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I'm debating which cards to get. I'll be getting two now, and another down the line when I get a new case+mobo so around apriltime.

http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Radeon-Mini-Displayport-Graphics-GV-R797OC-3GD/dp/B00752QYLK/ref=sr_1_24?ie=UTF8&qid=1328585199&sr=8-24

or

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Computer-R7970-2PMD3GD5-OC-Graphics/dp/B0073JYZ3Y/ref=sr_1_25?ie=UTF8&qid=1328585199&sr=8-25

I'm looking for the best temps, OCability, noise levels. Thanks smile.gif.
    
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Well, there are no cutom pcb models of the 7970 yet and i believe all of them have stock cooling(from what ive read, correct me if im wrong). They are all reference. Get whichever one you think has the best value like the most accessories like dvi-vga or minihdmi-hdmi and you get what i mean.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125413
^--is that the same model of the Gigabyte you listed?

The Gigabyte definitely looks like it would have far superior cooling. However you must consider that it will be dumping heat into your case, rather than exhausting it like the MSI. The card's temperature will be lower than the MSI, but the temperature of your other components may go up a few degrees.

If you have a mesh side panel or a window that can accomodate a fan, I suggest you use it. It's also good to have extra exhaust fans (rear and top of possible)
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125413
^--is that the same model of the Gigabyte you listed?
The Gigabyte definitely looks like it would have far superior cooling. However you must consider that it will be dumping heat into your case, rather than exhausting it like the MSI. The card's temperature will be lower than the MSI, but the temperature of your other components may go up a few degrees.
If you have a mesh side panel or a window that can accomodate a fan, I suggest you use it. It's also good to have extra exhaust fans (rear and top of possible)

Yea, the amazon link didnt have a pic so i just assumed they were the same. The giga one looks like it has the better cooler so ill agree with him
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The gigabyte one is the triple fan one yes! Windforce or w/e it's called. That's what I'm asking. My case is the haf X set up like this:

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That's with the 6970 lightening, so the gigabyte card will behave similarly in my case.

But I'll get the Cosmos 2 to accommodate a new mobo (xlatx) and tricrossfire before the summer for two months of gaming biggrin.gif.

I was afraid of the windforce coolers because they would be dumping most of the heat into the case, and the card above it would take some of the heat, but that's why I'm wondering which will have the best temperatures in multi gpu configurations?

Thanks guys biggrin.gif.

Also I have all the accessories I need, including power adapters, mini DP to DVI, etc so it's of no use to me about the value. $20 difference isn't much to me if it means getting less accessories and a 5 degree difference in temps. My CPU temps are ok atm with a twin frozr 3 knocking some heat into my h100 but it's still idling @ 34 on low (4x700rpm fans) and stables at ~ 52 degrees @ 1200rpm fans on 100% load. (VERY NOISY THOUGH :L).

Also my current mobo (dual GPU) and my next mobo (tri gpu) WILL HAVE 1 pcie slot of space between the gpu's. Just making that clear biggrin.gif.

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Your case looks like it has ample airflow, although personally I would change your rear 120mm to an exhaust fan rather than an intake. Ideally you want air moving in one general direction, rather than pooling in the area where your CPU is (at least thats my train of thought)

With good airflow like that I think you should stick with the Gigabyte. Personally I'd rather have my GPU running at 70C (Gigabyte) and my components running 2-5C warmer than having my GPU running at 90C (MSI) and my components running at 1-2C warmer
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i picked up an MSI card from newegg for 560, if you're paying almost 80 bucks for a factory OC, i would get a non OC version and save the cash.

I oc'd mine with afterburner, right out of the box, to 1100/1500 and i havent even touched voltage yet.
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I'd get the ref card with the fancy cooler, aka the Gigabyte OC. You get the better cooler for single card setups and since its still a ref card you can go water in the future so it will be more attractive to buyers on resale.
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