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Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 Custom-Design Graphics Card Pictured

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  1. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    Here is the first picture of a non-reference design Radeon HD 7970 graphics card. Made by Gigabyte, the GV-R797OC-3GD is a factory-overclocked graphics card, which makes use of a custom Ultra Durable VGA+ PCB by the company, and a custom-design triple-fan WindForce cooler. Its Ultra Durable VGA+ PCB makes use of 2 oz copper layer for better electrical stability and heat distribution, ferrite-core chokes, low RDS (on) MOSFETs, hand-picked high-performance GDDR5 memory chips, etc.

    The cooler makes use of a combination of heatsinks and aluminum fin arrays to which heat from the GPU, memory, and VRM is fed by copper heat-pipes, and ventilated by three fans. Gigabyte also has a reference-design graphics card, which uses a reference-design cooling assembly, and most likely also a reference design PCB, except that it's colored red. It's not likely that red color PCB will be standard among AIB-branded retail cards, because the HIS and MSI cards pictured by OCUK recently, were found to have black-colored ones. There's no word of the pricing or clock speeds.

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    Source: HardwareLuxx.de
     
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    That is a butt ugly sticker... Also, ewwww red pcb:ohwell: I do like the look of the cooler it's self.
     
  3. djisas

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    Y ruin a good design with horrible stickers??
    This i will never understand...
    Edit: Red pcb is one thing, but blue?? seriously, they never learn...
     
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    I for one like blue more than red. Blue clothes, blue pcb and blue lights.

    Must agree I'd rather have a card without a ugly sticker, but it comes down to quality/price when I buy things I cant really see.
     
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    I think it looks nice!

    This might be the brand I'll buy.
     
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    Damn this means custom pcb/coolers will be available at launch? I read somewhere AMD was allowing it for 7950. I've always wanted a Gigabyte with the Windforce cooler. Black pcb would be nice, but I like the blue. Must scour for PWM details. This or an MSI with a killer PWM array is what me wants..
     
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    Sticker looks nice to me, but I don't like red PCB, I'll take the triple fan card thanks ^_^
     
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    The colour scheme of the reference card could be a good match for the BIOstar enthusiast board which an article was recently released on.
     
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    Red PCBs are ugly... i rather go with the blue one, but the winner would be a black PCB... Nice
     
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    Well the great thing about stickers they can come right off.
     
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    I like the second one
    I have had a palit 7600gt with red pcb and it was so hot!
    Also have a palit 9500gt red pcb ^_^
     
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    its a sticker, you can remove it.

    I like hoe GB is actually offering a color other than blue for their GPus. Nice.

    The blue PCB one is not a stock 7970 its is an OC version, so it will cost more.
     
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    Uhm... not exactly. Sapphire for example, are making their own PCB to save costs and they sell alot of these PCB-based cards for a reference-card price-tag. So does Gigabyte
     
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    If I was in the market for one of these, I'd get the one with the quiet triple cooler, as the stock one is noisy and excessive, irritating noise is a big no-no for me.
     
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    these Gigabyte variants are particularly good at delivering the cool and quiet experience. I should assume 1.1-1.2ghz overclock on the 7970 would still be very quiet with this setup.
     
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    Prolly comes complete with coil noise as well, as most of Gigabyte's video boards do lately. Their QC seems to be fading away...
     
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    As with anything made in china...
    Dunno where the cards are made though...
     
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    I have to agree with this.
    Before I knew about reference card being cheaper rather than better, I went out and bought a non-reference card.
    I didn't know the reasons why it was cheaper and from my untrained point of view it seemed like a great deal as it was a shorter PCB and had what appeared to be superior cooling (Zalman VF830).

    Well.

    It didn't have superior cooling as the fan was locked at 80%, only cooling down the card to 71degC and the chokes were making an awful whine.
    Went through three of them.
    The last one I accidentally dropped and ended up getting an HD4850 instead.

    Also in quite a few cases the non-reference coolers have no VRAM and/or VRM cooling.
     

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