Sapphire are AMD's largest graphics partner and today we are looking at something very special – the new HD6970 Sapphire Flex with Vapor X cooler, which not only comes with a proprietary cooling solution, but with a free copy of the brand new Battlefield 3 game. This will be a strictly ‘limited edition' release on a ‘first come, first served' basis.
Sapphire have been making some of the finest graphics cards this year and this Limited Edition card looks on paper to be one of their greatest. Sapphire have included a dual BIOS switch allowing users to choose between two performance settings. The ‘normal’ setting has clock speeds of 880MHz for the core and 1375Mhz (5.5Gb/sec effective) for the memory, and a quiet fan profile, whilst the ‘boost’ setting raises the core clock to 930MHz, as well as increasing the core voltage, fan speed and overclock limits to deliver higher performance.
If you want to push the card even further, then the Sapphire TriXX software tool will allow for manual interaction. Today we will test the card with a variety of games and benchmarks, measuring power drain and performance with Battlefield three in Eyefinity, across three 24 inch screens.
Should you treat yourself to the Sapphire HD6970 Battlefield 3 Flex Edition as an end of year treat?