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PowerColor is using a different PCB, but they also altered their model number.
Any others? I'm going to be picking up a second 6970 soon and I'd prefer an original reference design (for waterblock purposes...since I already have a reference XFX 6970).
    
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Yup XFX loves to change their cards without really telling anyone. I got caught when I bought a 5770 and got stuck with the fake reference one (the one that only had 1 crossfire bridge...). Sorry to hear you wasted so much money on this because of their fault @ XFX
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I've actually got three of the new revision cards. Has the waterblock been updated for it yet? Thankfully I didn't attempt to order waterblocks yet.
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This is one of the reasons I'll never guy XFX.
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It's only a matter of time they do the same for the 6990 and remove the "OC Mode" BIOS switch altogether.
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LOL this thread.


FYI, AMD meant to use the TI DrMOS vrms but TI supply fell though the floor. Thus AMD switched to the Volterra digital vrms, to get the cards out to the channel.

They've only now gone back to the original design!!!!!!!


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I've actually got three of the new revision cards. Has the waterblock been updated for it yet? Thankfully I didn't attempt to order waterblocks yet.
The V2 design ek block which has been out for 1 month now, fits this pcb. Btw, this pcb was first used by Powercolor, where's the out cry over this?


Also, I might as well as my 2 cents. If you're going to watercool and overclock the crap out of the card, you want the TI DrMOS setup anyways, since you can monitor vrm temps with it. The Volterra are not supported by any software for monitoring vrm temps. The DrMOS setup also has improved regulation, ie. it's better for overclocking with. AMD said back in December that they were going to go back to the TI setup.
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I ran into the same problem. Was really really looking forward to using the xspc 6970 waterblock I ordered. Now the vendor either wont take it back, or will charge me a steep restocking fee.

EK R2 Waterblock should be arriving tomorrow... I havent been able to use my card since... I didn't reapply the heatsink correctly (I guess...) and the temps were spiking.

Thanks for making this thread to warn people.
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Ahh here goes xfx again 4890 round 2 go!
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So these new revised 6970 PCB from XFX can take EK's new water black or are you talking about another card? I am returning my non ref 6950 from XFX this weekend and frys does not carry anything but Diamond, XFX, and MSI frozer 2 cards for the 6970. Their XFX 6970's are both 697A models which XFX told me today were for sure referenced cards, and I told him I wanted one to put a water block on it and he said I should have no problem. I would like to OC it but I thik XFX has made sure you cant now since all the bios switches are gone off their boards.


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LOL this thread.


FYI, AMD meant to use the TI DrMOS vrms but TI supply fell though the floor. Thus AMD switched to the Volterra digital vrms, to get the cards out to the channel.

They've only now gone back to the original design!!!!!!!




The V2 design ek block which has been out for 1 month now, fits this pcb. Btw, this pcb was first used by Powercolor, where's the out cry over this?


Also, I might as well as my 2 cents. If you're going to watercool and overclock the crap out of the card, you want the TI DrMOS setup anyways, since you can monitor vrm temps with it. The Volterra are not supported by any software for monitoring vrm temps. The DrMOS setup also has improved regulation, ie. it's better for overclocking with. AMD said back in December that they were going to go back to the TI setup.
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I ran into the same problem. Was really really looking forward to using the xspc 6970 waterblock I ordered. Now the vendor either wont take it back, or will charge me a steep restocking fee.

EK R2 Waterblock should be arriving tomorrow... I havent been able to use my card since... I didn't reapply the heatsink correctly (I guess...) and the temps were spiking.

Thanks for making this thread to warn people.
Jgweb2000
Don't take this the wrong way but if you used the ek configurator, you'd see that the pcb is different. Still you might not know which one to pick, but asking here before buying... I'd would have replied and told you which to get.
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