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This is the lowest priced HD6970 from a renowned brand I could find:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127554
Anybody who has purchased this card recently, is this the same reference model that was released several months ago by AMD? What color is PCB?
How are your temps?
post #2 of 15
All of the pictures suggest it is a reference model. It uses the reference cooler, has a black pcb, as well as the bios switch on top.
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post #3 of 15
That'd be a black PCB reference model
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Yeah, the pictures suggested that it was the reference model, but double check never harms just in case the manufacturer maybe switched it with its own custom PCB.
post #5 of 15
Temps are high on the reference 6970. Furmark might see you near 90C and games in the mid 80's. Fan is pretty loud too. Depends on your case airflow and noise tolerance. MSI has a good warranty and the cheapest 6970 out there right now.
   
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post #6 of 15
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I found this review and it says that in load HD6970 is around 20 celsius cooler than GTX480.
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/gra...6970-review/10
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by wanna_buy View Post
I found this review and it says that in load HD6970 is around 20 celsius cooler than GTX480.
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/gra...6970-review/10
Pretty much anything is going to be a lot cooler than a 480. I'd say if you're looking for a cheap 6970 just save yourself $100 bucks and get a 6950, if you're lucky it will still unlock to a 6970, but if not you still have a pretty good card.
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I found this review and it says that in load HD6970 is around 20 celsius cooler than GTX480.
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/gra...6970-review/10
I found a review once that said the earth's core is about 5C cooler than a GTX 480
   
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post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by wanna_buy View Post
I found this review and it says that in load HD6970 is around 20 celsius cooler than GTX480.
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/gra...6970-review/10
The GTX480 is supposed to run quite a bit hotter than Nvidia's current cards. So that might not be a relevant comparison.

I had a GTX480 that was significantly overclocked and it idled at about 40C and seldom hit above 65C during a demanding game.

I think most of the heat issues related to the GTX480 referred to the engineering samples. In the one that I owned I simply did not see those problems.
    
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post #10 of 15
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Pretty much anything is going to be a lot cooler than a 480. I'd say if you're looking for a cheap 6970 just save yourself $100 bucks and get a 6950, if you're lucky it will still unlock to a 6970, but if not you still have a pretty good card.
Finding reference HD6950 is quite impossible and I can't risk with flashing BIOS.
Also MSI HD6970 costs $340 and you can't find HD6950 2GB for $240.
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