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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: 100312-3L
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Graphics Coprocessor: Radeon HD 6950
  • Graphics Ram: 2 GB

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 3.5 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B005X64QAG
  • Item model number: 100312-3L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 18, 2011

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.

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I had no issues unlocking to the 6970 bios.
Michael J. Patterson
It takes 8-10 weeks from the date of approval for the rebate payment to be issued and sent out.
Elise Casciello
This card is quite a bit better than nvidia 560ti and probably beats 570 as well at less money.
dsmturbo14

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By dsmturbo14 on January 7, 2012
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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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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Patterson on January 5, 2012
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Siddharth Naman on January 4, 2012
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BlueFire on December 6, 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brad W. on September 2, 2012
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This was part of my first home-built desktop, and I couldn't be more happy. It plays whatever I throw at it, at max settings (especially with the 6970 BIOS enabled.) Even the notoriously horribly optimized GTA IV only dips below 40FPS after about 2 hours of gaming. It doesn't come with a crossfire cable, but last I checked, it DID have a crossfire port, so I'll probably just buy a second one instead of buying a new card if I ever need an upgrade.

The ONLY bad thing about it is that the one I got had a faulty HDMI port. But I was so intent on playing games that I bought a DisplayPort to HDMI adapter instead of sending it in for replacement (if this happens to you, make sure you get an adapter that explicitly states that is supports audio, like this one: Cable Matters Gold Plated Premium Displayport to HDMI Male to Female Cable Adapter) I don't even care about the bad port anymore.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Betsy Heisenberg on May 12, 2012
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Purchased this card in May 2012. Switched the BIOS and no unlocked shaders. Put the position back to stock, read the BIOS, modified and re-flashed to the secondary BIOS, still same results, no unlocked shaders. Still a good card though, but don't expect to unlock it unless you can get your hands on an older revision of this card.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Saltticus on February 2, 2012
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While this card is amazing and can take everything I throw at it, I was a little disappointed to find out that I was unable to unlock this card. I wasn't able to just flip a switch and I also wasn't able to get the RBE method to work either. I suppose I waited too long to pull the trigger on this wonderful video card. I've heard reports that they are lasering off the extra shaders to force people to buy the 6970.

Don't let that deter you from buying an HD6950 though! You can still overclock to 6970 clock speeds while maintaining stability if you don't mind the extra noise and heat inefficiencies.

I upgraded to this card from an HD4850 and it instantly tripled my 3DMark Vantage score ~22000.

This card does fit in a NZXT Gamma!

i5-2500k @4.2 GHz
CM Hyper 212+
HD6950 @ 880/1375
NZXT Gamma
OCZ ModXStream 600W PSU
8GB Corsair Vengeance RAM
ASUS P8Z68-V LE
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AlanC on December 20, 2011
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I bought one of these cards with the intention of unlocking the shaders to make it perform like a 6970.

After some struggles trying to update the BIOS I noticed some posts on a forum that indicated that all I had to do was flip the BIOS switch over to the "2" position (towards the front of the card).

I simply changed the switch and rebooted and now GPU-Z shows it to have 1536 shaders! 6970 performance for a lot less money! Thanks Sapphire!!
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