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post #6921 of 38701
Finally found out that my second card is bad. I had tested them both on their own before and the second card ran fine with a few artifacts on screen (i figured it was just due to the drivers), but this time I tested them and the second DCII would crash my system completely. Huge vertical lines would cover the screen when it was put under any stress and my system would completely halt. Now the card just crashes my system whenever it's plugged into any PCI-E slot. It was a slow death, but I'm betting that the card was from the first or second batch that Asus had to recall because of the manufacturing defect with the mounting of the heatsink and cooler.

I just RMA'd it. What a relief I thought I was going to have to deal with never ending driver issues, maybe I still will have to deal with never ending driver issues smile.gif
post #6922 of 38701
Ati drivers are slowly getting better they just released MLAA 2.0 with the beta which is great in my opinion. The 680 is looking nice, but I'm a little uneasy about the new GPU Boost, as it may just make it look great on paper. i.e. Clocks are reported at 1250 yet with the power option and GPU Boost real clock speed could be +50mhz depending on load, making a similar clocked 7970 seem slow. Also it may add to unnecessary instability at high overclocks for the average user, as it may be hardwired into the system like OCP meaning it would take some serious modding to achieve steady clocks. We shall see in a while once everyone gets the new gear and the hype is gone. OTOH 7970 prices will drop.
Edited by Ruined - 3/22/12 at 8:31am
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post #6923 of 38701
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Originally Posted by wireeater View Post

I don't think the 680 cards would be worth that loss unless you could keep it under 50$. I know the drivers suck but things always get better with time. After last night and doing a more stringent cleaning, I didn't have any issues with the new drivers so I am looking forward to the next driver package to just test and see if this works again, if so then I will be happy.
Will the 7970 black plates fit on the 7950 cards? wink.gif
After feeling how heavy these blocks are I'm thinking I should get some.

I cannot say on whether or not if will fit a 7950. If I were you, I would ask EK directly, just to be safe. Using an EK bridge may help with the weight of the blocks, too.
Edited by svthomas - 3/22/12 at 8:38am
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post #6924 of 38701
So, does anyone want a pretty darn new 7970 with a Koolance Waterblock for a discount? tongue.gif
post #6925 of 38701
I have 7 more days to decide if I want to return the card back to amazon for a full refund biggrin.gif. Maybe buy a cheaper card, or even plug in my old 9800GT, to pass the time until AMD releases their 6GB version/refresh, buy 680, or wait for 'big' Kepler.

Hmmm...
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http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/gpu_displays/nvidia_gtx680_review/1

This is a fair review of oc vs oc and the 7970 and 680 have no difference LOL! Nvidia was running their mouth like they were going to stomp the 7970. HAAHHAHAA biggrin.gif
    
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http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/gpu_displays/nvidia_gtx680_review/1
This is a fair review of oc vs oc and the 7970 and 680 have no difference LOL! Nvidia was running their mouth like they were going to stomp the 7970. HAAHHAHAA biggrin.gif

Thanks for sharing, that was good.
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post #6928 of 38701
The 680 is a great card. It will force AMD to react and lower their prices. For once, Nvidia did it right the first time. thumb.gif

But like other have said, stock vs stock is not really what OCN members are usnig everyday. So let's wait for max 24/7 stable OC on both side before making any conclusions. With Afterburner, I can do 1250/1600 rock-stable with 4X 7970 Quad-Fire. So let's see what Quad-SLi 680 will be able to do. biggrin.gif

With 3X 2560X1600 monitors, I appreciate the 3Gb on my 7970s vs 2gb on the 680.

But the 680 is really impressive, and surprising. Nvida did a good job with that card. But let's see what in can do it the hands of OCN members.

Lame reviews at 1080p where they compare stock vs stock are not even worth reading for me. rolleyes.gif Let's wait for real OC numbers for the 680.
    
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post #6929 of 38701

I think all of you who have a 7970 that can do 1250+ OC stable should just hold onto to your cards, you don't really need to sell them fast and lose your money. 1250+ 7970 is only on par with the GTX 680 @ 1335 in a few benchies but better in most other (only 1 reviewer could do this OC, others like Guru3D could only get to 1264 with power limiter to the max 132%). Yes the GTX680 is good at stock but when you push them both to the max, it falls behind and barely on par.

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Lame reviews at 1080p where they compare stock vs stock are not even worth reading for me. rolleyes.gif Let's wait for real OC numbers for the 680.

Well not all of us have money trees growing in our backyard like you obviously. wink.gif
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