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So these pre-OC'd cards. Can a reference card OC as much as these or do the gain an advantage.

The reference HD 7950 / HD 7970 cards are only limited by the cooler in reaching very high overclocks. For very high clocks with voltage overclocking you need a custom cooler like HIS Iceq, Sapphire Dual X , Gigabyte Windforce . As far as factory overclocked cards are concerned they might come with slightly better binning and voltage so it would be a better idea to get a factory OC card if the price diff is just 10 - 20 bucks.
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The reference HD 7950 / HD 7970 cards are only limited by the cooler in reaching very high overclocks. For very high clocks with voltage overclocking you need a custom cooler like HIS Iceq, Sapphire Dual X , Gigabyte Windforce . As far as factory overclocked cards are concerned they might come with slightly better binning and voltage so it would be a better idea to get a factory OC card if the price diff is just 10 - 20 bucks.

That and you'll know that the card has been designed with the factory clocks in mind. Therefore it should last longer/handle it better. You're also going to know that it can do 'X' frequency straight off the bat, rather then get very unlucky and struggle to get 'X' Mhz
 
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What pcb does your Sapphire card have? A reference 7950 or 7970 pcb? It's the 7950's with reference 7950 pcb's that have this issue.
A 7950 pcb, it was this card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102989
before they were tagged with Flex stickers on the fans. Two 6 pin PCIE to power. GPUZ reads my VRMs fine. Bought this baby in February, when they came out, from amazon.
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The reference HD 7950 / HD 7970 cards are only limited by the cooler in reaching very high overclocks. For very high clocks with voltage overclocking you need a custom cooler like HIS Iceq, Sapphire Dual X , Gigabyte Windforce . As far as factory overclocked cards are concerned they might come with slightly better binning and voltage so it would be a better idea to get a factory OC card if the price diff is just 10 - 20 bucks.

I am starting to wonder about that statement.

Ever since I put my GPU on water, my OC's have actually gotten worse it seems. idk what the deal is, but my 7970 just wont go past 1125/1575 (max load temp is 38C). I am at stock V, but it seems those are totally doable clocks on stock V from everything I have read. I also turned up the power control setting when i tried using CCC for OC'ing, still crash mania. Think I am going to turn off all my fans lol
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I was wondering because I currently have a XFX 7970 BE under water and was looking at getting another one but noticed all BE 7970 also come with DD. (Which is pointless money if I WC it.) So I was thinking of getting an XFX 7970 reference card and slap another block on that and was wondering if I will get the same clocks or should I buy a GHz edition?
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I was wondering because I currently have a XFX 7970 BE under water and was looking at getting another one but noticed all BE 7970 also come with DD. (Which is pointless money if I WC it.) So I was thinking of getting an XFX 7970 reference card and slap another block on that and was wondering if I will get the same clocks or should I buy a GHz edition?

The OC edition is going to be the same card, just tested/confirmed stable at those higher clocks. A stock could potentially OC higher then an actual "OC Edition" branded card. Did you check your ASIC rating with GPUZ? Just wondering what some others are
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I was wondering because I currently have a XFX 7970 BE under water and was looking at getting another one but noticed all BE 7970 also come with DD. (Which is pointless money if I WC it.) So I was thinking of getting an XFX 7970 reference card and slap another block on that and was wondering if I will get the same clocks or should I buy a GHz edition?

Don't get the DD, waste of money + possibly not reference.
If this card wasn't on stable I'd be rolling with a reference and get an Accelero Extreme sooner or later.
 
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I was wondering because I currently have a XFX 7970 BE under water and was looking at getting another one but noticed all BE 7970 also come with DD. (Which is pointless money if I WC it.) So I was thinking of getting an XFX 7970 reference card and slap another block on that and was wondering if I will get the same clocks or should I buy a GHz edition?

Don't get the DD, waste of money + possibly not reference.
If this card wasn't on stable I'd be rolling with a reference and get an Accelero Extreme sooner or later.

I'm personally not too fond of the Accelero Extreme myself. frown.gif Full water, or a regular aftermarket card gets my vote these days. I bought my reference card with the intent to put an Accelero on it (which I did). While the Accelero is nice and quiet, it didn't help me overclock any higher than I could before....due to my VRM's overheating. The reference cooler was actually FAR better at VRM control than the Accelero is. The Accelero is absolutely great at core temp control though.

