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parts maked on red are different. however you find out by yourself that they not go in the way of waterblock ;p
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The one on the left certainly is different, I just looked at the high res images on my computer of the board compared to a high res image of a reference. Good eye! +rep
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This card is getting a good ol' RMA. It cannot even overclock to 1175 stable, or even reach 1.2 volts. Whatever PowerColor did in this lil revision, it made this card terribad. mad.gif Man, what a waste of money.

If you ask me, stay away from PowerColor.

***update***

It turns out I had the Graphics Processor Type voltage set improperly in MSI Afterburner. It is overclocking much better now, and this was my mistake.
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Reference PCBs are all black even though pictures of cards on online stores sometimes show them as red. That being said they also have the AMD stamp. Kind of deceitful if they claimed it was reference, it either is or it isnt.

I wonder what those two things are they changed

Also kind of sucks the cheapening of the PCB has already begun frown.gif Would have thought they'd give it a few more months lol
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Looks to me like they also used Cheaper CAPs on the VREG (blue instead of purple), which could explain the poor OC
It is a Reference Design PCB (in that the layout is exactly the same), but it is revised with a few slightly different parts.
My guess is that the PCB for that card was Made to the reference PCB design, but is not one of the original reference cards that was produced by AMD.
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Reference PCBs are all black even though pictures of cards on online stores sometimes show them as red. That being said they also have the AMD stamp. Kind of deceitful if they claimed it was reference, it either is or it isnt.
I wonder what those two things are they changed
Also kind of sucks the cheapening of the PCB has already begun frown.gif Would have thought they'd give it a few more months lol

I am not sure, but it feels like it was something with voltage. I cannot increase the voltage much at all without an instant crash once the card goes under load. Even at 1150mV the card is unstable while gaming and will crash after a few minutes. Super bummed right now, I should have known better. Only reason I tried PowerColor was because this card is the model that they sold their reference cards under.
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Looks to me like they also used Cheaper CAPs on the VREG (blue instead of purple), which could explain the poor OC
It is a Reference Design PCB (in that the layout is exactly the same), but it is revised with a few slightly different parts.
My guess is that the PCB for that card was Made to the reference PCB design, but is not one of the original reference cards that was produced by AMD.

I think you may have just nailed it...
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Reference PCBs are all black even though pictures of cards on online stores sometimes show them as red. That being said they also have the AMD stamp. Kind of deceitful if they claimed it was reference, it either is or it isnt.
I wonder what those two things are they changed
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Sapphire is a great brand and they're usually quite cheap also, I'd recommend them thumb.gif
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Sapphire is a great brand and they're usually quite cheap also, I'd recommend them thumb.gif

Yup, this cards replacement is going to be MSI or Sapphire.
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I love my Sapphire 7970 thumb.gif
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before you will send card back, try to reinstalling the waterblock. also did you tested the card with stock cooler?
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