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Hi all,

I am considering to get a HD7970 and have a simple question. I see only reference cards, a few with special cooling on them (XFX). Can someone tell me if there are any difference on these cards, beside maybe BIOS, stickers, colors and whatever has been put in the boxes they arrive in?

The reason I ask, is that I still cant find any improved non-ref cards (EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI, Asus Rog etc.) and the availability is really bad at the moment, so I am considering just to pick anything available.

I am going to watercool it with my EK VGA block anyway, so no matter how it looks, stickers, colours, etc. I dont care and I dont need it. I just want to be sure what I get is the same quality memory, vrm chips, etc. as everybody else.
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I think the only appreciable differences thus far are:

1) warranty
2) accessories
3) BIOS voltage limits.

So far we know sapphire has the most accessories, while MSI asus and sapphire don't have a hard limit on voltages (I could be wrong on this). XFX i heard has a limit on voltage in the bios which you can fix yourself, I could be wrong on this. Asus has a 3 year warranty, sapphire is 2.

As someone who went from 580 sli to 7970 xfire, I think you will be pleased. When you OC these bad boys they really trounce the 580s in many situations, especially at 1175+ gpu clock.
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If you're watercooling it, i'm pretty sure you'll have to stay on the reference design otherwise the water block won't fit afaik.
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Hi all,

I am considering to get a HD7970 and have a simple question. I see only reference cards, a few with special cooling on them (XFX). Can someone tell me if there are any difference on these cards, beside maybe BIOS, stickers, colors and whatever has been put in the boxes they arrive in?

The reason I ask, is that I still cant find any improved non-ref cards (EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI, Asus Rog etc.) and the availability is really bad at the moment, so I am considering just to pick anything available.

I am going to watercool it with my EK VGA block anyway, so no matter how it looks, stickers, colours, etc. I dont care and I dont need it. I just want to be sure what I get is the same quality memory, vrm chips, etc. as everybody else.


All reference design are all the same except the BIOS vendor ID. The non-reference such as XFX dual fan, other than the cooler, higher factory overclock and BIOS, there's too little to no information as the parts used at this early stage. Just stick to reference design, they are all using the same components/parts.
 

 

 

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Hi all,
I am considering to get a HD7970 and have a simple question. I see only reference cards, a few with special cooling on them (XFX). Can someone tell me if there are any difference on these cards, beside maybe BIOS, stickers, colors and whatever has been put in the boxes they arrive in?
The reason I ask, is that I still cant find any improved non-ref cards (EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI, Asus Rog etc.) and the availability is really bad at the moment, so I am considering just to pick anything available.
I am going to watercool it with my EK VGA block anyway, so no matter how it looks, stickers, colours, etc. I dont care and I dont need it. I just want to be sure what I get is the same quality memory, vrm chips, etc. as everybody else.

The only significant difference between the reference cards is the manufacturer's warranty and support with software that are configured for specific bios. For example, Asus has an OCing software for their reference cards that if I am not mistaken, has the ability to change the voltage on the card.
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Thank you everybody. It is exactly like I thought then. The have the XFX 1000Mhz in the local shop and I am considering to go and get at least one of them. I will equip a generic waterblock on the GPU and some heatsinks on the rest of it.


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