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Sapphire HD6970 2048MB GDDR5 (Dual Fan Edition) Review

Rating: 9.0.

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.

– 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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