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Review: Sapphire 6950 1 GB (Dual Fan)

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I'm some what new to the forums as a registered member but have lurked around here since 2006 for my first build (AMD 64 5200+)

My rig is in my signature.

Anyway on with the review. I bought this card in late October as I needed a replacement card for Battlefield 3 replacing my 9800GT, I could play BF3 on low settings @ 1440x900 at round 35-40 FPS.

I paid 239.99 for it with free shipping no tax. Unboxing was quite easy, contents of the box was the card itself, driver installation CD, two molex to PCIE 6 pin connectors and a VGA to DVI adapter as well.

Upon actually pulling the card out I was worried about clearance issues into my case (Storm Scout, CM says that it can clear a 10.5 inch card also did not list dimensions on Sapphires website.) it fit with a small amount of room to spare. I had no issues what so ever with actually physically installing it everything went completely smoothly.

Upon start up everything worked properly as well after driver installation. It ran perfectly on stock clock/voltages. I haven't pushed the card to it's max OC yet but running at 1.165v I managed 940 on the core clock and 1430 on the memory, I believe the core still has more in it but I'm satisfied with the performance as of now. The memory seems to be closed to maxed out as I would get artifacting at 1450 with 1.185 volts.

At the current overclocked settings under full load using MSI Kombustor it hits 65* with the fan set to automatic, you can't hear this thing full load it's just as quiet as my CPU fan (Zalmann AM2 9500) and it idles nicely at 36*

As far as performance goes in terms of real world frames as I said earlier I play at 1440x900 because I haven't fronted up for a good monitor yet however I will give you some frames from some games that I have.

BF3 with everything maxed usually runs around 80 frames.

World of Warcraft everything maxed outside Orgrimmars main gates runs around 65

Fable 3 runs around 65+ as well.

3dMark11 is ~5300

For some reason Futuremark will not load on my computer, from what I've seen from the error that I have been getting it would seem my computer is unstable which it's not (10 hours under prime 95 and memtested, GPU under MSI Kombustor for 20 minutes, 3dMark 11 multiple times and in games for a large period of time as well) so I don't have any scores for it.

If you have any questions or want screens or RL pics from anything mentioned above I'll happily provide them.
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I did not expect the HD6950 to run so well on BF3, well that is good cause I was planning on getting the 2GB 6950 crossfired. Since you run it at 1440x900 it might run at like 50fps or something around there on 1920x1080.
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Yeah and you're processor by far is better than mine as well, I'm sure the extra V RAM will help from what I've heard BF3 will use between 1.3-1.5gb of V RAM, I probably should have fronted the extra cost for a 2gb card looking back but @ 1440x900 it does the job fine.
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