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by Rob Williams on January 21, 2011 in AMD-Based GPU

AMD’s top-end Radeon HD 6970 2GB is one of the best GPU choices on the market right now, and adding to its flavor a bit, Sapphire customized the reference card to produce the Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam edition. In addition to featuring a copy of the game, it comes complete with many accessories (including an HDMI cable).

Introduction

AMD last month released its flagship single-GPU cards, the Radeon HD 6900 series, which proved to be great competition to NVIDIA’s higher-end offerings. In the end, both AMD and NVIDIA at that point delivered some great options for gamers to spend their hard-earned bucks on. Since that launch, AMD’s cards seem to have been well-received, and we’re sure to soon see the first follow-ups get released.

At the same time as AMD’s launch, Sapphire released two editions of its own Radeon HD 6970′s, both of which feature the Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam first-person shooter included as a voucher. The version we received simply includes the voucher, while the “Special Edition” is packed in an actual suitcase. I haven’t been able to find that version online, so I’m not sure what the price premium is.

Until the Radeon HD 6990 comes along, the HD 6970 2GB remains AMD’s highest-end offering, and as discovered in our launch article, it performs just about the same as NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 570, which for its $370 price tag, is just about right.

Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 BFBC2 Vietnam Edition

As it is today, AMD’s GPU line-up is rather large, although many of the choices don’t make sense with the HD 6800 and HD 6900 series available. Until AMD releases follow-ups for the entire HD 5000 series, those will remain on e-tailers such as Newegg.

Model
Core MHz
Mem MHz
Memory
Bus Width
Processors
Radeon HD 6970
880
1350
2048MB
256-bit
1536
Radeon HD 6950
800
1250
2048MB
256-bit
1408
Radeon HD 6870
900
1050
1024MB
256-bit
1120
Radeon HD 6850
775
1000
1024MB
256-bit
960
Radeon HD 5970
725
1000
2048MB
256-bit
1600 x 2
Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6
850
1200
1024MB
256-bit
1600
Radeon HD 5870
850
1200
1024MB
256-bit
1600
Radeon HD 5850
725
1000
1024MB
256-bit
1440
Radeon HD 5830
800
1000
1024MB
256-bit
1120
Radeon HD 5770
850
1200
1024MB
128-bit
800
Radeon HD 5750
700
1150
512MB – 1GB
128-bit
720

Sapphire’s BF2: BC edition might be “special”, but it’s still based on AMD’s reference design. That’s far from being a bad thing, though, as the cooler proved efficient in our launch article and is quiet to boot. For those who enjoy special faces on their cards, this one looks pretty good – as long as you are a Battlefield fan.

Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 BFBC2 Vietnam Edition

Right out of the box, the card can support 2x DVI monitors and also an HDMI. If you happen to have mini-DisplayPorts on your monitor, you could take advantage of those ports as well, or if you have extender docks, you could use an Eyefinity setup with one or both of those ports (for 3 or 6 displays). For a normal Eyefinity configuration, you’ll need to use one of these DisplayPort ports, using a mini-DP to DP adapter, and then use a combination of the HDMI and DVI ports.

Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 BFBC2 Vietnam Edition

Included with the card, but not pictured, is a CrossFireX bridge, a D-Sub adapter, Mini-DP to DP cable, an 8-pin to 4-pin power cable, a 6-pin to 4-pin power cable, a 1.8m HDMI 1.4a cable and also the driver CD.