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PowerColor AX6970 2GBD5-2DHE Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card

  • 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5
  • PCI Express 2.1 x16
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Christopher S.
  • 12/9/2014 12:35:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsUpdate to a previous review

Pros: This is an update to a review titled "The best card in it's price range." that touches on some discoveries I made after separating the cooler from the board.

I remain satisfied with the product, but I wanted to add some key things.

Cons: TAKE OFF THE HEATSINK!

I just want to add support to the claims some others have made about the quality of the thermal paste job - it's bad.

If you plan to get the most out of this card, get some good thermal paste and remove the heatsink just to reapply the thermal paste. There was way, way too much in it. This severely inhibits the coolers ability to accept heat from the die and makes the card run much hotter.

After replacing the thermal paste the temps dropped by 10C

Other points:
- Heatsink does not actually make contact with ALL of the VRAM as I had previously assumed. Only one out of two rows is attached by some thick heat tape.
- VRM heatsink has some awful goop-tape stuff that im sure isn't nearly as good as real thermal paste. I replaced it with thermal paste and it seems to make good contact with the VRM

Other Thoughts: This not an enormous problem. The card worked for me before reapplying paste but at 10C hotter and with much louder fan speeds to combat that.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/7/2014 6:24:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsamazing

Pros: well priced and ranked 1st in performance to price 54 in overall performance.

Cons: card is ridiculous in size tight fit on most towers below full also do not use with a micro atx motherboard

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  • Christopher S.
  • 12/2/2014 10:59:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe best card in it's price range.

Pros: - Performance. With an FX-6300 (similar price range CPU), I am running ArcheAge at Ultra High settings. (for reference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFYZHJysI0Y )

- Reference card (this means that this card will fit the form factor for many aftermarket upgrades should you just to push it's limits later in life)
- Non-reference cooler (This means it already has an aftermarket upgrade so you can start pushing it's limits right away)
- Cooler has heatpipes and a very meaty radiator that makes contact with all the VRAM as well. The fans are seriously powerful, albeit loud.
- Cool robot sticker (lol I assume this was meant to be a pro so I'm gonna give it to them for putting these silly stickers on their cards)

Cons: - Very hot and loud, but that is directly proportional to it's power, and should not relatively be considered a con. As this is a reference card, the possibilities for solving this are endless and cost-effective.

- It's huge. ~11.5-12 inches long. 1.5 inches thick. On a Micro-ATX card, this will block your PCI-e and some of your SATA ports depending on it's configuration. I will be watercooling the card to do away with some of these inconveniences. Obviously, it takes up two expansion ports on the back of your case, so even without the meaty radiator, the PCI-e port would be half blocked.

Other Thoughts: IMPORTANT:
Make sure you have great case ventilation, else run without the side until you get some. The card can only get as cool as the air inside your case, and this thing will fill your case with hot air in the first 10 seconds of firing up an intensive game.
As stated before, the fans are powerful and loud. They are forcing air through tiny gaps between metal radiator fins, so it is not unreasonable.
My fans never really go past 60% and keep the card below 70C, but at 60% they are barely tolerable with huge noise-cancelling headphones protecting me. "Harrier Jet" as described by a previous reviewer is accurate.
For a quick solution, prop a case fan up on top of the card angled slightly down toward the card, to assist in evacuating hot air toward exhaust points.

I am entirely satisfied with this card and I challenge anyone to find another one this powerful at the price range of $70-$100

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  • Joshua G.
  • 11/30/2014 5:22:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWould not work on my computer, but works on my other computer

Pros: -6970 for $90, cant beat that
-Reference model with a non-reference cooler
-Package came with a Mini Displayport to HDMI connector
-packed nicely, works.

Cons: -Would not work on my main computer; computer would not post with this card in it
-Worked in another computer that I tried it in
-Rather large card but was to be expected

Other Thoughts: This graphics card was a fantastic deal at $89, I would have bought two to crossfire at this point. It is still a high performing card, I have one in my computer currently that still runs most games on medium to high settings.

