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While overclocked, the VRM temps reach a little above 107c on the XFX BE where as on reference cards temps stay below 86c. I, for one would not be comfortable with paying more for less.

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post #2 of 123
Yeah you would think non-reference design coolers would be better, a big hell no in this case.
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How is that a flaw? Just marinate a few steaks and you can grill while playing BF3!

OT: Wow, 107 C? You would think the GPU would turn itself off at that kind of heat.
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Its possible the reference card was throttling itself in someway, unbeknownst to the tester and the BE was not. All things considered, thats a more plausible explanation then bad cooling.
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XFX,,,, yeah I wouldnt touch them even with a 10ft pole.

Bought 2 6950, both of them faulty cards.
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Its possible the reference card was throttling itself in someway, unbeknownst to the tester and the BE was not. All things considered, thats a more plausible explanation then bad cooling.

I agree this is plausible, we must examine all possibilities. However the load temperatures are better on the reference card. Nuff' said.
    
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Lol this is the only review stating this bs. Keep hating on the best 7970 available. There are over half a dozen reviews showing it runs much cooler compared to the single one op posted. Here is a few.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsQ6B4_UY1Y
http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1373/pg11/xfx-r7970-black-edition-vs-gtx-580-overclocked-vs-radeon-6970-overclocked-power-temps-noise-overclocking.html
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I have many more if you'd like...............thumb.gif
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All the temperature benchmarks in the world are worthless if you don't state the fan speed if each card when the temperatures are taken.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rcfc89 View Post

Lol this is the only review stating this bs. Keep hating on the best 7970 available. There are over half a dozen reviews showing it runs much cooler compared to the single one op posted. Here is a few.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsQ6B4_UY1Y
http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1373/pg11/xfx-r7970-black-edition-vs-gtx-580-overclocked-vs-radeon-6970-overclocked-power-temps-noise-overclocking.html
I have many more if you'd like...............thumb.gif

Evidently not: Here's a thread about this as well.

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The point is if there are a bunch of conflicting reviews like this, I think it's safe to say stay away until this issue is fixed or at least some agreement can be made.
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I would avoid anything XFX period. Have any of you even seen their revised warranty? 2 years now, instead of double lifetime. Not that I would have bought XFX to begin with, but that's a slap in the face.
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