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SAPPHIRE 100311-2SR Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

  • 1536 Stream Processors
  • 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5
  • PCI Express 2.1 x16
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SAPPHIRE’s HD 6970 is based on the recently launched AMD Radeon HD 6970 graphics – AMD’s most advanced enthusiast GPU with 1536 stream processors and 2GB GDDR5 memory that enable a truly immersive experience with superb performance and flawless image quality for the uncompromising gamer.

The AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series graphics features an enhanced second-generation, Microsoft DirectX 11-capable architecture including new VLIW4 core architecture and dual graphics engines that deliver a 10% improvement in performance/mm² and up to 2.9x more tessellation performance than the previous generation. Innovative AMD PowerTune power management technology dynamically adjusts power draw on the fly. Speed up applications and enjoy brilliant video with AMD EyeSpeed visual acceleration. With flexible and cost-effective AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology and AMD HD3D technology for 3D entertainment, the new AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series graphics cards offer The Ultimate Visual Experience.

  • newegg AMD Eyefinity Technology with Dual DisplayPort 1.2 Supporting multiple independent display outputs simultaneously, AMD Eyefinity technology delivers innovative graphics display capabilities enabling massive desktop workspaces and ultra-immersive visual environments for the ultimate panoramic computing experience. The new display interface DisplayPort 1.2 boasts features such as 2560x1600 max resolution per display, 21.6 Gbps bandwidth, multi-stream transport and high bit-rate audio, enabling simple, affordable and flexible multi-display configurations.
  • newegg Microsoft DirectX 11 The very latest in high-speed, high-fidelity gaming and computing, Microsoft DirectX 11 featuring new technologies like Compute Shaders, Direct2D, Multi-threaded Rendering and Tessellation enables not just more visually stunning games, but significant performance improvements in some of your favorite websites and everyday applications.
  • newegg Image Quality Enhancement Technology The AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series GPUs boasts new image quality features including Enhanced Quality Anti-Aliasing (EQAA), which uses a new sampling technique to help improve visual quality, Morphological Anti-Aliasing (MLAA) compatible with any DirectX 9/10/11 application, and improved anisotropic filtering. These enhanced anti-aliasing features enable dramatically improved image quality and enhanced visual quality features for intensely realistic looking games.
  • newegg AMD APP Acceleration Technology With AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) technology and third-generation UVD (Unified Video Decoder) dedicated video playback accelerator, enjoy beautifully rich and clear video playback when streaming from the web. Take in your favorite movies in stunning, stutter-free HD quality and run multiple applications smoothly at maximum speed. Enjoy lightning fast game play and realistic physics effects with enhanced Video Quality features such as advanced post-processing and scaling, dynamic contrast enhancement and color correction, and independent video gamma control.
  • newegg AMD HD3D Technology AMD HD3D Technology is supported by an advanced and open ecosystem that, in conjunction with specific AMD hardware and software technologies, enables stereoscopic 3D support in games, movies and/or photos. HDMI with stereoscopic 3D, Deep Color, and high bit-rate 7.1-channel surround sound support ensures the highest quality Blu-ray 3D experience possible.
  • newegg AMD CrossFireX Multi-GPU Technology AMD CrossFireX is the ultimate multi-GPU performance gaming platform, enabling two or more discrete graphics processors to work together for boosted system performance and a breakthrough gaming experience.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Karl S.
  • 5/2/2012 11:17:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing GPU!

Pros: This card is really a great bang for the buck. It replaced my old GTX 285 and I couldn't be happier. Crysis 2 runs great with almost all settings maxed, but does slow down in areas with lots of tessellation (Crytek's fault--poor optimization). Every other game isn't even an issue. Stays surprisingly cool on full loads with minimal noise increase.

Cons: Not really any... if you turn the fans up at 100% it's as loud as a vacuum cleaner, but it never even needs to go that high on full loads.

Other Thoughts: I missed having PhysX, so I downloaded Hybrid PhysX hack and re-instated my old GTX 285 as a dedicated PhysX processor. The cards work wonderful in tandom.

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  • Daniel B.
  • 1/15/2012 7:59:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great card for the price, runs everything very nicely, no issues

Cons: no longer carried by newegg

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/28/2011 10:19:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMonster

Pros: Bang for your buck.
Auto-overclock.
Fan control.
Chews up BF3/Skyrim and spits them out.

Cons: As with any high end card, it needs a couple psu connections, and when you have 2 of these cards, it's hard to keep your case looking clean.

Other Thoughts: Contemplated getting one or two of those OTHER cards, but looking at the benchmarks for 2 of these, I'd rather save myself 300$ and get two of these bad boys.

As others have said, I'm not sure if the crossfire is doing much for me. Oh well.

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  • James D.
  • 12/19/2011 6:44:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

Pros: Amazing card!
Low noise, unless fan speed at 70% plus
Runs BF 3 and Skyrim at Ultra settings BF3 @ avg 55 fps on my 51 inch plasma
Cool. Runs with load at about 65 C

Cons: Very Large card. Massive.

