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Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB Unlocked to HD 6970 - Test System Setup and 3DMark 11

We flash the HD 6950 with the HD 6970's BIOS and prepare ourselves for some free performance. How to do it? - Read on to find out!

By: | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jan 6, 2011 4:42 am
Manufacturer: Sapphire



We would like to thank the following companies for supplying and supporting us with our test system hardware and equipment: Intel, ASRock, Kingston, Mittoni, Noctua and Corsair.


With our Sapphire HD 6950 flashed with a Sapphire HD 6970 BIOS, it's time to see how the performance of the card goes. To keep it simple, though, today we've kept the included setups to a minimum with our Sapphire HD 6950 at its out of the box setup and then flashed with the HD 6970 BIOS. The other card we've included is just the standard Sapphire HD 6970 at its out of the box setup.


What we're hoping to see is no artifacts or freezes and performance that should be in line with the HD 6970.


With today's results we won't be including graph descriptions until Page 14 (Temperature Tests) and onwards.


3DMark 11


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3DMark 11 is the latest version of the world's most popular benchmark. Designed to measure your PC's gaming performance 3DMark 11 makes extensive use of all the new features in DirectX 11 including tessellation, compute shaders and multi-threading. Trusted by gamers worldwide to give accurate and unbiased results, 3DMark 11 is the best way to consistently and reliably test DirectX 11 under game-like loads.




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