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Sapphire HD6950 2GB DiRT3 Edition Review

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Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using Crysis Warhead with MSI's Afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using a resolution of 1920x1200 using 8xAA. I will use a 10-run sequence to run the test, ensuring that the maximum thermal threshold is reached. The fan speed will be left in the control of the driver package and video card's BIOS for the stock load test, with the fan moved to 100% to see the best possible cooling scenario for the overclocked load test. The idle test will be a 20-minute cool-down with the fan speeds left on automatic in the stock speed testing and bumped up to 100% when running the overclocked idle and load testing.


  • Monitoring with MSI Afterburner
  • Crysis Warhead 1920x1200 8x AA
  • 10-run sequence
  • 20-minute idle duration
  • Temperature measured in degrees Celsius













Lower = Better

At stock speeds during the idle test, the HD6950 from Sapphire was sitting right around the middle of the pack. However, once the card was hitting the load test, it was one of the lowest three cards, only being beaten out by 14 °C, which was by the GTX460 followed by the HD6850. In the overclocked testing at idle, the HD6850 was one of the hottest cards, while during the load testing, it was right in the middle of the pack, being 25 °C cooler than the GTX480 and 9 °C hotter than the GTX460.

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