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Posted March 23, 2011 by Jake in Video Cards

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Cayman Specifications

When the AMD Radeon 6800 Barts graphics cards were initially released as part of the new series, we noted some differences from the 5800 series. Gone was the ATI moniker, replaced by AMD branding, which shouldn’t really come as a surprise since ATI was purchased by the chip giant several years ago. The other difference was the naming conventions for the new 6000 series cards. The 6800 cards became the new "lower end" of the premium gaming cards rather than the flagship ones.

As you can see, the Barts cards are positioned at the bottom of the performance rung, followed by the 6950 and 6970 Cayman cards as we move upward, with the recently-released dual GPU 6990 Antilles residing at the top. Today we’re looking at a Cayman card, specifically the XFX 6950 XXX on the bench. However, this XFX version is a bit different in a few respects including cooling and specifications.

The XFX 6950 XXX comes with a custom heatsink to produce lower temperatures and noise levels, and while we think this is fabulous, perhaps the real appeal of the card is its specifications. This particular XFX card comes with only 1GB of GDDR5 memory rather than the reference 2GB; essentially it’s a cut-down version in terms of memory. We know this typically only makes a difference at higher resolutions, but it does lower the production costs. However, the card is overclocked with higher core and clock speeds to compensate, giving us a card that should actually be faster at lower and medium resolutions.

So we should end up with a card that has extremely similar performance, if not better, in medium resolution settings, and a custom heatsink featuring lower temperatures and noise levels, for essentially the same price as the reference 2GB card. That is a very enticing proposition.

Below shows the particulars:

This XXX 1GB version comes with clock speeds of 830/1300, whereas the 2GB reference design comes with 800/1250 speeds. This core and memory overclock will help improve the performance results as long as you don’t expect to be using an Eyefinity setup with the antialiasing cranked up to 4x. Forget it, 1GB isn’t nearly enough. But for 1680 and 1920 resolution, the XFX 6950 XXX1GB should fare just fine.

Let’s move onto the card and take a closer look.

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