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Sapphire Low-Profile Radeon HD 6670

Sapphire Radeon HD 6670That is when the new low profile Sapphire HD Radeon 6670 comes into play. This card is capable of playing back awesome video with the clearest of audio and at the same time can even game (well to a certain extent). But what most of you will like is what I mention in the first sentence of this paragraph, this card is a low profile single slot unit that can be placed in almost any rig.

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Sapphire Radeon HD 6670

Sapphire Radeon HD 6670That is when the new low profile Sapphire HD Radeon 6670 comes into play. This card is capable of playing back awesome video with the clearest of audio and at the same time can even game (well to a certain extent). But what most of you will like is what I mention in the first sentence of this paragraph, this card is a low profile single slot unit that can be placed in almost any rig.

Introduction to the Sapphire Low-Profile Radeon HD 6670

Most of the time when we talk about graphics cards, the first thing we think of speed, performance and power consumption.  Rightfully so, we should think about these things because the case most of the time we are looking for speed and performance in a new GPU. But that is most of the time. How about when you are looking for something to put in a media PC or something for causal gaming? Or when you really done want to spend a wad of cash on a GPU?

That is when the new low profile Sapphire HD Radeon 6670 comes into play. This card is capable of playing back awesome video with the clearest of audio and at the same time can even game (well to a certain extent). But what most of you will like is what I mention in the first sentence of this paragraph, this card is a low profile single slot unit that can be placed in almost any rig.

The Sapphire 6670 Low Profile is a power horse for its size. The card has a 800MHZ Core clock and 1GB of GDDR memory operating at 1000MHz. The Stream Processor count is set at 480 and 24 textuxe units.

Sapphire’s take on the Low-Profile Radeon HD 6670

The SAPPHIRE HD 6670 series is the highest performing graphics card family in its extensive range that does not require an additional power connection, making it ideal for users looking to upgrade existing systems to be compatible with the latest games and applications. Now SAPPHIRE has introduced a new model in this series in a low profile format, but with a slim single slot cooler, believed to be the first and only graphics card available with his specification.

The SAPPHIRE HD 6670 Low Profile model has 480 Stream Processors and 24 texture processing units and like other models in this series, sports 1GB of the latest DDR5 memory. With clock speeds of 800MHz core and 1000MHz (4GHz effective) for the memory, it delivers the same performance the other models, but in a low profile format with a single slot cooler, making it one of the fastest and most capable low profile graphics cards available today.

Specifications

Output1 x D-Sub(VGA)
1 x Dual-Link DVI
1 x HDMI 1.4a

GPU

800 MHz Core Clock
40 nm Chip
480 x Stream Processors

Memory

1024 MB Size
128 -bit GDDR5
4000 MHz Effective

Dimension

190(L)x62(W)x23(H) mm mm Size.

Software

Driver CD

AMD Feature list for the Radeon HD 6670

  • 800 MHz engine clock
  • 512MB-1GB GDDR5 memory
  • 1000 MHz memory clock (4.0 Gbps GDDR5)
  • 64 GB/s memory bandwidth
  • 768 GFLOPS Single Precision compute power
  • TeraScale 2 Unified Processing Architecture
    • 480 Stream Processing Units
    • 24 Texture Units
    • 32 Z/Stencil ROP Units
    • 8 Color ROP Units
  • 128-bit GDDR5 memory interface
  • PCI Express 2.1 x16 bus interface
  • DirectX® 11 support
      • Shader Model 5.0
      • DirectCompute 11
      • Programmable hardware tessellation unit
      • Accelerated multi-threading
      • HDR texture compression
      • Order-independent transparency
    • OpenGL 4.1 support
    • Image quality enhancement technology
      • Up to 24x multi-sample and super-sample anti-aliasing modes
      • Adaptive anti-aliasing
      • Morphological anti-aliasing (MLAA)
      • 16x angle independent anisotropic texture filtering
      • 128-bit floating point HDR rendering
  • AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology1
    • Native support for up to 4 simultaneous displays
      • Up to 6 displays supported with DisplayPort 1.2 Multi-Stream Transport
    • Independent resolutions, refresh rates, color controls, and video overlays
    • Display grouping
      • Combine multiple displays to behave like a single large display
  • AMD App Acceleration2
      • OpenCL 1.1
      • DirectCompute 11
      • Accelerated video encoding, transcoding, and upscaling2,6
    • UVD 3 dedicated video playback accelerator
      • MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
      • VC-1
      • MPEG-2 (SD & HD)
      • Multi-View Codec (MVC)
      • MPEG-4 part 2 (DivX, xVid)
      • Adobe Flash
    • Enhanced video quality features
      • Advanced post-processing and scaling
      • Dynamic contrast enhancement and color correction
      • Brighter whites processing (blue stretch)
      • Independent video gamma control
      • Dynamic video range control
    • Dual-stream HD (1080p) playback support
    • DXVA 1.0 & 2.0 support
  • AMD HD3D technology4
    • Stereoscopic 3D display/glasses support
    • Blu-ray 3D support
    • Stereoscopic 3D gaming
    • 3rd party Stereoscopic 3D middleware software support
  • AMD CrossFireX™ multi-GPU technology5
    • Dual GPU scaling
  • Cutting-edge integrated display support
    • DisplayPort 1.2
      • Max resolution: 2560×1600 per display
      • Multi-Stream Transport
      • 21.6 Gbps bandwidth
      • High bit-rate audio
    • HDMI 1.4a with Stereoscopic 3D Frame Packing Format, Deep Color, xvYCC wide gamut support, and high bit-rate audio
      • Max resolution: 1920×1200
    • Dual-link DVI with HDCP
      • Max resolution: 2560×1600
    • VGA
      • Max resolution: 2048×1536
  • Integrated HD audio controller
    • Output protected high bit rate 7.1 channel surround sound over HDMI or DisplayPort with no additional cables required
    • Supports AC-3, AAC, Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio formats
  • AMD PowerPlay™ power management technology3
    • Dynamic power management with low power idle state
    • Ultra-low power state support for multi-GPU configurations
  • AMD Catalyst™ software and HD video configuration software
    • Unified graphics display drivers
      • Certified for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP
    • AMD Catalyst™ Control Center
      • Software application and user interface for setup, configuration, and accessing special features of AMD Radeon products
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Closer look

