It is good to see AMD get the 6900 series cards out before Christmas and before the end of the year, but where does the HD 6950 really stand. With the price point of $300 it puts itself in between NVIDIA’s GTX 470 and GTX 570. Now in our testing were were not able to compare the HD 6950 to those cards, because we did not have them on hand, but from reading around the performance of the HD 6950 is in between those 2 cards as well. So where does that really put it in the scheme of things?
The HD 6950 is definitely a replacement for the HD 5870. While most HD 5870 cards are still sitting at the $300 price point this card will out perform them and does so with lower power consumption. I think it is time for the HD 5870 to slowly disappear.
So what it really comes down to is if you want to save $50 and take a performance hit and get this card or pay the extra $50 and go with the GTX 570. It is really hard to decide on that but I do like that with this card I can run 3 monitors at once with a single card. Also this card will take on any new DX11 title with ease and you know that since this is a Sapphire product it is going to last for quite a while.
You can find this card at my favorite online retailer for $299. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB Video Card a 10 out of 10 score!
– Ability to have up to 6 monitors
– 2GB of GDDR5
– Quite a lot of connections
– Good performance
None that I found