Originally Posted by pursuinginsanity
While I agreed with your earlier statement.. this makes little sense. Please, do tell me what "sucked" about the "79xx" cards you bought. Since you put it "79xx" I'm going to have to assume you tried both the 7970 and the 7950.. or neither.
I have tried both.
Sapphire 7970 reference was loud and had driver issues for me, plus was too pricey for the performance.
Gigabyte 7950 OC with WindForce non-reference cooler was quiet enough, but still had driver issues, and doesn't perform impressively.
Driver issues I've run into include flickering textures in BF3, speed-up slow-down effect (uneven frames, majorly and obviously) in SWTOR, anisotropic filtering just not applying in many titles I try, ULPS bug causing it to throttle to half-speed until I reboot any time it's left idle for more than 30 minutes or an hour (which sucks because it's inside of my PC with a Ceton InfiniTV 4 that runs my DVR, rebooting = interrupted/borked recordings), etc.