On the graphics card side Sapphire was showing off its new passively cooled Radeon HD 6670 which comes with 1GB of GDDR5 memory and it's clocked at the same speed as Sapphire's fan cooled version. For those wanting something a bit more basic, Sapphire also offers a passively cooled Radeon HD 6570 which is in reality a low-profile card, although the passive heatsink makes it a little bit too tall to fit in really low-profile cases, but Sapphire does at least support a low-profile bracket.


Finally we have the Sapphire HD 6770 FleX edition which has a pair of DVI ports, an HDMI port and a DisplayPort where a passive adapter is provided for the DisplayPort which enables users to hook up three DVI monitors to the card. The reason why the passive adapter can be used is because Sapphire has put some additional components on the board which would otherwise be inside the active adapter.

We'll be visiting Sapphire's offices in Taiwan in a couple of months to take a closer look at some of its new motherboards and for a chat with its motherboard designers. Unlike the last time around Sapphire did motherboards, the company now has a full in-house motherboard design team, although the manufacturing is outsourced, but made entirely to Sapphire's specifications. What we can tell you is that Sapphire is busy working on a Z68 board, a mini-ITX A75/FM1 board and of course an Intel X79 model of which an early revision was on display at the Intel booth at Computex.