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

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


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  • Thomas C.
  • 10/28/2014 5:09:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: I'm not a big gamer, you need to look somewhere else for performance. It works for me.

Cons: Not a big thing, but I had trouble fitting it into the case. Nearly had to return it before I found a panel that removed so it could fit. Panel then went back on--it truly wasn't an issue, not even cosmetic appearance on the case.

Other Thoughts: Came with a display port to HDMI adapter.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/28/2014 1:53:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsCan't beat the price!

Pros: This card has ran every game that I have thrown at it on ultra settings. The Card runs about 45c just doing regular tasks in windows. Games send it into about 65c or so. This is a very acceptable temp for a GPU. I have been PC gaming for years and I don't understand all the reviews with people stating it runs hot! These temps are within spec of this card. I am running this on a Corsair VX-450 W PSU and it runs just fine, so if you have a PSU that is a good brand with good solid caps in it you can get away with 450 to 500 watts. However my PSU is corsair and they are known for making power supplys that preform better then they are spec'ed for! The auto throttle for the fans on this card works great!

Cons: The card is VERY VERY large, about a foot long. If you own a smaller motherboard that has the SATA connectors lined up below the PCI-E slot then you will need to buy SATA cables that are bent or "Elbowed" at the connector because this card is so large it will block them off. This card feels very flimsy compared to other graphics cards I have handled so be very careful during installation. If you only have on 6 pin PCI-E connector on your PSU you will need to order a converter!

Other Thoughts: Best card for the price. It will over clock from 880 to 950 with ease using ATI's catalyst control center. Remember folks 65c to 70c at full load running a newer game is totally normal for a Single GPU!

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  • Derick V.
  • 10/25/2014 10:24:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card

Pros: This is my second 6970. Works as advertised. Got mine OCed to 950 on the core and 1400 on the mem. Running in crossfire with my 3 year old sapphire 6970 and everything works great.

Cons: Even though it's an aftermarket dual fan cooler it can still be noisy over 50% fan speeds. It's not as loud as a stock cooler though and it's not enough to take off an egg. The cooling is pretty good though and the card doesn't get very hot.

Other Thoughts: One thing I didn't notice about this card until I got it is the mem speed. The stock mem speed on pretty much all 6970's is 1375mhz but this one is 1250mhz. I only noticed when trying to oc this card even with my other 6970. Both cores are at 950mhz but this cards mem won't go past 1400mhz while my sapphire card is at 1450mhz. It's not really a con because it says on the specs here on newegg 1250mhz, I just didn't notice. It also doesn't make a huge difference in performance. My 2 sapphire 6970's before one died a few years ago would score 10500 in 3dmark 11, these two score 10300 so it's pretty close, nearly in the margin of error. Not really sure why the mem is clocked slower on this card, maybe it's a lower performance mem than what was initially used in the 6970's when they were brand new. Alone this card scores 6300 in 3dmark 11. Either way for 99$ this is still the best bang for buck card out there and outperforms any card on the market at the 99$ price point.

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  • Dylan B.
  • 10/24/2014 7:55:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood performance for the price

Pros: Performance is comparable to my R9 270X. Good heatsink with copper heatpipes. Good performance and low price compared to newer AMD cards.

Cons: I first installed this in a Windows PC. I kept getting driver crashes (black screen) playing Alien: Isolation or 3DMark. My solution was to set power limit to -20% and 730 Mhz for it to be playable.

Other Thoughts: Both my R9 270x and 6970 have driver crashes playing games in Windows. Is it just me or does AMD make buggy drivers? I am currently using it in Debian Linux to play Dota 2 without any driver crashes.

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  • Luc F.
  • 10/24/2014 7:19:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect Video Card for Price

Pros: Realy strong Video performance for price

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Just take two of them (Only cost 119 each) CF was realy strong , very good ! Can Run every game to hight with 60 FPS
Also able to play at 24FPS in 3D mode without any flaw(Tridef required)

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  • Nikolay A.
  • 10/21/2014 1:27:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest card for price for performance

Pros: Best card for price for performance you can get it work great right out of the box and can run a lot of games on ultra over 60 fps on 1080p.

Cons: None (own the card for month)

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  • Nikolay A.
  • 10/21/2014 1:20:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: This card is best price for performance card you can fine and it can run almost any of games on ultra with more then 60 fps on 1080p.

Cons: None so far (Own for about a month)

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  • Sean G.
  • 10/20/2014 6:06:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNo display. LOUD sound from fans.

Pros: None. Totally unusable.

Cons: Installed easily (physically), but would not display at all.
Made terribly LOUD whirring sound from fans. Imbalanced?
Really HUGE and cumbersome card.

Other Thoughts: Have to pay to ship back. No refund to ship back faulty item. Would not suggest this item for anyone else. See previous replies.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello,

This is Raymond from PowerColor. In the future, if you have any problem with the card, please email me at Raymond.Hsu@powercolor.com

Best Regards,
Raymond

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  • Blake E.
  • 10/19/2014 2:52:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest value in videocards hands down

Pros: -Hands down the best value in videocards at the moment.
-Still plays most games maxed out.
-incredible price/value... This allows for extremely cheap and fast gaming PC builds!

Cons: -amd drivers never cease to amaze me. Why do I always have a scaling issue? Why is it not set to 100% screen size by default? This could potentially confuse a customer.
-Power consumption, but it probably won't be noticeable on the power bill unless you're bitcoining.

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  • Derick V.
  • 10/14/2014 7:25:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsStill really good

Pros: Been running my own 6970 in my rig for over 3 years now. Got it overclocked and still runs 90% of games today maxed out. Shadow of mordor runs completely maxed out at 1080p aa on and everything though I haven't tried with the extra texture pack. Runs BF3 and 4 maxed out.

Cons: None that I can think of.

Other Thoughts: Just purchased this card for a friend who built a new rig. For the price it's unbeatable. It stomps anything in this price range from newer cards. I've used a few until I saw this was only 100$, now I'm recommending these. I really hope they stay in stock at this price till I get my taxes back. I really want to go crossfire again. Was running crossfire for over a year but one card died :/ it happenes, some parts last forever, some only a few years, some doa. This card is a beast though and for 100$, it's a good deal.

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