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HD7970 or HD7950?

Discussion in 'AMD / ATI' started by ChristTheGreat, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. d1nky

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    I take your word for it, I suppose its one way to get the card rma'd lol
     
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    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    It's possible it was a down-binned 7970, and that cooler also isn't off of a 7950, either, since those cards say 7950 on them. There is too much weirdness for me to listen. :p
     
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  3. ChristTheGreat

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    I think I might go with an HD7970. Just saw that the Gigabyte new version seems to be voltage locked.

    Anyone can confirm?

    what about the fan speed, silence?
     
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    You may be correct but I saw this review that claims it has a vapor chamber....

    http://www.hardwareheaven.com/revie...ck-edition-graphics-card-review-the-card.html

     
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  5. Zubasa

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    Anyways, from the looks of the card it is warped by mechanical forces.
    There is no way a GPU can heat up enough to even weaken aluminum let alone melt it.
    Al melts at around 660ÂșC even if the fan fails there is no way the card will heat-up enough to do that.
    Also the plastic would have melted off the card long before the Al.
     
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    Seriously, I am really hesitating.

    HD7950 would be a nice choice, I could maybe get an Corsair H90 to change my CNPS10x, or keep the CNPS10x and get the 7950 simply xD or going with a HD7970. the MSI one with stock cooling seems to be voltage not locked, but that would be with the noise from the heatsink. I still looks also at the Powercolor VortexII with the 1100mhz GPU....

    And to finish, Someone put in my mind the GTX 70, as yeah GPU will stop on HCC in june, but that GTX would be powerful in games. HD7950 is nice when overclocked, but if I could get an HD7970 and overclock it alot, that would be better!

    I hate choosing hardware. I guess I'll wait a deal on a card or if I could get a not used too much card with warranty, for 300$, I would grab it xD
     
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    He has a Gigabyte Windforce 7970.
     
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    PCB v2.1 from what I see, on the internet has locked voltage.

    That's why that gigabyte turn me off :S
     
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    Go with the HD7970ghz,you are getting a decent deal so grab it,it will be good enough for you.
     
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    after a research, I saw that those powercolor card has good coolign for GPU, but none for memory and VRM. So I guess I'll forget about those.

    I've made my choice, I'll wait a couple of days, weeks for a super deal, as right now, I don't see a card which has a good potential for price. HD7950 gigabyte is like 300$, and the WF 7970 is just voltage locked. MSI OEM fan is noisy, and I don't know about sapphire RMA policy, if they ask again for a 40$ check in case of returning to china (which is for me a bad thing).

    If nothing nice, I'll just grab a HD7950 (has GHZ edition except Powercolor are not cheap) and hope it is not voltage locked :D

    Thanks guys
     
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    Yes you can get the HD7950 boost edition too,its a good card,overclocks very nice,sapphire has great rma support n my country atleast so just giving you an idea about them.
    If you get the Hd7950 then get the boost edition one.
     
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    Get yourself a HD Radeon 7950 Boost nd enjoy the card + you save some money in my opinion the big brother is a waste of money :)
     
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    Finally went with a TF3. I'll post when I'll get it :D
     
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    Don't be shocked if it doesn't come with 7970 PCB. Either way, still a good choice. All these cards are so identical there's really little to go wrong with choosing any of them. Can't wait to hear how it goes for you, and what sort of clocks you get! ;)
     
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    Yeah i know. Hope also no voltage lock.

    :)

    Sent from Samsung Rugby pro LTE
     
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    card already been shipped :D, I just can't wait. 305$ + crysis 3 and bioshock xD
     
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    You made a great choice. Congrats on your new purchase.
     
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    I just got the Saphire Vapour X....it's idling at 33c in my 24c room.
    It needs 2x8pins.
    I'm about to try rfactor2, should be able to max the hell out of it.
     
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    Well, it's not an HD7970 PCB as I got 2x 6 pins.

    A friend of mine bought it also, he flashed a Lightning version Bios, 1070/1400 right on :D
     
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    Looks good, basically right where I'd expect you to score.

    Can has 1050/1500? :D


    :p
     
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    I will be testing tonight :D , yesterday, it was late to make more test.

    Right now, I'm kinda happy. doing 3300pts more n 3dmar k2011 than my HD6950 1gb non overclock (and overclock was bad on it haha) :D


    And on GPUZ, I think it shows the vGPU to 1.2v, so I guess thiscard will get to 1.15/1.2ghz maybe :D

    ACSI is like 67.5 or 69%..
     
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  24. cdawall where the hell are my stars

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    I went with the Sapphire 7950

    [​IMG]

    Not a bad card...I imagine the core and mem can both clock a good bit higher.
     
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    I own an XFX 7970BEDD and i can tell you the card runs fine and VRMs are VERY cool - cooler than ASUS DCUII actually. All cards may have defects and I believe that XFX has higher rate of defective cards than other brands.

    Your choice of this MSI card is top. I am not aware of GTX670 pricing in your country but in terms of 7950 vs 7970 the difference in performance is not worth the extra price. The 7950 PCB is very close to that of the 7970 but there are some minor differences. I hope u can OC ok with the BOOST edition lol...
     

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