The original HD5770 FleX was good. The latest card to carry the FleX name is even better, thanks to the updated architecture of the HD6870. It performs well, you can set up a three-screen Eyefinity system without a DisplayPort monitor anywhere in sight - and oh... it's very, very quiet.
FleX HD 6870 1G D5
With its ability to power three screens without the need for DisplayPort convertor is an ideal card for those looking at a card which will allow them to start looking at 5760x1080 gaming
The original HD5770 FleX was good. The latest card to carry the FleX name is even better, thanks to the updated architecture of the HD6870. It performs well, you can set up a three-screen Eyefinity system without a DisplayPort monitor anywhere in sight - and oh... it's very, very quiet
Sapphire has made a great habit out of taking the AMD Radeon™ chips one step further. This has been the case with each video card we review from them. In the case of the FleX Edition Radeon™ HD 6870, we no longer have to venture out to retrieve an active HDMI/DVI to DisplayPort adapter, which can be hard to find locally, and expensive once found. The FleX needs no such adapter as it comes with a DVI to HMDI. Because of this feature, Sapphire is able to keep the cost of an Eyefinity solution fairly inexpensive. No need to have to save up for a monitor with a DisplayPort or having to run out and purchase that active adapter. You can use any monitors or TV that are DVI compatible. If you have never gamed on an Eyefinity setup, you will be amazed at the visual difference there is. From DiRT 2 to Call of Duty I gamed longer than I ever have in either. The experience was awesome.
When it’s all said and done the HD6870 Flex performs just like any other HD6870 short of one important feature, Eyefinity. If you hope to run Eyefinity now or later without picking up a costly adapter (between 30 and 100), the Flex is most defiantly the way to go. Currently on Newegg you can get the Flex Edition for about $10 more than a standard reference card, a lot cheaper than picking up a video card and the adapter. Not to mention the HD6870 comes with a nice cooler, an improvement over the reference design. If you are looking for an HD 6870 I can only think of good reasons to look at Sapphires Flex edition over the others.
It's not too often that a non-reference card brings more than just a unique cooler or an overclock to the table, but the FleX from Sapphire brings something no other Radeon™ HD 6870 does... a built-in DisplayPort converter. Because of this small addition, users don't need to purchase a discrete adapter, but can simply purchase this card and be done with it. Eyefinity aside, the FleX HD 6870 delivers the performance we'd expect to see from such a card, and adds on a great cooling solution, and likewise, it improved noise levels. Overall, for those looking to take the Eyefinity route on a budget, the FleX is a no-brainer... it's a real winner. And for those who want a better Eyefinity experience, as in, better performance, you could purchase this FleX if you wanted and then another regular HD 6870 and pair the two together for twice the performance. For all the things the FleX does right, I'm awarding it our Editor's Choice award.
Sapphire's Radeon™ HD 6870 FleX edition offers triple panel gaming without the need for adapters, and lots of display flexibility. The non-reference cooler works well, keeping the GPU core around 5-7C cooler than the reference design; It's a good looking design and very quiet. The Sapphire HD 6870 FleX edition integrates the active adapter into the main design for increased stability in Eyefinity configurations using 'legacy' displays. This extra engineering effort is reflected in the relative price over the standard 6870, and is well worth the small increase. A well-built card with thoughtful and relevant, although the TriXX application should be updated to offer voltage control for overclockers. That one niggle aside, we award the Sapphire's excellent Radeon™ HD 6870 FleX 5 stars!
The Sapphire Radeon™ HD 6870 Flex Edition 1GB is the best card to get for anyone looking for the flexibility of DualPort graphics card the integration of DVI standards for the TDMS streams capable to also transmit over HDMI. The Sapphire Radeon™ HD 6870 Flex Edition 1GB video card is affordable, runs incredibly well, and maintains a level of quality for future-oriented people who do not want to upgrade that is exceptional.
For anyone that is looking to upgrade their workstation desktop to have three or more monitors, the SAPPHIRE FleX Radeon™ HD 6870 makes a superb choice. With the FleX solution SAPPHIRE has created, this has become a very affordable setup that can bring together three DVI displays rather than needing DisplayPort monitors or adapters that Eyefinity normally requires for three-display setups. The extreme boost to graphical real estate may seem like overkill, but when working on complex programs, the creative workflow has never been easier. AMD has blown me away by just how easy and flexible its Eyefinity solution is. This card is also pretty damn impressive for those that plan on doing some serious multi-display gaming. the SAPPHIRE Radeon™ HD 6870 is a fantastic card for both professional and recreational use. With a competitive price point, FleX for easy use of tri-DVI setups, mini-DisplayPorts, and a good cooling system, we award this card the Icrontic Stamp of Approval. If anything, it sure looks cool to have that sci-fi inspired wall of monitors for your personal command station.
Sapphire has put together another great graphics card that does sit in a niche market, but with a very good agenda. This card is geared to provide Eyefinity to the masses and does so with enough performance to actually make a multi-display setup worthwhile to build. Not all games support multi monitor configurations, we tested 2 games in this review and showed that even with an ultrawide display you can get some decent performance, provided you are willing to tweak the settings. Sapphire also puts the Radeon™ HD 6870 Flex into the business arena with the ability to run five displays from a single card. The options are limitless from giving the graphics designer room to work and accelerate their Adobe programs to allowing the day trader more places to monitor what the market is doing. While this can be done with existing systems however, it cannot be done with a single card, until now.
Sapphire has created a truly innovative product here. The 6870 FleX has the one of the best temperatures of any 6870 we've seen, second only to the Sapphire Vapor-X version. The FleX also runs quieter than most of the other cards as well, not to mention there's some very respectable overclocking headroom available here, leaving us quite impressed with the performance, noise levels, and temperatures overall. The notion of making Eyefinity's DisplayPort or an active adapter obsolete is extremely attractive. For anyone that has three DVI monitors, this is far less hassle, not to mention cheaper as well.
Sapphire FleX Technology is a real winner! As the name suggests its the flexibility with less hsassle that Sapphire FleX Technology simplifies AMD’s multi-monitor Eyefinity solution by allowing three DVI monitors to be connected easily without the requirement for an expensive DisplayPort monitor or Active Adapters. To add to it, the cooling was excellent, overclocking was good which brought a terrific wel balanced performing card that did not disapoint and delivered. Defenetly a must have for those who wish a triple monitor setup with some excellent gaming!
The Sapphire Radeon™ HD 6870 1GB Flex Edition had an expected performance of a 6870 video card. However, the key point of this card isn't a difference in performance, rather, the ability to use Eyefinity without any extra equipment (i.e. the "Flex"). Sapphire really has a nice video card with the Radeon™ HD 6870 Flex Edition. The ease of use is just too good to be true. My benchmark setup even deviated from something that would be considered "conventional". I mean, I took my living room TV and used it as a middle monitor. The funny thing is, while using the HDMI connection from my TV, I was able to also use the sound through my TV speakers, as well as the Eyefinity. Sure, my setup was a bit wierd, but that's just to show how capable Eyefinity truly is. The Sapphire Radeon™ HD 6870 Flex Edition is a great video card. With moderate settings, Eyefinity gaming worked well. While it doesn't "flex" like a body builder on steriods, it does "flex" like a well toned athlete. Any enthusiast wanting to Crossfire up their existing 6870 or a gamer wanting to enter into the world of Eyefinity without any extra costs and adapters would love this card.
SAPPHIRE Technology has just added two new models to its FleX family of graphics cards that can support three screens in Eyefinity mode, out of the box, without the need for DisplayPort monitors or active adapters.