• We've upgraded our forums. Please post any issues/requests in this thread.

HD7970 Off to a great start!

Joined
Oct 13, 2007
Messages
233 (0.06/day)
Likes
18
Location
Australia, SA
System Name Computer MkVIII
Processor 2500K @ 4.5ghz
Motherboard ASUS Sabertooth P67
Cooling CPU: 212+ EVO GPU: Stock
Memory 16gb G.Skill Ares @2133mhz
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX 980 SC
Storage 1x Samsung 840 EVO 1TB
Display(s) 24" Asus VE248
Case Corsair Carbide 300R
Audio Device(s) Onboard
Power Supply Corsair HX-650
Software Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
#1
Hi, me again, you might remember me from such threads as the one about the dying 5870 bound to be just a couple of threads below this one.

So I received my ASUS HD7970 DCUII today, and let me tell you, Edit: I was a big angry baby, patience is a virtue

Nothing but problems here folks, if you have any clue what could be causing these problems, post away, more than happy to accept these being my fault or something.

Problem No. 1 PCIE 16x running at 1.1 instead of 2.0

(Link state management is off)

Problem No. 2 Drivers
Suggested drivers on AMD's site are 12.2, what a joke that is, ASUS GPU Tweak will crash with 12.2, games get lower performance, this problem is more "are the RC11 drivers I have now the best", or is there different ones?

Problem No. 3 Overclocking
Simple overclocking through CCC is great, maxed sliders with no voltage tweaks, but that's the problem the max sliders and voltage, in GPU Tweak I cannot even get passed the CCC speeds and the voltage is tied to the clock speed so it increases no matter what I do. Also, is there supposed to be memory voltage tweaking? Figured there should be on such a card

Problem No. 4 Time

So if anyone has any suggestions/fixes for these problems, thank in advance. :)
 
Last edited:
Joined
Apr 1, 2008
Messages
2,817 (0.80/day)
Likes
604
System Name HTC's System
Processor Ryzen 5 1600
Motherboard Asrock Taichi
Cooling NH-C14
Memory G.Skill Kit 16GB DDR4 F4 - 3200 C16D - 16 GTZB
Video Card(s) Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 480 OC 4 GB
Storage 2 * Samsung 1 TB HD103UJ
Display(s) LG 27UD58
Case Corsair Obsidian 650D
Audio Device(s) Onboard
Power Supply Corsair TX750
Mouse Logitech Performance MX
Software Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
#2
#1 - Have you tried the question mark @ the end of "Bus Interface"? If not, suggest you do.
 

AsRock

TPU addict
Joined
Jun 23, 2007
Messages
15,309 (4.00/day)
Likes
4,717
Location
US
Processor 2500k \ 3770k
Motherboard ASRock Z68 \ Z77
Memory Samsung low profile 1600
Video Card(s) XFX 6770 \ XFX R9 290X
Storage Intel 80Gb (SATA2) WD 250Gb \ Team SSD+Samsung Evo 250Gb+500Gb+ 2xCorsair Force+WD250GbHDD
Display(s) Samsung 1080P \ Toshiba HDTV 1080P
Case HTPC400 \ Thermaltake Armor case ( original ), With Zalman fan controller ( wattage usage ).
Audio Device(s) Yamaha RX-V475 \ Marantz SR5008 Tannoy Mercury MKII Paradigm 5SE + Tannoy Mercury F4
Power Supply PC&Power 750w \ Seasonic 750w MKII
Mouse MS intelimouse \ Logitech G700s + Steelseries Sensei wireless
Keyboard Logitech K120 \ ROCCAT MK Pro ( modded amber leds )
Benchmark Scores Meh benchmarks.
#3
1st problem is not a problem it's just the power saving so try running a 3d app and see if it changes ( although it ma change back if the demand is not high enough ).

Only drivers i heard ppl using is the ones on the CD that come with it.

Use Afterburner for overclocking ?.
 
Joined
Aug 3, 2011
Messages
742 (0.32/day)
Likes
331
Location
At the Pub
System Name Kaby Doll
Processor i5 7600K W.C.
Motherboard Z170 Pro Gaming
Cooling Hardline Acrylic W.C.
Memory 2x8GB Corsair 3000
Video Card(s) GTX 1070 Sli W.C.
Storage M.2 850 Evo 512
Display(s) 4K 40" BDM4065UC
Case Corsair 750D
Audio Device(s) Asus Zonar
Power Supply Corsair AX1200
Mouse Logitech G502
Keyboard Logitech G910
Software Win 10 x64 atm
#4
Shit dude i feel your pain. Nothing worse than paying good money 4 a good video card and getn pissed off. Anyway u tried msi afterburner 4 overclocking? Put new drivers(or ones prefered) on and uninstall asus voltage tweak.

