Hi there. I registered myself on here just so i could share with you my joy of getting a MSI HD7870 Twin Frozer OC. I was caught in a dilemma just about 3 days ago wondering if i should get the 7870/7950/7970 or should i just CF my rig. Did alot of intensive googling and decided to take my chance with the 7870 which seemed to make the most dollar sense, my current predicaments(mATX) and my gaming needs.
I upgraded from a HD 5870 and to be honest i wasn't quite expecting the huge leap in performance. I live near the equator and its warm where i am. Mid 30s celsius ambient is common. The card runs so so cool. Idles at 28-30 celsius and peaks at 60 during benchmarking. Gaming in the late 50s for games like Star Wars : The Old Republic, Dirt 3 etc. And mind you, i am running 1200 core and 5.6ghz memory at STOCK voltage. With air condition amd ambient temp of 24 celsius, i ran some loops of 3dmark11. It peaked at 56. Simply astonishing if you ask me.
I run a Asus Maximus III Gene mobo and that being a mAtx board is the main reason why i do not want to go CF. Fearing heat and space constraint. But with temps like this, and the card being quite slim (well the MSI one looks slimmer than most other 2 slot cards) i am seriously thinking of going out to pick up another to CF it. Bloody hell i am thinking of changing my mobo and cpu to CF this beast!!!! LOL.
Do take note though, drivers are really just at its infancy stage so may have some issues with some games or what nots. So far my games are ok.
Hope this helps. Have fun shopping!