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Well I will say this, I bought two XFX 7970 black edition cards from New Egg last sunday. After many 3d mark 11 and Haven runs, It has become very clear that the GPU is being cooled very well and the VRM's are not being cooled up to par when overclocking. Last night I made the choice to send both cards back to new egg for a refund and bought two MSI 7970's to replace them.

Since I sell my new cards every 6 months and I feel that people on the forum dont like the XFX brand right now, this was the best choice for me.
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Well I will say this, I bought two XFX 7970 black edition cards from New Egg last sunday. After many 3d mark 11 and Haven runs, It has become very clear that the GPU is being cooled very well and the VRM's are not being cooled up to par when overclocking. Last night I made the choice to send both cards back to new egg for a refund and bought two MSI 7970's to replace them.
Since I sell my new cards every 6 months and I feel that people on the forum dont like the XFX brand right now, this was the best choice for me.

The resale value you speak of also has me concerned as I too plan on selling these cards after a year. The negativity XFX is receiving is not looking promising in my favor for resale. I might also send my back when they arrive on tuesday. I'm not a fanboy of XFX just just tons of research on this card before I choose it over others. Since I'm doing crossfire these VRM temps if true do have me concerned.
 
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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.
They don't have the lifetime anymore? Well there goes all incentive to shop xfx.

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No they don't. I suggest anyone looking at XFX, go read their warranty. It was revised with the HD7xxx series. All cards now have a 2 year warranty instead of double lifetime. The one exception is the DD model 7970. Anything else is 2 years. And the DD7970 was 3 years if I remember it correctly.

I'll just buy an MSI Lightning or an Asus DirectCu instead, and enjoy better customer service if I ever need to RMA....PLUS a longer warranty. rolleyes.gif
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LOL @ any xfx non reference cards. That company is a joke. They havn't released anything good since the nvidia GT200 days. Even then you had to watch where you stepped. "core edition" gtx275, gts250 ,etc were complete crap, not to mention the 4890 disaster.
One more reason i firmly believe reference cards are they way to go, unless you dont want to water cool, or if you dont care about resale value.
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LOL @ any xfx non reference cards. That company is a joke. They havn't released anything good since the nvidia GT200 days. Even then you had to watch where you stepped. "core edition" gtx275, gts250 ,etc were complete crap, not to mention the 4890 disaster.
One more reason i firmly believe reference cards are they way to go, unless you dont want to water cool, or if you dont care about resale value.

XFX Reference cards have a 2 year warranty. Compared to the 3 years at MSI and Asus. Visiontek has Lifetime, and Sapphire and Diamond I believe was 3 years (don't quote me on that, I haven't looked them up in forever).

XFX has the shortest warranty out of all of the AMD partners, that I know of.
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No they don't. I suggest anyone looking at XFX, go read their warranty. It was revised with the HD7xxx series. All cards now have a 2 year warranty instead of double lifetime. The one exception is the DD model 7970. Anything else is 2 years. And the DD7970 was 3 years if I remember it correctly.
I'll just buy an MSI Lightning or an Asus DirectCu instead, and enjoy better customer service if I ever need to RMA....PLUS a longer warranty. rolleyes.gif

Question is when does the Lightning come out? My build is waiting on a 3930k which is still probably 3-6 weeks out on back order. I'm probably going to send the BEDD's back when they arrive on tuesday.
 
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No they don't. I suggest anyone looking at XFX, go read their warranty. It was revised with the HD7xxx series. All cards now have a 2 year warranty instead of double lifetime. The one exception is the DD model 7970. Anything else is 2 years. And the DD7970 was 3 years if I remember it correctly.
I'll just buy an MSI Lightning or an Asus DirectCu instead, and enjoy better customer service if I ever need to RMA....PLUS a longer warranty. rolleyes.gif

Question is when does the Lightning come out? My build is waiting on a 3930k which is still probably 3-6 weeks out on back order. I'm probably going to send the BEDD's back when they arrive on tuesday.

No clue, but I wish it'd hurry up. I've got about $2000 waiting to upgrade my rig for Eyefinity and new GPU's. But I don't want a reference 7970 due to color clashing with my blue / black rig.
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No clue, but I wish it'd hurry up. I've got about $2000 waiting to upgrade my rig for Eyefinity and new GPU's. But I don't want a reference 7970 due to color clashing with my blue / black rig.

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This is why I think every review should use a thermal imaging camera to show the temps of the pcb, memory and vrms, not just the core temp. The vrm temps are one of the most important temperatures when overclocking with graphics cards.
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