Full water fixes both of those problems though. wink.gif

Also, I wouldn't touch anything XFX with a 10 foot pole. If you've bought an XFX card, I'm sorry for you when its RMA time.
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I was wondering because I currently have a XFX 7970 BE under water and was looking at getting another one but noticed all BE 7970 also come with DD. (Which is pointless money if I WC it.) So I was thinking of getting an XFX 7970 reference card and slap another block on that and was wondering if I will get the same clocks or should I buy a GHz edition?

Don't get the DD, waste of money + possibly not reference.
If this card wasn't on stable I'd be rolling with a reference and get an Accelero Extreme sooner or later.

You miss understand. All XFX cards are reference PCB. I currently have one under water and plan to add another.

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I was wondering because I currently have a XFX 7970 BE under water and was looking at getting another one but noticed all BE 7970 also come with DD. (Which is pointless money if I WC it.) So I was thinking of getting an XFX 7970 reference card and slap another block on that and was wondering if I will get the same clocks or should I buy a GHz edition?

Don't get the DD, waste of money + possibly not reference.
If this card wasn't on stable I'd be rolling with a reference and get an Accelero Extreme sooner or later.

I'm personally not too fond of the Accelero Extreme myself. frown.gif Full water, or a regular aftermarket card gets my vote these days. I bought my reference card with the intent to put an Accelero on it (which I did). While the Accelero is nice and quiet, it didn't help me overclock any higher than I could before....due to my VRM's overheating. The reference cooler was actually FAR better at VRM control than the Accelero is. The Accelero is absolutely great at core temp control though.

Full water fixes both of those problems though. wink.gif

Also, I wouldn't touch anything XFX with a 10 foot pole. If you've bought an XFX card, I'm sorry for you when its RMA time.

I actually would now have gone with MSI or Gigabyte. Why is XFX so bad? I originally was going to go Sapphire.
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I'm personally not too fond of the Accelero Extreme myself. frown.gif Full water, or a regular aftermarket card gets my vote these days. I bought my reference card with the intent to put an Accelero on it (which I did). While the Accelero is nice and quiet, it didn't help me overclock any higher than I could before....due to my VRM's overheating. The reference cooler was actually FAR better at VRM control than the Accelero is. The Accelero is absolutely great at core temp control though.
Full water fixes both of those problems though. wink.gif
Also, I wouldn't touch anything XFX with a 10 foot pole. If you've bought an XFX card, I'm sorry for you when its RMA time.

Same, XFX are really bad at RMA's from what I heard. I didn't know the Artic cooler was that bad? It doesn't matter for myself anyway seeing as my card has a good cooler on it and it's not reference.
How much difference was the Artic compared to the stock cooler?

I'm kind of worried, my cards VRM's report 24c which is bugged obviously. I have no way to check them at all, not even feel or anything because of the shroud/heatsync. I feel as if they should be fine though, the cooler is rather good and other users seem to be getting the same clocks as myself. One day I might strip the card down and take a look at it properly.

The same goes for my memory. It's at stock right now too, that's why I was asking about the over-volting. I tried 1600MV to get 1300 stable (and stopped testing), because I realised I can't actually check the temps of the vRAM - Again from speculation I think it should be okay. But I don't want to be "Thinking" about making a $300 paperweight..

I really do think it should be alright, but I'm not too sure. I'd love the support of somebody else that knows more then myself though. thumb.gif

EDIT: Idling at 26c! If any day is to test how far I can push the vRAM it's today! rolleyes.gif
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Aavara TS742 Dual Monitor Stand Ducky Shine II Cherry Blue RED Backlit Mechanic... Silverstone Strider 850W Thermaltake Core x71 Tempered Glass Riing Edition 
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Zowie FK1 House of Stealth Microlab Solo6c Logitech C100 Webcam 
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Celeron N3160 HD Graphics 400 4GB DDR3 4TB WD Red 
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Some 120mm fan 
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Samsung 840 Evo Seagate Barracuda 2TB 1x OEM DVD Drives Heatkiller Rev 3.0 
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XSPC RX360 Laing D5 + XSPC Res Primochill Bloodshed Red Tubing Koolance Fullcover R9 290x Block 
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XSPC EX360 Windows 10 Pro x64 Asus VEH228H Asus VE228H 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Aavara TS742 Dual Monitor Stand Ducky Shine II Cherry Blue RED Backlit Mechanic... Silverstone Strider 850W Thermaltake Core x71 Tempered Glass Riing Edition 
MouseMouse PadAudioOther
Zowie FK1 House of Stealth Microlab Solo6c Logitech C100 Webcam 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Celeron N3160 HD Graphics 400 4GB DDR3 4TB WD Red 
Cooling
Some 120mm fan 
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