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XFX HD6970 3-way CFx & HD6950 CFx review

XFX boxes are always futuristic by design, and the HD6950 box is no different. They really do release some kick ass box artwork.

There are no free games with the XFX HD6950 bundle, but there is a Crossfire connector, a ‘do not disturb' door sign and warranty information, as well as literature on the product and the XFX power supply range. We have reviewed the full range of XFX Pro power supplies at Kitguru if you want a recap.

The card is based on the reference AMD design. The rear of the card has a black ‘cover' over the PCB which needs to removed to get access to the core.

Two Crossfire connectors for multiple CFx 2/3/4 configurations. The HD6950 requires two six pin power connectors.

Both HD6950 and HD6970 have a new switch next to the Crossfire Connectors which enables two modes. Setting 1 is an unprotected mode for user updates and setting 2 is protected as factory default. Never has modding your video card been so user friendly.

Connectivity is strong with 2 miniDisplayport connectors being complimented by an HDMI 1.4A output and 2 DVI ports (one DL and one SL).

Getting access to the PCB first requires the removal of the back plate which seals the card entirely. Be aware that before removing the core cooler, you will have to destroy XFX stickers, voiding your warranty. XFX are the only company we have seen do this – once opened you have no means to claim an RMA. We recommend you look at our pictures and save the RMA support in case you experience problems.

The cooler is a 5th generation Vapor Chamber system which AMD claim has great cooling efficiency and acoustic performance, but more on this later. The memory installed on the card is Hynix H5GQ2H24MF.

Pictured above: Two XFX HD6950's which we will be testing later in both single and dual configurations.

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