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Sapphire Roundup - Radeon 6950 fleX, 6870 fleX, 5850 Xtreme, 5830 Xtreme and X58 Pure Black


by Stuart Davidson - 14th April 2011
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Sapphire Round-up: Radeon 6950 fleX, Radeon 6870 fleX, Radeon 5850 Xtreme and Radeon 5830 Xtreme featuring Sapphire X58 Pure Black Motherboard Review

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.

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