Summary: I upgraded from a Nvidia 9800 GT (which im selling on ebay hit me up yo Firblade274) and run a Q6600 quad core duo 2.4 ghz CPU on 64 bit Vista, not overclocked as I sadly have a stock HP mobo. On my Nvidia after 3 years I began to notice in large Shogun 2 battles the game would get laggy and id have to turn down the settings :( and I could actually run Crysis on full settings I believe, that is until I began moving around lol.
Summary: the Sapphire Hd 6950 2gb is a decent graphics card that runs games very well. On my 1600x900 20" monitor I'm able to Max almost anything I can throw at it with 40+ average framerate. This would include Battlefield 3, Metro 2033, Shogun 2, Age of Conan, Stalker call of Pripyat, and Witcher 2. Although this specific card does come with a bios switch to enable 6970 shaders I was not able to unlock them.
Summary: Purchased this card in May 2012. Switched the BIOS and no unlocked shaders. Put the position back to stock, read the BIOS, modified and re-flashed to the secondary BIOS, still same results, no unlocked shaders. Still a good card though, but don't expect to unlock it unless you can get your hands on an older revision of this card.
Summary: I've always used AMD because of the lower power consumption and know my way around their drivers very well. I bought this for a new build I just did, but the card was extremely unstable under it's stock configuration with the most recent drivers, even before I even attempted overclocking.
Summary: I have two of these 6950's in Crossfire and they are working fantastically! They both run very cool, and have had zero issues with them. Their build quality is great! Two of these in Crossfire runs every single game out there on the market today at max settings. Plus, they also unlock to 6970's! Only down side to these, and why I gave it a four out of five, is the lack of a Crossfire bridge.
Summary: This really is an amazing video card that delivers what it promises- just don't let the expectation of rebate money influence your buying decision! Other reviewers alluded to problems getting rebates from Sapphire, and that has been my experience as well. Be aware that if you make a mistake on your rebate form and are denied, in most cases, there is no appeal process- One strike, your out!I took away one star on my rating for my lost rebate.... (18 bucks....
Summary: First of all, I was wary about upgrading from my previous card (the Radeon HD 5770 Hawk) since it ran damn near everything (and still does, mostly). For me to purchase a new card, it would have had to be a massive improvement and within a reasonable price range. I considered the HD 6850, which is supposedly ~50% better performance-wise, but went with the HD 6950 which is purportedly 100% better than the 5770. It is :-) This is a huge card.
Summary: Pros - 1) Unlockable to 6970 with push of switch 2) Can overclock it to HD 6970 easily with Trixx software utility 3) Very quiet and runs very cool 4) Constant 40+ fps for battlefield 3, crysis 2, assassin's creed brotherhood with (1920x1200, 8xAA, everything maxed out) Cons - 1) No crossfire bridge 2) Packaging isn't impressive 3) Fingers crossed for rebate 4) No game coupons dirt 3 / deus ex if it matters to you ( I am not fan of racing games anywayz) Conclusion : Must...