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Sapphire 7970 or Asus dcuii?

post #1 of 10
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Need a quick response store closes in 1 hour, shipped my old 6970 and now in need of a gpu! Should i get the reference sapphire or the Asus dcuii (which is in stock in a week at local store).

Is the asus or even gigabyte worth the wait over the reference or is there a minimal difference?

Edit: Sons of *****es are sold out, have to buy one tomorrow frown.gif Gigabyte or asus version?
Edited by jman246 - 2/24/12 at 2:03am
post #2 of 10
I can't imagine you'll see a huge difference between different aftermarket coolers (ASUS, Gigabyte, etc.). I do, however, think it's worth going for the ASUS (other other card with after-market cooler) over a stock card. ASUS and Sapphire are both great brands, though.

Assuming, of course, that you don't plan on watercooling the card.
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post #3 of 10
I would go for the Asus card if you don't mind using 3 slots.
post #4 of 10
Take note the DCUII will sag like hell over time.

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post #5 of 10
Get the asus especially if its the TOP version, those are binned and tested like crazy will link in a sec
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A short video of what they put into their TOP versions, I have a 3 slot gtx570 and the build quality is amazing, the asus 7970 TOP would be a dream, even if its not the top edition I would pick it so long as you dont mind the 3 slot design.
http://rog.asus.com/79472012/overclocking/the-makings-of-asus-top-graphics-cards/
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Take note the DCUII will sag like hell over time.
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Im sure any many other gpu's do as well, its just that the owner noticed it on his, so much for that backplate working, its still the best looking part of the card though biggrin.gif
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post #7 of 10
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Now that my store is out and I'm going elsewhere. I'm going to go all out so which card, the 3 fan gigabyte oc or the asus dcuii. Please leave an answer taking durability, performance, overclockabilty and power/temperature into account.
post #8 of 10
I have the reference Sapphire 7970s and I think, strictly my own personal opinion, that the fan is too loud. 35% fan speed is what I set it at to keep the noise down. 35% fan speed is for stock voltages to keep temperatures down and even that hits 85c. If you plan to OC with a bump in voltage, and depending on which default VID, ASIC quality card you get, it will range from 1.05v to 1.175v stock voltage with the latter with higher temps. Luckily, both my cards are 86% with a stock voltage of 1.05 so I was able to OC that to 1025/1475 on stock volts without increasing temps+fan speeds. If I want to OC to say, 1125+ on both cards, I would need to set fan speed to 40-45% and bump volts to 1.31 which I am not willing to do on a regular basis because it's too loud unfortunately. mad.gif

Then again, what's tolerable to me may be different from what you think is tolerable. Some people run their fans 40-50% and think that's quiet, whereas I'm part of the, "I want a quiet GPU but I don't want to go water."
post #9 of 10
You can always find ways to prop up a graphics card to prevent sagging. Right now I'm using 3 zip ties strung together in a string connected to my hard drive bay biggrin.gif. It's pretty ghetto and if I was at home I'd take a pic of it. Don't let sagging concern you though.
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Found a few things to support the heavy cooler on the asus

http://www.powercolor.com/Global/products_Accessories_features.asp?id=1

http://www.scythe-usa.com/product/acc/065/slotrafter_detail.html

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=176&products_id=26771&zenid=3c97ab940db784ed588d4d1c08564be3
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