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Sapphire Radeon 6870 FleX Edition

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Posted February 21, 2011 by Jake in Video Cards
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Introduction

We’ve tested every Radeon 6000 series model that AMD has released, and we’ve been impressed with the 6870 in particular for the most part, as this card generally offers respectable performance at 1680 and 1920 resolutions. Sapphire’s 6870 Vapor-X was one of the best models we’ve seen with its exceptionally low temperatures and noise levels. And today we’re looking at another Sapphire 6870 but it’s a horse of a different colour, so to speak, as this FleX Edition brings something different to consumers, but no less impressive.

AMD Eyefinity allows users to essentially span three separate monitors into one large, singular desktop. The lure of this to gamers is a massive field of vision across three screens. But Eyefinity has always had one very big asterisk: one monitor must have a native DisplayPort connection, or else purchase an active adapter that runs a DisplayPort connection. But this is where the Sapphire 6870 FleX Edition changes the rules.

What’s so special about the 6870 FleX? Well, it supports Eyefinity out of the box with no need for expensive DisplayPort or adapters. That capability is built directly into the card itself, independent of the monitors being used. This means that any monitors with DVI ports can now run Eyefinity; no expensive DisplayPort is necessary. Of course, you still need three monitors to begin with, but thecost and technological implications are significant.

Sapphire may have one very special card for consumers here. Let’s dive in and take a close look at the 6870 FleX and see if it indeed is a game-changer.

Pioneers in a new era of how data is displayed and games are played, Sapphire shepherds the performance oriented with ground-breaking solutions to an environment that remains in a constant state of flux and ultimate evolution. For over ten years Sapphire has held true to its unwavering commitment, the commitment to deliver the most feature rich and soundly engineered products.

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