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AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB Review

Author: SKYMTL
Date: January 24, 2011
Product Name: AMD HD 6950 1GB
 
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A Closer Look at the HD 6950 1GB



The samples which AMD sent to us are engineering samples so they look no different from the standard HD 6950 2GB products. It uses a full length heatsink shroud topped with a single red fan but expect board partnersí products to display a sticker or two with some fancy graphics.



Power is brought to the card via a pair of PCI-E 6-pin connectors while the dual Crossfire connectors from the 2GB version are retained. In addition, AMD has retained the BIOS switch on this engineering sample at least so there is some hope that the HD 6950 1GB will be able to unlock if AMD ever releases a 1GB HD 6970.

Like all other HD 6000-series cards, the HD 6950 1GB sports a huge selection of connector options. Along with the two DVI-D outputs there is a single HDMI 1.4a port as well as two mini DisplayPort connectors for native 3x1 Eyefinity support from a single card.


The back end of the card is where things start getting interesting. Since the 1GB version doesnít use the PCBís back for additional memory ICs, no additional backplate heatsink is needed. This along with less memory contributes towards cutting down the cardís price.

AMD has also shipped this engineering sample with a red PCB but we expect mass production units to sport the usual black PCB.


The HD 6950ís length of 10.5Ē means it simply dwarfs the GTX 560 but since AMD placed its power connectors on the side, the installed length of both cards will be approximately the same.
 
 
 

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