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Anyone have one of these? It gets good reviews on newegg, but I can't find any reviews on the web. Looks like a nice card for a decent price. I'm thinking of spending the extra money over a 6950.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102918
Update: I have received this and have it installed. See page 2 for details. I plan on reviewing it more when I have time.

EDIT 04/24/11:
I've purchased this card and have it installed I've been slowly overclocking this thing and stress testing on stock voltage to work my way up to max. I'll be adding posts to the end as I find new maxes.
Edited by breenemeister - 4/25/11 at 4:33am
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I have one of those cards, you can see it here.

I can tell you it is a lot quieter than the reference card with the red fan, it is a lot better in my opinion.

I'd definitely recommend buying that card, it is great, and definitely worth it smile.gif

Hope I could help you rolleyes.gif.
    
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Originally Posted by kcuestag;13109735 
I have one of those cards, you can see it here.

I can tell you it is a lot quieter than the reference card with the red fan, it is a lot better in my opinion.

I'd definitely recommend buying that card, it is great, and definitely worth it smile.gif

Hope I could help you rolleyes.gif.
Good deal. Thanks for the pics. +rep. I have a couple questions. To me, the fan blades themselves look just like reference. Is that the case? Do you overclock the card at all? Will it work with msi afterburner? Can the voltage be adjusted? What is the silver turnkey button for? You say its quiet, are there multiple fan/bios settings on a switch or anything like that? Could you ever add an aftermarket cooler if desired?

Sorry for all the questions. Any help you can give me is greatly appreciated.
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That fans looks a bit more like what the 570 and 580 have as reference fans and they are mighty quiet. Unless I'm just looking at it wrong.

I say go for it.

Also what does that little keyhole thing do?
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Originally Posted by breenemeister;13110026 
Good deal. Thanks for the pics. +rep. I have a couple questions. To me, the fan blades themselves look just like reference. Is that the case? Do you overclock the card at all? Will it work with msi afterburner? Can the voltage be adjusted? What is the silver turnkey button for? You say its quiet, are there multiple fan/bios settings on a switch or anything like that? Could you ever add an aftermarket cooler if desired?

Sorry for all the questions. Any help you can give me is greatly appreciated.

No problem, glad I could help, here are a few more answers:

1. The fan blades are similar to the stock cooler, but not 100% identical, thus making the cooler a lot quieter than the reference cooler. As an example, at 50% fan speed it is as loud as a reference card at 40% fan speed, which is great biggrin.gif

2. I overclocked the card to 950/1450 with no voltage increases, looks like I have a nice card.

3. MSI Afterburner works fine with this card, and yes, according to my MSI AFterburner, I can adjust the voltage of it smile.gif But I haven't tried yet coz I don't need to rolleyes.gif

4. The silver key thing is rumored to be the dual bios switch, but honestly, I can't confirm it since I haven't bothered to try it yet.

5. You can add an After Market cooler if desired, in fact, you could add the Accelero Xtreme Plus with the VR001 heatsink kit smile.gif


Again, I hope I could help you cool.gif
    
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No problem, glad I could help, here are a few more answers:

1. The fan blades are similar to the stock cooler, but not 100% identical, thus making the cooler a lot quieter than the reference cooler. As an example, at 50% fan speed it is as loud as a reference card at 40% fan speed, which is great biggrin.gif

2. I overclocked the card to 950/1450 with no voltage increases, looks like I have a nice card.

3. MSI Afterburner works fine with this card, and yes, according to my MSI AFterburner, I can adjust the voltage of it smile.gif But I haven't tried yet coz I don't need to rolleyes.gif

4. The silver key thing is rumored to be the dual bios switch, but honestly, I can't confirm it since I haven't bothered to try it yet.

5. You can add an After Market cooler if desired, in fact, you could add the Accelero Xtreme Plus with the VR001 heatsink kit smile.gif


Again, I hope I could help you cool.gif

I believe the key switch is just to make taking the cooler off easier. I'll see if i can find the article.
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I believe the key switch is just to make taking the cooler off easier. I'll see if i can find the article.

You could be right, like I said, I can't confirm it, haven't tried it yet rolleyes.gif
    
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I'll quote myself.. lol
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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 (I think there is a slight change) 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).

The key thing is apparently for the BIOS switch and whatnot.. doesn't really matter. The 6970 doesn't unlock to anything and you don't have to flash the bios for higher voltage unlike Fermi cards.
    
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Thanks for all the info guys! +rep to all.
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No problem, glad we could help you out smile.gif

I'd definitely recommend the card wink.gif
    
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