MSI R7970

100% Positive Reviews

Posted

Pros: Run very cool, first 22mm technology, very fast cards.

Cons: Drivers are still very mature.

Test Bench:
980x @ 4.4GHz
Asus Rampage 3 Extreme
6GB G.Skill Ripjaws @ 2000
Corsair Performance Pro 256GB
1050w Corsair PSU
AMD Catalyst 12.3 Pre-Certified driver

Futuremark Vantage:
1000/1425
325
1085/1575
325

Futuremark 2011:
1000/1425
325
1085/1575
325
Metro 2033:
338
325

Battlefield 3:
-
Crysis 2:
338
338
338
338
338
338
338
338
338

Quote:
The AMD 7970's are one hell of a beast of cards, and run very cool. The great thing about this new technology is they run super cool as well without needing the fan at 100%. Crysis 2, Battlefield 3, and Metro 2033 run great and there is no lag whatsoever, when the drivers first launch BF3 and Crysis 2 were having issues with MSAA, but not anymore, seems AMD picked it up and fixed the issue, hence why they took so long to release the driver. I will be updating the benchmarks as I go but let me tell ya if your looking into getting these 7970's, do not hesitate to get them. If your tech savy like I am, there is no need to wait for Kepler as these cards perform much better then the 580's. I recommend these cards for anyone looking to upgrade to something better.

Posted

Pros: Great performance, Feels well made

Cons: loud, longer than a 660 and could have space issues.

This is my first review. I hope it helps someone out. EVERYTHING was set to stock speeds for testing!!!Anyways, after having a 660ti for 9 days, it just died. i tried everything and it just would not work even though it shows video. as soon as it got under load, BSOD. I went to microcenter and picked up my new 7970 (my first ati card in 15 years) which is an upgrade to the 660ti. First thing i noticed was the 3GB of VRAM on the 7970 (how could i not notice that first it was plastered all over). the 660ti has 2GB of VRAM and will be blown out of the water by the 7970 especially at 1920x1080 and higher. the 660ti worked but there is no comparison and where i live a gtx 660ti is $330 and a 7970 OC is $400. Im not comparing the 670 or 680 since the 7970 still wins in terms of frame rate. I ran CS:GO maxed with out a problem, torchlight 2 maxed without a problem, gw2 maxed at a solid 32-35fps with it dropping to 27-28 when in highly populated areas.
idle temps for my 7970 which is 27C beat those of the 660ti which was 33C. Both cards hit around the same load temp 65C. the 7970 may have issues in small cases (its about the size of a gtx 260 to give you a picture. maybe even a little bit longer). If price isnt an issue, then pick up a 7970. Ill be posting speeds and such in a bit and i will update the framerate and hopefully have a few more games to test out. Any questions? PM me

EDIT: Overclocking the just CPU from 3.1GHz to 4GHz gave a large increase in framerate (a gain of 12-15fps)
MSI R7970
Description:

MSI Afterburner overclocking utility - Supports overvoltage function - Supports advanced fan speed control. - Supports burn-in stability test. 3GB DDR5 Memory - More Vram provides better performance of high resolution PC games and movies. All Solid Capacitors - 10 years ultra long lifetime (under full load). - Lower temperature and higher efficiency. - Aluminum core without explosion. Up to 6 Displays - AMD Eyefinity Technology supports maximum 6 displays with 2 DisplayPorts. DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4a output - Blu-ray 3D Stereo transmission format support. - Supports both Deep Color and 7.1 High Bitrate Audio transmissions.

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