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Are you looking for something more powerful? For a single screen, I'm sure a 7970 is pretty good overall with max settings in most games. Well, look for a 680 as that would be an upgrade. skip the impressive 670 as that would just be a sidegrade tbh.

I am looking for a sidegrade to nvidia. I want physx for BL2. I am thinking of a 680 reference. I dont like 670s so I would like to avoid that.
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VisionTek does not honor the warranty if you remove the stock cooler.
From their website:
Removal of Serial/Part number sticker(s) Damaged while being installed Damaged by software or hardware by someone other than VisionTek or by motherboard incompatibility/design Damaged by tampering, user error, disaster, misuse, neglect, abuse, accident, power supply, power application, alteration, repair, modification, a fix or replacement by an unauthorized technician that in any way affects its performance or reliability.

The question should be, does visiontek honor warranties at all? LOL, joking. Seriously though, I heard they are pretty bad around warranties.
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I've just received a Sapphire 7970 Vapor-X that makes this really weird, grating sound when starting the computer and just recently I've started to get artifacts and texture flickering in Dota 2 + extra screen tearing on Crysis. This is on a fresh install of 12.8 Catalyst Software Suite and nothing else; is this a hardware problem or software? Also, apparently it runs 1050/1500 on boost @ 1.256V, but sometimes I will randomly see VRM temps go above 100C, although benchmarking it on Heavens doesn't reach anywhere near that..
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I've just received a Sapphire 7970 Vapor-X that makes this really weird, grating sound when starting the computer and just recently I've started to get artifacts and texture flickering in Dota 2 + extra screen tearing on Crysis. This is on a fresh install of 12.8 Catalyst Software Suite and nothing else; is this a hardware problem or software? Also, apparently it runs 1050/1500 on boost @ 1.256V, but sometimes I will randomly see VRM temps go above 100C, although benchmarking it on Heavens doesn't reach anywhere near that..

Well grating noises would be my main reason for getting a replacement. If you can I would.
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I've just received a Sapphire 7970 Vapor-X that makes this really weird, grating sound when starting the computer and just recently I've started to get artifacts and texture flickering in Dota 2 + extra screen tearing on Crysis. This is on a fresh install of 12.8 Catalyst Software Suite and nothing else; is this a hardware problem or software? Also, apparently it runs 1050/1500 on boost @ 1.256V, but sometimes I will randomly see VRM temps go above 100C, although benchmarking it on Heavens doesn't reach anywhere near that..

Sounds like some fan interference perhaps, which is also why you could be getting such high temperatures. Have you adjusted your fan curve? If it still gets hot at high RPM when benchmarking, I'd say something's up with one or both fans, given the noise.
   
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Sounds like some fan interference perhaps, which is also why you could be getting such high temperatures. Have you adjusted your fan curve? If it still gets hot at high RPM when benchmarking, I'd say something's up with one or both fans, given the noise.

The weird this is the grating noise happens ONLY on startup. I'm using a custom fan curve, and no real problems happen with temps otherwise but once in a while with gpu-z on I'll see that the max VRM has suddenly hit over 100C. I dont have a clue for how long or when it starts or ends. Otherwise, the main problem I'm worried about is the graphics performance in the games...I've had a HIS IceQ X2 with artifact problems before that led to a gpu failure a day later before, but at least that didnt have screen tearing or texture flickering...
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I am looking for a sidegrade to nvidia. I want physx for BL2. I am thinking of a 680 reference. I dont like 670s so I would like to avoid that.

680 isnt a huge leap but definitely an upgrade.
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Something's wrong with it if it hits over 100C on one of the VRMs if you have 90-100% fan speed set just for testing purposes. My Sapphire is OC'd on stock voltage to 1110MHz/1575MHz, and I have to have its fan ramp up to 80% or even above to stay at 80C for VRM1 (or below) in games like GW2 (this is at 1440p with everything maxed), but it never goes even close to 100C. I haven't seen it go that high in Heaven 3.0 yet (testing at 1080p with all settings maxed). I'd consider exchanging the card.

Concerning artifacts, you could be getting them when temperatures are too high. I asked about this recently, and it is the reason 70C core clock and 80C VRM temperatures are advised as desireable maxima.
   
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Something's wrong with it if it hits over 100C on one of the VRMs if you have 90-100% fan speed set just for testing purposes. My Sapphire is OC'd on stock voltage to 1110MHz/1575MHz, and I have to have its fan ramp up to 80% or even above to stay at 80C for VRM1 (or below) in games like GW2 (this is at 1440p with everything maxed), but it never goes even close to 100C. I haven't seen it go that high in Heaven 3.0 yet (testing at 1080p with all settings maxed). I'd consider exchanging the card.
Concerning artifacts, you could be getting them when temperatures are too high. I asked about this recently, and it is the reason 70C core clock and 80C VRM temperatures are advised as desireable maxima.

I am actually waiting for Newegg to return to their phone lines on Monday to call for an RMA, but in the meanwhile I've sent an email to Sapphire asking about the problem. Otherwise, I have no clue about the VRM, absolutely none. I've never had my card reach more than 60C or even 50C gaming, unless its Crysis, and even then artifacts appear running regular games. Does anyone have any experience with Sapphire or Newegg support in a similar situation? I've never had so much problem with a single computer component since my 2002 Toshiba Satellite that never ran below 70C...
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Bought #2, got a pending offer for #3 from a member. Can't wait to run tri-fire! wheee.gif
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