The Sapphire low profile Radeon HD 6670 is a small modest looking video card. This is the actual selling point of the card as it is meant not to take up a whole lot of room and to be able to fit into small tight places. So often do I see people looking for low power smaller video cards for smaller form factor cases and this little media machine machines you see at the local department store. And when it comes to machines like this large wattage power supplies are not an option, so power hungry video cards are no often as well.

The heat sink of the Radeon HD 6670 isn’t much to talk about. It’s pretty small covering more than half of the card. Black and made of plastic the card covers the GPU of course as well as the 1GB of GDDR memory. A small 60mm fan blows air over the protective aluminum fin and base mounting.

For inputs the card has a single DVI and HDMI connectors. VGA is possible via a small DVI-to-VGA jumper adapter. The card does not require any type of internal powering so there is not power plug present on the card.

 

Test Hardware:
Motherboard: ASUS P67 Deluxe B3
Processor: Intel Core i5 2500K @ 4.5GHz w/ 1.3 voltages
Ram: Crucial 2133 4GB Dual Channel (9-10-9-28)
Video Card: Sapphire Low-Profile Radeon HD 6670
HDD: Hitachi 1TB
Power: Thermaltake Tough Power XT 850 (Sponsored by Thermaltake)
Case: Open air
Cooling: Prolimatech Panther

Testing Software:
Futuremark 3DMark11: Performance and Extreme
Stalker: Call of Pripkat: Ultra, 1920×1200, 4xAA, Max FPS Recorded
Heaven 2.5: DirectX 11, 1920×1200, 2xAA, 4xAF, Tessellation Normal, Max FPS Recorded
Alien vs. Predator: 1920×1200, 2xAA, 16xAF, Tessellation On, Average FPS Recoded
Devil May Cry: DirectX10, 1920×1200, 4xAA, Texture Super High
ARMA 2: 1920×1080, High
Final Fantasy 14: Hyur, 1920×1080
Dirt 2: 1920×1200, 4xAA, Preset High, Average FPS Recorded
Hard Rest: 1920×1200, 8AF

Drivers:
Windows Seven Ultimate 7 64-bit
Radeon Cat 11.11

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Futuremark 3DMark 11
Your PC’s performance is determined by the interactions between different hardware components, the operating system and the type and amount of software running. A benchmark provides a set of performance tests that can be repeated with a high degree of accuracy on a wide range of computer hardware.
3DMark 11 is the latest version of the world’s most popular benchmark for measuring the graphics performance of gaming PCs.
Designed for testing DirectX 11 hardware running on Windows 7 and Windows Vista the benchmark includes six all new benchmark tests that make extensive use of all the new features in DirectX 11 including tessellation, compute shaders and multi-threading.
After running the tests 3DMark gives your system a score with larger numbers indicating better performance. Trusted by gamers worldwide to give accurate and unbiased results, 3DMark 11 is the best way to test DirectX 11 under game-like loads.

GSC Game World S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
We are glad to present you a special version of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat Having your PC tested with benchmark you will be able to get detailed information about its performance on various graphical modes and find out how well your system is balanced for gaming and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat in particular.
This benchmark is based on one of the ingame locations – Pripyat . The testing process includes four stages, those utilizing various weather and time of the day settings (day, night, rain, bright sun). In order to test your system thoroughly the benchmark is provided with a number of presets and options including different versions of DirectX (9.0, 10.0, 11), screen resolutions, antialiasing etc, all at your disposal.

