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theres 2.. and im confused a all black and sapphire 6970 with a chick on it...


Ive been told the all black one is a revision 6970 and the one with a chick on it is a reference one... I purchased the one with a girl on it (reference) shoul di have new egg switch the order to a revision card.. im on the phone with them right now pls hurry
    
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heard that the (all black on) the revision card runs colder and overclocks a little higher.


than the *reference card* (with the girl on it)
    
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-915-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-918-_-Product

argghh sold my 5830s and now im afraid i got the wrong Sapphire
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i am going to swithc out my 6950 for a 6970 this weekend at frys when I take it back for the case issue I am having and would like to know if this 6970 is a reference one since I wnat to water cool it at some point, and if it can be overclocked at all.

http://www.frys.com/product/6567923?...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG

More expensive one that appears to be overclocked already

http://www.frys.com/product/6567943?...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG

This MSI afterburner one looks like it may be a referneced design as well

http://www.frys.com/product/6522883?...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG

I need to know which one to get. My XFX 6950 is non-ref and does not have the bios switch at all and no one seems to make a cooling block for it.
post #5 of 28
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..... you need to go with sapphire on the 6970... i have seen it in action... idles at 30c and full load on furmark and heaven benchmark is max 60c... XFX is the company i went from on my 5830s to this sapphire 6970 if your going to get a 6970 go with sapphire one of the ones im going for... I purchased the sapphire 6970 with the chick on the front not the all black one with a lock on it... I am trying to find out Which Sapphire 6970 is better the REVISION or the REFERENCE... as I purchased the reference... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-915-_-Product
    
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Ya I would but frys doesnt carry sapphire, and I can only swap it out for another 6950 or upgrade to a 6970 they carry. So I just want a 6970 that I know I can liquid cool along with a second one.
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If it has the BIOS switch, it's reference. As easy as that.

Sapphire has two of them, one with a chick and the other with the black shroud with that lock-kinda thingy for an easy shroud removal.
   
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post #8 of 28
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If it has the BIOS switch, it's reference. As easy as that.

Sapphire has two of them, one with a chick and the other with the black shroud with that lock-kinda thingy for an easy shroud removal.
i understand that... SO which one should I have bought which one is better... Revision or reference... I bought reference.. the one with the CHICK all over the front...
    
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You did the correct decision


Enjoy your beast bro
   
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post #10 of 28
I just spoke with XFX and MSI and they said that bios switch is gone form the newer version reference cards as well so that is not the best way to tell. Basically it is part number dependant. XFX said that if it is an HD-697A then it is referenced card, and if it is 695x like mine is, then it is non-ref. When it comes to reference cards both companies it doesnt matter who you go with they are the same spec as AMD in every way. Only the non-ref cards can be better or worse. It all depends on what they did to it.

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If it has the BIOS switch, it's reference. As easy as that.

Sapphire has two of them, one with a chick and the other with the black shroud with that lock-kinda thingy for an easy shroud removal.
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