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Yes. But if I was to use the black slot, I would have a big performance decrease.

Hmm... eh-smiley.gif

Not sure what else you could try then. 

Another motherboard? tongue.gif

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Hmm... eh-smiley.gif
Not sure what else you could try then. 
Another motherboard? tongue.gif

I will just order one right now! thumb.gif
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You sure that changing the TIM isn't the way to go? I took off my cooler and it was slathered on there thick. After redoing it with a little bit of arctic ceramique2 my temps went down by 5c+ at load.
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You sure that changing the TIM isn't the way to go? I took off my cooler and it was slathered on there thick. After redoing it with a little bit of arctic ceramique2 my temps went down by 5c+ at load.

It's not much of an issue when the heatsink makes direct contact with the GPU die. 

5c for the better is pretty optimistic and even then you run the risk of ruining some thermal pads.

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It's not much of an issue when the heatsink makes direct contact with the GPU die. 
5c for the better is pretty optimistic and even then you run the risk of ruining some thermal pads.

Why would you ruin thermal pads if you're only taking off the gpu heatsink not the other heatsink that's attached to the card.
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Why would you ruin thermal pads if you're only taking off the gpu heatsink not the other heatsink that's attached to the card.

You're right. 

I'm thinking of reference design boards.

 

If pads could be left alone, proper application of a pretty decent thermal paste *might* be worth a shot. 

Still, I wouldn't expect miracles. 


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Any reason as to why my 7970 in BF3 would be at about 43% usage in a 48 person server while my 7950 is at 99%... Full ultra settings, and occasional dips into the 40s for a few seconds in FPS from 100+?
MSI AB shows a constant 45-46% usage throughout a whole 500 ticket TDM round until I alt tabbed to post this...
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Just got 1 of my 7970 lightnings in today. Just waiting on 2 more lightnings and my 7970 DCII TOP. I know there are blocks coming shortly for the lightnings, but I'm not sure about the TOP (Havent researched it yet). If I can't find a block for the TOP card, I'll probably stick it in another rig and pick up another lighting. These lightnings definitely need watercooling considering their capability. Anything past 1.25v and you start hitting the thermal threshold of artifacting, even @ 100% fan.
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You're right. 
I'm thinking of reference design boards.

If pads could be left alone, proper application of a pretty decent thermal paste *might* be worth a shot. 
Still, I wouldn't expect miracles. 

I understand. I always try to do that with my cards because with every single one it's made a huge difference. I think this 7970 has the smallest difference out of all the ones I've owned @ only 5c.
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Any reason as to why my 7970 in BF3 would be at about 43% usage in a 48 person server while my 7950 is at 99%... Full ultra settings, and occasional dips into the 40s for a few seconds in FPS from 100+?
MSI AB shows a constant 45-46% usage throughout a whole 500 ticket TDM round until I alt tabbed to post this...

IS the 7970 your primary card? I have a 7970 setup in crossfire with a 7950 in my AMD rig with the 7970 as primary - when I play BF3 the 7970 is almost always between 95-100% usage, but the 7950 will fluctuate between 50%-100% bepending on demands of the game. I suspect that it is due to the 7970 being able to serve up most of the power needed for the game and the secondary card is just using what extra power the game requires
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