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Sapphire HD 6950 Flex Edition Review



Radeon HD 6950
Bus Interface
 PCI-E x16 (PCI-E 2.1)
2048MB / 256-bit GDDR5
Clock Speed  
800MHz Eclk / Effective 5000MHz Mclk
Cooling System 
Dual slot Fan with auto fan control
Full Height
Display Support
DL-DVI-I, SL-DVI-D, Mini Display Port x 2, HDMI, VGA (Via included adaptor)
Crossfire Support
Native Hardware Crossfire
External Power
PCIe Graphic External 2 x 6-pin
Crossfire Interconnect Cable x 1
HDMI To DVI Adapter x 1
DVI to VGA Adaptor x 1
6-pin to 4-pin Power Cable x 2
Mini DP to DP Adapter x 1
HDMI 1.4a 1.8 meter cable x 1 (Full Retail only)
Driver CD
TriXX Support*



  • Sapphire FleX Technology: SAPPHIRE Flex Technology supports 3 displays without the requirement of DisplayPort monitors or Active DP adapters, and can support up to 5 displays with the use of a DisplayPort monitor or Active adapter.
  • Vapor-X Cooling Technology
  • Sapphire TriXX OC Utility Support
  • Dual BIOS
  • Up to 800 MHz Engine Clock
  • Effective 5 GHz Memory Clock
  • 1408 Stream Processors
  • Microsoft DirectX 11 Support
  • AMD Eyefinity Technology
  • AMD Power Tune Technology—dynamically optimized performance
  • Open GL 4.1 Support
  • AMD HD3D Technology
  • AMD Advanced Parallel Processing Technology
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Support
  • 40nm Process Technology
  • 4th Generation TeraScale Engine
  • PCI Express 2.1 x16 bus interface
  • HDMI 1.4a support with Deep Color, 7.1 High Bitrate Audio and 3D Stereoscopic support
  • Display Port 1.2
  • ATI CrossFireX™ multi-GPU support
  • Enhanced Unified Video Decoder(UVD 3)
  • Dynamic power management with ATI PowerPlay™ technology including memory clocks
  • Dolby® TrueHD and DTSHD Master Audio TM Support
  • Enhanced Internet Brower Applications
  • GPU acceleration support for Microsoft Office 2010

System Requirements:

  • PCI Express® based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard
  • 500 Watt or greater power supply with two 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended.
  • Certified power supplies are recommended. Refer to http://ati.amd.com/certifiedPSU for a list of Certified products
  • Minimum 1GB of system memory
  • Installation software requires CD-ROM drive
  • DVD playback requires DVD drive
  • Blu-ray™ playback requires Blu-ray drive
  • For an ATI CrossFireX™ system, a second ATI Radeon™ HD 6900 graphics card, an ATI CrossFireX Ready motherboard and one ATI CrossFireX Bridge Interconnect cable per graphics card are required.


  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: 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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