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hey everyone, just joined the red team. I ordered 2 7970 refrence models and have a few questions before i get them.
What do i need? Ive used afterburner for years but see alot use Trixx also, which is better? does trixx have OSD like AB does?

Should I flash them to ghz model ?

What drivers would be the best to start with?

Any tips you can give me to get these running well right out of the gate? I will be upgrading to 2560x1440 monitor when i can afford it.

I will do some reading on how to oc these before i start asking questions about that smile.gif

Switching teams almost makes ya nervous like switching jobs lol... been green team so long its like starting over.


Thanks for any help now and future smile.gif
    
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well 7970 is great card but since in january 8970 will come out, some people might wait until then. like me for example smile.gif

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well 7970 is great card but since in january 8970 will come out, some people might wait until then. like me for example smile.gif
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Yep you can keep waiting. Comes January, they will announce something is coming up in June tongue.gif It never ends you know...
post #15464 of 38701
January is quite a few months away. Being an early adopter, you would pay a significant premium and probably end up with a lot of driver issues. In my opinion, it's perfectly reasonable to wait a few months before purchasing a newly issued product. So getting a 7970 on a good deal now is still a good idea.
   
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I would never pay top dollar for a brand new release, im guessing the new ones will be 600+ not gonna happen when i paid $364 with no rebate and free shipping each for the 7970 and they should last me 3 years before I need something better. Getting new tech is cool but my bank account says otherwise.
    
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Originally Posted by raptor5150 View Post

hey everyone, just joined the red team. I ordered 2 7970 refrence models and have a few questions before i get them.
What do i need? Ive used afterburner for years but see alot use Trixx also, which is better? does trixx have OSD like AB does?
Should I flash them to ghz model ?
What drivers would be the best to start with?
Any tips you can give me to get these running well right out of the gate? I will be upgrading to 2560x1440 monitor when i can afford it.
I will do some reading on how to oc these before i start asking questions about that smile.gif
Switching teams almost makes ya nervous like switching jobs lol... been green team so long its like starting over.
Thanks for any help now and future smile.gif

If you are already used to using MSI AB, then it would probably be a good idea just to keep using it with your new cards. Also, your best bet is to install the latest drivers (12.8) and only go to older drivers if you happen to have issues with 12.9

Be sure to completely uninstall your nVidia drivers before attempting to install the AMD drivers. Good luck and post some pics once you have the new cards installed thumb.gif
post #15467 of 38701
Hey all, after my 4870 died under mysterious circumstances, I've been looking into getting an MSI 7950 TF3 however I've been a few horror stories here and there about 7950 cards, mainly around driver issues having excessively low idle clocks, or something like that, causing black screen lock ups with 100% fan speeds. I'd rather not have a repeat of messing around with driver XML files like I had to do with the 4870 release so any advice would be well appreciated.
Thanks!
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Hey all, after my 4870 died under mysterious circumstances, I've been looking into getting an MSI 7950 TF3 however I've been a few horror stories here and there about 7950 cards, mainly around driver issues having excessively low idle clocks, or something like that, causing black screen lock ups with 100% fan speeds. I'd rather not have a repeat of messing around with driver XML files like I had to do with the 4870 release so any advice would be well appreciated.
Thanks!

 

IMO and this is just MY opinion. I absolutely HATED my MSi TF3 7950s. Complete junk honestly. Both came defective from the start. The first card Never ran anything at all & the second card artifacted brand new out of the box. I have MANY friends that have had to RMA or completely return there TF3's.

 

I stay away from MSi, Asus (only because there CS is shotty and XFX Double D coolers are crap.

 

If it was me I would look at Gigabyte, Sapphire or HIS. I honestly love Sapphire as a company so Sapphire gets my vote here but the other cards are great as well.

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Thanks very much for the quick reply. That's certainly turned me off the MSI one then tongue.gif
Problem is, I was under the impression that the virtue of 7950 cards was their capacity to overclock, so I imagined reference design cards with just one fan provided insufficient cooling when overclocking. With regards to Gigabyte, the Windforce looks good but I was under the impression it would require an 8-pin power lead which I don't have... however I believe this may have been mistaken so I will look into this smile.gif. The Sapphire card was mentioned as the one that was suffering from the black screen crash bug so I'd rather avoid that one. The HIS Iceq looks quite good but I don't think I have the physical space for the the extra slot that the fan will take up.
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As for the 8000 series, I might just pick up some good aftermarket 8950's when the drivers are optimized.
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