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Originally Posted by WiL11o6 View Post

Here is my update since having my cards from Day 1.
This is towards people who run their single 7970s or in CF at STOCK:

You're probably asking me why people run their cards at stock clocks. I for one was into overclocking, and when I had a single card, I was running it at 1200/1600 with a fan speed of 40%. Dumped in my second one for CF and OC'd it to 1175/1575 with a fan speed of 45%, but those were just for benchmarking. I do not run it faster than 1025/1375 at stock voltages @ 35% fan speed. Why?
This reference card is ******* loud! I'm sorry, but this was my main gripe with this reference cooler and I'm not knowledgeable enough to put it under water and I don't want to try. Anything past 35% fan speed in CF was way too loud for me since I'm in a small room and my PC is right by my feet. I disregarded OCing because it would lead to increased voltages=>heat=>fan speed.
Luckily for me, both my Sapphires had an ASIC quality of 86% and 87% so in MSI AB, it automatically set my default voltages at 1.049v. I was sacrificing cooling for noise so with my fan speed at 35%, I was hitting 85-87c easily in a session of BF3. Once I ramp up fans to 40%, it would drop under 80c so my cards aren't faulty, I just consider 40% too loud. I know most people think 40% is not loud at all, and some people on here even run it at 50%+ all the time, but not for me.
Today, I decided to see if I can lower default voltages to see if lower temps a little more and in return, reduce fan speed. I kept dropping volts to the cards and it kept staying stable in BF3, 64-player server, and 3dmark11. It is at 0.975v. I didn't try to drop it down lower just because I don't think it would go much lower, but I could probably drop it a couple .005v or so.
This allowed me to lower fan speed AND temps, drastically. I now run my fan speed at 30% and temps only touch low 80c on the top card. At 30% fan speed, it's just barely louder than my case fans and to boot, my temps dropped a good 5c. If I still ran it at 35% fan speed, it would have dropped my temps by 10c.
In before I get flamed for why spend $1100 on GPUs to not overclock:
I built this comp to run BF3 maxed at 1080p, and as a hobby. A single 7970 had drops into 40s so I picked up a second one. Even at stock two of these are monsters and have no problem running this game above 60fps 100% of the time, so there's really no need to overclock. If I ran 2560x1440 or 120hz monitors, I would probably need to overclock and bump fan speeds, but I'd rather not since this card is loud.
This of course, varies by your chip and ASIC quality I guess, but I had great success.

My stock voltage is 0.993V and I'm clocked at 1050/1450 24/7 biggrin.gif

The fan noise is definitely an issue, but my EK FC-7950 blocks should be on their way soon (crossing my fingers, been waiting about 3 or 4 weeks now).
     
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How are you guys getting these new drivers? I go on their website and all I see are the ones I downloaded (12.2 pre-cert) that were posted on 2/16 I think.
And how would I install it? Do I really need to completely uninstall the old drivers (if so, how do I do it) and install anew? Is AMD really that lazy to make a clean install button or something, haha.
I've always heard that if you have an AMD card, please keep up to date with the drivers since they always seem to help a lot, so I'm a bit intrigued to upgrade.

First uninstall drivers then install those.


To UNINSTALL DRIVERS:

Download ATIMAN Uninstaller program from here:

http://www.mediafire.com/?sja6d1z3t2ld6as

1.) Install this program
2.) Go to Start>Control Panel>User Accounts and Family Safety>User Accounts>Change User Account Control Settings
-Move that slider down to minimum
3.) Restart PC
4.Run ATIMAN Uninstaller program from shortcut on background or what ever,w8 to it shows red screen with options. When u see options press "A" and let it work.After some time it will restart PC and program will continue deleteing after restart.At some point it will ask u to continue,quit and something more press "C" to continue...let it work and when it's done u will see like couple options on screen (like 7 or 8 options) u press "Q" to quit.After u press 'Q' it will take couple seconds to he quits.

INSTALLATION:

First go on those sites and download this 2 files

Drivers:

http://downloads.guru3d.com/AMD-Catalyst-8.96-14-February-download-2865.html

".dll" file to overclocking utilities MSI after burner and etc works

http://www.mediafire.com/?21bjizy7r7b11m8

After u have downloaded them,run that first file and it will ask u for destination where to extract files.Click on desktop or where ever u want.After it is extracted name of that folder will be "Guru3D.com".Enter it and in folder named "Feb 14th 8.96" u will see "Setup" file.Run it and install drivers.After it's done it will ask u to restart PC,restart it.

When Windows is back open second downloaded file.Extract that file into (C\Windows\SysWOW64) folder.Restart PC and that's it.
Edited by StrayderGame - 2/26/12 at 12:45am
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Any 120hz monitor owner tested these new drivers yet? just wondering if these fixes dekstop flickering at 120hz use?
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Any word on the 7950 TFIII? It was favorably reviewed recently, but when is it hitting stores >:/
    
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Can anyone else confirm that those new betas fix the Alan Wake crossfire issue?
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With new drivers, are you guys talking about the Guru3D driver? if so, is that safe to use at all, and works with Crossfire and MSI AB?
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It's actually the only driver that works correctly with MSI AfterBurner for me...That is until I try to enable unofficial overclocking, it sets core/memory to 0 and I can't change them for some reason.
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It's actually the only driver that works correctly with MSI AfterBurner for me...That is until I try to enable unofficial overclocking, it sets core/memory to 0 and I can't change them for some reason.

well, if you use the ATIman patch for the other Drivers, MSI AB works with them too with almost no issues
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ASUS GPU Tweak 2.0.6:
Code:
http://support.asus.com/download.aspx?p=9&m=GPU+Tweak&hashedid=n%2fa
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well, if you use the ATIman patch for the other Drivers, MSI AB works with them too with almost no issues

Explain, please. I've never heard of this before.
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