The PowerColor HD6970 arrives in a very dramatic, futuristic box with a winged warrior on the front.
Inside we are presented with a power converter cable, video adapter, Crossfire connector and software disc with literature. One interesting addition however which deserves a special mention – a mini DP to full sized converter. This is a fantastic addition and it makes this the best bundle on test today. Like all the other cards released today, there is no free game.
The card is based on the reference design with Powercolor branded stickers on both the cooler and the fan. The rear has a back plate which covers the PCB completely.
Two Crossfire connectors for multiple CFx 2/3/4 configurations. The HD6970 requires an eight pin and a six pin power connector.
Both HD6950 and HD6970 have a new switch next to the Crossfire Connectors which enables two modes. Setting 1 is an unprotected mode for user updates and setting 2 is protected as factory default. Never has modding your video card been so user friendly.
Connectivity is strong with 2 miniDisplayport connectors being complimented by an HDMI 1.4A output and 2 DVI ports (one DL and one SL).
The cooler is a 5th generation Vapor Chamber system which AMD claim has great cooling efficiency and acoustic performance but more on this later. The memory installed on the card is Hynix H5GQ2H24MF.