Sapphire HD6970 2048MB GDDR5 (Dual Fan Edition) Review

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AMD’s HD6970 has been a favourite with the high end enthusiast user since it was released. The reference design card is a powerful discrete solution but it was never equipped with the greatest cooling solution. Sapphire have decided to replace their reference card with a new Dual fan, heatpipe cooler. At no extra cost.

That isn’t a typo … we don’t often hear ‘at no extra cost’, but Sapphire plan to use this new design to phase out their older reference model, which retails for around £285 inc vat in the UK. This means you won’t be paying a premium for the card and this model should run cooler and quieter.

ACC 5975 300x200 Sapphire HD6970 2048MB GDDR5 (Dual Fan Edition) Review

Features:-
- Core Clock: 880MHz
- Memory: 2048MB GDDR5
- Memory Clock: 5500MHz (Effective)
- Memory Bandwidth: 176GB/sec
- Processing Cores: 1536
- Texture Units: 96
- ROPS: 32
- Bus Type: PCI-Express 2.1
- Display Connectors: 1 Dual Link DVI-I and 1 single link DVI-D, 1 HDMI & 2x Mini-DisplayPort
- HDCP Capable
- DirectX 11 Support
- Shader Model 5.0 Support
- OpenGL 4.0 Support
- ATI CrossFire Ready
- ATI Eyefinity Technology
- ATI Avivo HD
- ATI Stream Technology
- ATI HD3D Technology
- Maximum Power Consumption: 250W (Typical 190W)
- 1x 8pin and 1x 6pin PCI-E power connectors required (Power Adapters Supplied)
- 500W minimum PSU recommended
- Warranty: 2 Years

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Sapphire HD6970 2048MB GDDR5 (Dual Fan Edition) Review, 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating
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  • Seth

    Sweet deal, hopefully see these for £270 at christmas in UK

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  • Brooke

    The cooler looks as good as their vapor X,. they might cause damage to their other, more expensive cards with this. not that im complaining, nice to see a company taking the cost of the cooler themselves. they are making enough profit anyway on these higher end boards.

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  • Jon

    What voltage did you set to get 954MHz core? Thanks.

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  • Davis

    @ Jon.

    1243, its in the picture on the overclocking page.

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  • iain

    Looks great, nice to see it being classed as a reference board too. normally that would be over £300

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  • Jon

    @Davis

    Thanks. That voltage look a little high? My 6970 does 945/1495 on 1185 with a Accelero XTREME Plus II cooler. Might push it a bit higher if thats a fairly safe voltage bump.

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  • Joey

    Hi, nice review and I have been reading reviews for 3 6970 cards but still cannot decide on which to buy. Which one would you pick between these 3:
    MSI Radeon 6970 lightning edition
    Sapphire Radeon 6970 dual fan edition
    Sapphire Radeon 6970 Flex Battlefield 3 edition?

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  • http://www.kitguru.net Zardon

    Depends on your specific needs. do you overclock? have you three non displayport screens? is noise a primary factor?

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  • Joey

    will not be overclocking, will only have 1 lcd tv connected using hdmi and yes noise is a primary factor. Basically Im after a stable and quiet setup.

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  • http://www.kitguru.net Zardon

    They are all great cards, so your shortlist is very good. If you arent overclocking, using a single screen, then save some money and get the dual fan sapphire board as the pricing should be the lowest.

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  • calpern

    Can this card run Battlefield 3 on ultra settings?

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  • http://www.kitguru.net Zardon

    What resolution?

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