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post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by Kevlo;13665466 
Asmodean, is your card a reference or non-reference design?

Non-reference, model 2 version.

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Didn't see the point in reference, as i had no intention of unlocking it, as it yields hardly any 'real' performance increase, and the Ref HSF sucks *ss.
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by Asmodean View Post
Non-reference, model 2 version.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-695...6593254&sr=8-7


Didn't see the point in reference, as i had no intention of unlocking it, as it yields hardly any 'real' performance increase, and the Ref HSF sucks *ss.
Thats the same cooler as me. So maybe something for me look into, reseating teh cooler.

But i didnt see a point in the reference either, although i almost bought one as it was only $280, but i got the guy to let me crack open the box to look at it and it was a reference card so i just got this one like i had planned.

I also had no intention of unlock as theres a reason that AMD disable those cores, i mean they wouldnt cut down a perfectly good 6970 for no reason.

Also, what are you running the voltage at?
post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by Kevlo View Post
Thats the same cooler as me. So maybe something for me look into, reseating teh cooler.

But i didnt see a point in the reference either, although i almost bought one as it was only $280, but i got the guy to let me crack open the box to look at it and it was a reference card so i just got this one like i had planned.

I also had no intention of unlock as theres a reason that AMD disable those cores, i mean they wouldnt cut down a perfectly good 6970 for no reason.

Also, what are you running the voltage at?
I've got 900/1400 running @ 1.1 (stock volts) i can get it higher easy anough, but i found these cards really don't even need to be overclocked. From stock ->950/1450 in Heaven benchmark there was 2-3 fps difference lol, so i figuired theres no point in the extra heat for 1fps going from 900/1400 to higher.

And my board has a really bad PCIe layout where i've to keep my main gpu in then x16 slot 2..right by the end of the case with little air flow.
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by Asmodean View Post
I've got 900/1400 running @ 1.1 (stock volts) i can get it higher easy anough, but i found these cards really don't even need to be overclocked. From stock ->950/1450 in Heaven benchmark there was 2-3 fps difference lol, so i figuired theres no point in the extra heat for 1fps going from 900/1400 to higher.

And my board has a really bad PCIe layout where i've to keep my main gpu in then x16 slot 2..right by the end of the case with little air flow.
lol at the top. I may just clock it to 900 or something and then see what kind of heat i have before going any higher.

that kinda sucks. But a lot of people down talk the Antec 900 cases, but it has an incredible amount of airflow.
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by Kevlo View Post
lol at the top. I may just clock it to 900 or something and then see what kind of heat i have before going any higher.

that kinda sucks. But a lot of people down talk the Antec 900 cases, but it has an incredible amount of airflow.
I did a macgyver job on my current case though to attach 2x 140mm fans to the side panel pushing cool air onto the board and gpu, so that might be helping, i haven't tried temps without these.
post #16 of 18
I wouldn't try it without it.


Alright everybody, with what i learned from you, Asmodean, (Which i think you are teh only on still on this thread but still).
I clocked my card up to 900/1300 and set the voltage to 1.125 jsut to make sure its stable.

In 3Dmark11 my P score went from 4550 to 4912.
Graphics score: 4664 to 5174
Physics: 4364 to 4403
Combined: 4066 to 4076

and my temps only went up 2 degrees to 60* from 58*

What do yall think?
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by Kevlo View Post
I wouldn't try it without it.


Alright everybody, with what i learned from you, Asmodean, (Which i think you are teh only on still on this thread but still).
I clocked my card up to 900/1300 and set the voltage to 1.125 jsut to make sure its stable.

In 3Dmark11 my P score went from 4550 to 4912.
Graphics score: 4664 to 5174
Physics: 4364 to 4403
Combined: 4066 to 4076

and my temps only went up 2 degrees to 60* from 58*

What do yall think?
Sounds good man, if your happy, then its good right?

And temps are fine imo, i just like to keep mine as cool as humanly possible lol, these cards work well into 90c apprently, although your obviously not aiming for that lol.
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by Asmodean View Post
Sounds good man, if your happy, then its good right?

And temps are fine imo, i just like to keep mine as cool as humanly possible lol, these cards work well into 90c apprently, although your obviously not aiming for that lol.
ya lol, i am extremely pleased with this card and am glad i didnt listen to the people on this forums saying it would be a waste.

But i already bumped up my fan profile a bit to try and keep it in the mid to high 30s idle. I've ready gotten used to the higher noise. I'll take noise over heat anyday.

Just got to finish installing Metro 2033 and then i'll bench with that a bit, then onto crysis then i'll jsut play games

Im gonna hold out before clocking any higher, just to let it burn in for a while, i did a 100Mhz bump on the core and 50Mhz bump on the VRAM without testing lower clocks so i'll stay with this for a while at least.
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