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Sapphire Special Edition HD6970 and HD6950 CFx Multi Screen Review

The tests were performed in a controlled air conditioned room with temperatures maintained at a constant 25c – a comfortable environment for the majority of people reading this.

Idle temperatures were measured after sitting at the desktop for 30 minutes. Load measurements were acquired by playing Crysis Warhead for 30 minutes and measuring the peak temperature. We also have included Furmark results, recording maximum temperatures throughout a 30 minute stress test. All fan settings were left on automatic.

Exact same results as the other cards we have reviewed before. Both cards generally maintain an average of around 73-75c when gaming, which rises to over 80c when Furmark primed. The 5th generation Vapor Chamber is actually pretty good considering the performance levels.

We then measured the temperature changes when running both HD6950 and HD6970 in our Crossfire configurations.

As the HD6970s in CFx three way are so close together, the heat levels rise significantly. The fans speed up trying to maintain sub 100c temperatures. We will look into the noise levels later. In closing however we would strongly recommend a high level of case airflow with a CFx three way configuration.

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  • Tim

    I gotta say man, I dont know how you continually produce reviews of this quality on an almost daily basis. fantastic article.

  • Roger

    Sapphire are the boards to get, either them or XFX, but I like that aluminum case, might be handy for my camera odds and ends 🙂

  • Tech Head

    Absolutely brilliant. I like this new range from AMd anyway, not sure why the negative vibes are being seen by some people. its all about the price.

  • Seth

    I think its a nice idea when you can’t release a card with a custom cooler due to AMD launch restrictions. Ship it in a cool aluminum box. Nice job Sapphire, well worth the extra. id use that for my collection of playing cards :p


    mega review. and more mega products from the best company on the planet 🙂 I still want a 1100T though, what first !?

  • Fluffychicken

    my plan for 2011 is this.

    Get my credit card cleared. Get another 24 inch screen, then get a 6950 for 3 screen heaven. Might be May by the time it happens, but thats the plan.

  • KoRn

    Ok, I have a question for all you AMD fanboys. Have the catalyst drivers improved any? last time I used these cards (few years ago) they were terrible.

  • Jonathan

    tempting, but im willing to spend £320 on a sapphire special cooler version without the aluminum box 🙂 fingers crossed the 6970 appears after christmas. I can wait until then, ill be drunk for two weeks anyways.

  • Manick

    Its pretty good value, one of those cases is around £50 to buy in a photography store. not sure about cutting holes into the padding however, that might be tricky

  • Tri Color

    We need a poll to find out the percentage of readers here who use a 3 screen setup. id be surprised if its more than 5%. even a poll asking how many people might be thinking of it next year. seems a lot of money to me still.

  • Joe Soap

    The pricing on scan is very high http://www.scan.co.uk/Search.aspx?q=sapphire+HD6970

  • Larry

    The pricing went up earlier. http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-255-SP&groupid=701&catid=56&subcat=1752

  • Mark

    I am all for the HD6970 at 280-300, but once it hits 340, its only 50 less than the GTX580 which is much more powerful.

  • Ned

    Mark it may be 340, but its extra for the case with this edition. The GTX580 is still around 420 inc vat in UK.

  • Mark

    Actually ive seen it for £400. same one they reviewed on Kitguru http://www.yoyotech.co.uk/item-detail.php?products_id=4370825

  • Tosspot

    The 6950 impresses me more as I have a 5850 and ive never seen the performance improvements broken down like that so clearly. It is a hell of a price. 220 is affordable, but 340 is a significant payment for a GFX. Might look into one once I sort out the missus and kids at xmas.

  • Ned

    This is the best deal ive seen right now for a 6970 http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-148-OK&groupid=701&catid=56&subcat=1752

  • Tom

    I dig this concept from Sapphire, but for reference cooling? ill pass. surely their vapor or toxic cards are due in jan. before the 6990.

  • DaVy CrOcKeT

    When is the game out? (vietnam), due in a day or two isnt it ?

  • Francis

    3 in CFx looks awesome lol. bit expensive though. bit hot too !

  • Roth

    50 quids worth of game is very good. Means the metal box is free.

  • Brook

    I just orrdered this. Was going to buy the game at Christmas and the add-on. And I need a new card, I’ll pay it off in installments!

  • Dillinger

    Nice to see the improvements from the last gen. Quite big too

  • Master of puppets

    6970 is Better value than 570, I only need one more screen then I will upgrade

  • Face

    I’m already on 6970 cfx and it’s brilliant.

  • Jules

    Cant wait to get this game, my christmas is sorted

  • Rufus

    Only thing that puts me off is the noise. I’m waiting on the heatpioe versions, like powercolors modded ones

  • Narry

    Very good review, found it educational too. Never knew just how much they have been improved. One site i read said the 6970 was slower than 580 so it basically sucked

  • E71

    It’s almost April 2011, the 6990 series is out and still no 6970 TOXIC or VAPOR cards.

    Close to losing all faith in Sapphire.