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Looks good. These might be my next cards.
    
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Reference PCB or custom?

Heh, turns out to be a custom pcb.
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Reference PCB or custom?
Heh, turns out to be a custom pcb.

Look at the pcb, its a reference pcb.
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Why are all the resolutions at 2560x1600 where the 1.5 gb memory is going to start being a limiting factor for the GTX 580? rolleyes.gif
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Why are all the resolutions at 2560x1600 where the 1.5 gb memory is going to start being a limiting factor for the GTX 580? rolleyes.gif

Dude, like it matters. Look at my post with the heaven bench 4 3gb 580 vs 3 7970.
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So this is AMDs GTX 580 done right huh? I say they did a damn good job. biggrin.gif Massive improvements over the last generation and the smaller fab seems to allow for incredible progression in GPU clocks. 1.3GHz on air for the core clock is insane and it looks like it matches a 6990 at that level. I think AMD deserves a legit pat on the back. biggrin.gif
     
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Can't wait for the 7800 series cards biggrin.gif
I'd love a 7970 or even a 7950 but the price is just way too much for me.
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Look at the pcb, its a reference pcb.

Yeah it is a reference PCB.

1328588884f5KPiYuIly_1_17_l.jpg

Compare the traces and component placement with a reference card

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Only the cooler is custom on the Gigabyte card.
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Originally Posted by tsm106 View Post

Look at the pcb, its a reference pcb.

Hm? I edited the custom pcb part in after reading the article:
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On the I/O panel there are four ports. These include two mini-DP ports, a DVI-D connector, and one HDMI connector. The power connectors are on top of the video card, and require a 6-pin and 8-pin PCI-e power adapter. The GIGABYTE Radeon HD 7970 is roughly .5 inches smaller than a reference Radeon HD 7970 in each dimension, lending to its custom PCB nature. The video cards measurements are 10.5 inches in Length, 1.5 inches Wide, and 4.5 inches in Height.

The most confusing part is the conflicting PCB color: the review shows a black pcb, yet some online shops shows purple.

gv-r797oc-3gd-14wqie.jpg

And even the newegg review is showing the purple pcb:

Edited by Agenesis - 2/9/12 at 10:43am
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Color of the pcb does not determine design. It's just a dye, and they send those out to confuse you on purpose. Ok, maybe not to confuse haha, but dammit they are trying.
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