PowerColor HD 6970 Devil 13 2 GB Review 31

PowerColor HD 6970 Devil 13 2 GB Review

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Introduction

PowerColor Logo


AMD's Radeon HD 6970 is considered a mature graphics card design now with future GPUs coming out in the next months. PowerColor has taken the opportunity to create some waves before the holidays with a new premium-class HD 6970 called Devil 13.



The PowerColor Devil 13 is using a completely revamped PCB design and cooling solution with overclockers and gamers in mind. Compared to other HD 6970 models, the Devil 13 comes with the highest clock speeds of any HD 6970 on the market today - when it's turbo mode is enabled. Without turbo, the card will run at reference design clocks, and is more focused on a quieter gaming experience according to PowerColor.

PowerColor Devil 13 Market Segment Analysis
 GeForce
GTX 560 Ti
Radeon
HD 6950
GeForce
GTX 570
Radeon
HD 6970
PowerColor
HD 6970
Devil 13
GeForce
GTX 580
Shader Units384140848015361536512
ROPs323240323248
Graphics ProcessorGF114CaymanGF110CaymanCaymanGF110
Transistors1950M2640M3000M2640M2640M3000M
Memory Size1024 MB2048 MB1280 MB2048 MB2048 MB1536 MB
Memory Bus Width256 bit256 bit320 bit256 bit256 bit384 bit
Core Clock823 MHz800 MHz732 MHz880 MHz880/960 MHz772 MHz
Memory Clock1002 MHz1250 MHz950 MHz1375 MHz1375/1425 MHz1002 MHz
Price$230$275$330$370$549$490

Packaging

Package Front
Package Back


Contents



You will receive:
  • Graphics card
  • Driver CD + Documentation + 3 Year Warranty Certificate
  • Devil 13 Sticker
  • 2x 6-pin to 8-pin Power Adapter
  • DVI Adapter + mini-DP to DP Adapter
  • DiRT 3 Coupon
  • Wiha screwdriver set

The included Wiha screwdriver set is an impressive toolkit. Wiha is one of the leading companies when it comes to tools and screwdrivers. Their tools are used by professionals all over the world, including myself. Stubborn screws on graphics cards are no match for these screwdrivers - I love them. The screwdriver kit pictured above has a retail value of about 60 Euros/USD.

The Card

Graphics Card Front
Graphics Card Back

PowerColor's card uses a menacing design with a large cooler and a black backplate on the other side. The color theme reminds me a bit of cards like the ASUS MARS II.

Graphics Card Height

The card requires two slots in your system.

Monitor Outputs, Display Connectors

Display connectivity is two DVI ports, one full size HDMI port and two mini-DisplayPorts. Adapters for analog VGA and full-size DisplayPort are included in the package.

An HDMI sound device is included in the GPU, too. It is HDMI 1.4a compatible which includes HD audio and support for Blu-ray 3D movies. The DisplayPort interface is DisplayPort 1.2 compliant which allows the use of a DisplayPort hub to connect multiple monitors, or daisy chain them together.


You may combine up to four HD 6970 cards from any vendor in a multi-GPU CrossFire configuration for higher framerater or better image quality settings.

Graphics Card Teardown PCB Front
Graphics Card Teardown PCB Back

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