The Sapphire HD 6870 Vapor-X didn't shock us. We've come to expect the Vapor-X series from Sapphire to deliver, and again it does with the HD 6870 getting the treatment in this case.
Performance doesn't hold any surprises with Sapphire choosing to just use the reference clocks in these situations, but you can always overclock yourself. The higher quality cooler should also bring with it a little more headroom thanks to the temperature being a little lower at stock speeds.
What is great to see from the model, though, is the cables included in the box. It's nice to see that Sapphire hasn't just added the mini-DP to DP convertor and HDMI cable to its higher end HD 6900 series, but has also put it in this HD 6870. There's nothing worse than getting the card home to find you can't make use of that sexy DisplayPort connection, and instead have to order an adapter separately which will take time to come and also add more expense on the card.
We've looked at a couple of great HD 6950s in the last few days, but for some the card continues to be a little expensive. If you want to take it a step down, save some money but still get strong performance, the HD 6870 Vapor-X from Sapphire is a great buy at $229.99 over at Newegg.
With strong performance and excellent cooling, it's another hard AMD model to pass up if it's in the price range you're looking at.