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post #11 of 28
The first reference model surely kicks in the butt of the second one.

I'd still try my best to find the first one.
   
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For what it's worth, I just ordered the Sapphire all black 6970 (non-reference) that you're talking about. I made a post on it that you can find here. http://www.overclock.net/amd-ati/989...on-hd6970.html

Several people chimed in with good things about it. There are some links in there to side by side pictures with the reference model. Apparently, it has a very similar cooler to the reference model, but the fan is designed differently and is quieter. On 50 percent fan, it's as loud as the reference fan on 40 percent. The VRMs are supposed to be better. Also, this is apparently the 2nd revision of the PCB that all non-ref cards use except for MSI, ASUS, and Gigabyte, who make their own. Anyway, follow the link to find all the info. I'm still waiting for mine to show up. I'll probably do some testing and post about it.
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That leaves me kind of calmer since it's one of the cards I was considering getting as a replacement for my RMAd HD5870.

Anyways, you can't go wrong with any of the two reference models, old or new. AMD usually does a good job designing cards
   
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what about this card. Already overclocked to 940. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-394-_-Product

Although I may be stuck with either getting the XFX 6970 ref card, MSI Afterburner card or Diamond(neither of which I know for sure is a ref card) from Fry's since they wont take a full return on the card I have. I have to exchange it for something else. Like I said before I really want to do liquid cooling blocks when I run a second card.
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That leaves me kind of calmer since it's one of the cards I was considering getting as a replacement for my RMAd HD5870.

Anyways, you can't go wrong with any of the two reference models, old or new. AMD usually does a good job designing cards
Well, the sad thing is that no one can get full info from SAPPHIRE on it. Apparently, someone E-mailed about it and go 2 answers from different departments. One said the PCB was exactly the same, just in a different color. Someone else said it was a slightly different PCB with a slightly different cooler. What amazes me is that no one has figured out what the silver button/switch whatever you want to call it does. I'm definitely going to find out.
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ROFL i am so confused on the situation but the one I bought doesnt have that switch its the more expensive 364.99 reference board with the chick all across the front. But apparently. This card the reference card (chick print) is better than the one with the switch no? although the one with the switch may run a better "cooler/fan" this can be replaced as the "reference" board is better? *chick print*?!
    
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post #17 of 28
Since the blue PCB is from Sapphire's own crops, I would get a reference one.

I've had bad experiences with sapphire's own PCBs, so I wouldn't get one.


The first reference is for sure better in terms of PCB. It might not be in terms of cooling, but as I said, that can be bypassed.


All of the above, in my opinion, which is obviously biased because I've had a Sapphire custom PCB die in my hands at bare stock clocks and under watercooling.
   
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My friend that has the 6970 with the lock told me it was to lock your graphics card in your tower LmAo!!! like someone would go for just the graphics card and not the whole tower hahaha
    
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I got that black version of the Sapphire HD6970, you can see it here.

I don't know what the silver lock thing is for, but if you want, I could dissamble the card tomorrow off my case and see if that lock thing has any function.
    
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which one do you like of the 2 better?
    
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