Sapphire HD6950 FleX Edition 2GB Review

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KitGuru has saved the most powerful of Sapphire’s range for the last in our series of FleX reviews. The HD6950 FleX Edition is created to target the hard core gamer who wants to game at the highest resolutions.

Sapphire have been steadily releasing FleX edition cards to cover all bases … with the HD5670 and HD5770 Flex to support basic productivity and entry level gaming, to the higher end HD5870, and today’s HD6950 FleX Edition for gamers who demand better frame rates.

But first, what exactly is a ‘FleX’ board?

Generally when you purchase an AMD Eyefinity capable graphics card, you only have two DVI output signals, meaning that you need to purchase a higher cost DisplayPort supported monitor. The FleX boards can support three DVI monitors, out of the box, without the need for a DisplayPort monitor or active adapters. The first two monitors are connected to the DVI outputs, just like normal. The third DVI monitor is then connected to the HDMI output with the passive adapter which is supplied.

When you consider that three high quality, 24 inch DVI monitors can be bought in the UK for a total of £450 inc vat, this is the cheapest and most effective way to enter into high performance multi screen gaming.

If you have a loaded wallet, then two more monitors can be connected, up to a total of five, however these have to be DisplayPort capable.

Specification
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
40 x Stream Processors
Memory 2048 MB Size
256 -bit GDDR5
5000 MHz Effective
Dimension 270(L)x110(W)x40(H) mm Size.
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Sapphire HD6950 FleX Edition 2GB Review, 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating
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  • Danny

    I saw this on amazon last week but its vanished. they stopped stocking it or something?

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  • Elmwood

    Been hearing good things about that trixx tool with the sapphire cards, that is a damn fine OC. wonder if it would cause a longevity issue however.

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  • k0rn

    No stock of this in the UK, it shows a fair price premium in states over an ordinary board.

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  • Samuel

    Good card, but ive very litle chance of getting 3 screens. Still looks to be one of the better HD6950s on the market, regardless of the FLEX aspect.

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  • Forrest

    Big fan of Sapphire, I had a 5 series card fail on me and I had a replacement within 14 days. it would be either these cards or XFX for me.

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  • Brooke

    Reckon Sapphire might make an nvidia board someday ? :)

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  • Arian

    Their coolers are always great, but there is quiet a premium sometimes for Sapphire products. Powercolor are usually cheaper and just as good IMO.

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  • Garth

    Powercolor as good as Sapphire? hardly. wait until one of them fails. unless you are in the states or far east you can kiss any warranty you might like. I know a buddy who had a card fail and he chased a replacement for 4 months then gave up.

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