Sapphire Roundup – Radeon 6950 fleX, 6870 fleX, 5850 Xtreme, 5830 Xtreme and X58 Pure Black
Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB fleX Graphics Card
For the 6870 Flex we are back up to a full sized box and inside we find a noticeably larger bundle than the 5000 series cards on the past few pages. The 6870 adds to the basic bundled items with a CrossFire bridge, mini-DisplayPort to DisplayPort convertor, HDMI to DVI convertor and then Sapphire throw in a HDMI cable to round things off.
The design of the 6870 Flex actually goes some way to showing that no corners were cut on the 5000 series Xtreme models as this card shares the same styling as well as the fan, triple copper heatpipe and aluminium fin cooler.
The Flex cards are designed to offer "flex"-ible output configurations including the ability to connect three displays without the need for an active adapter which is required on many Radeon cards. For this particular model we have two mini-DisplayPort connectors, HDMI 1.4 and two DVIs. Three and five screen configurations are supported and over at the top corner of the blue PCB we find two 6-pin power inputs.
Underneath the cooler we have the 40nm Barts GPU which contains 32 ROPs and 1120 stream processors. Connected to this 900MHz core via 256-bit bus is 1GB of Elpida GDDR5 which Sapphire set to 1050MHz.
Finally, the Sapphire 6870 supports DirectX11, Shader Model 5.0, DirectCompute 5.0, Blu-Ray acceleration and output of 7.1 audio including Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio.
Last month Intel launched their Z97 chipset, essentially an evolution of Z87, which in many cases brought new features such as SATA Express and M.2 compatibility to the mainstream desktop market. There was of course no new CPU at that time with the existing socket 1150 processors working without issue in the new boards. Since then though Intel launched (along with some lower spec models) the Core i7-4790K, a model which sits at the top of their mainstream platform. Today we see how it compares to various other models when installed on Gigabytes Z97X Gaming 5 and paired with PowerColors new dual core 290X Devil 13.
PowerColor offer their own branded version of the liquid cooled R9 295 X2… and now for those who want a similar level of framerate they have their air cooled dual core R9 290X with Devil 13 branding. Today we take a look at this R9 290X2 to see what Powercolor can do with their custom design card in a selection of games including Battlefield 4 and GRID Autosport at 4K resolution.