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Which are the differences between these 2 6970 from Sapphire?!

post #1 of 11
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Hi there to all

I needed to know which are the differences between these 2 Sapphire cards ... apart from aesthetics ...

This:



And this:



So, i see that the cooler and pcb color are different... but other than that... everything is the same correct?

Just because i need to know if i won't be in trouble to get the waterblock afterwards ... I know that there are 2 different waterblocks for the 6970 ... but i don't know if this custom blue pcb from Sapphire is any different from the reference...
post #2 of 11
The top one comes with a backplate.



The GPU placement on the PCB is the same though.
post #3 of 11
on the second picture you can clearly see its a reference design. The top one looks like a pcb design from Sapphire themselfs.. cant say for sure though
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Hmmmm... i just can't see differences but at the same time, it's a different color not making me 100% safe it's the same design ... damn
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Originally Posted by The Master Chief View Post
The top one comes with a backplate.



The GPU placement on the PCB is the same though.
The bottom one comes with a back plate too.
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Aside from aesthetics there probably isn't much difference.Not enough of a difference to make one a better card than the other.
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post #7 of 11
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It's just because of the waterblocks

Which non-reference PCB's for the 6970 are there in the market, apart from Direct CUII and Lightning?

PCS+ ... any more?

One more thing ... do you think it's worth getting the EK backplate and swap it with the reference one? Or... it's just for the looks?
Edited by Pedros - 3/30/11 at 7:13am
post #8 of 11
Looks to me bottom one is sure shot reference design.
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post #9 of 11
Sapphire seems to like locking their voltages on non reference cards, aka Blue PCB. Make sure that one isn't locked if you can. Also with my old sapphire 5870 non-ref I couldn't find a block to fit it.
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post #10 of 11
The top has a lame dial on it.
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