Computers...Grrrr.....:banghead:
 
Joined
May 15, 2007
Messages
752 (0.19/day)
Likes
108
System Name Daedalus | ZPM Hive Mini
Processor Core i7 4700MQ @ 3.4Ghz (QC) | Core i7 8700K @ ??
Motherboard Intel H87m | MSI Z370i Pro Carbon AC
Cooling AC MX-2 & 2 x Exhaust Fans | Kuhler 620
Memory 16GB (2x8) Corsair Ven-X 1600MT/s | 16GB T-Group 8Pack 3200 C14
Video Card(s) GTX780m 4GB @ 950/6000 (-25 mV) | GTX1070 @ ??
Storage OCZ Arc 100 240GB Boot/ 1TB HD | Samsung 960 Evo Boot / 2TB HD
Display(s) 17.3" matte 1080p | Dell 1440p 144Hz G-Sync
Case Clevo P170SM | Corsair 250D
Audio Device(s) Onboard w/ 2.1 Onkyo Speakers | Onboard w/ Edifier 980T
Power Supply 230w Adaptor | Thermaltake Toughpower XT 675w
Mouse R.A.T 3
Keyboard Vengeance K70 w/ Cherry Red
Software Win 10 x64 | Win 10 x64
Benchmark Scores Daedalus - 3DMark11 - 8912 (+135/+500)
#5
1. Power saving mode
2. Run the HD7970 specific RC drivers (Dated 25/01 on AMD website).
3. Use MSI Afterburner not the hateful piece of crap that is GPU tweak.
4. Enjoy card...
 
Joined
Oct 13, 2007
Messages
233 (0.06/day)
Likes
18
Location
Australia, SA
System Name Computer MkVIII
Processor 2500K @ 4.5ghz
Motherboard ASUS Sabertooth P67
Cooling CPU: 212+ EVO GPU: Stock
Memory 16gb G.Skill Ares @2133mhz
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX 980 SC
Storage 1x Samsung 840 EVO 1TB
Display(s) 24" Asus VE248
Case Corsair Carbide 300R
Audio Device(s) Onboard
Power Supply Corsair HX-650
Software Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
#6
Thank you all for the quick replies

Afterburner it is, or at least until ASUS release something worth while. Well I'm a dunce for not clicking that ?, so simple (Was kinda hoping it was a problem, but alas i guess Saints Row the Third is just a rushed console port).

Had a feeling I was the one at fault here :p

Edit: Actually, I'll stick with maxed out CCC for now, I'll have some overclocking fun when everything gets a bit more stable :)

Edit 2: Also uploaded my BIOS to the VGA database
 
Last edited:
Joined
Jun 2, 2011
Messages
739 (0.31/day)
Likes
125
System Name An experiment in continuous upgrading
Processor Intel Core i7 2600k @ 4.2 Ghz | Phenom II X4 965 | Phenom II X4 965
Motherboard MSI P67A-GD53 | MSI 990FXA-GD80 | Asus M4A79 Deluxe
Cooling Noctua NH-D14 | Zalman CNPS10x | Coolermaster*212+
Memory Kingston KHX1866C9D3K2 |*8Gb | 8Gb
Video Card(s) MSI GTX 580 TF2 x 2 (SLI) | Sapphire Radeon 7970 + GTX 460 | Radeon 4870 1Gb
Storage Crucial M4 120gb Sata3 SSD + WD Caviar black 1Tb + 1.5Tb | WD Caviar Black 1Tb x 3 | WD Blue 500gb
Display(s) Samsung S23A700D 120hz + nVidia 3D Vision + 17" Acer secondary LCD | 40" Sony 1080p TV | Sam. 2233rz
Case Antec 1200 | Lian-Li PC-8 | Antec 302
Audio Device(s) Auzentech Prelude X-Fi + Senn. PC360 G4ME | Prelude X-Fi + Home theater | Creative HS-1200
Power Supply Corsair TX850W | Corsair TX 750 | OCZ 700
Software About 400 top-rated games. | 150 top-rated games | No games
Benchmark Scores No time for benching, I prefer gaming.
#7
The ASUS utilities are notoriously bad. Their hardware is notoriously good... Uninstall any ASUS utilities for best performance... ;)
 
