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ASUS HD 6950 Review

Price: $289


We've seen a lot of NVIDIA's offerings recently, especially GTX 570s. While they do rock the charts fairly well, AMD isn't one to be forgotten. The recent release of the Cayman Pro HD6950 and the Cayman XT HD6970 showed us that AMD can offer a tremendously powerful punch. Today I'll be taking a look at an HD6950 from ASUS, otherwise known as the ASUS HD6950. Just as with the other versions of the Cypress Pro core, the ASUS HD6950's core utilizes 22 SIMD, 1408 stream processors, 32 ROPs, and 88 texture units. To top it all off, the card is also equipped with a very hearty serving of 2GB of GDDR5 memory. Not only that, but this is also a slightly overclocked version of the HD6950. Now when I say slightly, I mean slightly, as this guy clocks in with an 810MHz core clock. That being said, it is still a boost in clock speeds and that's always nice to see. Plus, with the Voltage Tweak ability, I'm hoping to see some pretty awesome overclocks!

Closer Look:

The ASUS HD 6950 comes in a box that looks almost exactly the same as the ASUS EAH6850 and the ASUS GTX 570's packaging. Come to think of it, it appears as though ASUS has been using the same packaging on a great deal of its video cards. Don't get me wrong though, it is a pretty awesome box — seeing the dark knight (not Batman, an actual knight) ready for battle definitely gives the user an idea of how powerful the card is. The front of the box features a small amount of information about the HD6950, such as the 2GB of GDDR5 memory and the fact that this is an overclocked card. Other than that, it mostly features design. Flipping the box over reveals some more information about the card, as well as a detailed diagram of how each of the card's connectors connects to a monitor.













Opening the box reveals a secondary black box with a gold ASUS logo directly in the center. This contains three different sections. The top and right section contain all the card's included accessories, but we'll talk a little more about those later. Right now we want to move on to the bottom section. Here is the ASUS HD6950 wrapped in an antistatic bag and snugly concealed in black foam.



Now about those included accessories we were going to talk about. Just as always, ASUS includes a few nice goodies so that we can properly use the HD6950. Included with the card is a driver CD, a user's guide, a Molex to 6-pin connector, and a CrossFire bridge.



Now that we've got all that out of the way, let's pull this card apart and see what makes it tick!

  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: Crysis Warhead
  8. Testing: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  9. Testing: Just Cause 2
  10. Testing: Unigine 2.1
  11. Testing: Batman: Arkham Asylum
  12. Testing: Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  13. Testing: 3DMark 11
  14. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  15. Testing: Temperatures
  16. Testing: Power Consumption
  17. Conclusion
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