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Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2 GB DDR5 DL-DVI-I/SL-DVI-D/HDMI/DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 100312-3L

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sapphire Technology
  • Model Number: 100312-3L
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Graphics Coprocessor: Radeon HD 6950
  • Graphics Card Ram: 2 GB

Product Description

The SAPPHIRE HD 6950 is a new SAPPHIRE original model with a special cooler using a new dual fan configuration. Based on the latest high end AMD GPU architecture, it boasts true DX 11 capability and the powerful configuration of 1408 stream processors and 88 texture processing units. With its clock speed of 800MHz for the core and 2GB of the latest GDDR5 memory running at 1250Mhz (5 Gb/sec effective), this model speeds through even the most demanding applications for a smooth and detail packed experience. A Dual BIOS feature allows enthusiasts to experiment with alternative BIOS settings and performance can be further enhanced with the SAPPHIRE overclocking tool, TriXX, available as a free download from Sapphire website.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 3.5 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B005X64QAG
  • Item model number: 100312-3L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 18, 2011

Customer Reviews

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This card is a beast and around the same price as nvidia 560ti. This card is quite a bit better than nvidia 560ti and probably beats 570 as well at less money. Plays bf3 on high with 40-75fps.
Aliens vs predators benchmark at 1920x1080p gets 55fps. This card will overclock well with sapphire trixx. Only con is it did not unlock to 6970 and i bought 2 of them neither one did. So dont buy this if you are hoping for a cheap 6970. Reviews i have read that this card overclocked will be at 6970 levels on factory clock speeds. Any questions just comment on here
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I had no issues unlocking to the 6970 bios. This card has a switch to select which bios you want to use. You do not need to flash the bios on the card. You do need to completely remove all AMD/ATI graphics drivers before moving the switch to 6970, then re-install the drivers clean. Card runs cool 99F to 104F idle, to 152F under severe load and overclock. I am using Sapphire TriXX to OC to 880 and 1375 (stable and cool) and it moderately raises the temperature and fan speed. I easily pushed it to 900/1400 (stable but higher temp) with a voltage increase. I am extremely happy with this purchase.
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Unlock is So Easy that even a 3yrs child can unlock it .You just have to change the switch away from golden finger[Crossfire bridge] and boom you have a 6970 at price OF 6950
My PC config --
AMD Phenom II x6 1100T
ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3
Corsair XMS3 CMX1600C9 4GB
Kingston Hyper X T1 4x2=8GB 1600Mhz
WD Cavier Green 1TB
Crucial M4-128GB SSD
Cooler Master 690 II Advanced Cabinet
Cooler Master GX750 PSU
Samsung PX2370 Moniter

Pros -

1) Unlockable to 6970 with push of switch
2) Can overclock it to HD 6970 easily with Trixx software utility
3) Very quiet and runs very cool
4) Constant 40+ fps for battlefield 3, crysis 2, assassin's creed brotherhood with
(1920x1200, 8xAA, everything maxed out)

Cons -
1) Must Give A Game DVD not coupon.

Conclusion :
Buy It
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Pros -

1) Unlockable to 6970 with push of switch
2) Can overclock it to HD 6970 easily with Trixx software utility
3) Very quiet and runs very cool
4) Constant 40+ fps for battlefield 3, crysis 2, assassin's creed brotherhood with
(1920x1200, 8xAA, everything maxed out)

Cons -

1) No crossfire bridge
2) Packaging isn't impressive
3) Fingers crossed for rebate
4) No game coupons dirt 3 / deus ex if it matters to you ( I am not fan of racing games anywayz)

Conclusion :

Must have if you don't need / mind buying crossfire bridge
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First of all, I was wary about upgrading from my previous card (the Radeon HD 5770 Hawk) since it ran damn near everything (and still does, mostly). For me to purchase a new card, it would have had to be a massive improvement and within a reasonable price range. I considered the HD 6850, which is supposedly ~50% better performance-wise, but went with the HD 6950 which is purportedly 100% better than the 5770. It is :-)

This is a huge card. It just fit in my (Cooler Master Mystique) tower to within 1 cm. It requires a "500 Watt or greater power supply, with two 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors". Just keep those specs in mind. That said, my hardware fulfilled the requirements so I went ahead with the install.

It is advisable to first remove or uninstall any automatic overclocking on your current card (mine being the HD 5770) and completely uninstall its drivers. I did just that, fit in my HD 6950, rebooted and installed the drivers that came with the CD. Worked fine until I decided to upgrade the drivers. I got an immediate BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death) which came back every reboot after a few minutes (faulting "atikmpag.dll"). The only way to solve it was to install completely and reinstall the downloaded drivers. Since then it works fine. I suggest therefore that you do not install from disc and then upgrade your drivers. Just download the latest drivers from ATI and use that.

I chose the Sapphire model in particular for the two fans and large copper pipes that comprise the heat-sink. The extra cooling on the Sapphire is a boon to those who wish to flash/overclock this puppy. The HD 6950 can be "flashed" with the BIOS of the HD 6970 making its value even better!
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By Anon on December 12, 2011
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Got this card Dec 1st and was thrilled to see that it had the bios switch. I plugged it into my rig and it was good to go. I flipped the switch and the shaders unlocked by themselves. I didn't have to do any thing but flip the little switch. Two of my friends also bought this same GPU, one off of the egg, and the other off of Amazon. Both of their GPUs unlocked exactly like mine did. For those of you who don't know it is located on the top of the card, by the crossfire connector underneath the plastic heat sink cover. Took me a while to find it, but it works great. For BF3 I run it unlocked and at 950/1350 @1120 in Sapphire's TRIXX software. This makes it so easy to turn it into a 6970 at $100 cheaper. At default high settings for BF3 I get 40-80 frames a second. Most of the time it is at 60, but when alot of things are exploding or falling down it drops to 40. Haven't seen it below 40 though. I also play WoW @ ultra and get great frames(60-100). Although WoW is more CPU limited than GPU limited, an upgrade to my processor will help my frames out alot. For $220 after rebate this card was a great purchase.

My rig:
CPU: 955 BE
GPU: 6950 2gb Sapphire (non DiRT3 edition)
Case: Corsair 500r white
PSU: Corsair tx750 v2
MOBO: Gigabyte 990fxa ud3
RAM: 8gb G.skill Ripjaws X series
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