Joined
Oct 13, 2007
Messages
233 (0.06/day)
Likes
18
Location
Australia, SA
System Name Computer MkVIII
Processor 2500K @ 4.5ghz
Motherboard ASUS Sabertooth P67
Cooling CPU: 212+ EVO GPU: Stock
Memory 16gb G.Skill Ares @2133mhz
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX 980 SC
Storage 1x Samsung 840 EVO 1TB
Display(s) 24" Asus VE248
Case Corsair Carbide 300R
Audio Device(s) Onboard
Power Supply Corsair HX-650
Software Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
#9
Pretty much perfect except when driving around with the sun shining, sure it doesn't drop below 30fps, but I can "feel" it.

Mega edit: Holy crap, I hadn't actually tested Saints since getting the RC11 drivers, solid 60 AHOY! Amazing how much a bad driver can impact your game.
 
Last edited:
Joined
May 15, 2007
Messages
752 (0.19/day)
Likes
108
System Name Daedalus | ZPM Hive Mini
Processor Core i7 4700MQ @ 3.4Ghz (QC) | Core i7 8700K @ ??
Motherboard Intel H87m | MSI Z370i Pro Carbon AC
Cooling AC MX-2 & 2 x Exhaust Fans | Kuhler 620
Memory 16GB (2x8) Corsair Ven-X 1600MT/s | 16GB T-Group 8Pack 3200 C14
Video Card(s) GTX780m 4GB @ 950/6000 (-25 mV) | GTX1070 @ ??
Storage OCZ Arc 100 240GB Boot/ 1TB HD | Samsung 960 Evo Boot / 2TB HD
Display(s) 17.3" matte 1080p | Dell 1440p 144Hz G-Sync
Case Clevo P170SM | Corsair 250D
Audio Device(s) Onboard w/ 2.1 Onkyo Speakers | Onboard w/ Edifier 980T
Power Supply 230w Adaptor | Thermaltake Toughpower XT 675w
Mouse R.A.T 3
Keyboard Vengeance K70 w/ Cherry Red
Software Win 10 x64 | Win 10 x64
Benchmark Scores Daedalus - 3DMark11 - 8912 (+135/+500)
#10
Pretty much perfect except when driving around with the sun shining, sure it doesn't drop below 30fps, but I can "feel" it.

Mega edit: Holy crap, I hadn't actually tested Saints since getting the RC11 drivers, solid 60 AHOY! Amazing how much a bad driver can impact your game.
The RC driver really is quite good.

I have noticed some sizable gains in BF3 Eyefinity.

We are talking with the latest BF3 patch; 38FPS average at 6048x1080, Ultra Settings with 2x MSAA & HBAO on a single HD7970 (@1125/6600).

Drop down to my normal playable settings which is basically "high" and I can easily achieve over 60FPS average.

Considering my old HD6970 only managed 35FPS at the same setting (High) it is a pretty big performance improvement.
 

brandonwh64

Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
Joined
Sep 6, 2009
Messages
19,516 (6.47/day)
Likes
6,936
Location
Chatsworth, GA
System Name The StarCrunch Defender! | X58 Cruncher!
Processor I7 6700K @ STOCK | Intel I7-920
Motherboard Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 | Alienware MS-7543 X58
Cooling Corsair A70 Push/Pull | Corsair H50
Memory Crucial Ballistix DDR4 2400 MHz | Pereema 3x2GB DDR3
Video Card(s) Gigabyte Gaming G1 GTX 1070 | Gigabyte 7970 3GB
Storage 2x Samsung Pro 256GB M.2 SSD's in Raid 0 | 4TB Western Digital SATA drive
Display(s) ViewSonic VG2227wm 1080P | OLD viewsonics
Case NZXT Tempest 410 Elite | NZXT Source 210
Audio Device(s) Onboard
Power Supply Corsair 750TX | Enermax Liberty 500W
Mouse MX518 | MX502
Keyboard TESORO Mechanical | ANZO Mechanical
Software Windows 10 Pro on both
#11
If you dont like it then you can give me the card ;)
 
