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7950 reference pcb or custom ?

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I want to know if there is a big different between reference design ( http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=67619&vpn=AX7950%203GBD5-2DH&manufacture=PowerColor&promoid=1058 )

and a custom xfx pcb ( http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=67748&vpn=FX795ATDFC&manufacture=XFX&promoid=1058 )

that worth 50$ more since I want to save money if the different isnt big .
( I dont care about the cooling of the card since im going to use antec kuhler 620 and heatsink for vrm )
post #2 of 4
The XFX is a reference PCB design according to EK http://www.coolingconfigurator.com/waterblock/3831109856239 so there shouldn't be much if any difference.
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a ok thanks smile.gif

btw do you know where I can get vrm heatsink for 7950 ? I found those http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=64085&vpn=VR003&manufacture=Arctic%20Cooling
but I dont think it will fit well ( quantity )
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Actually none of the 7950s are actual reference cards. True 7950 reference would look exactly like a 7970. What AMD released is a revised board w/o the vrm design of the 7970. All 7950s are based off this design.

The ek 7950 waterblock is designed for these revised boards. Btw, both the PC and XFX are the same revised board as well as all the other 7950s sold... well until someone actually wastes the funds and reinvents the wheel thereby making a full custom pcb.
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