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It looks like Radeon HD 7970 and HD 7950 won't share a common design after all, as press-shots of the HD 7950 suggest. The HD 7950 is also said to use a different PCB design from the HD 7970, diminishing any chance of the HD 7950 being "unlockable" to HD 7970 using a BIOS update. The reference design card uses a cost-effective heatsink with internal ventilation using a top-flow fan, and not a fin-canal design the HD 7970 uses, which pushes hot air out of the case.

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Looks pretty cheapo IMO especially for $450 card, to me this is even bigger disappointment than lack of backplates on 7970s.
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Aside from the possibility of not unlocking, what exactly is wrong with it?
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Aside from the possibility of not unlocking, what exactly is wrong with it?

7970 reference cooler designed to exhaust hot air out of the case, unlike this one, also 7950 looks ugly as hell but thats just my opinion.
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Aside from the possibility of not unlocking, what exactly is wrong with it?

Whats wrong with it? It looks like a cheap plastic cover rather than a sleek sturdy looking design.
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Not just ugly, it looks like those cheap fans you find on lower mid range gpus.
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Well...that's reference designs for you.
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Not just ugly, it looks like those cheap fans you find on lower mid range gpus.

exactly, and this is suppose to be $400-450 card, nuts to them
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Well...that's reference designs for you.

reference 6970/6950 5870/5850 look pretty badass if you ask me, but what bothers me the most about 7950 is inability to exhaust hot air out of the case.
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Despite it looking "cheap" I bet it runs cooler and more quietly than the 7970 thanks to its radial fan design smile.gif (Although I'm sure it will be fairly loud itself, as that fan looks like it's optimized for airflow more than audibility).

Heatsinks with turbines need to die. (I don't need a PC as loud as a hair dryer to know that I have muscle under the hood)

Also, I can't wait to see the aftermarket designs on this puppy.
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Not just ugly, it looks like those cheap fans you find on lower mid range gpus.

This. This is what you see on GTX560 Ti's and below (and maybe a EVGA GTX570). Doesn't say win to me. And that fan is god damn fugly.

Edit: the fan looks like a failed Akasa Viper/Apache.
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