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It's on it's way, totally against the overall sentiment going on here. http://www.overclock.net/ati/989535-why-do-people-like-reference-cards.htmlrolleyes.gif
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Very nice, congratulations on ur purchase, definitely a VERY smart purchase smile.gif
    
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Well, I got the Sapphire non-ref 6970 installed a few hours ago. I've run Kombustor, the Unigine Heaven Benchmark, and I've played some SCII with it so far at 1920x1200. No problems. The highest temp I've seen is 70 C during Kombustor after a few minutes.

I have a custom fan curve set up in MSI Afterburner where the fan is at 37 percent at 70 C. Man, this fan is loud! Maybe I'm just not used to it, but it's louder at 37 percent than I ever heard the 4870 X2 get with a max of 50 percent. Of course, it is running much cooler. Idle appears to hang around 36 C with the fan at 24 %. Room temp is around 23 C.

If this is quieter than the reference, I'd hate to have the reference. I'll definitely be looking into some aftermarket fan once I'm ready to void the warranty. If I had known, I might have gotten the reference model for compatibility purposes since I'll have to replace the cooler anyway. Also, the fan has kind of a high pitched whine to it. I hope I get used to it soon as it's driving me crazy. If I move my head around, I can kind of cancel it out. It's most notable at idle when the fan is at 24 %.

As for the key slot on this thing, the mystery is over. I can tell you what it does. NOTHING. It's just a piece of plastic that is purely aesthetic. I tried turning it to no avail. Then I looked inside the card from the vent with a flashlight. It's not connected to anything. It's just part of the cooler.

I just dropped the minimum fan speed to 20% up until 40 C and I now can't hear it over my case fans at idle. Temperature rose to 37 C, so I'm sticking with that.
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Do you get voltage control on that card?
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Do you get voltage control on that card?

Yes. I upped it just now in Afterburner to check. The slider works in Trixx as well, but I didn't apply it there yet to check.

Edit: Works in Trixx as well.

Kombustor is running in the background at stock speeds and volts. With the fan set to auto in Trix, looks like I'm getting around 63C with fan at 35%
Edited by breenemeister - 4/17/11 at 10:21pm
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Yes. I upped it just now in Afterburner to check. The slider works in Trixx as well, but I didn't apply it there yet to check.

Edit: Works in Trixx as well.

Kombustor is running in the background at stock speeds and volts. With the fan set to auto in Trix, looks like I'm getting around 63C with fan at 35%

Honestly, you don't need an aftermarket cooler on that card...

As long as you keep it at like 37%-40% you'll never have high temps and it will be quiet thumb.gif
    
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Breen, how about oc? Is it good? Bought 2 of those cards... just w8 on waterblocks
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Breen, how about oc? Is it good? Bought 2 of those cards... just w8 on waterblocks

Mine does 950/1500 on stock volts, anything above that requires some voltage, but these cards are really good overclockers biggrin.gif

Way better OC'ers than reference card at least in my case smile.gif
    
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Eheheh... nice! smile.gif
950 with no voltage bump is really good! wink.gif
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Mine does 950/1500 on stock volts, anything above that requires some voltage, but these cards are really good overclockers biggrin.gif

Way better OC'ers than reference card at least in my case smile.gif

I haven't messed with mine much. I just ran kombustor for a few minutes with the core at 950 on stock volts. I'll have to read up on proper stability testing.

Based on my research so far, this is the reference PCB that amd wanted from the beginning with the ti drmos mosfets that were too late for the first batch. I'll bet its the same PCB in the xfx card in the screw xfx thread. I did some google image searches and found the rumored revised PCB as shown here http://hw-lab.com/uploads/hardware/videocards/amd-cayman/amd-hd6900-pcb-v2_x800.jpg
I've seen other images of this new reference design with an amd logo. [url]Http://swiftech.com/images/product_pages/komodo-hd-6900/hd-6970-PCB-revisions.jpg[/url] Mine doesn't have the amd logo, but looking through the crack on the side, it appears I have caps in the same location this PCB has in a vertical line.

Update: swiftech confirms the pcb revision. http://www.swiftech.com/KOMODO-HD6900.aspx#tab4
This card model number is listed as one with the new revision along with a couple powercolor cards and a Visiontek.
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