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Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 1GB Video Card Review

To compete with the GTX 560 Ti, Sapphire offer us a 1GB version of the much loved HD 6950. Is it what the camp needs?

| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Feb 21, 2011 5:54 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: SapphireTech

Introduction

 

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The GTX 560 Ti is a killer card and at launch we saw some companies do some fantastic things with the model when it came to overclocks. This is great for you the consumer, but for AMD and its partners, not so great.

 

The HD 6950 offers great performance, but with 2GB of GDDR5 the price of the card is higher than the GTX 560 Ti which carries with it only 1GB of GDDR5. Personally, I thought it was a mistake for AMD to push 2GB models of the card, as it means prices are higher and if the past has told us anything, it brings little gains when compared to its 1GB counterparts.

 

Instead of dropping the price on the model, though, they've decided to halve the memory which helps bring the overall cost down. The question we ask, is it enough for AMD?

 

We've got the Sapphire version of the HD 6950 1GB on hand and we're going to find out exactly what halving the memory does not just to performance, but price. First, though, let's check out the package.

 

 

The Package

 

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Quite a full on package actually with a lot of cables. The stand-outs would be that mini-DP to DP cable and HDMI cable; two things a lot of companies are choosing not to include in the bundles.

 

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