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I was wondering what brand is best, sapphire, xfx, powercooler? I want one that will stay cool, and i see xfx double d's has 2 fans, will that make it much cooler? Also, i would like a good warranty, and one that covers me even if i do water cooling.
Let me know which is best!
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post #2 of 19
Most people will agree with Sapphire, and XFX. XFX stopped offering their double lifetime warranty. I've always have good experiences with XFX during the RMA process.
    
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post #3 of 19
I would say XFX, or Power color. I'm waiting to grab one myself, but just waiting on newegg to re-stock
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I've heard that the XFX DD has some vrm cooling problems.
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post #5 of 19
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will sapphire or xfx overclock better? And who has the warranty that wont be voided if i oc the card or watercool it?
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I have a Diamond reference and it's overclocking well. I have not gone past the 1125/1575 yet tho. I need 1.174v to max out the sliders. Will be going for 1200+ tonight.
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post #7 of 19
Seems like a lot of people enjoy Sapphire. When I buy my 7970 I will probably get it from Sapphire or MSI. The double/triple fans on the XFX/Gigabyte brands are nice. Wether it is nice enough to spend an extra $50-$60 is up to you.
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post #8 of 19
That extra $50 is well worth it. Not only for the cooling, but the sound alone. You won't have to WC if you get one of those. I can't stand how loud my card is and I ordered a water block for it today. Wish there was some of the Asus DC2's around as I would have grabbed that instead.
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post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by Hambone07si View Post

That extra $50 is well worth it. Not only for the cooling, but the sound alone. You won't have to WC if you get one of those. I can't stand how loud my card is and I ordered a water block for it today. Wish there was some of the Asus DC2's around as I would have grabbed that instead.

Oh I agree. I hope Sapphire and/or MSI have their custom cooler 7970s out by next month but I wouldn't hold my breath. I really want a Twin Frozr III. Unfortunately it seems like AMDs full lineup will be released before the 7970s get revisited and stuff like Twin Frozr or Lightning's come out. mad.gif
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post #10 of 19
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maybe i should get my xfx double d, so i wont need to wc? or is xfx having quality issues, and i will still have to wc it.
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