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Hey Guys I recently purchased a Radeon 6970 so I figured why not make a review.

1. Temperature
The Reference model runs at 40c idle and 80c load at DEFAULT settings. I didn't like temps that high so I manually set the fan speeds and now I'm at 60c load (but its kinda loud) So temps are kinda high but not a problem if you don't mind noise

2. Noise.
This card is louder than all of my 6 case fans on max speed combined at 100% fan speed but don't let this influence your opinion as 50% fan speed is easily enough unless the card is heavily overclocked.

3. Overclock ability
This card can maintain stability incredibly well I was able to overclock to 980MhZ on the clock speed and 1500Mhz on the Ram and maintain stability but it runs extremely hot with high overclocks and aftermarket cooling would be necessary

4. Price
This card is great for the price but buying a 6950 and unlocking it might be a better choice.

5. Benchmarks
Crysis 2 Max Settings 1080p 35 FPS Average (Of the entire campaign)
Star Craft 2 1080p 80 FPS - 75 FPS depending on the amount of units
Fable 3 140 FPS Plus
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Does the jet engine lift off when it starts up on your desk?
 
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My first HD 6970 is a ref design. What you mentioned there are all correct. It gets hot on ref design as expected.

For the 6950 setup is very popular due to the BIOS can be flash to 6970 BIOS and especially Crossfire that 6950 is very sweet for money value.

I'm also waiting for the non-ref design Gigabyte HD6970 and I'll compare with it soon to see how much better vs Ref Design.
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by marbleduck;14525277 
Does the jet engine lift off when it starts up on your desk?

@100% fan (6000RPM) it sounds like my leaf blower.
 
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at 100% it scares the **** out of my cat and he runs lol its louder than a NASCAR
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when I haf a ref. 6970 mine ran at 60ºc max playing dirt2 at stock clocks
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Quote:
Originally Posted by djriful;14525322 
@100% fan (6000RPM) it sounds like my leaf blower.

Holy crap, 6000rpm ? My card pushes 3000 at 100% lol
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Originally Posted by Wulfgar;14533005 
Holy crap, 6000rpm ? My card pushes 3000 at 100% lol

Is possible, my old old old Dell Inspiron 9300 laptop can push at 6000RPM on both fans. According to the decibel from HD6970. I assume it is 6000RPM. There are nothing louder than 6000RPM fans...

One day I'll decide to mount 2x Radeon on a RC car... I'm pretty sure that RC will move by the fan jet.
 
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