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I recently purchased a 6970 from newegg. The pictures, description, etc were all for a reference design. However, they sent me a non-reference card which is extremely annoying. I just got it and still looking it over, however immediately (besides the other issues), I notice that it has 1 less vrm and one less black box next to the vrm than the reference designs.

This is an image I found online. The non-ref they sent me matches the top one (black). You'll notice towards the top of the vrm section of the black one, it is missing 1 black box and 1 vrm chip. Thats exactly how it is on mine, for a total of only 7 vrm's / black boxes while the reference has 8:



What does this mean in terms of quality and performance of the card? I'm still trying to decide what to do. Kind of pissed off newegg would pull something like this. Furthermore, this card runs HOT. Could the missing vrm have anything to do with the hotter temps?

ps- also on the back of the pcb are some stickers, circular, that say stuff like "01 ok" "02 ok" 03 ok" ... anyone have any idea what those are?

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What manufacturer?
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Prob less OC ability. Id send it back and demand that your shipping be refunded AS WELL AS them sending you a new card (cross shipped of course) and they make sure its ref this time.
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What brand card is it? Could you link to the product page of the card you bought.
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Was this an open box? If not, I would call up newegg and ask for a replacement of a different brand
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Yeah, big question if this was open box. If not, call up Newegg about it. Might have been a mix up on their part.

OC and performance would be the difference.
post #7 of 16
Gonna take a guess here

The bottom card appears to be arranged in a 6+2 configuration

since the memory doesn't really need 2 phases, they took one out to save money on the top card.

unless you are trying to break world record memory overclocks, it should be fine
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This was not open box. It was brand new. The pictures newegg have up show the reference one with a packplate, the "AMD" stamp, and everything. They sent me one with no backplate, no amd stamp, pcb is missing stuff as I pointed out above, etc ... but the rest of the card looks identical, even down to the graphics. It's this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127554

At first I was just annoyed, but looking at the pcb and noticing the missing phase + missing vrm, I'm really getting pissed off because it seems like it would have an effect on performance.
    
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Yeah, big question if this was open box. If not, call up Newegg about it. Might have been a mix up on their part.

OC and performance would be the difference.
It wasn't a mix up ... the card itself is identical in graphics, label, etc. But it seems some sort of hidden pcb change took place cuz the pcb is different, missing the amd stamp, missing some vrm parts, no backplate, etc
    
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I don't understand how it would effect performance. Unless of course you are drawing more than like 30a through the memory. (i believe that they use transistors rated about that), It will be perfectly fine.
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