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Which 7970 to buy for use under water?

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I am pulling the trigger on a 7970 and i was wondering if there is any difference, internally, between manufacturers.

I am not concerned with factory OC, just whether or not one card physically different than the others.

It will go under water in a month or so... mid march or so.
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If you're going water, get a reference card with a good warranty. Definitely pick up a card that isn't voided if put under water.
post #3 of 12
Not between the reference cards. They are essentially all the same with different decals on the coolers. The real difference is the warranties that accompany the card. I don't know the ins and outs of the warranties so I'm curious is moving to liquid cooling would void or not.


Edit: faMine beat me to it tongue.gif
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If you're going water, get a reference card with a good warranty. Definitely pick up a card that isn't voided if put under water.

any idea which manufacturers wont void if under water?

i always assumed that watercooling just about anything, would void the warranty lol
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I would say pick up the sapphire 7970s cause i know EK has their water blocks out now for the 7970s that are compatible with the sapphire cards as far as i know.

Link:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102961

http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/shop/ek-fc7970.html (These were in stock at one time)

Hope this helps you out biggrin.gif

Wow a couple other people got to it before I did lol
post #6 of 12
To be honest, I've never put a card underwater so I'm not sure.

I know I just RMA'd my reference 6950 for an artifacting issue and in the RMA request I was told to put the stock cooler on because if it was missing, it was considered physical damage. This led me to assume that Asus doesn't care if the stock cooler is removed.
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That's a refernce card, so you are not just limited to Sapphire....

Not sure on warranties.
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post #8 of 12
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pulled the trigger on an XFX 7970 simply because i have NEVER owned anything from HIS, and i'm not saying they make a bad product, just going with what i know. They seem to have a decent warranty but if i find something better before my return period is up, i'll snag that.

I figure it will probably do just fine.
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If it's not reference, you'll be forced to use universal blocks.
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If it's not reference, you'll be forced to use universal blocks.

Revised 7970 pcb is not released, nor is there an eta so all 7970s are reference, except for the high high end cards like DCII which just released.
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