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Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 On Linux

Michael Larabel

Published on 23 February 2011
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 2 of 9 - 16 Comments

Examination:

The Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 Vapor-X is not factory overclocked, but the differentiating factor between this model and the other Sapphire HD 6870 graphics cards or those from AMD's other AIB partners is the cooling solution. Sapphire's description on this cooling technology is "Vapor-X cooling technology allows products to run not only cooler but also much quieter. A Vapor-X product means a virtually silent gaming experience and more headroom to explore performance tweaking!"

The Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 Vapor-X has a black and silver colored plastic shroud covering the fan and aluminum fins with copper heatpipes. This cooler spans the entire length of the graphics card's PCB and there is ventilation area along a portion of the second expansion slot next to the secondary DVI connector.

The display connections include dual DVI, one HDMI, and dual Mini DisplayPort connectors. As mentioned already in this article, Sapphire also includes a VGA D-Sub to DVI dongle and HDMI to DisplayPort dongle. There is also the CrossFire connector on the PCB itself if using the Radeon HD 6870 in a multi-card configuration.

The Radeon HD 6870 graphics card requires two 6-pin PCI Express power connections for supplying enough power to this high-performance 40nm GPU.

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