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PowerColor HD 6950 Vortex II 2 GB Review

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The Card

PowerColor's HD 6950 Vortex II uses a red PCB with matching cooler. Even though the design uses only few colors it does look a bit plasticky.

The card requires two slots in your system. I set the fan on the right to the highest Vortex position to give you a feel for how much the card extends into the third slot in this mode.

Display connectivity is two DVI ports (one single-link, one dual-link), one full size HDMI port and two mini-DisplayPort outputs. AMD's display output logic is clearly superior to what NVIDIA has to offer at this time. Board partners are free to combine several TMDS links into any output configuration they want (dual-link DVI consuming two links) - and use them all at the same time.

An HDMI sound device is included in the GPU, too. It is HDMI 1.4a compatible which includes HD audio and support for Blu-ray 3D movies. The DisplayPort interface is DisplayPort 1.2 compliant which allows the use of a DisplayPort hub to connect multiple monitors, or daisy chain them together.

You may combine up to four HD 69xx cards from any vendor in a multi-GPU CrossFire configuration.

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