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ASUS kicked off its Radeon HD 7950 graphics card lineup with three models, the HD7950-3GD5 which sticks to the cost-effective AMD reference design; the HD7950-DC2-3GD5, which is a DirectCu II model that sticks to AMD reference clock-speeds; and the HD7950-DC2T-3GD5, which is a DirectCu II TOP model, which features factory-overclocked speeds of 900 MHz core with 1250 MHz memory, while the other two models feature 800 MHz core with 1250 MHz memory.

The HD7950-3GD5, which likely sells for US $449, is based on AMD's cost-effective central-fan reference design. The HD7950-DC2-3GD5 uses the company's triple-slot DirectCu II cooler, which is also featured on the Radeon HD 7970 DirectCu II, and is known to provide excellent cooling with low noise, though at the expense of its size. This card will likely be $15-20 costlier. Lastly there's the HD7950-DC2T-3GD5, which likely charges a further $20 premium for its factory overclocked speeds, taking its price close to $490.

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Triple slot cooler! I'd be game if I had the money.

Other than the run of the mill buyer, what are these factory overclocked cards for?
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thats sex on a PCB right thurr!!!
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w00t for cheap(er) reference cards; great for us watercoolers. I hope that they are still available when the prices come down a bit, reference designs seem to disappear quickly.
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They really need to lose the three slot cooling but other than that it looks nice.
    
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Seems like once you start spending that much on the triple slot cooler, you might as well have grabbed a 7970, right?
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If it is so easy to overclock them on standard voltage why would anyone bother with the top model? I mean you just put the sliders to the right and that's it you save yourself a nice 20 dollars.

I mean the cards are equal right?
 
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They really need to lose the three slot cooling but other than that it looks nice.

This. You'll need 9 slots for trifire then. frown.gif
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Triple slot cooler! I'd be game if I had the money.

Other than the run of the mill buyer, what are these factory overclocked cards for?

Guaranteed to run at those speeds. Typically they might use binned chips, which require less voltage for speed. So if you buy a factory OC clock, it just raises the minimum level of guaranteed speed. We should see 1200 MHz 7970s over the next few months, as a lot of them seem to go that far on the standard chips.

I have a Gainward GS GLH 4870X2, which came out of the box with 220 MHz core OC on each GPU. Those GPUs were sweet, soaking up even more overclocks on a triple slot cooler, made it easier to break some HWBot records smile.gif
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