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  • Jacob A.
  • 12/19/2011 1:19:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRidiculously good

Pros: What can you say about these cards that hasn't been said?

• powerful, throws out crossfire pixels in Skyrim like lil wayne throws hos out of his house; with authority
• quieter than the XFX 6970's in the system I built last week
• doesn't get above 62C for me
• price isn't a con, you get what you pay for in this realm

Cons: • none

Other Thoughts: It takes a 6 and an 8 pin, FYI. Also, be careful if this is going into a midcase. I run a custom box so it doesn't affect me, but I thought I'd mention it.

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  • Anders W.
  • 12/14/2011 1:20:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Graphics Card!!

Pros: This card is awesome! Took BF3 from high graphics w/ lag to ultra graphics with no lag at all! I can also run Starcraft 2 at about 200 fps as compared to 60 which is all that really matters to me. Zero problems or hiccups so far!

Cons: The only problem I've had (and it really wasn't a problem for me) was that this card is extremely long! almost didn't fit in my ATX case with stray wires and what not. I had to actually disconnect some wire to actually get it in, but now that its in, there are no problems

Other Thoughts: Awesome card! very happy

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  • Fernando R.
  • 12/9/2011 4:52:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFlawless

Pros: Large, solid construction, good cooling, amazing performance, incredible frame-rates, and not too loud.

It had been a while since I had built a pure gaming rig and while doing my extensive research, I landed on this card. It seems to have a great price for the amount of performance that it offers and it DEFINITELY delivers. Stock and right out of the box, I was able to load up Skyrim on ultra with 8xAA, 16xAF, at 1080 resolution. Runs flawlessly. This was before I did any overclocking on either processor or video card. I can raid on Lord of the Rings Online and maintain 62fps even during 24-man raids with the high definition texture pack. It handles the particles and lighting/bloom effects with 0 issues.

This card stays around 60*C during game time, and sometimes 65*C during heavy loads. Never above 70.

I definitely recommend this card for a one card setup. I can only imagine what 2 of these beasts can handle. I may grab another later on IF needed.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: The card is very LONG. It extends about a 1/4" past my motherboard. Make sure you have a case that fits this card. Grab a tape measure, look at the specs, and check it out. You might have a drive bay in the way. I decided to go with a full size atx tower instead of a mid sized case because of this. If you're going to go mid sized, make sure to grab a super mid or at least one that has enough room to fit this monster.

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Intel i5 - 2500k (Overclocked to 4.5ghz)
8GB (2 x 4gb) G.Skill Ripjaws (1600 - 8-8-8-24)
Asus P8Z68-V Pro
OCZ Vertex 3 120gb
Sapphire Radeon HD 6970

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/7/2011 4:52:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo far so good

Pros: Powerful video card in single card setting. Easy to overclock with the provided software. Play Aion in max. setting without any problem.

Cons: I crossfire 2 of these cards, but the performance doesn't seem to be improved a lot. In 3DMark05, single card gets 28524 score; crossfire 2 cards get 28725 score. In other words, only ~200 score difference.

While I am playing Aion, I totally don't feel the effect of crossfiring my cards. The FPS is absolutely the same. Probably Aion is one of the games that doesn't support crossfire or sli though.

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  • Eric E.
  • 11/29/2011 1:24:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic card, quality manufacturer

Pros: It's a quick card. It handles Battlefield 3 and Skyrim at their highest settings on my 1080p monitor. Everything plugged and played perfectly. It performs exactly as I was expecting. I've never received a bad product from Sapphire.

Cons: It's a pretty large card. I pretty much expect that from modern cards, but that doesn't make the reality of it any better. When the fan is running at 100% (Which it never has unless I manually set it for review purposes), It sounds like a jet engine. The Radeon drivers have been pretty disappointing lately, but that's not the card's fault.

Other Thoughts: I have to say I've always been satisfied with Sapphire products. I've always used them when it comes to GPUs. This card is excellent, and brings everything that it promises that it will. The fan can be loud if it has to really crank up, but that's because it's designed to move a TON of air (Which it definitely does). For the most part, I doubt you'll ever see it go that high. I've never needed it to. If you have a small case, you better triple check that this will fit. It was a pretty snug fit in my Coolermaster 690II Advanced, but didn't require me to remove the hard drive rack. Also, this card DOES require both a 4-pin as well as a 6-pin power connection. It includes molex adapters if your PSU doesn't support this.

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  • James R.
  • 11/27/2011 9:55:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe best!

Pros: The best card I have had in quite a while. Works extremely well with an i5 and 16GB of memory. Skyrim and everything else is 70+ frames without breaking a sweat!

Cons: This thing is huge! We had to modify the case to get it to fit inside the case! Watch the dimensions on this sucker!

Wish it was a bit cheaper but it will be in a couple of months.

Other Thoughts: As said in the cons, watch the size of this thing, it did not fit in a typical ATX case.

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