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GIGABYTE GV-R697OC-2GD 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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  • matthew c.
  • 2/4/2013 7:10:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGood by its Self

Pros: By its self its a great card it will play Battlfield 3 at over 100 frames per second

Cons: Crossfire does not work correctly any game i play crashes
these cards run hot @ 80c under full load
its a non refrence design so you cant get a waterblock unless you use a universal block and ram sinks

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  • WESLEY P.
  • 7/5/2012 2:27:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs@AGX

Pros: Gigabyte VLIW4 card.

Cons: End of life graphics card.

Other Thoughts: AGX, the fact that this card got deactivated has nothing to do with Gigabyte. AMD, the company that makes the GPU that goes into all Radeon graphics cards stopped producing the Cayman core that is used on the 6970/6950 because they have been producing their 7xxx series cards for all of 2012. So any 69xx card should be hard to find and expensive. So if you have an issue, take it up with AMD, it's not Gigabyte's fault.

Also, I'm amazed that this card is even reactivated right now (although it probably will be deactivated again).

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  • Peter V.
  • 4/26/2012 10:06:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggslovin them

Pros: Runs anything I throw at them. Purchased 2 of these bad boys, running them in crossfire haven't had a problem wih them, Running eyfinity with 3x24inch screens.

Cons: terrible thermal paste... but what do you expect... dont think ive even seen a stock component use decent paste... but no big deal.

Other Thoughts: they can get running pretty hot after a long BF3 session, after I replaced the thermal paste it dropped temps a few degrees.

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  • David Y.
  • 4/7/2012 7:49:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsRun Far, Run Hard, Run Now

Pros: {----}<-- Result of Ten minutes solid thought

Cons: I purchased two of these in December. To date, despite 7 complete re-installs and 150-250 Hours of my time in troubleshooting (because Gigabyte swore they have no known knowledge of this issue) I have not been able to as much as watch a 30 second video clip on these cards. Major problem 1 is heat transfer. Rumor is they hit rock bottom on how poorly performing a thermal grease could be and still have the word thermal in it. 2) Discovered wild clock rates; 145 - 1450 - 655 - 1700 in sequence clock readings with memory clock rates doing the same thing. I have a friend who bought same cards at same time. Gigabyte is telling him, they dont have anyone else with the issue but his problem is with Windows while they tell me no one else has this issue and my problem is with AMD, all 4 cards doing same. Also all 4 cards were paired with 8 Core AMD 3.6ghz on Gigabyte 7970xfx UD-5 Boards. Today, replaced with 6970 HD Alt brand, 0 issues even on same CCC, these are a real blue gem umghtsay!

Other Thoughts: Lesson Hard Learned, Just because a company can make a good board is not way implies that they can do the same with a GPU.

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  • Kevin C.
  • 3/22/2012 8:40:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGigabyte premature deactivation

Pros: Great Card temps at 55c runs smooth great frame rates in BF3...unfortunatley...it gets two eggs for not being available any longer..

Cons: I bought one card and now that I wish to buy another for crossfire it has been deactivated.. Seriously ? exactly why I will not be buying anything further from Gigabyte...

Other Thoughts: All of these companies are out of touch with the average Joe...Poor customer service just in it for the quick buck....

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/14/2012 4:55:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: Very quiet, runs warm not hot... so its good for a change. No issues with any of my games.

Cons: None... size.. was known, I read the description

Other Thoughts: It replaced my dead Asus GTX 9800, that run hot and more noisy. Second time i have a burn ASUS card, 3th Invidia, so its time for a switch.

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  • Gerhard B.
  • 1/29/2012 4:22:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsFollow-up Serious Issues

Pros: When it works, it works well. (Note: to get it to work well you make need to update the BIOS from Gigabyte's website for the video card ITSELF!)

Cons: THE HEAT SINK FELL OFF THE CARD! No kidding, the heat sink turns out to be soldered onto a bracket. (As opposed to braised...) So it appears that the COLD SOLDER JOINTS on the card gave way and the MASSIVE heatsink fell off the card and the GPU burned up. You may want to stay away from this card or it newer cousin, then 7000 series 3 fan unit!

Other Thoughts: I'm relatively shocked that such a highend card would suffer from such a serious lack of quality control or design. The real determining factor will be if the card is replaced in a timely fashion. Of course, I have photos... and there is no way the card got to 700 degrees F and the solder melted... so it really is a design issue. It's really disturbing when you smell burnt electronics on you LGA 2011 based system, open the case, and see a massive heatsink sitting on top of $500 LSI SAS controller... Let alone the massively expensive rest of the high end system...

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your Gigabyte product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 80124 in the subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.

Gigabyte VIP Support Team

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  • Josh V.
  • 1/21/2012 11:29:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorthless

Pros: Makes one out of five games look pretty.

Cons: Makes four out of five games crash or play terribly. Bought this to replace my aging GTX 260, and have had nothing but problems since. Freezes BFBC2 and Batman: Arkham City, forcing a system restart. Distorts cursor in Company of Heroes. Deus Ex: Human Revolution and DiRT 2 play OK 50% of the time, but slideshow at 8-10 FPS the other 50%. I've played e-mail ping-pong with Gigabyte customer service so long trying to get the thing to work that my Newegg 30 day return period has expired. I've removed all Nvidia drivers, uninstalled/reinstalled the card, uninstalled/reinstalled the games, updated all my drivers, updated my BIOS, scoured the internet for fixes, and now Gigabyte wants me to REINSTALL MY OPERATING SYSTEM. Mind you, this is all after calling EVGA to be certain this card would be compatible with my current motherboard and configuration. Looks like I'm stuck with a $400 paperweight. No more AMD/ATI cards for me, ever.

Other Thoughts: EVGA X58 LE
Core I7 920 2.67 Ghz
6 GB Corsair Dominator DDR3 1600
750w PS
No overclocks

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  • shawn a.
  • 1/13/2012 3:21:22 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs1-3 not good odds

Pros: the 1 card that works is great

Cons: bought 2 of these 1 went out right away got a replacment from the egg (thanks guys) the replacement went out a week later sent it to gb they sent it back said nothing was wrong tested it again this card does not work right sending it back again will sell the replacement.

Other Thoughts: do not recommend this brand qc is horrible customer service is hard to deal with (if you can understand what they say . will not buy gb again msi asus and sapphire are better brands with good customer service.

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  • Mr. T.
  • 12/19/2011 5:36:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat card, just a few limitations

Pros: Lightning fast, incredibly powerful. Two of these in SLI would be crazy fast. The fans are whisper quiet, haven't really heard them turn on yet.

Came with a free dues ex game.

Cons: First, the card is HUGE. Made cabling in my case (Antec 1200 v3) difficult, and covered two SATA slots (Wire your drives before install)

Does NOT come with any video cables other than an 8 to6 pin power adapter, which I had to use because it takes an 8 pin and a 6 pin power connection at the same time. Kinda frustrating because it was shown in the picture.

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