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Sapphire HD6670 (low profile/single slot cooler) Review

Rating: 9.0.

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.

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  • Peter

    Another good card from the Sapphire team. Id like a new media center, just have never gotten around to building one.

  • Eran

    The fan on that card must spin very slow cause its tiny and the noise levels seem very good.

    If I was building a media center id opt for a passive card, like their ultimate series.

  • Dennis Rutherford

    Shame they couldnt engineer it to be passive and low profile/single slot. Would have made a nice deal indeed.

  • 9rirt

    Been waiting for a good review of this, thanks.

    Fascinated with the power drain, 8 watts is very tempting. I wonder would it be possible to use another heatsink on the card for completely passive cooling without taking up much more space? I have a completely silent media center with an underclocked 2500 processor, undervolted. This would be ideal, but I dont want a fan in it. my case is small so the ultaimte cards dont work

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  • Nian

    Here is a score more realistic for a low profile htpc, A c2d E4700, DDR2 800Mhz 4Gb. I have never seen a low profile htpc / light lanbox with a i7 EE.

    Min: 5.7
    Max: 31.0
    Avg: 14.8
    Score: 372

  • Hi Nian,

    I agree, but it is possible and a lot of people are doing it, Why? When combined with a decent graphics card the audience can also play all the latest games with high IQ at 1080p – as well as doubling up as a media center. Some of our audience are also performance freaks who just want the fastest possible system.


  • Nian

    I hate the anti spam box…. the refresh from an incorrect entry clears a comment. Ack.

    Anyway I know there are speed freaks with high end lanbox/htpc systems that use i7, but its rare for them to ever use low profile cases, thats almost exclusively for those people who bought a budget pc or went for a very small case for the most basic of stuff. Many people would love to know how it performs on a low to mid level cpu and a <300watt psu.

    I forgot to say that bench was for Unigine at 1680×1050 same settings as what you used. I have benched the hell out of this card and it is only ever a minor few fps worse than your own benchmarks with the i7.

  • We normally test graphics cards with the same system so they are interchangeable, although driver updates can change performance a little over time.

    Your results are close because the card isnt that powerful and fps scores will be gpu limited, not cpu limited.

    If you lose a comment in reply, dont hit refresh, press ‘back’.

  • Nian

    Oh I understand why you reviewed the card in the system you have, its your standard test box and the best way to compare it to other cards.The thing tho is Its an unusual card released for a specific market, It wouldn’t have been a bad thing to include a couple of benchmarks showing what it can realistically do with low end systems that the card was targeted for. Still, I am thankful for your review, only two sites bothered and that’s a shame.

    By the way, don’t you think its temperatures are alarming for such a small gpu? I am quite surprised how hot it gets, certainly a bother in such a space constrained low profile case.

    Oh and yes the back button still wipes the comment if I enter the antispam incorrectly. (On Firefox atleast)

  • Hi nian, what case do you use?

  • Nian

    Its actually an old Acer office pc. Picked it up for a htpc cheap, decided to play with it. The cooling is not the best but its hitting the same temps your review hit. I wouldn’t have expected under load to hit 80c like it does.

  • Hi Nian. Thanks. Yeah, the temperatures aren’t quite as low as maybe some people would expect. I had a few emails about it also.