Joined
Jun 29, 2007
Messages
1,126 (0.29/day)
Likes
651
Location
Repentigny, QC, CANADA
System Name CTG Computer
Processor Intel i7 4770k @ 4.3ghz 1.264v
Motherboard Asus Maximus VI Formula
Cooling Noctua NH-U12S
Memory 2x 8gb Mushkin Blackline 2133mhz@2400mhz 11-13-13-31-1T 1.65v
Video Card(s) Gigabyte RX580 Gaming 4GB
Storage Samsung 850 Pro 256gb (OS) | Crucial MX100 256gb (games) | Silicon Power S55 240gb (Games)
Display(s) Asus vg248qe
Case Fractal Design Define S
Audio Device(s) Creative SoundBlaster Z PCI-E
Power Supply eVGA SuperNova 750w G2
Mouse CM Mizar
Keyboard Logitech G110
Software Windows 10 Pro x64
#12
The ASUS utilities are notoriously bad. Their hardware is notoriously good... Uninstall any ASUS utilities for best performance... ;)
I approved. Everytimes I saw someone with asus utilities, there was problem, and this is since a long time ago. I already had Asus smart, and overclocking was having problem, without it, worked fine.
 
Joined
Feb 7, 2010
Messages
1,453 (0.51/day)
Likes
227
System Name 2K Gamer
Processor AMD 8370 @ 4.5GHZ
Motherboard ASUS Pro Gaming / Aura 970
Cooling Corsair H60 AIO
Memory 16GB G. Skill RipJaw @ 1600MHZ
Video Card(s) Zotac AMP! GTX 1070
Storage Samsung 600 Gig HDD (Raid 0 @ 7,500) / WD 1TB Blue @ 7,200 / PNY 128 GB SSD For Linux
Display(s) 27'' ASUS 144MHZ G-SYNC Read 1400p Gaming Monitor / 23'' LG LCD Flatron W2361VG 1080p @ 50,000:1
Case NZXT Source 530
Audio Device(s) Onboard 7.1 HD Realtek
Power Supply 750w Corsair HX
Mouse Cougar Gaming Mouse
Keyboard Saitek Eclipse
Software Windows 10 64bit Education Edition
#13
I have been using Sapphire Trixx program for my 7950 Sapphire OC Edition, I am getting good speeds at 1200/7032mhz 1.25v ...I have my fan speeds at 90% (can barely hear them compared to my 5850 crossfire :))

But, like I said in a previous post. The drivers are fairly new. I didn't install my drivers from the CD, but I did install RC11 and it was all butter, but some games (cough BF3) were acting up, so I went with RC12.1 and some improvements in games.

I just downloaded icEnahcer 2.0 for GTAIV and it looks amazing. I just need to install the Car mod and some other tweaks now to make it look better. I can finally play it at max settings (Ultra everything = ~1.7GB VRAM :)

GTAIV 2012-02-21 17-35-36-94.jpg

GTAIV 2012-02-21 17-44-17-75.jpg

GTAIV 2012-02-21 17-35-05-22.jpg

GTAIV 2012-02-21 17-25-57-07.jpg

GTAIV 2012-02-21 17-24-45-88.jpg

GTAIV 2012-02-21 17-24-05-44.jpg
 
Joined
Oct 13, 2007
Messages
233 (0.06/day)
Likes
18
Location
Australia, SA
System Name Computer MkVIII
Processor 2500K @ 4.5ghz
Motherboard ASUS Sabertooth P67
Cooling CPU: 212+ EVO GPU: Stock
Memory 16gb G.Skill Ares @2133mhz
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX 980 SC
Storage 1x Samsung 840 EVO 1TB
Display(s) 24" Asus VE248
Case Corsair Carbide 300R
Audio Device(s) Onboard
Power Supply Corsair HX-650
Software Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
#14
Couple of quick questions before we let the thread slip into the unknown.

1. Would oiling the fans help with the horrible "Whir" noise at 10-30% speed? (Must of got the worst of the batch, audible over all my other components :()

Edit: Card going to a friend who plans to watercool, so the horrible cooler won't be a problem. I'll be grabbing a Gigabyte 7970 Windforce, knew I should've went with a card from a company that actually sent out review samples (Asus is releasing a different revision of mine already with half the VRM on the back, probably a good thing as mine get to 110-115c)

2. If I upgraded my current DVI/VGA(DVI Adaptor) dual monitor setup to Displayport/Displayport, would my idle clocks be lower than the current 400/1550mhz clocks I currently have? (Remember reading something about it, but can't confirm) Currently resorting to Windows key+P to turn off the second monitor when not in use, but these are due for an upgrade and I enjoy my Mass Effect wallpaper on that screen :p

Edit: Still sketchy but it looks like nothing would change.
 
Last edited:
Joined
Oct 13, 2007
Messages
233 (0.06/day)
Likes
18
Location
Australia, SA
System Name Computer MkVIII
Processor 2500K @ 4.5ghz
Motherboard ASUS Sabertooth P67
Cooling CPU: 212+ EVO GPU: Stock
Memory 16gb G.Skill Ares @2133mhz
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX 980 SC
Storage 1x Samsung 840 EVO 1TB
Display(s) 24" Asus VE248
Case Corsair Carbide 300R
Audio Device(s) Onboard
Power Supply Corsair HX-650
Software Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
#15
Might as well drop some pictures just before I applied some MX4 (helped temps about 2-3 degrees, nice result). Sadly it shows how horrid the outer heatpipes are, look at that contact, 1-2mm lol


 
Joined
Jun 2, 2011
Messages
739 (0.31/day)
Likes
125
System Name An experiment in continuous upgrading
Processor Intel Core i7 2600k @ 4.2 Ghz | Phenom II X4 965 | Phenom II X4 965
Motherboard MSI P67A-GD53 | MSI 990FXA-GD80 | Asus M4A79 Deluxe
Cooling Noctua NH-D14 | Zalman CNPS10x | Coolermaster*212+
Memory Kingston KHX1866C9D3K2 |*8Gb | 8Gb
Video Card(s) MSI GTX 580 TF2 x 2 (SLI) | Sapphire Radeon 7970 + GTX 460 | Radeon 4870 1Gb
Storage Crucial M4 120gb Sata3 SSD + WD Caviar black 1Tb + 1.5Tb | WD Caviar Black 1Tb x 3 | WD Blue 500gb
Display(s) Samsung S23A700D 120hz + nVidia 3D Vision + 17" Acer secondary LCD | 40" Sony 1080p TV | Sam. 2233rz
Case Antec 1200 | Lian-Li PC-8 | Antec 302
Audio Device(s) Auzentech Prelude X-Fi + Senn. PC360 G4ME | Prelude X-Fi + Home theater | Creative HS-1200
Power Supply Corsair TX850W | Corsair TX 750 | OCZ 700
Software About 400 top-rated games. | 150 top-rated games | No games
Benchmark Scores No time for benching, I prefer gaming.
#16
Those outer heatpipes will still help when the temperatures climb, but you are right, that setup is far from ideal.
 

AsRock

TPU addict
Joined
Jun 23, 2007
Messages
15,309 (4.00/day)
Likes
4,717
Location
US
Processor 2500k \ 3770k
Motherboard ASRock Z68 \ Z77
Memory Samsung low profile 1600
Video Card(s) XFX 6770 \ XFX R9 290X
Storage Intel 80Gb (SATA2) WD 250Gb \ Team SSD+Samsung Evo 250Gb+500Gb+ 2xCorsair Force+WD250GbHDD
Display(s) Samsung 1080P \ Toshiba HDTV 1080P
Case HTPC400 \ Thermaltake Armor case ( original ), With Zalman fan controller ( wattage usage ).
Audio Device(s) Yamaha RX-V475 \ Marantz SR5008 Tannoy Mercury MKII Paradigm 5SE + Tannoy Mercury F4
Power Supply PC&Power 750w \ Seasonic 750w MKII
Mouse MS intelimouse \ Logitech G700s + Steelseries Sensei wireless
Keyboard Logitech K120 \ ROCCAT MK Pro ( modded amber leds )
Benchmark Scores Meh benchmarks.
#17
WOW that coolers terrible. es those gaps and not full covering the ram chips lol.. Then i noticed how well packed those fins are on it and i bet air getting though them is fairly low which in turn would mean the VRMs are not getting cooled as well as they could be either.

I would take there fans off that plastic part ( if it unclips\screws ) and put my own on to see if it push some extra air though.

Did they use there own VRM's ?. The VRM's on the 6970 keep cooler than the GPU although i don't know if ATI used the same or better ones on the 7970 by default.
 
