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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

4.1 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews

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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 Information

Product Dimensions 12.5 x 3.5 x 6.5 inches
Item Weight 2.4 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.4 pounds
ASIN B005X64QAG
Item model number 100312-3L
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4.1 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,343 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > Graphics Cards
Date first available at Amazon.com October 18, 2011

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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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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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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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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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I have two of these 6950's in Crossfire and they are working fantastically! They both run very cool, and have had zero issues with them. Their build quality is great! Two of these in Crossfire runs every single game out there on the market today at max settings. Plus, they also unlock to 6970's! Only down side to these, and why I gave it a four out of five, is the lack of a Crossfire bridge. My motherboard didn't come with a Crossfire bridge and neither cards came with one. I had to wait two days plus $20 to have a XFX Crossfire bridge shipped out to me from the egg.
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This is a nifty little card. I purchased it in order to mine Bitcoins, and it's working like a champ.

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.
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