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Monday, 14 February 2011 16:25

Sapphire HD 6970 Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam reviewed - 2. A closer look at HD 6970 BFBC2

Written by Sanjin Rados
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Review: Gift game included

HD 6970 BFBG2 Vietnam Special Edition comes in a Battlefield themed aluminum case, which can later be used to keep cables or connectors. Sapphire was never the company to skimp on gifts and the provided accessories now include a 1.7m HDMI cable, mini-DisplayPort-to-DisplayPort dongle dual molex-to-8pin and molex-to-6-pin dongles, CrossFireX bridge, DVI-to-VGA dongle and of course download voucher for Battlefield Bad Company 2 Vietnam.

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Sapphire HD 6970 Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam is no different from the reference HD 6970, except for the sticker. The card uses dual slot cooling and the card is 27.3cm long (10.75 inches).

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The cooler looks similar to the one used on HD 6800 cards. Unlike HD 6800 boards, HD 6900 series features a backplate, much like HD 5800/5900 series cards, which is probably used to keep PCB from flexing due to the large heatsink used under the shroud.
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The I/O panel features two DisplayPort 1.2 connectors, HDMI 1.4a and two DVI connectors (one of them is single-link with a maximum resolution of 1920x1200). By using DisplayPort outputs it’s possible to chain up to six monitors to a single card. To do this you will need either a Multi Stream Transport hub or DisplayPort equipped monitors that support daisy chaining of the monitors together. As far as sound goes, HDMI 1.4a provides Dolby True HD, DTS-HD, AC-3, DTS and up to 7.1 channel audio with 192KHz/24bit output.
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Unlike the HD 6800, HD 6900 comes with two CrossFire connectors. This means that you can use four cards in a 4-way CrossFire. The card also features a dual-bios toggle switch that makes bios updates a breeze. Setting 1 is unprotected for user updates, while setting 2 is the protected factory default mode. If you don't flash the card successfully, all you need to do is move the switch to revert to default bios.

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The PowerTune feature looks similar to a gimmick used by Nvidia on its GTX 580 card and it looks like this one locks the HD 6970's maximum TDP at 250W.

The TDP, something that has been quite a hot topic recently, is set at 200W for the HD 6950. AMD is currently using three different TDP values and calls them PowerTune Maximum Power, Typical Gaming Power and, of course, Typical Idle Power.

Note that for the HD 6970, Typical Gaming Power is set at 190W,  and for the HD 6950 typical gaming power is set at 140W. Idle TDP is set at 20W for the both cards.

HD 6970 cards needs one 6-pin and one 8-pin PCI-Express power connector whereas HD 6950 need two 6-pin PCI-Express power connectors.

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HD 6970 relies on Vapor Chamber technology for GPU cooling. Beneath the hood is the Vapor Chamber and a large aluminum heatsink.

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HD 6970 Battlefield comes with a total of 2048MB video memory. The GDDR5 memory chips are made by Hynix (model number H5GQ2H24MFR-R0C). They are specified to run at 1500 MHz (6000 MHz GDDR5 effective).

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+5 #1 Nerdmaster 2011-02-14 17:35
Quote:
Compared to the GTX 570, which is currently the more affordable deal


Yes it is more afforadble. You save 10$ which is a huge 2.8% price difference. :eek: (calculated by using Newegg numbers)
 
 
0 #2 123s 2011-02-14 18:39
Why do they use this stupid stock-cooling for high end cards, its a shame for actually a very good card to have such crazy temps and noise.
 
 
0 #3 Blizzard 2011-02-14 20:14
Quoting 123s:
Why do they use this stupid stock-cooling for high end cards, its a shame for actually a very good card to have such crazy temps and noise.


Who sad stock-cooling is bad?!
In this case it is very nice solution - more than that it lucks like an old stile but equip a Vapor Chamber technology like Sapphire Vapor-X design!
And a big "+" is that turbine eliminate hot air out of the case!
 
 
-2 #4 123s 2011-02-14 20:17
This one is pretty bad, check the temps, 90°...and its not even quiet
 
 
-2 #5 Blizzard 2011-02-14 20:21
Quoting 123s:
This one is pretty bad, check the temps, 90°...and its not even quiet


Agreed, but in this case Thermal design point needs a Phantom cooler!
For the other part such a top class chip is smiling on 100'C, not a problem
 
 
-2 #6 123s 2011-02-14 20:34
But why having 100° if it lowers the life span and its very possible to have 80° or even 70°
+ almost no noise

Phantom, Twin Frozer, etc, etc

its a high end card for high end price, with mid class cooler :/
 
 
+4 #7 Tasty Taste 2011-02-14 21:17
just buy a 2gb 6950 flash bios to 6970 and buy Bad co 2 on steam for 10 bux when they have a sale, which is all this week. CHEAP as hell!
 
 
0 #8 nt300 2011-02-15 20:51
LOL, the card is designed to take the heat, so no it won't diminish it's life span. NV's Fermi on the other hand is a different story, that card will die in a matter of months especially when cooking eggs on it.
Quoting 123s:
But why having 100° if it lowers the life span and its very possible to have 80° or even 70°
+ almost no noise

Phantom, Twin Frozer, etc, etc

its a high end card for high end price, with mid class cooler :/
 
 
0 #9 123s 2011-02-15 21:01
Its the same silicon, and extreme temps are not good for it, besides that it heats the other close components too. This "designed for high temps" was the bs NV said and not AMD btw ^^
 

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