Summary: I picked this up during the $180 deal and i couldn't be happier. My set up was a phenom II x4 965 & 5770s in crossfire. That was pretty good, got solid frames on new games coming out but decided to switch to single card as the heat on those 2 were very high and noise was annoying. This single card granted me more performance and is MUCH quieter. Not gona say its dead silent.
Summary: No Problems so far. Gave me the capability to push multiple displays. Simple packaging, does not include a active display port adapter, so you will need to pick one up separately to push three or more displays.
Summary: i got this at 170$ for bitcoin mining, it's a good card for that, the unlock wasn't succesful even thought a bios switch exists, the cheap part is mainly from the heatsink, the heatsink only has 2 heatpipes rather than 4, this make the card very loud (i have 3 other 6950 2GB cards), i applied AS5 to the heatsink and that reduce the temp a little bit,BTW part of the onboard memory doesn't have any contact with the heatsink.
Summary: If I didn't pay $170 for this shipped I would have given it 3 stars Pros: - Fast, cheap card - Stable at stock clocks - Can hook up lots of displays - Looks nice with red PCB, dual fans look kind of cool - Comes with crossfire adapter Cons: - Even will dual fans this loads with poclbm at 82C at stock clocks/volts - Can not overclock to more than 850MHz stably on stock volts - Can not flash BIOS/unlock shaders - Has room for 4 heatpipes on cooler but only has 2.
Summary: For the price ($180), I really can not complain about this card. The fans, though still pretty loud during load, are much quieter than my 4890 card fan. There is a BIOS switch, but I haven't really tried to flash a 6970 BIOS. There really isn't the need to do that for me right now, since this card can handle everything I throw at it. The heatsink was originally designed to take 4 heatpipes, the card I got only have 2 heatpipes installed.
Summary: Ordered it for a friend because he was building a computer and amazon had one of the best prices. Low and behold he plugs it in and it works. But people who buy this graphics card don't just surf Internet and check emails. No They go high powered games like Tera, Sc2, Dota2 and what not. That's when the card starts showing its true colors. It god damn blew out, and it stopped working . What? We just got this graphics card and it already blew out.
Summary: DO NOT BUY THIS CARD. It is absolutely horrible. I had to RMA 2 times, both with the exact same issues. Random blue screens which eventually resulted in the card dieing and unable to produce any video output. The first time I had to RMA, the person on the phone told me that there was a bad batch of cards. Ok, sometimes these things happen, BUT THEY SENT ME ANOTHER BAD CARD AGAIN.
Summary: This GPU isn't the most powerful, and it isn't the cheapest, and it isn't the coolest / energy efficient. But from a performance/dollar perspective, it can't be beat. For the average user who plays games in 1080p and doesn't need everything to be maxed out on the newest games, this card will breeze through whatever you throw at it. The only real problem with it is that I wish it was more energy efficient.
Summary: This card is as expected, great frames in-game (for what I play at least) and looks nice to boot. However, this card does run considerably hotter than others I've had and the way the shroud is attached seems a little half-ass. Would definitely recommend this card but maybe from a more well known manufacturer.