Closer Look at VTX3D Radeon HD 6970 2GB X-Edition
The second product in this review is marketed by the not very well-known yet VTX3D which was founded in 2009 and specializes in graphics cards with AMD processors.
As opposed to MSI, VTX3D ships its graphics card in a smaller and less informative box.
There is enough of information on the box to help the customer with his shopping choice, though.
Included with the card are a 6-pin->8-pin power adapter, one mini-DisplayPort->DisplayPort adapter, a CrossFireX bridge, a CD with drivers, and an installation guide.
There are no bonus CDs or games in the kit. The warranty period is 2 years. This card sells for about $380 at retail shops.
The VTX3D Radeon HD 6970 X-Edition is a very beautiful, even juicy, graphics card.
The bright-red PCB matches the gaudy coloring of the cooler casing while the 8mm heat pipes going out of the cooler’s base make the card look serious and even aggressive. The PCB is 267 millimeters long and the cooler doesn’t go beyond its dimensions. The card is 125 millimeters wide and 39 millimeters high.
The Radeon HD 6970 X-Edition offers a standard selection of video outputs: two DVIs, one HDMI and two mini-DisplayPorts.
You will find the power and CrossFireX connectors as well as the BIOS switch in their habitual locations.
This is indirect evidence that the Radeon HD 6970 X-Edition is based on the reference PCB design. We can make sure of this by removing the card’s cooler:
We can only note the aluminum heatsinks painted like copper on the power circuit components. The VTX3D card has a newer GPU than the MSI. It was manufactured on the first week of 2011.
Interestingly, its clock rate is also 940 MHz or 6.8% above the GPU clock rate of the reference Radeon HD 6970. The memory chips are the same as we’ve seen on the MSI card above.
The memory frequency of the VTX3D card is 5700 MHz, which is 200 MHz (3.6%) higher than the reference card’s.
Here is a summary of the graphics card specs: