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Sapphire HD 6670 Low Profile Review

RHKCommander959    -   December 22, 2011
Category: Video Cards
Price: $89.99
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Introduction:

Graphics card manufacturers have to develop cards to fill the needs of the masses. To generalize the groups, there are high-end, mid-range, and low-end cards. Sapphire has developed a low profile Radeon HD 6670 that should be one of the fastest low profile cards around, coming in between low- and mid-range in performance. This graphics card has been designed to be universally compatible — it supports HDMI 1.4a, Dual-Link DVI, and D-Sub VGA outputs in both low profile and standard configurations. Auxiliary power is not needed — the main requirement is just an open PCI Express x16 slot.

The Sapphire HD 6670 LP has 1GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 4000 MHz on a 128-bit memory bus. The core is built on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's 40nm node and packs in 480 stream processors operating at 800 MHz core clock speed. The only major hardware requirement for the card to be used is an open PCI Express x16 slot — with VGA, DVI, and HDMI output, the card is almost universally compatible with any somewhat current system. The card supports Microsoft DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.1, so it can handle all features of the latest Windows operating systems and applications, as well as light gaming. Streaming Blu-ray and other HD content is fully supported and office/Internet applications are accelerated too! Overall, this card should fit in well with office, media, and personal computer usage decently.

 

Closer Look:

The front of the box has Ruby holding a sword, dressed in purple and white garments, similar to Sapphire's color scheme. The top left has the Sapphire logo and to the right it says “Get Radeon in your system.” The front displays some of the main features of the card — 1GB GDDR5 memory with 2.8GB of HyperMemory support, full DirectX 11 support, 1080p Full HD output, AMD HD3D capable, and HDMI with 7.1 HD surround sound compatible. Flipping the box over to the back highlights some of the main features of the card at the center, while to the left is a contents list: one Sapphire HD 6670, one driver CD, and a user manual. Under this is a guide to how much HyperMemory can be associated under Windows Vista and 7. Further down is a list of many review sites that have given awards to Sapphire products (including our very own). The sides of the box have the AMD logo and Radeon HD 6670 badges on them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bottom of the box specifies the product specifications and system requirements. The system requirements are somewhat generic, but include 1GB of system memory, disk drive for reading the driver disk, 400W or greater power supply, and an open PCI Express x16 slot. Everything is held within a corrugated cardboard box. Sapphire encourages consumers to recycle the packaging!

 

 

The included accessories are a case badge, driver installation CD, quick installation guide, registration pamphlet, and HyperMemory support guide. A full size bracket is also included to use this graphics card in normal systems. The VGA low profile bracket is also easily removed if the system doesn't have enough room. An antistatic bubble-wrap bag is the last line of protection for the 6670.

 

 

Time to check out the card!




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: The Video Card
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  5. Testing: Aliens vs. Predator
  6. Testing: Metro 2033
  7. Testing: Sid Meier's Civilization V
  8. Testing: Tom Clancy's HAWX 2
  9. Testing: Lost Planet 2
  10. Testing: Unigine 2.5
  11. Testing: Just Cause 2
  12. Testing: Mafia II
  13. Testing: Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  14. Testing: 3DMark 11
  15. Testing: Temperatures
  16. Testing: Power Consumption
  17. Conclusion
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