[Tested] ASUS Radeon HD 6950 2GB GDDR5 Review

ASUS Radeon HD 6950 2048MB GDDR5

ASUS Radeon HD 6950 Review Index

1 – Meet with ASUS’s Radeon HD 6950 or EAH6950

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ASUS’s EAH6950 is a graphics card based on the new Cayman PRO GPU. Cayman PRO is the same GPU than Cayman XT (HD 6970) where 128 shader processors have been disabled: the HD 6950 packs 1408 SP instead of 1536 for the HD 6970. Like the Cayman XT, Cayman PRO is a new architecture compared to previous generation like Barts (Radeon HD 6870) or Cypress (HD 5800). The vec5 units have been replaced by vec4 units and the rasterizer is now able to process 2 triangles per clock.

The Radeon HD 6950 features a new power consumption limiter called PowerTune. PowerTune is a technology that modifies in real time the GPU clock speed in order to keep the graphics card power draw in the specifications. Stress tests like FurMark are no longer able to exceed the TDP.

ASUS Radeon HD 6950 is a factory overclocked card with AMD reference board: the GPU is clocked at 810MHz (ref: 800MHz). The 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory keep the reference clock: 1250MHz real speed or 5000MHz effective speed. More details on the reference Radeon HD 6950 can be found here: AMD Radeon HD 6970 and HD 6950: Cayman GPUs are There!.

ASUS’s HD 6950 is a Direct3D 11 and OpenGL 4.1 capable graphics hardware. The card also support OpenCL 1.1, the standard GPU computing API. Cayman PRO is AMD’s second (even third) generation of DX11-class GPU.

ASUS’s HD 6950 is priced at around 260 euros (see here for more prices). The Radeon HD 6950 has currently no direct competitor (maybe the GTX 560 in a near future) but fills the price gap between the GeForce GTX 470 and the GeForce GTX 570.

Here are some pictures of the ASUS EAH6950:

ASUS Radeon HD 6950

ASUS Radeon HD 6950

ASUS Radeon HD 6950

Hi-Resolution pictures of ASUS Radeon HD 6950 can be found here:

ASUS Radeon HD 6950 Gallery – (9 pictures total).

Like the Radeon HD 6970, the HD 6950 is equipped with dual-bios: the first bios can be flashed (read/write mode) and the second bios is a security bios (read only) you can use in case of a bad bios flashing. Thanks to this nice feature, you can safety flash your HD 6950 bios and get the HD 6970 performances: Transform Your HD 6950 Into a HD 6970 at No Cost.

And like the Radeon HD 5870 and HD 6970, a backplate is provided with the HD 6950 to protect the card and to help a bit heat dissipation.

ASUS Radeon HD 6950

The HD 6950 comes with 3-way and 4-way CrossFire support.

And to offer a better heat dissipation, the label that covers the VGA cooler is made with aluminum:

ASUS Radeon HD 6950

I’d like to thank Roland from ASUS for this sample of HD6950 ;)

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