Sapphire Technologies have always had a keen eye on the media enthusiast, and Kitguru has reviewed many of their discrete solutions within the last year. We particularly enjoyed their last generation HD5670 Ultimate Edition, which we also reviewed in a CrossfireX configuration shortly afterwards. In recent months they also released a passively cooled HD 6670 ‘Ultimate' Edition which proved popular within the HTPC sector. Today we are looking at their latest card which features a single slot, low profile cooler to target an even wider audience.
While their passively cooled cards have proven popular, it is a wise move for them to release a low profile card with a single slot cooler.
Over the last 6 months we have received several emails from readers asking a low profile six series card was was ever going to happen. Sapphire have been listening.
The card adheres to the reference AMD specifications. A core clock speed of 800 mhz, and 1GB of GDDR5 memory which runs at 1,000mhz (4,000 mhz effective). They have included DVI, HDMI and VGA output on the board, while offering a standard and low profile back plate in the box.
The card delivers new gaming experiences and acceleration of next generation high performance applications in a low profile format. All of this comes with low active power consumption and Dynamic Power Management delivering super low-power operation in 2D or idle. As the core technology is low power, no external power connection is required, making this series ideal for system upgrades or mainstream PCs that do not have high end power supplies.
All products in the SAPPHIRE HD 6000 series deliver on-board hardware video decoding with the AMD UVD (universal Video Decoder) – now in its third generation and including support for MVC and decoding Blu-Ray 3D for stereoscopic 3D over HDMI 1.4a.