All the previous generations that were made by AMD and modified by Sapphire were great and were beating the other competitors by performance and style. The final statement in my mind and I know the others will agree, is that it’s a company that makes superb products and now they are presenting another successor to accompany that hall of fame. It is a top model graphic card and it is called 6970 HD. This graphic card is definitely the best card that you can find on the marked today and the full name is “Sapphire RadeonHD 6970 2GB GDDR5 Dual Fan”.
On a first glance the card resembles an older model Sapphire HD 6870 Dirt3, but first glances are misleading. These two cards have similar coolant systems, but HD 6970 has five heat pipes and the one on the HD 6870 has only two. The coolant is more massive and the whole card is longer. The ting that separates this card from the celebrated ones in the lower classes is the efficiency of the new Sapphire coolant system. In one word this coolant is phenomenal. It is absolutely quiet; it is even quieter than the basic coolant system that goes on a regular HD 6870. Also the design of the PCB is upgraded; precisely the quality grade of the components used thus the squeaking from the energy unit that was there before in the previous editions is now gone even when under maximum usage of the card.
The efficiency of the new coolant and the design of the PCB is seen in the overclock-ability. The basic 880 MHz are raised at a maximum of 980 MHz, which is a result that no other Radeon HD 6970 card can do. I think that Radeon could have given this card any other suffix like Toxic but they chose a much more modest name-Dual Fan.
The newest Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 is definitely the last cad that is based on the Northern Islands architecture. Even now there is a new generation AMD’s graphic accelerators, but when you see the price of those cards, you will see that it will take time until they become mainstream and affordable for the regular users.