Summary: SAPPHIRE claims to have produced the fastest HD 6950 on the market in the SAPPHIRE HD6950 TOXIC Edition. It competes with a stock Radeon HD 6950 and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570. We also put it to the test against a Radeon HD 6970 and GeForce GTX 580 with results that might shock you. And did we mention you get two free games?
Excerpt: Sapphire Technology is patently waiting for AMD to release a slew of next-generation graphics chips. Up until that happens, which looks likely at the tail end of this year, Sapphire's engineers are endevouring to make the most out of current crop of 6-series GPUs. Positioned as the 'world's fastest' Radeon HD 6950 2GB card is the TOXIC version, above. Sapphire is hoping to exploit the pricing sweetspot that exists between the 6950 and 6970.
Excerpt: Just the other day I talked about how the video card market has been quiet lately and all of a sudden it seems we have a surge of video cards from companies. The latest card to arrive is from Sapphire and comes in as part of the much loved TOXIC series which has served us well in the past.
Summary: Overclocking a video card provides a better gameplay experience, or so every enthusiast hopes. Today we have the Sapphire HD 6950 2GB DiRT 3 Special Edition on our gaming rig to see how well it performs and overclocks using Sapphire's TRIXX Tweaking utility. Will this overclock yield a better gameplay experience?
Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB FleX review - making Eyefinity simple
5 May 2011
Excerpt: We've often commented on the disparity between the power of high-end graphics cards - now expressed as trillions of operations per second - and the gaming software that runs on it. In fact, seeing average frame-rates in excess of 100fps is fairly common at a full-HD resolution, so NVIDIA and AMD have cooked up methods by which the substantial power of quality graphics cards can be better used.
Summary: The FleX edition is a neat concept. While all the new Cayman cards have a ton of connectors, not everyone can use all of them without buying pricey monitors or adapter. Sapphire is able to repurpose what is already there, and make it more accessible to the masses. The card itself is definitely for the enthusiast, or anyone that wants to run 3 monitors or more. With the dual BIOS switch, the card has the potential to be unlocked to a 6970 (a potential savings of $70).
Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 Flex Edition 2GB DDR5 DX11 Video Card Review
Hi Tech Legion
22 March 2011
Summary: The performance of the Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 Flex Edition was exactly as expected. This edition doesn't deviate from the older reference version so the performance was on par in all tests. Crossfire scaling worked great in most games.
The HD 6950 made its splash into the market at the begining of December last year. It's had a good 3.5 month run, so far. The main thing found was some people can get lucky and flash theirs into 6970 specs.
Pros: 2GB DDR5 Onboard, FleX Abitility, TriXX Support, Vapor-X Cooling, Up to 5 Displays with Eyefinity, Good CrossfireX Scaling, Good Performance, Good Power Consumption, Quiet Operation