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GIGABYTE GV-R697D5-2GD-B 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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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Andrejs S.
  • 11/29/2011 6:18:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest for the money

Pros: Cool temperatures, Low noise, maxes graphics on any game with stable FPS. (unless its unpolished graphics engine like in SWTOR)

Cons: Might have been shorter

If your computer doesn't have appropriate air circulation and sufficient WATtage, this card may struggle on high temps.

Other Thoughts: Some games are developed on old, unstable graphics engines and no matter how good is your video card you may have performance issues. SWTOR is a good example of an old, unpolished graphics engine that even this card has some unstable FPS with.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/24/2011 1:15:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Card for the Money

Pros: The fastest thing on the market for under $700, hands down. It plays all of my games (Crysis, Crysis 2, AvP 2010, L4D, L4D2, COD:MW2, T:WfC, and many others) on maxed out settings averaging around 130+ FPS. In addition to this, it outperforms my old workstation card (ATI FirePro V8700) in every application for OpenGL, OpenCL and all DX apps by nearly 10X the former amount.
I've built hundreds of systems for multiple customers and upgraded hundreds more. I rarely give a product an actual review at all and definitely can be very harsh with those I do review (see cons and other thoughts). So when I choose to write a review and give it a 5 egg, it's only because I've truly loved the product I purchased for myself and my customers.

Cons: The current driver version, CCC 11.2, is kinda wonky. It clearly needs fixing. And Steam doesn't know what to make of my card because it's too new and very few people own it comparatively (that will change as prices come down) so Valve hasn't had the opportunity to update its compatibility lists - but all this means is that after installing and updating drivers that Steam popped warnings for a few days telling me it wasn't sure my card would run my games because it didn't know what it was, the games themselves of course knew better.

In short, once the drivers have been updated properly, this card will prove to be the finest on the market for the high-end gamer.

Also, it didn't come with an "Active" Mini-Display Port adapter for EyeFinity - and it doggone well should have. I'm very upset by this. Why sell me a card claiming "Eyefinity" and the ability to run 3 monitors if I have to hunt down a $30-$50 adapter to do it? I paid $370 for the card, I expect better.

Other Thoughts: I get so sick and tired of hearing people who clock video cards based on how they perform in WoW; so let's cover a few things to clear up some common misconceptions:
1) WoW is not now, nor will ever be, a 3D game. It's 2D Isometric. For those of you who don't understand what this means, look at Google Maps' street view. It's just thousands of pre-rendered images superimposed and composited to produce a 3D feel. In other words: You should have no problems running WoW maxed out with an onboard video card (RadeonHD 4250 will do it; I've tested) so if you got this card for that purpose, you've wasted our time with your review.
2) People who buy super-high-end products and then use Windows XP. To you people:
XP will only see up to 2 CPU cores, 3.75GB of RAM and 512MB of VRAM and only runs DX9 and OpenGL 2.0 . If you're one of those... people trying to run a high-end system with XP, then you've done yourself a severe disservice and wasted everyone's time with your review. Windows 7.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/9/2011 5:15:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVerry Good card.

Pros: handels all my games just fine. Like BFBC2, meddle of honer, Dragon age and Flight Sim X.

Cons: The fan is a bit loud when you frist start the computer. and the 6990 just came out after i bought it.

Other Thoughts: my system

GIGABYTE 890FXA-UD5
AMD PHENOMN II X4 970
COSAIR TX850 PSU
G.SKILL DDR3 1600 X2 2GIG
GIGABYTE GV-R697D5-2GD-B Radeon HD 6970
COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black
A-DATA S599 AS599S-64GM-C 2.5" 64GB SATA SSD (for the OS Windows 7 x64 Premium)
Western Digital VelociRaptor 150GB (for the Games)

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  • toby w.
  • 2/21/2011 9:30:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsRe: NA

Pros: Nice

Cons: No CUDA / PhysX support, I bet Catalyst 11.1 addresses some of the issues.

Other Thoughts: I will buy AMD again once the drivers are fixed

Other Thoughts: How to you say you a high tech level and say No CUDA / PhysX support, that is Nvidia not AMD. Yes I said AMD being ATI is no longer as of 2011. Nvidia is nice and all but unless you need physx or whatever AMD is just as good if not beter in some games just depends on how there made. For the money though AMD is king intel/nvidia is for numbers/benchmarks when in the real world mean nothing you can brag so what unless you do cad/video or whatever and need it go with AMD and save a ton. I jusr built a pc with the new x6 cpu, a 6970 card and 16gb mem, case, psu, mobo and all for under 1,500 thats better then dell or any brand this would be 4 grand or more. I can always xfire later and upgrade the cpu to the 8-core dozer.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/11/2011 6:32:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsUm, duh?

Pros: The hardware's details speak for themselves.

Cons: NVidia fanboys and people who don't what they're talking about; an example:

Rating: 1/5Radeop 6970
Pros: Nice look, Ram, HDMI 1.4.