But for some reason, this card would not work in my main computer with these build specs:

MSI Z68MA-G45
2500K @stock
16GB Corsair XMS3
Antec HCG900

A 900W continuous power supply should be enough to support one if not two of these cards. My plan was to run this in crossfire with the 6950 I have (flashed to 6970 speeds). Yet I tried to install this card by itself and the computer would not post. Tried 2 different monitors, both of the slots on the motherboard, and different power connectors. It would not post. The computer itself works fine, I am writing this review on it right now. I completely removed the motherboard from the computer as well and tried to boot it with no success. No post

I took it home wtith me for thanksgiving break and planned to RMA it this past week. I decided to give it a shot in my older computer at home with these specs:

ASUS P5N-D
Q6600 @stock
8GB DDR2-800
Antec Earthwatts 650W

This computer is currently running GTS250's in SLI.

I proceeded to try the card in this computer here before I RMA'ed it. Low and behold it worked perfectly in this computer, booted to Windows and everything. Just needed the drivers installed which I did not do.

I am very stumped, and I am not sure if I want to send the card back. It would be nice to upgrade the GTS250's, but I would rather have Crossfire with my other one. I have no idea how to sort this problem.

Other than that, the card works great. I would expect anyone else who has this card for it to work as expected.

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  • Jacob L.
  • 11/28/2014 1:24:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStill a great card 4 years later

Pros: Card will work great for older games at high FPS, great price for the performance.

Cons: Struggles on newer games, but works ok on Med settings.

Other Thoughts: Bought one for my friend as he needed a better card, this out powers every card in the 100-200$ range (not including stuff on sale)

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  • NICHOLAS H.
  • 11/27/2014 8:30:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing card

Pros: -very cost effective
-great cooling
-near silent

Cons: -huge card
-requires 2 6-pin connectors

Other Thoughts: This card was worth the cost. Easily beats some of the 200$+ cards out there. Just make sure you have room in your case before you buy.

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  • Christopher A.
  • 11/25/2014 2:12:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat budget card

Pros: This a great little card for the price. I was worried about some of the posts stating it had bad TIM, and purchased some aftermarket paste just in case. When i hooked the card up, it ran at a cool 40c idle 65c load. Tested with OCCT for 2 hours. I've maxed several recent games with 60+ fps and some occasional dips into the 20/30's.

Cons: Huge card, heavy, power hunger, several generations old. All this is upfront though. I knew what i was buying.

Other Thoughts: 2 of this in crossfire will max nearly any game on the market at the cost of your electrical bill. If you want power efficient go with the green team.

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  • Roger K.
  • 11/17/2014 11:52:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsArtifacts, colored lines

Pros: worked great for 1 week

Cons: 1 week after installing this video card I started getting artifacts and colored lines moving on the screen both in games and while idling on desktop right after turning on the computer. it's not the monitor.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello,

This is Raymond from PowerColor. We apologize for the issue that you are faced with. For troubleshooting tips, please email me at Raymond.Hsu@powercolor.com

Best Regards,
Raymond.

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  • Robert H.
  • 11/16/2014 7:49:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsno video

Pros: would be good card if it wasnt for getting no video

Cons: no video when i put it in the computer

Manufacturer Response:

Hello,

This is Raymond from PowerColor. We apologize for the issue that you are faced with. Please email me at Raymond.Hsu@PowerColor.com and we can troubleshoot your system.

Best Regards,
Raymond

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  • Dennis B.
  • 11/14/2014 2:35:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA good bargain for a great GPU

Pros: Operates as well as my GTX470 and is almost as good as an R9-270 GPU. I'm using this HD6970 with an AMD FX8350 CPU in an Asus M5A99FX Pro - R2.0 mobo and I'm playing my games through Origin and Steam on high settings using a Westinghouse 32 inch 1080P TV as my monitor, color calibrated using the Colorvision Spyder 2 system. I'm getting gameplay that is spectacular for me!

Cons: Given the price I paid, NONE,

Other Thoughts: If I put my ear right on the PC case then I can hear this video card on PC startup. Normally after boot is completed the other four fans in the box (intake, exhaust, CPU and PS) submerge the sound from the two fans on the video card. The PC is silent to my ears when using my PC as it is about three feet away under my desk. During game play there is, on occasion, increased fan noise and this is probably from the video card. This video card runs around 45 to 50 degrees C normally but has reached 85 (seldom) during intense game-play. For gamers plying only on 1920 by 1080 screens this card is OK. I don't believe one needs a current design card in the plus $200 range as is recommended by most gaming websites. By the way the bios date on this card is 3/19/14 and I find this unusual as the GPU was released back in December 2010 and I thought the HD6970 was not being currently manufactured.

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