Originally Posted by tcool93
Actually that Sapphire card sells for $480 now so its at least $70 difference. One thing I dislike about the 7970 cards, is that most of them are using the loudest fan choice of any. From the Anandtech review, the Sapphire OC edition is quieter and cools much better, compared to the other brands. For me the loudness of the fans is just as important as the speed of the card.
Although I wish they were cheaper.
Yeah they were $499 at launch, then they dropped it $20. I really wanted that sapphire card but for a measly $50-60 (granted this was around 12-1 am) the HIS 7970 seemed like an obvious choice.
Fan noise is of no consequence to me. I have an antec 1200 and I literally run all fans at near 100%.
Since they dropped the price like 6-8 hours later and they had already shipped my HIS since I have shoprunner 2 days shipping I couldn't cancel. But then again what is another $20 on top of it for a card that will be worth near $100 more later