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Sapphire HD6950 2GB DiRT3 Edition Review

gotdamojo06    -   July 5, 2011
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Going back to the first question that I asked, are you looking for an upgrade to your system in the form of a graphics card? If you answered yes, then you are going to want to add the Sapphire HD6950 2GB DiRT3 Edition graphics card to your list. Not only is this card going to give you some pretty solid numbers in the benchmarks that I ran on it and compared to the other cards, it also comes with an upgraded cooling solution. Speaking of the cooling solution, at stock speeds during my load testing, the card was able to hit a maximum of 66 °C, which is the third lowest temperature. Once the card was overclocked, during the load test it only gained one degree, putting the maximum temperature up to 67 °C, which is about the middle of the pack. 

I was able to get my card to overclock pretty well, seeing a 12.5% increase on the GPU Core and 12% on the memory — 900MHz and 1400MHz, respectively. While the GPU Core clock speed was about just below the average, it is still a nice bump; however, the memory was the third highest clock in the running. The only complaint that I do have is that the card is quite long, but this is becoming more of a norm in the market with high-end graphics cards to accommodate the cooling that they require.

Sapphire's HD6950 2GB DiRT3 Edition graphics card was able to perform quite well throughout the benchmarking suite here at OCC. In multiple benchmarks it was able to come very close to the HD6970 at higher resolutions, as well as the GTX570. Now one of the more attractive features of the graphics card is the free copy of Codemaster's DiRT3 off-road racing sim. While getting a free game with your new graphics card purchase can be exciting, in the back of your mind you are always wondering if the card's price was increased to include the game. At the time of the review, looking at Newegg.com, the price of the DiRT3 Edition is $10 cheaper than the FleX Edition. So you can be rest-assured that you are actually getting the game for free and not having the price of the card increased because of the promotion.

If you are a fan of the DiRT series of games and are in the market for getting a new graphics card, the Sapphire HD6950 2GB DiRT3 Edition is a no-brainer. I would suggest this card to anyone who is looking to get into the Eyefinity scene or is needing an upgrade to their current graphics solution.

 

Pros:

  • Overclocking
  • Upgraded cooling solution
  • Free DiRT3 game
  • Power Consumption
  • Cooling Performance (Stock)
  • Graphics Performance
  • Price

 

Cons:

  • Length


 

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  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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