Mike and I had a discussion via PM that might be informative.
hfxmike said:Thanks you soooooo much! I was about to lose my mind. I love the red card - and the fact that it isn't 10" long!
Thanks for putting all the puzzle pieces together for me.
Feel free to copy paste this into the thread for closure : )
I'll be sure to report back with some benchmarks when I get it.
SugarJ said:It's a newer card. But their marketing dept. hasn't changed the website.hfxmike said:hi - you seem to know ref design and pcb revision stuff. can you explain in simple words why I should get this one, and not back out of the sale (in order to get the regular, bigger one).
is this one newer or older?
The only reason to be concerned about reference design PCB's is if you are going to put an aftermarket cooler or waterblock on the card.
When cards are first released, AMD is supplying the GPU chip, the PCB, and cooling assembly to their partners, who then label and package the cards. This is the "reference" design we refer to.
After release, it's very common for companies to redesign and build both the PCB and cooler themselves, either for cost savings, esthetics or performance benefits, or all three.
In this case, Diamondtech says they have used the reference design, and had it custom built using a red PCB to match the rest of their cards. They have also designed their own cooler with a semi-transparent plastic which is common to them. I had a Diamond 4870 with the same semi-trans red plastic.
There shouldn't be any problems putting aftermarket cooling on this card as it's a reference design. The only question is whether you like the cooler. It won't perform any worse than the reference "box" cooler, and may actually be better.
I would have no problem buying the card if I was looking for a used 6870.
tl;dr version: It's good, enjoy your new card.:biggrin: