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

Sapphire HD 6670 Ultimate

The Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 Ultimate comes well packaged as all Sapphire's cards are. Extra care is taken to protect the not-quite-delicate aluminum fin array, by using a card board shield around the heatsink inside the padded ESD-safe packing bag. A foam insert helps keep the card in place inside the formed cardboard holder. Included in the box is a HDMI 1.4a cable, driver DVD and case badge, DVI to VGA adapter, Sapphire Select Club registration instructions and a coupon for Codemaster's DiRT 3

The card is a full height double slot device, made taller by the wrap over heatsink. The outside edge of the heatsink is adorned with a tasteful Sapphire logo graphic.

The aluminum base covers the RAM as well as the GPU core, for complete coverage of the heat generating devices. Separate aluminum heatsinks adorn the VRMs.

The whole heatsink is affixed by four lightly-sprung screws.

Sapphire have elected to use a full-size DisplayPort output and HDMI 1.4 output alongside the Dual-Link DVI output. IHV Partners have the option to select from DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort and VGA outputs and as with the Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 they kept the three most popular and flexible outputs.

The card appears identical to the Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 with Arctic Cooling heatsink. The only changes are the heatpipe cooler and VRM heatsinks. Pulling the heatsink off we see the direct contact heatpipes and thermal pads for the memory.

The included DVD is smartly presented with the latest Radeon logo and AMD insignia, and contains a simple basic menu for quick install of drivers. Included on the DVD is a driver marked as v8.84, which is from around April/Catalyst 11.4. Two nice value-adds are included in the box, one being a 6-foot HDMI 1.4a cable and the other a code for redeeming against a DiRT 3 steam key via AMD's Gaming Evolved. Submitting the code is easy, simply enter it into AMD.com/DiRT3Promo and you'll get the license code to enter straight into STEAM. Codes expire Dec 31st 2011, so don't dally claiming it.