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PowerColor DEVIL 13 HD 6970 2GB Video Card Review

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Nov 18, 2011 3:16 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: PowerColor

The Card


Pulling the new DEVIL 13 out of the box, you find yourself staring at a very hot looking card with a red / black color scheme going on. What I really love, though, is that PowerColor have opted to go with a black PCB to fit in with everything else. So often we see these really nice coolers installed on a card and then a company has that horrible green PCB stand out.




You can see when it comes to cooling, we've got a very mean setup going on with two fans that sit on top of a massive heatsink that covers the majority of the card. We can also see we've got a couple of heat pipes coming out the top of the card to make sure everything runs nice and cool.




If we move in closer to the card we get a good idea of what's going on. Towards the back of the card you can see our two PCIe power connectors. While normally we'd have a single 6-Pin and 8-Pin one, you can see that PowerColor has indeed opted for a dual 8-Pin setup which is something we see on these higher up custom cards.




Moving up to the front, we can see our two CrossFire connectors. The heatpipe actually gets in the way of the rear connector, but thanks to the flexibility of the CrossFire connectors, this shouldn't cause any problem in the event you want to throw two or three cards into the mix.




Finally, we move over to the I/O side of things and for the most part we don't see anything out of the ordinary with two Mini DP connectors along with a single DisplayPort and two DVI ports, with one being Single-Link and the other being Dual-Link. Of course, the one thing that does stand out is the giant red button in the top left corner.


The DEVIL 13 actually comes installed with two BIOS'. To switch between them you simply just push this button before turning your PC on. Out of the box you've got the normal BIOS; if you push the button, though, you'll end up with a secondary BIOS that is overclocked. We won't really talk about that now; instead we'll get into it in just a second when we look at the specifications.





As we just mentioned, the DEVIL 13 comes with two BIOS' installed. Having a look below, you're able to see the difference between them. On the left we've got the BIOS that loads out of the box; it brings the core in at 880MHz while the 2GB of GDDR5 comes in at 5500MHz QDR. These clocks are of course the standard HD 6970 clocks, so there's no real surprise




Pushing the button on the I/O area fires up the second BIOS on the board and you can see on the right that pushes our core too 960MHz. At the same time we see it also bumps up the 2GB of GDDR5 to 5700MHz QDR. This is a really nice overclock and it should yield us some strong performance. We'll find out exactly the kind of performance we're able to get in just a moment.

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