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Is anyone aware of any differences between this card and the stock reference Sapphire 6970?

It's cheaper than the reference version by a few bucks and there is no Battlefield bundle version of it available.

Other than the slightly different cooler and blue PCB (and the wierd key hole), I haven't been able to find any spec differences.

Thoughts?

http://www.sapphiretech.com/presenta...00101&pid=1081
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link isnt working for me?
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One difference i do notice is that it doesnt seem to have the bios switch at the top. Maybe this card is the new revision???
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link isnt working for me?
Works for me, direct link to Sapphire product page
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Anyone?

This is what I sent to Sapphire and their response, not much help. No idea if the Sapphire cooler is better than reference or what the keylock is for.




They are the same card except one of them is using the ATI reference design fan unit and the other one is using Sapphire design, but both cards has the same feature and function off the card.


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2011-4-2 [00:36]

I am in the process of buying two 6970's. When looking at the Sapphire cards, I noted that there are the standard reference cooled cards (some with a game bundle) and there is a card that has a different cooler and a key slot on the cover. I have not been able to find any information about this card (including on your website) as to how it differs from the reference cooled card. It is slightly cheaper as well. Can you please provide me with a detailed explanation of how it differs from the reference card?


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I think there was a review out on this. I found this thread but not much info.

http://www.overclock.net/hardware-ne...6970-card.html
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I think there was a review out on this. I found this thread but not much info.

http://www.overclock.net/hardware-ne...6970-card.html
I read through that thread, lots of speculation, no facts

It's either a switch to provide a higher overclock

A bios level switch to provide a higher overclock (perhaps with a voltage increase), ala dual bios chips.

Or as suggested, an unlocking mechanism to easily remove the shroud for cleaning purposes.

Other than that I have no idea. I sent another inquiry to Sapphire so lets hope I get an actual useful response.

To be clear though, this card is actually cheaper than the reference Sapphire card.
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Anyone have this card in hand?
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Interesting card, I don't see what the issue is though. Like how often would you be switching the bios's anyway?
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This guy has one.

The main difference (as far as I know) is that this card uses the revision 2 PCB design which is being used on all non-reference 6900 cards (except MSI/ASUS/Gigabyte who use their own) and the VRMs and stuff are better so theoretically this card should overclock better than "reference" (1st pcb) cards and I say this because all non-ref 69xx cards with the new PCB design overclock better than the reference ones (brown PCB)

The heat sink is the same but the fan is different and it's quieter than the fan used on the reference one and when on full speed doesn't make that distinctive ear-piercing sound like the ones on the reference ones. Keep in mind this card doesn't have a backplate but it's useless since there is nothing on the rear to cool and is there only for looks and possibly protection. I think it's also slightly smaller due to the different shroud (which doesn't "hang" over the edge like ref model).
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