Capcom Devil May Cry 4
Long ago the Dark Knight Sparda rebelled against the dark emperor and waged a one-man war to save humanity. Thousands of years later, a religious organization worships this renowned savior and has taken it upon themselves to rid the world of all evil. Residing in Fortuna, this organization is known as the “Order of the Sword,” and is made up of an elite group of “Holy Knights.” One day, a young knight named Nero witnesses Sparda’s legendary son Dante slaughter his fellow warriors. Has the renowned devil hunter turned his back on mankind? What does the encounter mean for these two individuals?

Unigine Heaven 2.5
New benchmark grants the power to unleash the DirectX 11 potential in the gift wrapping of impressively towering graphics capabilities. It reveals the enchanting magic of floating islands with a tiny village hidden in the cloudy skies. With the interactive mode emerging experience of exploring the intricate world is ensured within reach. Through its advanced renderer, Unigine is one of the first to set precedence in showcasing the art assets with tessellation, bringing compelling visual finesse, utilizing the technology to the full extend and exhibiting the possibilities of enriching 3D gaming.

Codemasters Dirt 2
DiRT 2 will feature a roster of contemporary off-road events, taking players to the most diverse and challenging real-world environments. This World Tour will have players competing in aggressive multi-car and intense solo races at extraordinary new locations, from canyon racing and jungle trails to city stadium-based events.
To be powered by the third generation of the EGO™ Engine’s award-winning racing game technology, DiRT 2 will benefit from tuned-up car-handling physics system and new damage engine effects. It will also showcase a spectacular new level of visual fidelity, with cars and tracks twice as detailed as those seen in GRID.
DiRT 2’s garage  houses a best-in-class collection of officially licensed rally cars and off-road vehicles, specifically selected to deliver aggressive and fast paced racing. Covering seven vehicle classes, players will be given the keys to powerful vehicles right from the off. In DiRT 2 the opening drive is the Group N Subaru; essentially making the ultimate car from the original game the starting point in the sequel and the rides just get even more impressive.
In addition to the World Tour, DiRT 2 will come complete with full online functionality that will be core to the overall experience, with head-to-head competitive online play and new social features to engage the racing community. Prepare for mud, gravel, dust and dirt too in DiRT 2, coming 2009.

Square Enix Final Fantasy XiV
FINAL FANTASY XIV takes the first intrepid steps into an unknown realm, and in doing soa new place for adventurers of all creeds to call home is born — Eorzea.
In the world of Hydaelyn, the term Eorzea denotes the geographical region comprised of the continent of ldenard and its surrounding islands, as well as the civilization which spawned there. Calling the area home are several independent city-states, the most notable being Limsa Lominsa, bustling port and pirate hub;Ul’dah, a desert city rich in mineral wealth; Gridania, nested deep within an ageless wood; and Ishgard, bastion atop the mountains.

Sega Alien versus Predator
Aliens vs. Predator is an entirely new title for PC and high-definition consoles from acclaimed British developer Rebellion, the team behind the 1999 original PC gaming classic. Bringing the legendary war between two of science-fiction’s most popular characters to FPS fans, AvP delivers three outstanding single player campaigns and provides untold hours of unique 3-way multiplayer gaming. Experience distinctly new and thrilling first person gameplay as you survive, hunt and prey in the deadly jungles and swamps surrounding the damned colony of Freya’s Prospect.

Bohemia ARMA 2
Reinforcements brings two independent factions – British Armed Forces and Private Military Company – onto one DVD. Play it separately in a non-linear campaign or join friends in multiplayer battles with up to 50 players and hundreds of AI units. Find out the sequential dramatic events of Takistan, originally described in Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead.
Deploy a mechanized division of British Armed Forces to reinforce coalition troops battling a large-scale outbreak of guerilla insurgency, or join Private Military Company, recently contracted, to protect a UN weapons inspection team in Takistan

Flying Wild Hogs
Thee world as we know it ceased to exist. Humanity is at the verge of extinction, living in the last closed city of Bezoar. Mankind wages war against the machines controlling vast areas of what became the ‘Barrens’. Machines want to control and assimilate ‘The Sanctuary’ a network that holds billions of digitalized human minds. Our hero, Maj. Fletcher, is a soldier of CLN – a corporation combat unit, established to protect the city. Machines are constantly assaulting the walls of Bezoar. Fletcher moves in when Bezoar’s protective barrier is breached.

Power Consumption

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AMD recommends nothing less than a 400 watt power supply and a 500 watt unit if running two of them. But from the test we saw the low prolife from Sapphire draw just 65 watts with a full load.

Conclusion

The Sapphire Low Profile Radeon HD 6670 is definately a most have if you are building a smaller form factor mainly for video playback but also want to do a little bit of gaming. When this card can be placed in the smallest of system due to its smaller size, single slot configuration and lack of external power. The draw of power come completely from the a single x16 PCIe slot. To date this is the only card on the market that has kind of power in such a configuration.

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