Hard Drive: 500GB Seagate Barracuda
Power Supply: Ultra X4 850w
Media: LG DVD
Case: Antec 902
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Performance

The Sapphire Radeon HD6950 2GB is a great card in many aspects, it performs really well at some games and not so well in a few others, noting special, thats usually the case. I did some testing on a few games, these are the results at 1920x1080 and highest settings.

3D Mark 11 (Extreme)
1612 points

Unigine (Heaven 2.1 DirectX 11)
25 fps

Stone Giant (DirectX 11)
27 fps

DirectX 11 Benchmark (Metro 2033)
21 fps

DirectX 11 Benchmark (S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat)
55 fps

DirectX 11 Benchmark (H.A.W.X. 2)
86 fps

DirectX 11 Benchmark (Battle Forge)
47 fps

DirectX 11 Benchmark (Lost Planet 2)
30 fps

Gaming Benchmark (Batman Arkham Asylum)
174 fps

Gaming Benchmark (Resident Evil 5)
111 fps

Gaming Benchmark (Mafia II)
59 fps

Gaming Benchmark (F1 2010)
62 fps

Conclusion
The Sapphire Radeon HD6950 performs very well in my testing, easy to install wasnt noisy at all.

Pros

2GB DDR5 Onboard
Up to 6 Displays with Eyefinity
Improved CrossfireX Scaling
Good Performance
Lower Power Consumption
Quiet Operation
Price/Performance

Cons

Very hot, close to 90 C (194 F)
No bios switch

We used to call it enjoyment, now im not so sure

Edited by - Spinner on 05/20/2011 02:26:26 AM

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Posted - 05/20/2011 :  11:16:53 AM  Show Profile  Click to see boom50cal's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Nice review, plus you can unlock to a HD6970 Well, if you got one of the early release reference cards.

If it's broke FIX it. If it's not broke, OVERCLOCK it. If OVERCLOCKING breaks it, get ready to buy a new one
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Posted - 05/20/2011 :  12:37:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Correct me if I am wrong but that amount of memory is to meet DisplayPort requirements and not really related to a game benchmark.





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Posted - 05/20/2011 :  1:07:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the nice Review.
Nice system you have too ;-}

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Posted - 05/21/2011 :  09:46:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you, i will post some more stuff when i put it in my gaming rig, getting another 6950 2gb for crossfire

The amount of ram has nothing to do with DisplayPort, the ram decides at what resolution you can run your games, how large textures, etc etc

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Posted - 05/21/2011 :  3:52:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
FWIW...
White paper: AMD Radeon HD 6800 & 6900 Display Technologies


quote:
The amount of ram has nothing to do with DisplayPort,








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Posted - 05/22/2011 :  03:32:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thats one of the reasons for 2gb of ram ;)

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Posted - 06/02/2011 :  06:49:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I recently bought another 6950 2gb and in 75% of the cases there is a 205% performance increase... Total cost for the Graphic cards $690

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Posted - 06/02/2011 :  08:48:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
lol Total coston video cards could be spent building a decent pc with a decent video card ahaha, but you enjoy you're "Toys"
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Posted - 06/02/2011 :  12:06:39 PM  Show Profile  Click to see boom50cal's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 521Stroker

lol Total coston video cards could be spent building a decent pc with a decent video card ahaha, but you enjoy you're "Toys"



Huh? 6950 2GB Crossfire is amazing. This is TOP of the line performance for fairly cheap in the high-end graphics world. Spinners' Metro 2033 Performance will increase nearly 2 times from the added card.

If it's broke FIX it. If it's not broke, OVERCLOCK it. If OVERCLOCKING breaks it, get ready to buy a new one
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Posted - 06/03/2011 :  2:04:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Conclusion
The Sapphire Radeon HD6950 performs very well in my testing, easy to install wasnt noisy at all.

Pros

2GB DDR5 Onboard
Up to 6 Displays with Eyefinity
Improved CrossfireX Scaling
Good Performance
Lower Power Consumption
Quiet Operation
Price/Performance

Cons

Very hot, close to 90 C (194 F)
No bios switch



I don't see how the 2nd card adds up to a good thing either.




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Spinner
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Posted - 06/03/2011 :  4:55:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by WheelSmoke

quote:
Conclusion
The Sapphire Radeon HD6950 performs very well in my testing, easy to install wasnt noisy at all.

Pros

2GB DDR5 Onboard
Up to 6 Displays with Eyefinity
Improved CrossfireX Scaling
Good Performance
Lower Power Consumption
Quiet Operation
Price/Performance

Cons

Very hot, close to 90 C (194 F)
No bios switch



I don't see how the 2nd card adds up to a good thing either.



Its very basic just as with an engine (In most cases) a turbo or in this case a graphics card performs better with an additional unit...

We used to call it enjoyment, now im not so sure
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Posted - 06/03/2011 :  4:57:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by boom50cal

quote:
Originally posted by 521Stroker

lol Total coston video cards could be spent building a decent pc with a decent video card ahaha, but you enjoy you're "Toys"



Huh? 6950 2GB Crossfire is amazing. This is TOP of the line performance for fairly cheap in the high-end graphics world. Spinners' Metro 2033 Performance will increase nearly 2 times from the added card.



With my gaming rig i get in the "ultra high" benchmark around 60-80 fps doesnt drop below 60... With PhysX on it drops to 45~

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Posted - 06/03/2011 :  6:52:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by WheelSmoke

[quote]

I don't see how the 2nd card adds up to a good thing either.



The one who dies with the most toys wins.

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521Stroker
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Posted - 06/03/2011 :  11:20:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I should have said CUDA + physx not just Physx, and boom, thats not my point = P, Spinner is what i call an ENTHUSIAST heh. and spinner you enjoy that, if/when you go eyefinity, put some videos up.
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Posted - 06/04/2011 :  12:54:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
LoL I hear that Woody...




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Posted - 06/08/2011 :  02:18:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Saw that they had a sale on LED projectors at a local store though i dont have a big room for eyefinity its very tempting i must say, for you who dont know what im talking about... Im talking about 3 times 50"-80"

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WheelSmoke
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Posted - 06/08/2011 :  08:19:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Apples to oranges ...


Eyefinity is a feature that enables one GPU to support more than two independent display outputs. Like eliminating needing more than one display card to connect several displays.





Edited by - WheelSmoke on 06/08/2011 11:11:16 PM
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