The True Reason Behind AMD HD 6970/6950 Delay: Each Card is Hand-crafted!

AMD Radeon HD 6970 is hand-crafted

This is not a fresh news, but I just read this story on Xtreme Systems forums and I can’t believe it: the 8-pin (on a HD 6970) or the 6-pin (on a HD 6950) power connector of all current AMD Radeon HD 6970/6950 has been modified, adjusted by hand. Why? Because if you don’t remove this corner (see the pictures), you wouldn’t be able to mount the VGA cooler. Then AMD has been forced to polish every card by hand… How such an error is possible? It’s just incredible!

In order to confirm this news, I took my SAPPHIRE HD 6970 and here is what I saw:

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6970, power connector detail

What do you think guys? Is it really possible?

If this story is true, that means that each HD 6970 / 6950 is an unique piece 😉

Of course, this corner tweaking has absolutely no impact on the working of the cards! But it’s still funny to read such kind of stories.


4 thoughts on “The True Reason Behind AMD HD 6970/6950 Delay: Each Card is Hand-crafted!”

  1. Psolord

    In all honesty, the fact that most 6950s 2Gb unlock to 6970s, is much more unbelievable by itself.

  2. MaNiAc

    I can hardly believe…

    I can imagine the team had to put together a prototype before mass-production. I mean if the cooler won’t fit on the final product of mass-production, it should have problems fitting on the prototype also. WTH… Were they high or something?

    On the other hand, if it did happen, then yes, i can imagine some suit-monkey saying “ok guys, now that we have like thousands of this shit produced, hire a bunch of cheap workers, give them a small saw and make them chop those pieces, then fire them all. Still cheaper than recalling all that stuff.”

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