- Brand Name: Sapphire Technology
- Model Number: 100312-3L
- Item Package Quantity: 1
- Graphics Coprocessor: Radeon HD 6950
- Graphics Card Ram: 2 GB
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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- 1xDual-Link DVI-I
- 1xSingle-Link DVI-D1xDisplayPort
- 1xHDMI 1.4a
- DisplayPort 1.2
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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
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!Read more ›
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
OCZ ModXStream 600W PSU
8GB Corsair Vengeance RAM
ASUS P8Z68-V LE
Using Windows 7 and GUIMiner with a few options (easily found on the BTC Wiki) I'm generating about 350 MH/s with this card.
I don't really have any complaints with this card, but there are some annoying things to take note of. First would be that the required power plugs on this card are on the top of the card rather than the back (and all of the others I've seen so far). These size of this card REQUIRES you to have a full tower OR angled heads on your power cords. I had neither, so my off-the-shelf PC is still open and exposed in order to use it.
Many people describe this cards as "quiet" and it might be for their applications. It's a pretty beefy graphics card and can probably handle most modern games without much effort (meaning they're not heating up to capacity). That said, Bitcoin mining taxes every process to it's limit by default and when this card does that it's NOT quiet. It's got two small fans that have a medium-pitched buzz all the time. And it throws off notable heat. It's VERY effective at cooling itself which is why it's throwing off so much, but if your room doesn't have good air circulation (or if your case is near your body), you'll notice the heat output.
For those wondering, I opted to power this with a Corsair 650W PSU and it's fine. Power is quite stable even with a Core i5.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good product. tough, durable and economical to use that I give. 100 percent recommended for the purchase of this product.Published on February 21, 2014 by VESTALIA TORRES
I've had this card for over a year now and not once has this card failed me with any game I threw at it. Read morePublished on December 27, 2013 by Antonio J. Arilo
I bought this used and it worked fine. I have not used all of the features but I see no issue with it. It was clean but not well package for shipping.Published on October 20, 2013 by pythan
I bought this when Radeon HD 7000 series was just being released. It has a dual bios switch on the circuit board, however I was not able to unlock the shaders. Read morePublished on June 13, 2013 by RGA
Performance wise it performed as expected, however whenever I do something graphics intensive there is a loud annoying buzzing sound. Read morePublished on May 17, 2013 by Nicholas
buenísima tarjeta de vídeo, no tiene nada que envidiar a la nvidia, todos los juegos levanta al máximo sin levantar temperatura y sin perder la fluidez del... Read morePublished on April 15, 2013 by Bismarckpy
I bought this card because it had great reviews and (At the time)a great price point, it was about $199. Read morePublished on April 14, 2013 by LogicJab