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ASUS EAH6950/2DI2S/2GD5 Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

  • 1408 Stream Processors
  • 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5
  • PCI Express 2.1 x16
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Donald F.
  • 2/21/2014 5:23:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: but this in my small form factor build. it is a great card can be unlocked, all metal heat shroud. plays all the newest games

Cons: gets really... really... really... really... hot.. I put my system under a water loop so it wasn't too much of a concern. but while i was waiting for my water cooling components to arrive i ran it stock and it was hitting temps above 100c and forcing a shutdown.

Other Thoughts: this card is amazing, price per performance wise it ls like the old gtx260s but it does run a little hot. i think asus has somewhat fixed that with a cooler redesign though

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  • Mike C.
  • 8/12/2013 1:37:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsThis card brings the heat

Pros: It is just like all the other cards at this level. Solid performing card, great variety of connectors. Software controls allow for manual settings. I'm able to turn off the radiator heating in my room and have my windows open during the coldest of winter nights.

Cons: This video card brings the heat. Serious heat, I have a COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case that is large than my server tower and superior ventilation. The Asus video card pumps out so much heat that it actually overheated my computer that sits next to it. . Not only did it cause my second pc to over-heat, it also my sitting at my desk unbearable. I had to move my ASUS 6950 box on the outside of my desk. It will create an increase of 15 degree to the ambient temp of your room..nice in winter, survival mode in summer. DO NOT us auto settings on the fan control software, as your card will over heat and start to have degrading issues. Manually setting the fan speeds at various temps seems to work the best, however they fans will kick in at max speed under any load and they are loud.

Other Thoughts: Heat and the loud fans struggling to keep the card less than hot (cool is a word never to be used in the same sentence with high end graphic cards) seem to be the prevailing issue with these cards. Almost makes me want to bump down a few levels just for the sake of not heating up the room or being able to watch a movie on my pc and hearing dialog and not the fans.

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  • Jeancarlos P.
  • 9/4/2011 11:38:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUnlock and Matched with a HIS 6950!

Pros: Unlocked it and matched it with a HIS 6950 (also Unlocked) It just Destroys games making them say "UNCLE" and run crying back to their mommies. !

Cons: None!

Other Thoughts: Too bad they deactived them. Such great Video cards!

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  • John V.
  • 4/24/2011 6:13:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLoving it.

Pros: Great card, everything looks nice and crisp. In my opinion, the price is worth it.

Cons: I had a minor issue with the card the week after I made the computer where the driver would stop working and recover itself. Moments later it would stop responding and then I'd get a Blue Screen. The drivers were fixed and now there are no flaws.

Other Thoughts: Somewhat large, make sure your case can fit it. Also, the card looks really neat.

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  • Scott H.
  • 4/20/2011 2:46:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsawesome card

Pros: unlockable to 6970 performance. Would not recommend flashing a 6970 bios since the memory timings and voltages are a little bit different. I would recommend you flashing a modded 6950 bios. it gives you the shaders unlock at stock memory timings and voltages. Much safer approach to unlocking with the same performance. This card can handle anything i throw at it, and extremely quiet.

Cons: The first card i recieved had a few artifacts. still kept giving it a try and it just kept getting worse. Called newegg and I had the new card in a couple of weeks. neweggs customer support is awesome.

Other Thoughts: do a lot of research before you think about unlocking. Once again I highly recommend the modded 6950 bios. The 6970 bios has an increased chance to fry with the memory timings. Read up on it and make the decision yourself. My performance is at 6970 speeds.

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  • Paul B.
  • 4/19/2011 2:09:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery powerful card

Pros: This card is awesome, installed rather easily, I was planning on unlocking right when I got it, I did this and managed to completely brick it, in both BIOS, however I was able to boot up with my old graphics card, and install the stock BIOS (which I had backed up). After playing with it as a 6950 once I had un-bricked it, I have no desire to reflash it, it pushes ALL of the games I play (Crysis, Crysis 2, Borderlands, Portal 2, Bad Company 2 etc.) on Max settings, everything looks great in every game.

It fits with plenty of space in my Antec DF-85, and runs relatively cool, in fact I haven't seen it cross 50C after 5 and 6 hour gaming sessions.

This card also FEELS like high quality product, with the solid aluminum shroud and build quality. The price to performance here is definitely high, I run all of my games at 8x AA, 16x AF, Max video @1920x1080 across 2 monitors both over DVI, and I havent gotten a single hiccup or crack yet.

Cons: None so far, I did accidentally brick it, but managed to undo it, definitely read up on the symptoms, if you get a BIOS with a different card ID and flash it to your card, it will just black screen, on boot, also some forums will talk about a CMD string to enter if the unlock isn't successful...DO NOT do this on the 2nd BIOS because it will unlock it, most guides will tell you to flip back to the first BIOS if you have to go into the 2nd, however mine did not, and I ended up unlocking and bricking my 2nd BIOS as well, retrospectively I wish I would have read some more before attempting the unlock.

