Wednesday, December 15th 2010

Sapphire HD 6900 Delivers Top Performance and Features

SAPPHIRE Technology, the largest manufacturer and supplier worldwide of graphics solutions based on AMD technology has just added two new models bringing higher performance and new features to the recently launched HD 6000 series. The new SAPPHIRE HD 6970 uses a new GPU architecture from AMD which features dual graphics engines in one chip with 24 SIMD engines and a total of 1536 stream processors with 96 texture units, providing massively parallel computing power for graphics and other accelerated applications. Its core clock speed of 880MHz, together with a dedicated high speed interface to 2GB of GDDR5 memory running at 1375MHz (5.5Gb/s effective) delivers the highest performance in this series. New Tesselation engines bring up to three times the performance of the previous generation, and new Enhanced Quality AA and filtering modes bring the highest image quality ever achieved.

A new dynamic power management feature - known as AMD PowerTune - enables the new HD 6970 to deliver maximum performance for demanding applications whilst operating within its specified rating of 250W. New options in the Catalyst Control Center allow enthusiasts to adjust this rating for enhanced performance. Typical power consumption for gaming is 190W and the card has a super low idle power of only 20W.

Exclusive Bundle
Exclusive to SAPPHIRE with the launch of the HD 6970 is the brand new game – Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam. SAPPHIRE will bundle a voucher in the SAPPHIRE HD 6970 Gaming Edition for users to download the full game as soon as it is available on December 21st. An additional SAPPHIRE HD 6970 Limited Edition will feature the card and game voucher delivered in a special Aluminium carry case. The regular SAPPHIRE HD 6970 will not have the game voucher.

At the same time, SAPPHIRE will introduce the SAPPHIRE HD 6950, with the slightly less powerful configuration of 1408 stream processors and 88 texture processing units. With its clock speeds of 800MHz for the core and 1250Mhz (5 Gb/sec effective) for the memory this model brings users a new benchmark in performance at a lower price point with full DirectX 11 support and all the features of this new generation of technology.

The SAPPHIRE HD 6900 series features the latest graphics technology from AMD designed to support all the features of Microsoft DirectX 11 and DirectCompute 11. The new GPU’s are built in AMD’s 40nm process to deliver high performance with low power consumption. Advanced hardware features include an enhanced Tesselation unit, new AA and image filtering options, dedicated HDR Texture compression, multi-threaded communication with system CPU cores, embedded support for many of the DirectCompute 11 instructions, 3D stereoscopic support and HDMI 1.4a.

Eyefinity
In addition to spectacular image clarity, speed and visual effects, the SAPPHIRE HD 6900 series supports the AMD multi-monitor mode known as Eyefinity. This allows a single GPU to display images over an array of several monitors, opening up exciting possibilities not just for multi-screen gaming but also for information systems, multimedia systems and promotional displays.

The HD 6970 and HD 6950 each have two DVI, one HDMI and two mini-DisplayPort outputs, allowing a wide choice of monitor configurations to be used. A 1.8m High Speed HDMI cable is included with the SAPPHIRE HD 6900 series cards. With the future release of the DisplayPort v1.2 drivers, it will be possible to daisy chain several DisplayPort v1.2 monitors from each DisplayPort output, supporting up to six displays per card.

Video, audio and 3D
Like previous generations, the SAPPHIRE HD 6900 series has an on board hardware UVD (Unified Video decoder) – this technology is now in its third generation, considerably reducing CPU load and delivering smooth decoding of Blu-ray and HD content for both VC-1 and H.264 codecs, as well as Mpeg files, and support for Multiple View Video Coding for Blu-Ray 3D.

Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio are supported, and HDMI capability has also been upgraded to HDMI 1.4a. This now provides deep colour, enhanced high resolution output for Digital Theatre applications and 3D stereoscopic support as well as 7.1 high bit-rate audio.

Accelerated Applications
The multiple stream processors of the HD 6900 series can be used to accelerate other applications such as video transcoding. The latest generation of web browsers can be GPU accelerated, and this is also supported for enhanced productivity in Microsoft Office 2010.

The SAPPHIRE HD 6900 series is supported by AMD's DirectX 11 WHQL certified graphics driver which delivers support for all of the key DirectX 11 level features required for enhanced gaming experiences as well new configuration options and GPU acceleration of supported applications.
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10 Comments on Sapphire HD 6900 Delivers Top Performance and Features

#1
_JP_
Lol @ the BF: BC2 V sticker.
Looks nice, but it's not going to make the card better...and the sticker will be faced down...
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#2
function69
Hey, at least it's better than the typical Sapphire Chick, which is plain horrible.
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#3
mdsx1950
Yay i'm getting two of these :p
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#4
morphy
nice cards but I don't quite get why they chose BC2:Vietnam as the voucher. It's an expansion needing the original game to play plus anyone who owns BC2 and intend to pick up the Vietnam expansion would have already done so by the time these cards hit the stores. If they're going to do a bundle, rather see games that are coming out @2011 like Witcher2,Dungeon Siege3, Deus Ex:HR or Rage.
disclaimer:
And yeah I own BC2 and preordered Vietnam.
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#5
craigo
Wow... The sticker on this bulk-order generic card looks different to the stickers other companies have chosen to place on their bulk-order generic cards.


Apologies for the generic comment applied to all 6900 series card news posts.
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#6
PopcornMachine
I have a 6950 on order. Just got my tracking number. :cool:
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#7
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
It's funny the Sapphire 6970 is the same price here in Canada on New egg.ca then on the usa site. there shipping is even cheaper then the states.. now if I can sell my 5970 I'll be grabbing 2 for the hell of it
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#9
_JP_
:eek:
Holy multidimensional polygons, Batman!
It's Dec. 17th!!!
How much did you pay/bribe/sexual favored Santa to detour to your house before everybody else??!
Was it worth it? :p
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PopcornMachine
by: _JP_
:eek:
Holy multidimensional polygons, Batman!
It's Dec. 17th!!!
How much did you pay/bribe/sexual favored Santa to detour to your house before everybody else??!
Was it worth it? :p
I was waiting on price drops on the 5850, then 6870.

I read enough reviews Wednesday night to know this card was better than both at less than the 5850 was most of the year. So ordered from NewEgg Tuesday night. Can't believe they got it to me in two days, but I'm not complaining. :D
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