Cons: After all the hype, that was somewhat disappointing. Ah well, such is life. Drivers need work, No CUDA / PhysX support, I bet Catalyst 11.1 addresses some of the issues.

Other Thoughts: I will buy AMD again once the drivers are fixed.

CUDA is the name of the type of Stream Processing unit NVidia manufactures. PhysX is the name of NVidia's own physics engine which very few games use and, for those who are too uneducated to know this, "PhysX" isn't hardware based; it's software. All physics engines are software based and usually run on the CPU while video/graphics are run through the GPU. With "PhysX" this means that the GPU supports the POSSIBILITY of running the PhysX physics engine on the GPU instead of the CPU... something no current game software allows.

Other Thoughts: I find it disappointing that the only two "bad" reviews for this product were 1) from a person who clearly clicked the wrong link and 2) from someone who's such an uneducated fanboy anxious to bash the competition that he didn't consider that intelligent people might actually be reading the reviews.

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  • Jonathan F.
  • 2/9/2011 8:46:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing

Pros: So far I have had zero issues with this card. But I am upgrading from a very old Nvidia Geforce 8500gt... Though still every game I shove in its face, it spits it back out but even better than it was before. 60+ at about all times with max settings and AA. Some jumps here in there but still works like a charm.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Works well and mine stays below 70c at full load.

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  • david h.
  • 1/19/2011 6:24:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent card

Pros: Purchased two to run in Crossfire. Runs everything that I have thrown at it from DX9, D10, and DX11 based games at max settings without issue.

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: Drivers: AMD/ATI released card with drivers that were NOT built for 6900 series cards. Card runs on 10.11 drivers provided on CD. Cards runs better 10.12a drivers downloaded from AMD/ATI website. Hopefully card will reach full potential as the drivers mature with new releases.

Fan: Expect the cooling fan to sound like a jet engine when it ramps up to 100% when GPU under load.

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  • Adam W.
  • 1/7/2011 8:34:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent card

Pros: 2GB of VM
880MHz
1536 Stream Processors
256-bit GDDR5 @ 1375
DX 11 and backwards
1 HDMI, 2 DVI, 2 Mini Display Ports
All of which are listed on this page.
I've had no visual or performance problems at all.
Everything is running cool and at an acceptable noise level

Cons: A little big but still fits inside my micro atx desktop case.
Fan noise to speed ratio (mine stays cool and is quiet enough for me at 45% under load)
No other cons for me with my configuration.

Other Thoughts: For the record I'm very critical of my component choices as I don't always have gobs of money at my disposal. And I check newegg's customer reviews of products as PART of my research before buying. So from a specs vs. price vs. performance stand point this card is a decent choice. Everyone has their preferences and Gigabyte isn't one of mine. But they do make good products and this is one of them IMO. I'm guessing the guy before me is slightly mis-represented by his tech level bar. I have a 50 inch Panasonic plasma and this card runs my game library with max settings at 1080p without very little trouble. Had no monitor scaling trouble like the previous review. Although I did have to increase my refresh rate when I first hooked up my tv to my card so things displayed crystal clear. As a side note; if you are going to check reviews like I do to aid in your research, take reviews with less than 4 eggs and a list of vague problems with a grain of salt. No patients for detailed metrix sorry

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  • sergey p.
  • 1/7/2011 7:48:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsRadeop 6970

Pros: Nice look, Ram, HDMI 1.4.

Cons: After all the hype, that was somewhat disappointing. Ah well, such is life. Drivers need work, No CUDA / PhysX support, I bet Catalyst 11.1 addresses some of the issues.

Other Thoughts: I will buy AMD again once the drivers are fixed.

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  • Grissom C.
  • 1/6/2011 12:50:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWell.... I should have known better!

Pros: Well its a 2gb video card with a decent price point, and with that we are finished with the pros! Continue with the cons.....

Cons: Well i don't feel like writing them all out but let me make a small list. And I do not think this is a Gigabyte problem more of a ATI/AMD problem.
1. Stutters when playing WOW on any setting above "good"
2. On "Ultra" settings it gets around 45-50 frames a sec which is not bad, BUT the graphics look horrible like it is rendering a fuzzy screen at all times.
3. Drivers seem to be "iffy" at best, leaning toward BAD
4. Screen resolution MUST be scaled to fit any HDTV monitor 28" or larger.
5. All windows fonts, menus etc.... look mis scaled and harder to read. Just not as clear and crisp as the nVidia cards render.
6. Overall performance is equal or less than my GTX 275 and much worse than the GTX 580 or HD 5870 for sure.
7. Benchmarks don't mean anything- my results are based on real world game play.

Other Thoughts: I have always been a nVidia fan, BUT this time I went with a ATI based card tto give them a try. Do yourself a favor and just WAIT and buy the nVidia card. I will never try another AMD/ATI product again. This was my second and last time to make that mistake. Thank you.

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