Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 Overview
Taking a closer look at the Radeon HD 6950 it looks like many of AMD’s other higher end offerings. Sapphire has of course put their sticker on the top of the heatsink. The card is actually quite long coming in at 11-inches, so make sure you will have room inside your case for it.
Cooling this card is a large heatsink with a single red fan on the end. Sapphire has also put a sticker on the fan. This is a dual slot card and AMD has actually completely covered the card in a shroud.
Moving to the opposite side of the card there are a few things to notice here. First you have your CrossFire connections and right beside them Dual BIOS switch. This is something that is new in the 6900 series cards. The dual BIOS has 2 settings, 1 allows you to change everything and 2 locks everything to factory settings. Towards the end of the card you have your power connections, which are 2 6pin PCI-E power connectors.
Looking at the connections on the card you have quite a bit. Starting from the right you have 2 DVI, 1 HDM 1.4a and 2 mini-DisplayPort connections. With the 2 mini-DisplayPort connections you will be able to connect up to 6 displays per card! The back of the card is actually covered as well.
Here is some information on the the connection options you have.
Equipped with the most popular Dual Link DVI (Digital Visual Interface), this card is able to display ultra high resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600 at 60Hz.
HDMI 1.4a builds on previous generations of HDMI connectivity with support for Deep Color, 7.1 High Bitrate Audio, and 3D Stereoscopic support, ensuring the highest quality Blu-ray and video experience possible from your PC.
Enjoy the benefits of the latest generation display interface, DisplayPort. With the ultra high HD resolution of 2560 x 1600 the graphics card ensures that you are able to support the latest generation of LCD monitors.
Supports Digital monitors up to 1920×1200 resolution.
ATI Eyefinity technology maximises your field of view across up to three displays, fully engaging your peripheral vision. For gamers this puts you right IN the game and for other applications it helps to increase productivity by maximising your visual workspace so that you can see more windows simultaneously. ATI Eyefinity technology is also ideal for multimedia applications as it allows you to keep several ‘palettes’ or ‘panels’ open over a larger workspace whist you edit your images or videos.