Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 Ultimate Video Card Review



Product: Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 Ultimate
Company: Sapphire
Author: James Prior
Editor: Pete Vagiakos
Date: July 29th, 2011

Introduction

Sapphire has released a new version of the AMD Radeon HD 6670, the Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 Ultimate. I hear you ask; what makes this card "Ultimate"? It's the cooler; a dual direct contact heatpipe based aluminum fin array that wraps around the card. All this means passive cooling, which also means silent card. We last looked at a Sapphire Ultimate offering a little over a year ago, with the Sapphire Radeon HD 5550 Ultimate and the new HD 6670 Ultimate cooler is very similar to that, with some improvements.

Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 Ultimate

The Radeon HD 6670 is based on the Turks XT GPU core, which is a 480 Radeon Core design with 6 SIMDs and 512MB or 1GB of GDDR5. The Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 Ultimate isn't any different in specification, despite the passive cooling solution:

Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 Ultimate

Specifications

  • SEP $105
  • 40nm Turks XT core
  • 800Mhz Engine clock
  • 480 Radeon Cores / 6 SIMD's [VLIW-5]
  • 128-bit memory bus
  • 1GB GDDR5 @ 1GHz Memory Clock [4Gbps QDR]
  • 8 ROPs
  • 24 Texture Units
  • PCI-Express 2.1 x16 interface
  • Display Port 1.2 / HDMI 1.4a / DL-DVI outputs support 3-display AMD Eyefinity and AMD HD3D
  • 7.1 HD Audio supporting Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio over HDMI/DisplayPort Audio
  • 12W idle / 66W load
  • DiRT 3 Game Coupon [Digital Download]

When we first reviewed the Radeon HD 6670 we stated it was a card for providing reasonable game performance in a small form factor and low power budget. This case has now been supplanted by another AMD product, the AMD A-series APU. While our first tests of the APU showed that the HD 6670 is still the performance king over the A8-3850 APU graphics - a fact AMD notes by their naming of the graphics inside the APU, as Radeon HD 6550D - combining the two should give a sizeable performance increase. So does the Radeon HD 6670 Ultimate still have a place in the bold, new, APU world?