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Do you recommend Sapphire HD 6970?

post #1 of 12
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I can buy on eBay this card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102915 but before I pull the trigger, I just wanted to ask here.
The pictures at Newegg clearly shows that this particular card has reference black PCB, but at other sites there are pictures with red PCB.
I just read here that the reference cards aren't being produced any more and when you buy the card, you get slightly different product. Is this true? If anybody has bought this card, were they the same reference model as pictured at Newegg?
post #2 of 12
Sapphire is one of the best AMD card makers. And this one will have a black PCB.
     
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I just simply want the card with black PCB to match with my mobo and case.
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The color of the PCB does not determine if it is a reference card. The fact that AMD is branded near the PCI-E connection will let you know whether it is reference or not.
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post #5 of 12
I recommend some non reference model, that reference card is hot and loud.
post #6 of 12
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I looked at some non-reference models but I didn't like that they have blue boards. Also they cost more than reference model.
post #7 of 12
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I also found this model for a decent price: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150517 AMD is branded near the PCI-E connection, but the rear panel looks different from the reference model: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ImageG...th%20Eyefinity
post #8 of 12
if your case has good airflow, i'd recommend you to get a non-reference card too. the reference models are known to be a bit loud and hot. what's your budget anyhow?
post #9 of 12
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My max budget is $360. I liked the only non-reference model of HD6970, but it's around $400 and I can't justify spending so much on VGA card. I didn't like the other non-reference models because their PCB color doesn't match my rig.
post #10 of 12
well, end of the day you have to sacrifice something, either looks, card performance(heat and noise) or cost...

i mean, i mentioned noise, but in real terms, just normal browsing, movies and stuff, your card will not be loud, not to a level where you will get annoyed, not even close. the reference fans only kicks in during benchmarking or gaming, which i doubt you will hear it over the actual game audio anyway.

but i am a bit anal when it comes to heat, like a lot of other people here, i like my components run cool, so if i have the choice between reference and non-reference, i will always opt for non-reference. but that doesn't mean the reference card will overheat and blow up during games, they are perfectly within their thermal range, might be getting a bit close at times, but nothing to be worried about.

so yeah, if you're not too anal about noise and heat, the reference cards are fine, may not allow you to overclock as far as a non-reference card, but that's the sacrifice you have to live with for saving some $$$ for a reference card.
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