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Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB Video Card

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Dec 15, 2010 4:38 am
TweakTown Rating: 92%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.


We've got a whole mess of cards in our review today which include the HD 5870, HD 6870, HD 6850, HD 6850 in Crossfire, HD 6870 in Crossfire, Gainward GTX 570 Goes Like Hell Edition, MSI GTX 580 and the GIGABYTE GTX 480.


We'll be able to figure out exactly how the new HD 6950 sits in the market when we compare it to all these setups today. Just for good measure as well, though, we've added 3DMark 11 and Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2 into the benchmark line-up.


We've also removed the original H.A.W.X. and Final Fantasy XIV; the latter due to the issues Crossfire has with the benchmark due to it running in Windowed mode. It means our TPR and TVR graphs will have to be started again, but we've already got a load of cards to add to it, so we're not worried.


We've got a huge amount of results on tap today which will give us a great idea of exactly how the HD 6950 sits compared to the current crop of both NVIDIA and AMD cards.


Let's get started!


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.




Compared to the other single card AMD setups, you can see the HD 6950 has no trouble beating all of them at both presets. Compared to the NVIDIA offering it falls behind all of them; at the highest resolution, though, the gap is a lot smaller than it is at the lower one, especially when compared to the GTX 480.


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