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Since you can boot up with the other card you have, you can always try zotac firestorm to fix it as well.
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Originally Posted by qbical View Post

how are they working for you when gaming and have you OC'd the card at all?
thanks
They are working fine, first of all I play on a 20 inch monitor with 1680x1050 resolution !
Maxing out Call of Duty: MW3 multiplayer with smoth experience, Maxing out Battlefield 3 which installed on my HDD WD Caviar Black with 40-78 fps, average around 55-60 fps thumb.gif
Stock clocks on both my CPU (3,1GHZ @ 8-cores) and I havn't overclocked the 7950 myself yet ! Haven't seen the temps go over 57-58 degrees celsius at load in games and it's around 36 degrees idle and best of all, I can't hear it biggrin.gif

Going to overclock both CPU and my HD7950 someday this autumn smile.gif
    
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Gnna upgrade to the 8120 next month. thumb.gif enjoy ur rig thumb.gif
Edited by switchblade - 8/30/12 at 10:42am
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Does one of these happen to be an older BIOS with unlocked voltage? I can't see any voltage info just viewing the BIOS files:
http://www.techpowerup.com/vgabios/index.php?page=1&architecture=&manufacturer=Asus&model=HD+7970&interface=&memSize=0

Could be hidden?
   
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Oh, one more thing, I've been wondering about my Sapphire's 7970 Dual-X VRM temperatures. It seems like people here have theirs lower than core temperature. Mine (the first VRM at least) is usually 10-15C warmer than the core. So if the core's at 70C, VRM1 will be at 80C or so. Could it be that the heatsink on the card was not mounted well during Sapphire's "recertification" process? (the PCI-E bracket was all bent, after all).
   
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Oh, one more thing, I've been wondering about my Sapphire's 7970 Dual-X VRM temperatures. It seems like people here have theirs lower than core temperature. Mine (the first VRM at least) is usually 10-15C warmer than the core. So if the core's at 70C, VRM1 will be at 80C or so. Could it be that the heatsink on the card was not mounted well during Sapphire's "recertification" process? (the PCI-E bracket was all bent, after all).

I believe vrms do get hotter than the core and thats the usual case. Having said that ur VRMs are running cool well within their tempature limits
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Does one of these happen to be an older BIOS with unlocked voltage? I can't see any voltage info just viewing the BIOS files:
http://www.techpowerup.com/vgabios/index.php?page=1&architecture=&manufacturer=Asus&model=HD+7970&interface=&memSize=0
Could be hidden?

they are all the same

just grab the Reference speed one, to see if it boots up after you flash it
Asus HD 7970 3072 MB 2012-01-04 04:16:00 PCI-E 925 / 1375

if it works OK, then you can try the Ghz versions
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I believe vrms do get hotter than the core and thats the usual case. Having said that ur VRMs are running cool well within their tempature limits

and this is exactly the reason why we always observe those horizontal or vertical lines crashes, on factory defective cards that crash with little load

something we were just chatting about it here on the other topic http://www.overclock.net/forum/newestpost/1292827
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I think I've confirmed my earlier suspicions: the higher the resolution, the hotter my VRMs get. So like running games at my usual resolution of 1440p results in VRM1 ~10C hotter than the core. Running Heaven 3.0 benchmark at 1080p gives VRM1 temp difference of maybe 6-7C, and running it at 1650x1050 gives VRM1 temp difference of as low as 1-3C. Could just be that the stuff I normally run has all the antialiasing fancy turned up at high resolution.

Also seems that using Sapphire TRIXX (for my Sapphire 7970) gives a more stable overclock on stock voltage to 1125/1575. When I used MSI Afterburner, I couldn't quite stabilize at that core clock (some eventual artifacting and a game crash) and had to run at 1090MHz/1575MHz very solidly. Now that I've switched to TRIXX, 1125MHz on core hasn't given me any trouble. I know I can do more with increased voltage (tested), but don't have any need at the moment and prefer to stay at quieter fan profiles.
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I think I've confirmed my earlier suspicions: the higher the resolution, the hotter my VRMs get. So like running games at my usual resolution of 1440p results in VRM1 ~10C hotter than the core. Running Heaven 3.0 benchmark at 1080p gives VRM1 temp difference of maybe 6-7C, and running it at 1650x1050 gives VRM1 temp difference of as low as 1-3C. Could just be that the stuff I normally run has all the antialiasing fancy turned up at high resolution.
Also seems that using Sapphire TRIXX (for my Sapphire 7970) gives a more stable overclock on stock voltage to 1125/1575. When I used MSI Afterburner, I couldn't quite stabilize at that core clock (some eventual artifacting and a game crash) and had to run at 1090MHz/1575MHz very solidly. Now that I've switched to TRIXX, 1125MHz on core hasn't given me any trouble. I know I can do more with increased voltage (tested), but don't have any need at the moment and prefer to stay at quieter fan profiles.

Yep, the more demanding a game is, such as an increase in resolution or features, the hotter the card will get, including the VRM's. People only think they get hotter when overvolting, which is wrong as you've proven. Yeah, Sapphire Trixx seems to be better for me when overclocking and overvolting. I'm not too sure about msi AB. I just use it for the fps counter and limiter, with the graphs to check temps and usage.
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