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My 7970 is quieter, overclocks just as high, runs cooler, and was much cheaper(used) than that. This is an utter fail card. The only good possibility is crossfire.
 
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Thnx for the review W1zz! Also nice to see you added a few more games :respect:

Nice idea, bad implementation/price. When we were shown a sneak peek at this cooler earlier i really was hoping they were just spitballin' and would never release a server fan cooled GFX card. But hey; SURPRISE!

That kind of cooler with top fans in 80mm/92mm would prolly be very effective, although very large :eek:

Personally i think there are better cards/deals to be had
 
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Thanks for the review. I remember seeing this card a few months back. And as I thought it isn't a quiet card.

Surprisingly it isn't very cool either. So what's the point of a triple slot card that fails in both areas?

There are others in this price range that do both better and perform the same.
 
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Fail cooler is fail, nice review W1zz!.
 
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Wow, I wouldn’t have thought Gigabyte went this far with a design idea to miss the mark on heat dissipation and noise? The vapor chamber/ heat pipe concept with the memory and VRM heat pads is nice, I like that part. To me it seems to be there’s too much density in the fins and fan are not flowing or sucking at optimum to achieve proper static pressure. I think the whole design and assembly could be optimized to target both ends, but engineering didn’t vet the objective? Or, they did and this is the best? If it was it should have remained in the lab as a learning experience.

W1zzard would like to know do the fans all draw air from the mobo out or blow inward? I almost think two outer ones blow inward the rest suck out it might balance the static pressures. And I didn’t see that this comes with the “GHz Boost” feature. I’d want that and even with a little more aggressive Boost like the 1180Mhz from the first Bios, then the second profile is a straight 1100Mhz or where I can OC it at will.

I can go with the unconventional cooling if it really worked well, while now-a-days I’d want the Boost feature. Right now the way it stands to me; it’s like any original 7970 on bad steroids
 
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Good review. I don't see how blasting hot air on to the mb would be ideal, especially if you have two doing sli.
 
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Good review. I don't see how blasting hot air on to the mb would be ideal, especially if you have two doing sli.
no, the fans spreading and blasting hot air to the case instead of the motherboard..
 
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WHY OH WHY GIGABYTE!

Why would they change from the Windforce X3 :( I find I get very good temperatures on my 580 (max of 72C when fully overclocked). AND the X3 is very quiet as well. I would have been happy if they just kept using the Windforce X3 instead of wasting R&D money on another cooler.

Great review as always though ;)
 
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no, the fans spreading and blasting hot air to the case instead of the motherboard..
Where in the review did you read that? W1zzard didn't specify the airflow direction of the fans. Based on the pictures, the fans are facing/blowing down through the large fin array which comes close to the pci express slot.

I think Gigabyte might have lowered idle temps if they had mounted the fans under the heatsink array to blow air away from the mb.
 
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Where in the review did you read that? W1zzard didn't specify the airflow direction of the fans. Based on the pictures, the fans are facing/blowing down through the large fin array which comes close to the pci express slot.

I think Gigabyte might have lowered idle temps if they had mounted the fans under the heatsink array to blow air away from the mb.
Actually they were correct, if you look closely, the fins on each fan has its 'concave' side facing outwards away from the MB. 'Convex' side being closest to the MB. Also, the fan mount is facing away from the MB which is usually an indication of where air will be coming out of.

So the air will be pulled through the fin array (away from the MB) rather than being pushed (towards the MB).
 
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My 7970 is quieter, overclocks just as high, runs cooler, and was much cheaper(used) than that. This is an utter fail card. The only good possibility is crossfire.
I would have to agree, its one big fail of a cooler in my eyes, and triple slot just makes it even worse. :shadedshu

Those temps are terrible for such a big ass cooler.
 
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Where in the review did you read that? W1zzard didn't specify the airflow direction of the fans. Based on the pictures, the fans are facing/blowing down through the large fin array which comes close to the pci express slot.

I think Gigabyte might have lowered idle temps if they had mounted the fans under the heatsink array to blow air away from the mb.
Actually they were correct, if you look closely, the fins on each fan has its 'concave' side facing outwards away from the MB. 'Convex' side being closest to the MB. Also, the fan mount is facing away from the MB which is usually an indication of where air will be coming out of.

So the air will be pulled through the fin array (away from the MB) rather than being pushed (towards the MB).

Aye air flow is generally in the direction of the fan rotor support bars.

I think it would be pulling air through the heat-sink and expelling it towards the side panel as well.
 
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Aye air flow is generally in the direction of the fan rotor support bars.

I think it would be pulling air through the heat-sink and expelling it towards the side panel as well.
That makes more sense to me. I could not figure out the airflow direction from the pics. :D

I guess the only thing to make sure is the direction of a fan mounted on a side panel?
 
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That makes more sense to me. I could not figure out the airflow direction from the pics. :D

I guess the only thing to make sure is the direction of a fan mounted on a side panel?
Yeah side panel exhaust fans instead of intake , think this is the only card that would benefit from such a set up :laugh:
 
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Yeah side panel exhaust fans instead of intake , think this is the only card that would benefit from such a set up :laugh:
The phantom cards also do.
 
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fail with niosy idle
(nice review...thx)
 
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It is going to be a great failure some day :laugh::roll::laugh:
 

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yes, also note the awesome new games we added
i know there is literally hundreds of factors that can determine what makes a video card good but if someone was for example making a list of video cards, what are the most "important" stats of that card should be listed? for example core/memory clocks
 

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i know there is literally hundreds of factors that can determine what makes a video card good but if someone was for example making a list of video cards, what are the most "important" stats of that card should be listed? for example core/memory clocks
for me (as user, not reviewer) noise, relative performance and performance per dollar
 

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for me (as user, not reviewer) noise, relative performance and performance per dollar
which are the most important performance figures that should be listed? that are not game fps