Joined
Apr 4, 2008
Messages
4,659 (1.32/day)
Likes
1,009
System Name Obelisc
Processor i7 3770k @ 4.8 GHz
Motherboard Asus P8Z77-V
Cooling H110
Memory 16GB(4x4) @ 2400 MHz 9-11-11-31
Video Card(s) GTX 780 Ti
Storage 850 EVO 1TB, 2x 5TB Toshiba
Case T81
Audio Device(s) X-Fi Titanium HD
Power Supply EVGA 850 T2 80+ TITANIUM
Software Win10 64bit
#18
It has a supposedly better than stock vrm design. Honestly as far as aftermarket coolers go for the 79x0 cards this is one of the better ones. They all seem to be funky on the core and most have no vrm/ram cooling at all. All that matters is if it cools significantly better and quieter than stock.

Driver issues will eventually be fixed, but I wouldn't hold my breathe for asus gpu tweak. Which begs the question does afterburner support voltage control on this card?
 

AsRock

TPU addict
Joined
Jun 23, 2007
Messages
15,309 (4.00/day)
Likes
4,717
Location
US
Processor 2500k \ 3770k
Motherboard ASRock Z68 \ Z77
Memory Samsung low profile 1600
Video Card(s) XFX 6770 \ XFX R9 290X
Storage Intel 80Gb (SATA2) WD 250Gb \ Team SSD+Samsung Evo 250Gb+500Gb+ 2xCorsair Force+WD250GbHDD
Display(s) Samsung 1080P \ Toshiba HDTV 1080P
Case HTPC400 \ Thermaltake Armor case ( original ), With Zalman fan controller ( wattage usage ).
Audio Device(s) Yamaha RX-V475 \ Marantz SR5008 Tannoy Mercury MKII Paradigm 5SE + Tannoy Mercury F4
Power Supply PC&Power 750w \ Seasonic 750w MKII
Mouse MS intelimouse \ Logitech G700s + Steelseries Sensei wireless
Keyboard Logitech K120 \ ROCCAT MK Pro ( modded amber leds )
Benchmark Scores Meh benchmarks.
#19
It has a supposedly better than stock vrm design. Honestly as far as aftermarket coolers go for the 79x0 cards this is one of the better ones. They all seem to be funky on the core and most have no vrm/ram cooling at all. All that matters is if it cools significantly better and quieter than stock.

Driver issues will eventually be fixed, but I wouldn't hold my breathe for asus gpu tweak. Which begs the question does afterburner support voltage control on this card?
Would not say the heatsink on m 6970 was that big but the VRMs have never seen over 70c lol.

So what a saing is that ATI put great VRMs on this card and now other compans go real shading on cooling. How sad even more so for the 7970 as i remember it's a harder card to get a screw on VRM heat sink for.

I use a self modded VRM which was for the 5800 series.
 

erocker

Senior Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jul 19, 2006
Messages
42,369 (10.18/day)
Likes
18,018
Processor Intel i7 8700k
Motherboard Gigabyte z370 AORUS Gaming 7
Cooling Water
Memory 16gb G.Skill 4000 MHz DDR4
Video Card(s) Evga GTX 1080
Storage 3 x Samsung Evo 850 500GB, 1 x 250GB, 2 x 2TB HDD
Display(s) Nixeus EDG27
Case Thermaltake X5
Power Supply Corsair HX1000i
Mouse Zowie EC1-B
Software Windows 10
#20
Joined
Oct 13, 2007
Messages
233 (0.06/day)
Likes
18
Location
Australia, SA
System Name Computer MkVIII
Processor 2500K @ 4.5ghz
Motherboard ASUS Sabertooth P67
Cooling CPU: 212+ EVO GPU: Stock
Memory 16gb G.Skill Ares @2133mhz
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX 980 SC
Storage 1x Samsung 840 EVO 1TB
Display(s) 24" Asus VE248
Case Corsair Carbide 300R
Audio Device(s) Onboard
Power Supply Corsair HX-650
Software Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
#21
Driver issues will eventually be fixed, but I wouldn't hold my breathe for asus gpu tweak. Which begs the question does afterburner support voltage control on this card?
Core and memory voltage actually, which I guess means they still use the same voltage controller (as MSI has only added support for reference voltage controllers).

Capped at 1300mv and 1700mv respectively.
 
