Sapphire has just launched what it claims to be the fastest HD 6950 on the market, its new Toxic edition.
Currently, the Radeon 6950 sits in the price/performance sweet spot for higher end graphics cards, on the AMD side of the equation at least. Some would argue in favour of Nvidia and the 560Ti, of course.
However, Sapphire’s new Toxic board certainly seems a tempter, shipping with a clock speed of 880MHz off the bat, and 1300MHz in terms of memory, which makes it the “fastest production HD 6950 on the market”.
The company states that this has been achieved using a high spec circuit board to build the card on, making use of digital VRMs, giving good power regulation (plus 8 and 6 pin power connectors).
A high performance cooler is also on board to keep those temps down while running Crysis 2 with DX11, with a vapour chamber, blower fan and new perforated backplate that’s designed to increase airflow out of the PC case.
The HD 6950 Toxic has a dual BIOS too, allowing you to experiment with settings. Further overclocking potential could well be available with the upgraded cooling solution, depending on other factors of course, such as the ambient temperature of your case.
Port-wise, the graphics card has two DVI ports, one HDMI 1.4a and two mini-Displayport outputs. Up to four monitors can be hooked up to the HD 6950 via Eyefinity.
The downside, of course, is that this will obviously be pricier than the stock 6950. Official pricing hasn’t yet been announced for the UK, but we’d expect it to be around £230.