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Of course. Every 7950 has to have some sort of VRM cooling. Just order the Windforce and call it a day dude.

I already ordered it. Just want to make sure it has sinks or a plate on them with thermal tape/glue or something of the sorts.
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Of course. Every 7950 has to have some sort of VRM cooling. Just order the Windforce and call it a day dude.

Well the Powercolor PCS has none, and the VRMs do get 10-20 degrees hotter on it than on the designs. The windforce only seems to have coolers attached to the big black chips (memory?) around the GPU, but not the VRMs from what I can tell, hard to find reviews and pics of it.
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Of course. Every 7950 has to have some sort of VRM cooling. Just order the Windforce and call it a day dude.

Well the Powercolor PCS has none, and the VRMs do get 10-20 degrees hotter on it than on the designs. The windforce only seems to have coolers attached to the big black chips (memory?) around the GPU, but not the VRMs from what I can tell, hard to find reviews and pics of it.

hmm...

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lack of vrm cooling wont be that bad right?

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Doesnt appear to have a plate at all frown.gif

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From what I can find, the Sapphire 7950 OC has a plate that contacts both the memory chips, and the vrms. Apparently so does the DD 7950, so idk whats up with it based on that link. The DCUII doesnt have a plate at all. From what I have seen, almost all custom cooled cards DONT have any vrm cooling, maybe a fan blowing air on them, but maybe the vrms dont NEED to be heatsinked. I personally wouldnt want a card without a heatsink on them but thats just me.
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hopefully my windforce is a good ine.

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Well the Powercolor PCS has none, and the VRMs do get 10-20 degrees hotter on it than on the designs. The windforce only seems to have coolers attached to the big black chips (memory?) around the GPU, but not the VRMs from what I can tell, hard to find reviews and pics of it.

Oh... I didn't know that... how odd. I thought that every high end card has a vrm heatsink.
Anyway the windforce is supposed to be the best one around before the twin frozr arrives. Of course you can always try to add some heatsinks on the vrms if you're really worried.
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I can confrim that 7950 windforce dont have any plate on vrm. I dont think thats problem tho as vrm temps are still quite low, runned kombustor half hour yesterday and max temps was 57 degrees for gpu and 68 to vrm with auto fan, if you overclock heavily you can just make own fan profile and increase airflow to make temps lower for both vrm:s and gpu.
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post #59 of 63
for now, from benches ive read the sapphire oc is the best currently out (after the twin frozr, which isnt out yet). the dcuii seems on par, but its triple slot and there are alot of faulty cards. the windforce has three fans but i cools less than a sapphire oc because it only has 2 heatpipes, whereas the TFIII and the sapphire oc have 5.

is the TFIII was out now i'd buy that, but if i'd have to buy now, i'd go for the sapphire OC
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Not sure what reviews you have watched. Yes sapphire is cool too but this windforce X3 runs about same or even cooler. In gaming im getting 51-55c depeding on game with fan speed of around 1400rpm, even with long kombustor run gpu temp didnt get over 57c and thats with auto fan speed around 1700rpm max. Idle/desktop temp is 30-31 degrees with fan speed of 1000rpm. You need to remember that gigabytes windforce cooler has vapour chamber on it when Sapphire and msi uses just "normal" heapipe coolers on those cards.

MSI twinfrozr cards are good if youlike to use ear plugs. I had GTX570 with same TFIII cooler than that 7950 version has, it does run cool but sounds like turbine at load with those high rpm fans on it. Offcourse you can always make it quiet by adjusting fan speeds by doing own profile but then you will get around 10-15c higher temps.

So id still say Sapphire and Gigabyte is the best options if you arent deaf.
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