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We don't seem to be welcoming new graphics cards with high-end GPUs from AMD or Nvidia this year or even in the first quarter of 2012, so we have to limit our tests to what we have at hand. Today it’s Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 2GB GDDR5 DualFan. The company has actually released two graphics cards with the AMD Cayman processor, the other being Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 2GB GDDR5, but the DualFan version is the more exciting of the two due to its specs and cooling system. We'll see how good the new card is and benchmark it in comparison with same-class products in this review.

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Packaging and Accessories

The graphics card comes in a large and pretty-looking box embellished with a picture of a sword-wielding fantasy girl. Key product features and supported technologies are listed nearby.

There is some more technical information along with a list of accessories on the back of the box.

This colorful wrapper covers a robust box with the graphics card. Below the latter you will find the following accessories:

  • 2xPATA → 6-pin PCIe power adapter;
  • PATA → 8-pin PCIe power adapter;
  • DVI → D-Sub adapter;
  • 1.8 m long HDMI cable;
  • miniDP → DP adapter;
  • CrossFireX bridge;
  • CD disk with drivers and Sapphire TriXX utility;
  • Installation instructions;
  • Sapphire marketing booklet.

Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 2GB GDDR5 DualFan costs $359, which is comparable with the majority of Radeon HD 6970 based graphics cards from other manufacturers.

 
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