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My gpu is done

Postposted on Sun Oct 09, 2011 9:42 pm

I have a Diamond Radeon Hd 4870X2 (dual gpu) that seams to be on his way out of this world. I am looking to replace it with a Sapphire HD 6970 2GB $300. Any opinions about this card?

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Re: My gpu is done

Postposted on Mon Oct 10, 2011 12:11 am

I would go onto tigerdirect.com and see if they have the Gigabyte 6970 edition. It has triple windforce fans and an air deflecting shield. It may cost u $80 more, but atleast you won't have to take apart your card and replace both the thermal compound and stock fan 6 months after you bought it. I have an XFX 6970, the heatsink was scratched to hell and the temps would go up to 90+ even with a 70% manually overridden fan that sounded like a 800watt hairdryer. I replaced that non-sense with a gelid icy vision and ic diamond thermal compound. keeps temps under 70c in a 90f degree room on full load. the weather is now around 68f and my gpu doesn't exceed 57c on full load. :wink:
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Re: My gpu is done

Postposted on Mon Oct 10, 2011 5:55 am

My Sapphire Radeon HD6970 is still working just fine.
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Re: My gpu is done

Postposted on Mon Oct 10, 2011 5:58 am

Why not just get the MSI Twin Fozr III/OC HD6950. Not that much slower than the HD6970. And probably real world performance difference can't be felt.
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Re: My gpu is done

Postposted on Mon Oct 10, 2011 6:07 am

I too agree the 6970 is overpriced for the tiny bit of performance you gain over a 6950.I know i have been posting this around but sapphire 6950 toxic runs at 6970 speeds and has the dual bios switch with the unlocked 6970 shader bios preloaded for 289$ .It was Out of stock last i checked at newegg a week ago.Good luck with your choice.
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Re: My gpu is done

Postposted on Mon Oct 10, 2011 10:32 am

6970s run very hot, a friend of mine has one, it puts out a ton of heat. It's really fast though :).
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Re: My gpu is done

Postposted on Mon Oct 10, 2011 10:53 am

Don't know if it matters to you but the radeon HD 7000 series should be out in the next 3-4 months.
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Re: My gpu is done

Postposted on Mon Oct 10, 2011 10:56 am

MSI has been putting their own custom heatsink/fan solution on cards for a while and after having one of them I can firmly declaring it the best bargain because its only an extra 30 or 50 dollar premium typically over stock variants costs and is just so much amazing.
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Re: My gpu is done

Postposted on Mon Oct 10, 2011 1:39 pm

kitsura wrote:Why not just get the MSI Twin Fozr III/OC HD6950. Not that much slower than the HD6970. And probably real world performance difference can't be felt.


This is the exact card I have, runs extremely cool and quiet. I took mine and clocked it up to 6970 speeds with nary a problem, although I did have to raise the fan speed a bit to keep it as cool as it was at stock.
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Re: My gpu is done

Postposted on Sun Oct 16, 2011 10:18 am

morphine wrote:6970s run very hot, a friend of mine has one, it puts out a ton of heat. It's really fast though :).


Mine runs warm for me, but not any hotter than it ought to. Certainly cooler than the previous two generations; the 48xx cards were very hot (even within design specs) and the 5870 wasn't the coolest either. I haven't had Deijya's issues, but it may depend on when we bought our XFX cards and which model we purchased; mine is an AMD reference design, and those differ from later rev. 2 designs from vendors.

For the OP's system though, I think a 6950 is a better card, the 6970 will probably be CPU limited (I'm assuming that's a dual-core Extreme, not a quad). You can get the 6950 for as much as $100 less (depending on whether you go 1GB or 2GB of RAM).
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