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After all the help, I figured I'd give you all an update. XFX declared the card faulty and sent me another one. This time a 6970 rev 1.2 (instead of 1.1). The card has been running great and slightly cooler than the other one at lower than 80C at 50% fan, sometimes jumping up to 63% fan. Also, where the other one would not overclock even 20mhz, this one went up to 950 on stock core and I'm still testing it out.

I know someone will state something along the lines of you got what you paid for before, but I sent it back for bad temps, not overclocking ability.

I'm pretty happy with my XFX experience overall. They are a bit slow to respond on their online system, but in the end they help you out. I would deal with them again.
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Awesome, glad you got it worked.
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Awesome, glad you got it worked.
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sometimes gpu chips aren't flat..i had a warped one on a 4870,,no matter how many times it was reseated..never made good contact with theatsink
 
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Actually the problem is in the air-cooling design of the cards. I had a 4890 with a closed case with the fan in the end. It used to go to 80-90celcius. So I used to decrease the clock speeds in the CCC panel and increase the fan speed 70-80% just to keep the card cool under 60celcius to play a game.

Finally the fan stopped working and i had to get the card replaced, unfortunately the 4890 stopped producing so they sent me a 5850 card instead of that. This time this card had the fan right on the middle over the GPU and the shroud was open on the sides so i could see the copper heatsink and stuff.

This card never exceeded 55celcius on load that too never exceeds fan speed over 50% and at idle it could some time drop to 42celcius with a 20% fan speed.

So its very important to check the design of the card for cooling... I would recommend a open shroud card to a closed cased card.
    
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Actually the problem is in the air-cooling design of the cards. I had a 4890 with a closed case with the fan in the end. It used to go to 80-90celcius. So I used to decrease the clock speeds in the CCC panel and increase the fan speed 70-80% just to keep the card cool under 60celcius to play a game.

Finally the fan stopped working and i had to get the card replaced, unfortunately the 4890 stopped producing so they sent me a 5850 card instead of that. This time this card had the fan right on the middle over the GPU and the shroud was open on the sides so i could see the copper heatsink and stuff.

This card never exceeded 55celcius on load that too never exceeds fan speed over 50% and at idle it could some time drop to 42celcius with a 20% fan speed.

So its very important to check the design of the card for cooling... I would recommend a open shroud card to a closed cased card.
I had thought about opening the shroud for the old one, but never figured it out. I just don't want to mess with it now though.
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