GTX 570 vs Radeon 6970 and 6950 vs Radeon 5870 – All Overclocked Review

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Gigabyte GTX 570 vs Sapphire 6970 and 6850 vs Radeon 5870 Overclocked Graphics Cards Review

Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 – The Card

Currently Sapphire offer one type of 6950 and it arrives in a box with plenty of feature information on the front. Inside we find a bundle which is near identical to the 6970 on the previous page, the only difference being the lack of Vietnam voucher. It is great to see Sapphire including HDMI cable and DisplayPort convertor on the lower specification model though.

Sapphire uses the standard dual slot cooling solution for the 6950 and stick their own branding on the cover. The back of the card is also identical to the reference design and the use of two CrossFire connectors tells us that we can connect four GPUs together for enhanced performance from these 10.8 inch cards.

The 6950 uses the same display output configuration as the 6970 and so we have dual DVI, HDMI 1.4 and two mini-DisplayPort connectors. The BIOS selection switch from the 6970 also makes an appearance here and the only significant difference from an external point of view is the use of two six pin connectors rather than 6+8. The use of 6+6 means we have a lower power footprint for this card, maxing out at 190w with 20w idle rating and PowerTune is also present on this card.

In terms of detailed specifications we have (vs. 6970) 800MHz core (880MHz), 2GB of 1250MHz Hynix GDDR5 (1375MHz), 88 Texture units (96), a stream processor setup of 22SIMD/1408ALU (24/1536) and 32 ROPS. All of the key features from the higher specification model are retained, such as Blu-Ray acceleration, DirectCompute 5.0, DirectX11 support, 7.1 Audio out and Eyefinity.

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