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So I finally decided to jump into gpu cooling. After a few days of deciding which block and doing research, I chose the EK- FC6970 and ordered it from frozencpu.com. Finally got and I just started to install it. To my surprise IT DOESN'T FIT!!

I have an XFX 6970 part #HD-697A-CNFC. Is this not a reference designed card??


Is the block not for a reference 6970?
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12...70-Acetal.html


Now I have the card all apart and cant put the $%&* block on.


According to this list my card should be compatible. Strange thing is the block on the list has the same part number but it's not the block I got.
http://www.coolingconfigurator.com/w.../3831109835234

Can anyone shine some light on this? Am I wrong and just make a bad choice or should I blame EK or XFX or even Frozencpu???

Thanks for sticking to the end of my rant/dilema!
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Looks like your board is not reference, ie. with Volterra vrms. From your pic, it looks like you've got TI DrMOS vrms. Check out the row of caps, and the row of SFCs. Hmm, you could probably use the ek block that's specific to the Powercolor PCS++ card that uses the same DrMOS setup.

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I was on my phone, logged on just to help ya. Try returning/exchange for the PCS block.

Edit here PCS++ pcb:


Edited by tsm106 - 4/11/11 at 8:03pm
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If you look at the listing for your card on the cooling configuratior, note this line "XFX XFX Radeon™ HD 6970 2048 MB (HD-697A-CNFC)
Please check PCB your own and compare it to one published prior to block purchase."

There are 2 icons just to the right that show a picture of the card with the stock cooler still on it, and one of the PCB with the cooler removed.

Your card doesn't have the same layout as the one they have pictured.
I'm guessing there was a revision to the reference design by the OEM, but they kept the same part number.

The card EK shows a picture of.


Your card:


It looks like yours has an extra bank of capacitors to the right of the vram, and some other minor differences.

Sorry.
Edited by Caleal - 4/11/11 at 8:05pm
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Would you happen to have a link to the block your referring to? Thanks for the info.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by OverSightX View Post
Would you happen to have a link to the block your referring to? Thanks for the info.
You want the FC-6970 V2 block.

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Originally Posted by Caleal View Post
If you look at the listing for your card on the cooling configuratior, note this line "XFX XFX Radeonâ„¢ HD 6970 2048 MB (HD-697A-CNFC)
Please check PCB your own and compare it to one published prior to block purchase."

There are 2 icons just to the right that show a picture of the card with the stock cooler still on it, and one of the PCB with the cooler removed.

Your card doesn't have the same layout as the one they have pictured.
I'm guessing there was a revision to the reference design by the OEM, but they kept the same part number.

The card EK shows a picture of.


Your card:


It looks like yours has an extra bank of capacitors to the right of the vram, and some other minor differences.

Sorry.
Wow I didnt even notice the second pic. I originally saw the card with the cover on but not the one showing the bare pcb. This sucks. Anyone know if Frozen would exchange the block for a correct one?
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I dunno, they might if you ask nicely. Their policy bites as far as returns, but I'm not sure of exchanges.
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Thanks for the help. Rep for the both. I wonder if anyone else has had experience exchanging with them. I might have to bite the bullet with this one. Now to search for the V2 ughh!
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post #9 of 28
This is a pic of the board layout the V2 block fits, it looks MUCH closer to yours than what you got.



Your card again:


Probably a revision to the reference design by AMD, rather than by the OEM.
Edited by Caleal - 4/11/11 at 8:18pm
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Well, the block will sell pretty easily considering it fits 6950s and them cards are selling like hotcakes.
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