Just the other day I talked about how the video card market has been quiet lately and all of a sudden it seems we have a surge of video cards from companies. The latest card to arrive is from Sapphire and comes in as part of the much loved TOXIC series which has served us well in the past.
Of course, being part of the TOXIC series means that out of the box it's overclocked and it will be interesting to see what kind of clocks the card comes in at. Before we look at that, though, and the performance that our HD 6950 2GB TOXIC offers, we have to look at what is going on with the package and the card itself.
Once we've done that, we'll of course look at the specifications of the card and find out what kind of performance is on offer here. The first thing we need to look at, though, is of course that package, so let's see what's going on inside and out.
Normally we wouldn't bother commenting on the box of a video card since most of it can be seen in the picture. Just before we started writing, though, we got an email from Sapphire which let us know that the card isn't a Dual Fan one as mentioned on the box. You'll also see that once we look at the card itself. We just wanted to make sure that you know that the box is wrong and not the card. We're sure that Sapphire will fix the box promptly.
Moving inside, we've actually got a pretty strong package. We've got the normal bits and pieces that we're used to seeing like Sapphire Select Club, Quick Install Guide, Driver CD, CrossFire cable and DVI to VGA connectors. Along with those, we've got a dual Molex to 8-Pin and Molex to 6-Pin power connector, Mini-DP to DisplayPort connector, HDMI cable and Dirt 3 coupon which is something we've seen most partners begin to implement in their packages.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Package]
- Page 2 [Card & Specifications]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup and 3DMark 11]
- Page 4 [3DMark Vantage]
- Page 5 [Unigine Heaven Benchmark]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Resident Evil 5]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Mafia II]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Lost Planet 2]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Aliens vs. Predator]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - Street Fighter IV]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - Far Cry 2]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - Batman Arkham Asylum]
- Page 14 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 15 [Temperature Test]
- Page 16 [Sound Test]
- Page 17 [Power Consumption Tests]
- Page 18 [Total Performance Rating (TPR)]
- Page 19 [Final Thoughts]
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