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GIGABYTE GV-R697UD-2GD Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

  • 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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  • aaron j.
  • 1/29/2012 10:50:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsit works

Pros: its a 6970 and works like one

Cons: runs way too hot in a crossfire configuration. Even runs hotter than reference cards in crossfire. The box claims to be able to overclock 10-30% but it can only work at stock 880mhz clocks. even using CCC and moving it to 885, the bare minimum of overclocks it still crashes immediately.

Other Thoughts: Stock settings are fine. slightly thinner than reference cards.

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  • James P.
  • 1/16/2012 10:39:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood untill untimely death

Pros: Very fast
Quiet!
Ran very strong until random and sudden death.

Cons: None, besides a incredibly short life.
Even when cooled with above average cooling and a dust free case.

trying to get hold of GIGABYTE to deal with this problem seems impossible at times.
I feel almost avoided.

Other Thoughts: Died on me suddenly after 3 months of amazing performance.
Very upsetting to say the least!
Newegg still says I'm covered under the GIGABYTE warranty, I sure hope I can get this replaced with a one that wont die on me so soon.

Everything up to that point was amazing.

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  • Tristan R.
  • 12/23/2011 1:52:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazingly quiet

Pros: Ordered for xmas upgrade machine but it arrived early. Had just downgraded to my trusty powercolor 4870 for the overlap, so decided to see what the 6970 couldn't do -- it turns out that was nothing I could think of -- and what it could do -- turns out it was everything I wanted. Was expecting this monster to be loud, being a triple fan extra-long card, but it actually manages full loads at or around the same dB as my old crossfirex'd 5770x2 setup, while managing single card benchmarks hovering around 5770x3 performance. Price to performance is actually within a decent range although it might still be nudged out by certain GTX cards. Likely to last as a relevant card for at least a year and a half, and performance in modern games is beastly. Came with a free DiRT3 too. Benchmarks in DiRT3 ranged between 50 and 105 in 1680x1050 (average 74 fps) with full DirectX11 settings maxed and with 8x AA. Got to love ATI.

Cons: Aside from length of card (no problem for my HAF 932), heat produced under loads (full loads expect around 80c with higher spikes -- again, no problem for the HAF 932) and potential for noise (not something I noticed really, but certainly might be an issue for some) I attempted to come up with a list of cons, but after benchmarking, furmarking, stream processor math cracking and a few other stressers I came up with nothing. And I really tried, too. Price is a little high, but price to performance is on the money.

Other Thoughts: Until 7k series cards, this and its chimaeric cousin the 6990 are going to take any build to the top of the AMD/ATI totem. This card I purchased is intended to be combined with a 990FX chipset Sabertooth and an FX-8120 -- even that would likely bottleneck in a dual x16 setup. This card is around the logical speed limit at the moment, and the 6990 is a bit past it, so unless you plan on running an OC of somewhere >4.3ghz, one of these should do you just fine for the next year or two. If you are planning on heavy overclock, get two of them. Enough said.

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  • Tyler P.
  • 12/16/2011 4:56:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice

Pros: Very nice. Stays cool. MSI afterburner doesnt hardly need any tweaking. Didnt even OC it, plays everything maxed with no issues.

Cons: Huge. Feels a little flimsy so be careful installing.

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  • Adrienne J.
  • 12/1/2011 3:38:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOff the chain

Pros: This has a 2 ounce copper pcb. It has full copper heat pipes. Triple cooling fans, and suprisingly enough, it is very very quiet. Make sure you download latest drivers from ati. Im glad i did not get teh gtx 570 like i had planned. My last card was a asus 5870 voltage tweak edition. The fan started to make a nasty noise after a year and a half. Thankfully its still under warranty. Get this card, it is elite.

Cons: 0 cons yet

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  • Matthew S.
  • 11/22/2011 10:09:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHD 6970 didn't disappoint

Pros: Performance is excellent and the card is running cool, I think the max I have seen it is 60 degrees C measured by software. Pretty good for a massive GPU under load (It is 11.5 inches!!). Morphological AA or filtering is a pretty cool feature in the new AMD drivers, it applies a filter that attempts to smooth all edges. While this is good in games like Mass Effect where there is no small text, or limited small text, I find I have to take it off in MMOs or other games that rely more on text because it becomes blurred.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: It has been a long time since I have purchased an Radeon graphics card. I switched to nVidia a while back and I had no reason to change to AMD. This time around, with prices and performance about the same, it was a coin toss decision and trying AMD out has paid off. The card performs within expectations and has operated flawlessly despire pestering from a friend about AMD's driver support.

Kudos to AMD for making a card that I am proud to have in my system.

Paired with AMD Phenom II X4 980, Gigabyte 990FXA UDA, and in a Corsair Carbide 500r.

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