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Gigabyte HD 7970 Super Overclock 3072 MB

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Gigabyte's HD 7970 SOC introduces a new cooling concept. Instead of placing the fan(s) on the large surface of the heatsink like on all recent graphics cards, the company chose to position five small fans along the top edge of the card. Our review will investigate whether the card will be too noisy and too big, or if it can truly provide some benefit.

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Great review, W1zz. :)
 
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LOL so that cooler is all show XD

Still a nice review :)
 
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Slap 2 high speed 120mm fans maybe the temp should be much better, the cooler looks insane, heat chamber and heatpipes with such high fin density scream for big powerful fans.
 
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Slap 2 high speed 120mm fans maybe the temp should be much better, the cooler looks insane, heat chamber and heatpipes with such high fin density scream for big powerful fans.
Yes - but as Wiz pointed out - in CF configurations this fan configuration would be better,
especially if the PCI-E ports are tight together - or water cooling
 
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Yes - but as Wiz pointed out - in CF configurations this fan configuration would be better,
especially if the PCI-E ports are tight together - or water cooling
I ran two ref 7970 on my gene and the top card gets in the mid 80's so I think this cooler is still a big fail

Idk why would anyone would approve that cooler to make it to retail... Imo its ugly and looks like a getto mod :roll:
 
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Seems to me like a box full of sweet, but i only see one problem triple slots
 

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The fan noise is about where I expect it to be (loud) with five small fans and not acceptable. If I wanted a three-slot card, I'd get one of the other designs with 2 or 3 large, quiet fans on it.

On of the major points about getting such a huge cooler is to have the damned thing run quiet, while delivering excellent cooling performance and overclocking. I'm not sure what Gigabyte were thinking with this one.
 
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The fan noise is about where I expect it to be (loud) with five small fans and not acceptable. If I wanted a three-slot card, I'd get one of the other designs with 2 or 3 large, quiet fans on it.

On of the major points about getting such a huge cooler is to have the damned thing run quiet, while delivering excellent cooling performance and overclocking. I'm not sure what Gigabyte were thinking with this one.
I have no problem with loud fans, but i do have problem with triple slots
 

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I have no problem with loud fans, but i do have problem with triple slots
Indeed, I never buy triple slot cards myself.
 

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W1zzard, 7970 Ghz Edition has not been included in performance summary graphs, will you add its results from now on?
 
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Wacky cooler fail?
 
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How can a 3 slot card be noisy in idle? fail.
 
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W1zzard, 7970 Ghz Edition has not been included in performance summary graphs, will you add its results from now on?
Do we have a performance summary graph page?
Can you give me a link to it?
 

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W1zzard, 7970 Ghz Edition has not been included in performance summary graphs, will you add its results from now on?
yes, also note the awesome new games we added
 
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oh the reviewed GPU Performence Summary?

EDIT: Do you mean by this
 

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i dropped dirt 3 because it kept giving inconsistent results which meant i had to rebench it all the time. wont include dirt showdown due to extreme amd bias. looking forward to f1 2012
 

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old game, also can't automate it, so no. i added diablo 3, sniper elite v2 and max payne 3
 
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great, but i think we should open another thread or tke it to pms because i don't think this is the place to talk about it.
 
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Huzzah! Heatpipes + vapour chamber like I've been saying for ages, now for someone to solder the pipes INTO the chamber it's self.

Shame the rest of the cooler is awful : /

What were gigabyte thinking? They could of at-least gone with 3 fans at either end of the card so it could exhaust the hot air correctly.
 
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I don't think I've ever seen such a generous heatsink come stock like that one.
 
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I don't think I've ever seen such a generous heatsink come stock like that one.
Loads of cards came fitted with Accerelo extremes a year or 2 ago.

They're much beefier :toast: ( and probably perform better with their 3 92mm fans and nearly having as much surface area as this cooler)


Also Colorfire heatsinks are even beefier than that lol
 
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Loads of cards came fitted with Accerelo extremes a year or 2 ago.

They're much beefier :toast: ( and probably perform better with their 3 92mm fans and nearly having as much surface area as this cooler)


Also Colorfire heatsinks are even beefier than that lol
yeah true, I was mesmerized by the copper surface area I think lol.