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Sapphire HD 6950 FleX 2GB Graphics Card


Output 1 x Dual-Link DVI
1 x HDMI 1.4a
2 x Mini-DisplayPort
1 x Single-Link DVI-D
DisplayPort 1.2
GPU 800 MHz Core Clock
40 nm Chip
1408 x Stream Processors
Memory 2048 MB Size
256 -bit GDDR5
5000 MHz Effective
Dimension 270(L)x110(W)x40(H) mm Size.
Software Driver CD
Accessory CrossFire™ Bridge Interconnect Cable
DVI to VGA Adapter
Mini-DP to DP Cable
6 PIN to 4 PIN Power Cable x 2
HDMI to SL-DVI Adapter
HDMI 1.4a high speed 1.8 meter cable(Full Retail SKU only)




Box Front Box Back

The outside of the box is pretty standard fare for graphics cards. Nothing truly amazing to behold here.



Inside is where things start to get interesting. We get our first glimpse at Sapphire’s redesigned cooler. The cables that Sapphire includes are everything that you should need to start running 3 monitors right out of the box. I like that they include the CrossfireX bridge with the card.



The card requires 2 6-pin PCIE connectors to get it up and running. That’s modest considering some of the other energy hog cards out there. On the front plate we can see all five of the connectors that will plug into your many monitors.

A Closer Look:

The new Cayman line of card from AMD feature a pretty serious architecture overhaul. Without going into too much detail, AMD decided to reduce the size of their instruction pipeline. This was done after researching that most games don’t fully utilize the pipeline per clock cycle. By reducing the pipeline, they were able to stuff more SIMDs onto the die. This allows the card to execute more threads at once and therefore run faster. A few more under the hood improvements allow the card to be more efficient at general GPU computing.


Instead of rebranding the reference design from AMD, Sapphire opts to mix things up a bit. The first thing they did was ditch the stock cooler and implement one with a more efficient and quieter design. The cooler that they install, positioned right over the GPU, is able to blow air out both the front and back of the card, allowing it to dissipate heat faster than the stock blower fan that normally sits at the rear of the card. Like the other reference design cards, the FleX edition has a dual BIOS switch, which means it may have the capability to unlock the shaders that have been blocked off, making it into a full fledged 6970. During our testing, we found the card to run extremely cool compared to the reference design. Under full load, the card barely peaked 60 C on average. For comparison, the reference cards are averaging in the 80’s C under full load. This leaves a lot of head room for potential overclocking.

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  1. can someone tell me if this graphics card will work in a compaq sr2050nx computer here is computer specs…
    PassMark BurnInTest Log file –

    Date: 09/05/11 01:21:30

    BurnInTest V6.0 Pro 1030
    (64-bit)Logging detail level: Normal

    *** Unlicensed Shareware Version ***

    Windows Vista Home Premium Edition Service Pack 2 build 6002 (64-bit),
    1 x Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 2.80GHz,
    959MB RAM,
    ATI RADEON XPRESS 200 Series,
    186GB HDD, 932GB HDD,

    System Name: SR2050NX
    System Model: RE476AA-ABA SR2050NX NA680
    Motherboard Manufacturer: ECS
    Motherboard Name: Asterope3
    Motherboard Version: 1.1
    BIOS Manufacturer: American Megatrends Inc.
    BIOS Version: 3.24
    BIOS Release Date: 01/18/2007

    CPU manufacturer: GenuineIntel
    CPU Type: Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 2.80GHz
    CPUID: Family F, Model 4, Stepping 7
    Physical CPU’s: 1
    Cores per CPU: 2
    Hyperthreading: Disabled
    CPU features: MMX SSE SSE2 SSE3 DEP PAE Intel64
    Clock frequencies:
    Measured CPU speed: 2799.2 MHz
    Cache per CPU package:
    Trace Cache: 12 K-uops
    L1 Data Cache: 2 x 16 KB
    L2 Cache: 2 x 1024 KB

    Total Physical Memory: 959MB
    Available Physical Memory: 423MB
    Virtual memory: C:\pagefile.sys (allocated base size 6000MB)
    Virtual memory: D:\pagefile.sys (allocated base size 1258MB)

    ATI RADEON XPRESS 200 Series
    Chip Type: ATI Radeon Graphics Processor (0x5A61)
    DAC Type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
    Memory: 64MB
    BIOS: BK-ATI VER008.046I.003.000
    Driver provider: ATI Technologies Inc.
    Driver version: 8.383.0.0
    Driver date: 6-13-2007
    Monitor 1: 1024x768x32 75Hz (Primary monitor)

    C: Local drive, NTFS, (931.51GB total, 732.01GB free)
    D: Local drive, CHUCK, NTFS, (186.31GB total, 80.82GB free)
    E: Optical drive, iHAS324 B
    F: Optical drive, CD/DVDW TS-H652L
    G: Removable
    H: Removable
    I: Removable
    J: Removable

    Disk drive: Model ST3200826AS ATA Device (Size: 186.31GB)
    Disk drive: Model WDC WD1002FAEX-00Z3A0 ATA Device (Size: 931.51GB)


    Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet NIC (Speed: 100Mb/s)

    PCI Soft Data Fax Modem with SmartCP: COM3 – Modem Device (max Baud rate: 128000)
    Parallel port: LPT1
    Mouse Port: PS/2 connector
    Keyboard Port: PS/2 connector
    ATI I/O Communications Processor USB 1.1 OHCI controller
    – Dell Dell USB Optical Mouse
    ATI I/O Communications Processor USB 1.1 OHCI controller
    – Dell Dell USB Keyboard
    ATI I/O Communications Processor USB 2.0 EHCI controller
    – Generic USB2.0-CRW (SN: 20021111153705700)

    Test Start time: Mon Sep 05 00:52:37 2011
    Test Stop time: Mon Sep 05 01:07:40 2011
    Test Duration: 000h 15m 03s

    Test Name Cycles Operations Result Errors Last Error
    CPU 0 266 Billion PASS 0 No errors
    Memory (RAM) 37 19.288 Billion PASS 0 No errors
    2D Graphics 6 6167 PASS 0 No errors
    3D Graphics 5 11278 PASS 0 No errors
    Optical disk (E:) 0 0 FAIL 176 Error while searching for files on optical data disk
    Optical disk (F:) 0 0 FAIL 179 Error while searching for files on optical data disk
    Sound 3 12.150 Million PASS 0 No errors
    Printer 0 0 FAIL 2 Could not send page to printer
    Network 1 0 0 FAIL 76 No permission to open RAW network socket
    Parallel Port 0 0 FAIL 89 Error loading Parallel port device driver. Check administrator privileges.
    Tape 0 0 FAIL 58 Could not access the tape drive selected
    USB Plug 1 0 0 FAIL 1 Could not detect USB loopback plug
    USB Plug 2 0 0 FAIL 1 Could not detect USB loopback plug
    Video Playback 12 157 PASS 0 No errors
    Serial Port 1 0 0 FAIL 81 The requested COM port could not be found
    Disk (A:) 0 0 FAIL 3 No media detected in drive
    Disk (C:) 2 43.603 Billion PASS 0 No errors

  2. Andy Kirschetorte

    Please can you confirm that you are correct with your specification where you state 40 stream processes or have you copied/pasted from the Sapphiretech site and not realised this looks wrong?

    • That section was copied directly from Sapphire’s site. Looks like they have it listed wrong in a few places. It should actually be 1408 Stream Processors. I have updated the article accordingly. Good catch.


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