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I think all amd cards have the fans set a little low biggrin.gif

Anyways, who cares about idle temps? Its all about the temps when your card is @ 99% usage.
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Asus for sure, though i gotta wait for MSI version. I think will be a better choice :-)
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post #13 of 23
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Worst at idle and better at load.
Case airflow is pretty important in this case.

Yup that's correct. I'll go with XFX
    
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Unless you REALLY want a REFERENCE CARD, like for easier access to Water-Cooling Blocks ... I'd wait until SAPPhIRE, ASUS & MSI release their Non-Reference models which will most likely blow away these reference cards in terms of looks, potential quality of the internal components and maybe performance as well ... just my 2cents.gif though thumb.gif 

 

We've seen that speculation about Sapphire having TOXIC and ATOMIC versions of HD-7970's or 7980's or whatever they may or may not be ... unless I was in a hurry to upgrade I'd wait a bit to see what those might be all about, and also for the initial price gouging of the retailers to subside down.

   
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From personal experiences I've had with XFX I would tell you to get that. But now after seeing some heatmaps from a thread in Hardware news I would get the ASUS.
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post #16 of 23
Asus out of the two. But I would wait as others stated for more options to come out.
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post #17 of 23
Asus over XFX any day.
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Asus over XFX any day.

All Asus/Sapphire/Powercooler/Gigabyte etc. did was slap there logo on the same reference designed card. Same fan everything. For right now I'd go with the XFX DD black if you can afford it. Its looks much nicer, runs cooler with two fans and its the only available card thats been modified for the better. Add in a lifetime warranty something neither Asus or Sapphire will give you. The numbers don't lie.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UIOVDbPvvY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsQ6B4_UY1Y&feature=relmfu
 
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All Asus/Sapphire/Powercooler/Gigabyte etc. did was slap there logo on the same reference designed card. Same fan everything. For right now I'd go with the XFX DD black if you can afford it. Its looks much nicer, runs cooler with two fans and its the only available card thats been modified for the better. Add in a lifetime warranty something neither Asus or Sapphire will give you. The numbers don't lie.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UIOVDbPvvY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsQ6B4_UY1Y&feature=relmfu
Exactly my point with reference cards. With that said I'd go with Asus or MSI over XFX any day..
post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by rcfc89 View Post

All Asus/Sapphire/Powercooler/Gigabyte etc. did was slap there logo on the same reference designed card. Same fan everything. For right now I'd go with the XFX DD black if you can afford it. Its looks much nicer, runs cooler with two fans and its the only available card thats been modified for the better. Add in a lifetime warranty something neither Asus or Sapphire will give you. The numbers don't lie.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UIOVDbPvvY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsQ6B4_UY1Y&feature=relmfu
Read the 16th post found here http://www.overclock.net/t/1197170/anand-xfx-s-radeon-hd-7970-black-edition/0_100
If that isn't a problem with the OP then it would be the way to go.
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