Sapphire 6950 FleX Edition
When we looked at the 6870 FleX model, we came away impressed with the technology but concluded the card was severely underpowered in some game titles during Eyefinity gaming at extreme resolutions. We finished that review with our fingers crossed that Sapphire would respond with a flagship FleX model. And now they have. You really need at least a 6950 to think about Eyefinity gaming with decent framerates. And we saw that this card met the challenge.
So what are the downsides? Well, just a couple. Our gaming results showed a bit of a mixed bag, with a couple game titles where AMD cards tend to struggle overall, but the framerates aren’t abysmal, and dialing down the antiasliasing will certainly improve those results. There is also the lack of PhysX and CUDA which are enabled on Nvidia cards and can be a factor, particularly if you’re into Folding @ Home.
Sapphire has continued their innovative ways here. The 6950 FleX Edition easily lowers the load temperatures from the reference card design, and also runs quieter than most of the other competing cards as well. More importantly though, is the notion of making Eyefinity’s DisplayPort or an active adapter obsolete. For anyone that has three DVI monitors, this is far less hassle, not to mention cheaper as well. Priced at $300 USD, the 6950 FleX only costs about $10-20 more than other non-reference cards but less than an adapter or buying a new DisplayPort monitor, so this represents good value for what you get.
The Pure Point: If you have any plans for Eyefinity, the Sapphire 6950 FleX offers great horsepower and value for your gaming needs.