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There's some info about the XFX 6970 revision here. Hopefully Sapphire's not going down the same road.
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post #22 of 28
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Originally Posted by Lord Venom View Post
There's some info about the XFX 6970 revision here. Hopefully Sapphire's not going down the same road.
I just read the post you're talking about. I don't think you have to worry about Sapphire doing that. The card in question here is not disguised as reference. It's a totally different model number and the pictures show the difference in design.

BTW, didn't Sapphire used to produce all of the built by ATI cards anyway before ATI stopped marketing their own cards? Do they currently have anything to do with the reference designs?
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post #23 of 28
I would avoid the XFX for obvious reasons if you've read my post.

Sapphire used to have bad RMA turnaround time but recent stories have told otherwise. I've only had one PowerColor card, but never had to RMA it.
    
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post #24 of 28
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im just hoping my sapphire 6970 reference card will be as good as my friends sapphire 6970 black edition with key hole. he was getting 30c and 60c on load... I ended up buying the reference card instead and and praying i get the same golden chip.
    
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Both are good, but I honestly prefer the black one since it tends to Overclock a LITTLE bit better and it is quieter than the reference card with the chick.

Either way, both cards are great and you'll enjoy any of them
    
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Tell them to send you a MSI Lightning lol.
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He's already ordered the reference Sapphire card, good choice too
    
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Both are good, but I honestly prefer the black one since it tends to Overclock a LITTLE bit better and it is quieter than the reference card with the chick.

Either way, both cards are great and you'll enjoy any of them

I had no issues out of my Sapphire reference (got in around Christmas last year) 6970. It's currently sitting at 950 on core, and I forget what on RAM, all on stock voltage. It ran a little warm at idle, but I was pushing two monitors. If only one was used, it idled in the 30'sC. Now it's in the 30s C almost constantly, thanks to water. It would still do the high core OC with the stock cooler, though at a much higher temperature (high 70s C with the fan around 62%).

It's unlikely to matter, but I think reference has less issues...at least it's been that way for me.
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