If you do brick your card, read around a little bit, if you have multiple PCI-E slots, and enough power connectors to run your old card and this one, then put your old card into your main PCI-E slot, and this one into your 2nd or 3rd one, don't use a crossfire bridge but do plug both cards into power, once you boot into windows you can reflash with your stock BIOS through ATI WINFLASH.

Other Thoughts: Overall, you don't really need to unlock this card yet, it pushes everything at max settings @1080p.

I'm probably going to buy a second one later this year if things start to stutter, and I would absolutely recommend this card to anyone considering a 6950 or a 6970, keep in mind that 2 6970's out bench the 6990, and these can out preform stock 6970's with the unlock and OC, so I would definitely reccomend this card for the price to performance ratio.

Also if you plan to unlock this card make sure you read as much as you can about it because it's a bad feeling when you realize you bricked it, even if it can be undone.

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  • Mike S.
  • 4/13/2011 8:05:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome card!

Pros: - Aluminum Casing (instead of the standard plastic reference design casing)

- QUIET, QUIET, QUIET! I owned a Sapphire 5870 prior to this card and the noise difference is BIG. 35% fan speed on this card is equivalent to 25% fan speed on the 5870 (or thereabouts).

- Upgrading from the 5870 to the 6950 actually netted me a bigger difference than I was expecting. The card made a noticeable difference in RIFT. I jumped from holding at 10-15 frames with graphics maxed at 1920x1200 to 30+ steady. This is running the card at stock, I haven't flashed the BIOS up to the 6970 yet and I haven't even tweaked with clock settings.

- Now, I have NOT done the BIOS flash to the 6970 (as previously noted) but I am putting that as a PRO in this review because I have seen it in action on an acquaintance's machine and it works wonderfully.

Cons: Have not encountered anything that is a con yet :).

Other Thoughts: Thank you ASUS for another solid product, and thank you Newegg for awesome turnaround times on the order.

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  • christopher c.
  • 4/13/2011 2:25:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove this card

Pros: I had planned on getting the 6990 when it came out, but after reading reviews, I decided to go with two of these bad boys instead. It was over 100 dollars cheaper. The guy that said you can't get over 840 on the clock is wrong too. These cards have a switchable bios. You can flash the bios to a 6970 with a clock of 880, but more importantly, it ups the shaders to 1536. I actually noticed a significant difference after flashing the bios. If you somehow screw it up, you can just switch back to the read-only bios and you're back to normal. Unless you plan on stacking two 6990's together, you won't regret getting two of these in it's place. Awesome, well-built, aluminum cards... I've had great luck with everything from Asus and Newegg!!

Cons: If you're into gear like this, you should be expecting by now that these things are huge and if you manually crank up the fans to keep them cool, they will be loud.

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  • Brian T.
  • 4/9/2011 5:04:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Card

Pros: So far, the card is absolutely amazing. Easily over clocked not to mention its overclocked right out of the box!

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: HUGE!! Touched the back of my mid tower. Good thing I ordered a full tower at the same time.

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  • YiChia W.
  • 4/7/2011 12:29:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsUpgrade For The Win! From 4870 xfire into this MONSTER!

Pros: This gigantic monster is definitely 100% worth of upgrade with its features. OpenGL 4.1 (not 3.2 nor 4.0 like some other brand new cards), DirectX 11, Shader Model 5.0, 2 GIGABYTES of GDDR5!!! Cooler than my previous owned cards, relatively 40 - 50C and at full load is about 20C higher. I've noticed it's quiet too, since the fan isn't always on 40 - 50%. Definitely the little bios switch near the crossfire connector is an A+, and now I can flash the bios in the future for improvements. AMD has improved a lot on the technology, despite many users complained about they just double everything. I am sure the "double" helps out a lot with 3+ Monitors, not just for any functions.

Cons: First of all important cons is that the driver from AMD website is still bugged, but they will improve the quality down the long road. I've had to go through ASUS's main website to get the correct driver enable to play games at the right frame rates.
Second, I don't like the design of just close the card with plastic on the outside and there are only few spots for the air to ventilated in & out.
Third, the maximum core clock can only be clocked at 840, and this card already comes with 810 mhz. Only 30 mhz differences, what's the point if you can get the jest what I mean?
Not really a con, but the card is very heavy and huge, I thought my motherboard would snap.

Other Thoughts: I've bought this card from other site, since the price is jaw dropping ($ 210.00). I can't complaint much about this card, since the quality has been improved and its a huge leap for me to get it. Just a little notes for everyone that's getting this card, get the driver from ASUS's website and not from AMD's. Since driver 11.3 is still buggy as hell, and I am sure the guys at AMD will catch it sooner or later.

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