AMD Radeon HD 6950
Released December, 2010
The Pros:Vastly improved tessellation performance - up to 3x the speed. Low idle power consumption of only 20w. Quiet at idle.
The Cons:Large size - standard for high end video cards, may not fit in smaller enclosures. Limited overclockability.
The Radeon HD 6950 is a top-end desktop graphics card from AMD, released alongside the HD 6970 in December 2010. The GPUs are successors to AMD's former top-of-the-line DirectX 11 models, the HD 5850 and 5870.
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The HD 6950 offers 1408 stream processors and an 800MHz core clock speed, an upgrade over the 725MHz HD 5850, but less than the 880MHz offered by the HD 6970. Both new GPUs utilize 2GB of GDDR5 RAM and feature Dual-BIOS switches which enable overclocking. They also support up to six simultaneous displays with Eyefinity technology, and include the EyeSpeed suite of "visual acceleration" features, encompassing advanced parallel processing, playback acceleration, and video quality enhancement.
- 2GB GDDR5 RAM
- 1408 stream processors
- 800MHz core clock speed
- 1250MHz memory clock speed
- Advanced anti-aliasing
- Eyefinity multi-display technology (max. 6)
- EyeSpeed technologies
- accelerated parallel processing
- UVD 3 dedicated video playback accelerator
- Enhanced Video Quality features
- Dual-stream HD playback support
- 3D support
- CrossFireX multi-GPU technology
- PowerPlay power management
- Dual-BIOS switch
- DirectX 11
- OpenGL 4.1
- PCI Express 2.1
User Reviews (2)
vastly improved tessellation performance - up to 3x the speed
low idle power consumption of only 20w
ample outputs - as with most 5000 and 6000 series cards, 2 x DVI, 2 x mini-DisplayPort and 1 x HDMI 1.4a
Eyefinity - supports up to 3 monitors natively
large size - standard for high end video cards, may not fit in smaller enclosures
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