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Windows 7: Which ATI 6950?

03 Feb 2011   #31
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Well my Sapphire 6950 finally arrived today

Which ATI 6950?-sapphire-6950-box.jpg

Included contents....
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As you can see the card is longer than my old 4890....
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Ok, first thing I noticed about the card, other than size, is how quiet it is. After installing it and booting up the system I couldn't even hear it. And I mean exactly that, the card is that quiet.... even at startup.

Now, my 4890, when the system booted up, the card's fan would rev up for a few seconds and you certainly heard it! In fact I was so use to hearing this that when the 6950 didn't do it I immediately thought something was wrong, but no... the card simply doesn't rev the fan! Just smooth and quiet. Very nice.

Also during gaming (Dead Space 2) and benching with 3DMark Vantage the fan never ran high or got loud. In fact the only fan I heard was the CPU's fan, and it's quiet enough in it's own right!

Another thing I noticed is the temps are lower than the 4890. The first one is the 6950, the second, 4890....

Which ATI 6950?-gpu-z-6950-sensor-readings.jpg Which ATI 6950?-4890-temp-fan-speed.jpg

Here's some benchmarks scores using 3DMark Vantage.....




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03 Feb 2011   #32
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 
Benchmark Scores.....

Here's some benchmarks using 3DMark Vantage....

Here's the 4890 taken two days ago....
Which ATI 6950?-3dmv-4890-score.jpg

6950....
Which ATI 6950?-3dmv-6950-score.jpg

Here's my WEI score....

4890....
Which ATI 6950?-wei-score.jpg

6950....
Which ATI 6950?-wei-score-6950.jpg

LOL... who knew the processor would be the weak link

Anyway these are just with default settings. Haven't even began to mess about doing the BIOS update to turn it into a 6970. That'll be in about 30 days. I want to make sure the card is stable and in working order before doing any BIOS tweaks.

PCMark Vantage.....

4890 - Result
Which ATI 6950?-4890-pcmark-score.jpg

6950 - Result
Which ATI 6950?-6950-pcmark-score.jpg


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03 Feb 2011   #33
SlackerITGuy

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

That's some straight up geek pr0n right there lol.

Congrats on the new card.

Will you be doing some game benchmarking?
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03 Feb 2011   #34
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SlackerITGuy View Post
Will you be doing some game benchmarking?
Unless the game comes with a benchmark tool I doubt I'll be doing any games. We'll see though.
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03 Feb 2011   #35
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Kinda funny the CPU is the weakest link with a 7.6 WIE. Not that its weak at all .. just saying. Its a good thing.

Looks great, and good scores/temps too.



BTW, I never really thought about it until you brought it up, but my 4890 does the same thing at boot up. I guess I too have just got used to the spin up and seldom notice it anymore.

Looks like that card would be a excellent choice when I upgrade mine!
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03 Feb 2011   #36
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
Kinda funny the CPU is the weakest link with a 7.6 WIE. Not that its weak at all .. just saying. Its a good thing.
It is weird when you think about it. I laughed.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
BTW, I never really thought about it until you brought it up, but my 4890 does the same thing at boot up.
The 4850 and the 3870 did the samething when I had them. Although the 4850 seems a little quieter in my other system.

I'm telling you when/if you get one of these cards, you're going to be amazed how quiet it is. Trust me.

And price to performance on this is nice.... plus you can always turn it into a 6970 with a BIOS replacement! Well worth the investment.
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08 Feb 2011   #37
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 
Issues

Hmmm..... been getting weird artifacts with the card lately, doesn’t happen all the time but it does happen. At first I thought it was because MLAA was turned on which will cause certain images to look weird even in 2D, but that's been turned off, yet I still get artifacts. Looks like dirt particles.

Darn it might have to replace the card! What a PITA

Posted the issue at Rage3D - Artifacts showing up - 6950 - Rage3D Discussion Area
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08 Feb 2011   #38
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

keeping a very interested eye on this thread - very soon, i hope to be doing the same upgrade as you.

hope you sort your artefacts out - have you got a screenshot?
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08 Feb 2011   #39
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

No screen shot, they're very subtle and happen randomly. I'll wait and see what they say over at rage3d but I'm 99.99 percent leaning on replacing the card. Don't want to wait till the swap out period is over from Amazon to have to deal with an RMA through Sapphire. Better to be safe now. I just hate to have to go through the process of replacing the card.
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08 Feb 2011   #40
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Agree with waiting to see what they say over at Rage3d, and the sending it back if necessary. I do remember seeing a few mentioning about the MLAA affecting more than just games, just pick the 11.1/11.1a thread over there to find it.

Just one small comment about not hearing the card on boot-up over the old one; one word, Powerplay. My 4830 does the same thing and this is why,

Which ATI 6950?-powerplay.png

higher speed than default (in my case it actually runs at 4850 speeds on boot), which also ramps up the fan speed until it gets past the boot speed. Guessing it is one more thing that has been adjusted/tweaked in the 6xxx cards (and possibly the 5xxx).


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