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Sapphire HD6950 FleX Edition 2GB Review

Rating: 9.0.

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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