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post #11 of 25
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This guy has one.

The main difference is (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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Hmmm ... so ... a reference waterblock won't work with these cards ... must be a non-reference. Correct?

EK has V1 and V2 versions of the blocks ...
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That's right, these cards are non-reference.

They have all the good things from reference (Voltage control and dual bios switch) but they do not fit the reference blocks as far as I know.

I have one of these black cooler cards, and I love it, it is way quieter than the reference Sapphire

Basically, the PRO's about this card are:

- Quieter cooler
- Better quality VRM's
- Looks better (In my opinion)
- Cheaper

Robilar, if you have any questions about it, let me know, I'll be glad to help you (As far as my knowledge goes).
    
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post #14 of 25
Some rumors going around that they have a different back-end cmos set for Zambezi integration through the crossfire port?

Seems more to me its just to match their mainboard color scheme.

One site said the round thing is just the bios switch.
post #15 of 25
Well... i got a response from Sapphire saying that this custom pcb does NOT have dual bios ...

I really can't know if that's true or not ... but i'm receiving the cards monday and i will take the coolers to see if my reference blocks work or if i just need the EK V2 ones ...

I think that even Sapphire can't give a clear answer ... i already got 2 different answers from them

A) The PCB is the same as reference with all features but different color

B) The PCB it's a custom PCB without Dual bios ...


One was a direct mail to Sapphire the second was a support ticket ...

Hmmmm :x
post #16 of 25
I got this card as a replacement for my damaged HD5870.

I'm not happy because the cooler is very loud in comparison to my old card.
I cannot imagine that reference cards are even louder.

So I want to change the cooler and buy http://www.arctic.ac/en/p/cooling/vg...ii.html?c=2182

Do you think that I'm able to install it on this card?

And one more question. Is there any seal on this card? I have to broke a seal (and loose guarantee) to install Accelero?
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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???
The circle with minus symbol is the key of bios switch. Just turn it with a coin to switch bios.
 
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I got this card as a replacement for my damaged HD5870.

I'm not happy because the cooler is very loud in comparison to my old card.
I cannot imagine that reference cards are even louder.

One more thing. I just realize that my HD 6970 is too hot!!!
In Idle (Windows 7 desktop) I have from 55 to 60 Celcius degrees. I guess it is to much. What should I check before I will send it back to service?
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opps poster above me stated what i thought

maybe key port is the bios switch
    
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One more thing. I just realize that my HD 6970 is too hot!!!
In Idle (Windows 7 desktop) I have from 55 to 60 Celcius degrees. I guess it is to much. What should I check before I will send it back to service?
How many monitors are you running?

If 2 or more then that's completely normal, keep in mind they need more voltage and speed to maintain the image on more than 1 monitor.

If you only use 1 monitor make sure the card is at 250MHz/150MHz clocks.

Those temps sound right if you're on multi-monitor though, keep in mind the HD6970 runs a bit hotter than the HD5870.
    
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