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Ok I have been reading of some issues with the DirectCu II 7970 VRM temps on another forum. Unfortunately this card is not very easily obtained at the moment and so not very many people have them. So I thought I would check on this forum since it is much larger and see if we can get some feedback on this thing. If there are any owners of this card out there could you please tell us how the card is working for you?

Some info that would be helpful.(Feel free to include more or less) VRM Temps at load, max stable overclock(stock voltage), max stable overclock(above stock voltage), idle temps, load temps, noise, Eyefinity experience, and any other information that you have for us.
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Any users have been using video cards long enough should know this. If your video cards are overheated, it only means bad paste job or the HS is not properly seated or faulty fan not spinning.

 

http://www.overclock.net/t/1220328/behardware-asus-hd-7950-directcu-ii-fault-report/130

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Originally Posted by Ken1649 View Post

Any users have been using video cards long enough should know this. If your video cards are overheated, it only means bad paste job or the HS is not properly seated or faulty fan not spinning.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1220328/behardware-asus-hd-7950-directcu-ii-fault-report/130
I'm talking about the 7970, not the 7950. Also I am talking about the VRMs which on the DC2 does not have a heatsink on it.( Which is probably why it is overheating.)
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Hey i would love to report them back to you but my 7970 TOP cant make it any longer than 2seconds ( literally ) in any bench mark or game without making my screen go black... ill be fallowing this thread though, hopefully ill get my card all squared away and will be able to report back to you guys!
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Originally Posted by Ken1649 View Post

Any users have been using video cards long enough should know this. If your video cards are overheated, it only means bad paste job or the HS is not properly seated or faulty fan not spinning.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1220328/behardware-asus-hd-7950-directcu-ii-fault-report/130
I'm talking about the 7970, not the 7950. Also I am talking about the VRMs which on the DC2 does not have a heatsink on it.( Which is probably why it is overheating.)


7970 VRMs without heat sink will shut the whole system down less than 1 min or won't even make it into Windows log on screen. Don't know where you get that information from or just hear-say.

 

The heatsink is the whole plate in the middle.

 

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ASUS HD7970 DC2 Top Video Card
 

 


 

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Hey i would love to report them back to you but my 7970 TOP cant make it any longer than 2seconds ( literally ) in any bench mark or game without making my screen go black... ill be fallowing this thread though, hopefully ill get my card all squared away and will be able to report back to you guys!


Uninstall your current Catalyst and Asus Tweak, Afterburner, etc. Do not overclock it yet. Unstable overclock will result in crash or driver re-set.

 

Clean it with this (Turn off UAC to install this file) Atiman Uninstaller v.6.3.1

 

Install http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/RC11Driver.aspx

 

 


Edited by Ken1649 - 3/5/12 at 6:05am
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That is not the heatsink I am referring to. What people have been complaining about is that the massive heatsink on the card does not come into contact with the VRMs. Many are seeing VRM temps at 100-115C vs about 60C on the reference card. This in turn is causing low overclocking capabilities for many that I have read. What I am trying to do is find out if this is a widespread issue.
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I'm a new owner and the heat sink seems stuck to the VRM's like its supposed to.
When I finish installing my Windows I'll bench it and see if my card is a crud or a gem.

Waiting for that EK waterblock...
Edited by tijgert - 3/6/12 at 10:50am
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7970 VRMs without heat sink will shut the whole system down less than 1 min or won't even make it into Windows log on screen. Don't know where you get that information from or just hear-say.

The heatsink is the whole plate in the middle.

180e.jpg
HD7970_DC2_PCB.jpg

 



 

Uninstall your current Catalyst and Asus Tweak, Afterburner, etc. Do not overclock it yet. Unstable overclock will result in crash or driver re-set.

Clean it with this (Turn off UAC to install this file) Atiman Uninstaller v.6.3.1

Install http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/RC11Driver.aspx


I did just that except i used driver sweeper as i read lots of people had problems with atiman. Nothing seemed to change. I even changed to another PCI-E slot and used 2 different PCI-E 8 pin connectors on my PSU. After i do the chip set thing ill report back but i dont hold my breath on this
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Just to confirm from my end, the backplate does NOT have the VRM's slit in between all the holes.
Is my card newer or older??
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I have my eye on it and it just became available on local stores here in Athens.
I'm concerned from what I've read here and will hold back for a bit.

It troubles me that there is yet no decent review on this card out there.
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