Joined
Apr 4, 2008
Messages
4,659 (1.32/day)
Likes
1,009
System Name Obelisc
Processor i7 3770k @ 4.8 GHz
Motherboard Asus P8Z77-V
Cooling H110
Memory 16GB(4x4) @ 2400 MHz 9-11-11-31
Video Card(s) GTX 780 Ti
Storage 850 EVO 1TB, 2x 5TB Toshiba
Case T81
Audio Device(s) X-Fi Titanium HD
Power Supply EVGA 850 T2 80+ TITANIUM
Software Win10 64bit
#22
Hows it overclock?
 
Joined
Oct 13, 2007
Messages
233 (0.06/day)
Likes
18
Location
Australia, SA
System Name Computer MkVIII
Processor 2500K @ 4.5ghz
Motherboard ASUS Sabertooth P67
Cooling CPU: 212+ EVO GPU: Stock
Memory 16gb G.Skill Ares @2133mhz
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX 980 SC
Storage 1x Samsung 840 EVO 1TB
Display(s) 24" Asus VE248
Case Corsair Carbide 300R
Audio Device(s) Onboard
Power Supply Corsair HX-650
Software Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
#23
Not too bad, I know I can get 1200mhz core with about 1200mv, after that no voltage keeps it stable. Memory won't budge past 1575(6300) without an extra 50mv (haven't pushed mem too hard, never see as much results as pure core clocks). Not sure what the expected overclocking capabilities of these cards are, I know HardOCP had a freak of a Gigabyte card doing 1300mhz with just 1250mv, but I don't expect that, that was a golden sample :p
 
Joined
Jul 19, 2008
Messages
1,156 (0.34/day)
Likes
236
Location
Australia
Processor Intel i7 4790K
Motherboard Asus Z97 Deluxe
Cooling Thermalright Ultra Extreme 120
Memory Corsair Dominator 1866Mhz 4X4GB
Video Card(s) Asus R290X
Storage Samsung 850 Pro SSD 256GB/Samsung 840 Evo SSD 1TB
Display(s) Samsung S23A950D
Case Corsair 850D
Audio Device(s) Onboard Realtek
Power Supply Corsair AX850
Mouse Logitech G502
Keyboard Logitech G710+
Software Windows 10 x64
#24
There have been reported problems with the cooler on this card. Dodgy mounting of the cooler to the board and erratic temps. If you touch the cooler temps can get much better or much worse.

I had the ASUS 6970 dcuii and got rid of it because the cooler didnt have a solid mounting system, the whole cooler and card would flex when you picked it up. It just wasnt a solid build.

I was hoping Asus would improve with the 7 series cards but it looks like they're much the same.

The cooler is huge is really needs to be fixed to the board better.

http://www.behardware.com/news/12153/asus-hd-7950-directcu-ii-fault-report.html
 
Joined
Oct 13, 2007
Messages
233 (0.06/day)
Likes
18
Location
Australia, SA
System Name Computer MkVIII
Processor 2500K @ 4.5ghz
Motherboard ASUS Sabertooth P67
Cooling CPU: 212+ EVO GPU: Stock
Memory 16gb G.Skill Ares @2133mhz
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX 980 SC
Storage 1x Samsung 840 EVO 1TB
Display(s) 24" Asus VE248
Case Corsair Carbide 300R
Audio Device(s) Onboard
Power Supply Corsair HX-650
Software Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
#25
Got my Gigabyte HD7970 in the mail today, what a joke of a card it is. Obviously it varies from card to card, but this gigabyte card has the loudest coil whine I have ever heard. No camera on me but the whine is like this video, but literally twice as loud, I wish i was joking. Next up is temperatures, it keeps the same idle temps with dual screens at around 50ish, at load it's actually cooler at only 64-70, and even the VRM are chilly at 70-80, but there's a catch. Fan noise, yup, every review said this card was barely audible over their other components, my arse it is, this thing is almost like having three jet turbines strapped to a heatsink if you card ever has the audacity to reach 64-70.

I've learned my lesson, this is Aus and this ASUS card is two generations higher than my old 5870, sure it's lower nm, but I should not have expected it to be cooler running. ASUS card is back in and after living through the Gigabyte card, it's actually bloody good. :)

Edit:
I think that only holds true for the 7950, I've had this card apart a few times now and each time I can feel how solid it's put together, excellent contact is made; well, apart from the ram (but even that only gets to 30c max). The back plate locks everything into one big sturdy chunk of cooler (something the 7950 sadly lacks)