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i have the same card in an antec 900 case and even with a 1150 clock speed and memory set at 1550 i havent gone beyond 61c with fans reaching a maximum speed of 66%. ambient temperature of the case hovers around 25-26 c. i like the card and its cool temps...i am less impressed with amd's drivers atm.
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My reference 7970 stays at 70-75 running at fan speed of 30%. I think you have a problem. These cards are COOL.
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So i'm running the Gigabyte 7970 WindForce at 1187mV 1125/1510 @ 86C max temp/100% fan speed.
This does not seem that good to me from what I've read, people with stock 7979s get this at third of the fan speed. I've had it for 5 days and have two days to decide on whether or not i should keep.
Considering those number what would you do/suggest.

RMA! I have the same card and at 1.22mv 1280/1600 i only get 64C @60% fan speed
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RMA! I have the same card and at 1.22mv 1280/1600 i only get 64C @60% fan speed

Will send back tomorrow. Asked for a refund. Didnt want to RMA as I doubt they'll find a fault at stock. Once i get the refund will get another card, maybe even the same one. Heard Sapphire are no good for warrantys and all other brands except MSI only do two years.
    
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RMA! I have the same card and at 1.22mv 1280/1600 i only get 64C @60% fan speed

Agree, I have the same card in crossfire overclocked to about the same as above and I never see greater than mid 60's, and I don't let it run more than 40%
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That massive brick of a cpu cooler you have is terrible for case airflow....
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That massive brick of a cpu cooler you have is terrible for case airflow....

Indeed, at load the gpu temp would be 85 with side panel off it was 75, still at 100% fan speed...
    
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I would return and get 680, should be better at that resolution
     
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So i'm running the Gigabyte 7970 WindForce at 1187mV 1125/1510 @ 86C max temp/100% fan speed.
This does not seem that good to me from what I've read, people with stock 7979s get this at third of the fan speed. I've had it for 5 days and have two days to decide on whether or not i should keep.
Considering those number what would you do/suggest.

Get a sapphire HD 7970 OC at USD 449.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/04/10/sapphire_hd_7970_oc_edition_video_card_review/10

"The Dual-X Cooling System delivered on several different levels. The Sapphire HD 7970 OC Edition is a relatively light video card. Most high end video cards with custom coolers have increased weight due to heavier heat sinks. This video card does not have that extra weight though but still exhausted heat effectively. The stock Sapphire HD 7970 OC Edition had an Idle operating temperature of 27c which increased to 56 degrees Celsius under full load with fans only increasing to 46%. On the Overclocked Sapphire HD 7970 we had fans set to 70% to keep heat off the card under the extreme overclock, and even with the high operating frequency and extraordinary performance that we received temperatures only increased to 68c under load. This is over 10 degrees Celsius cooler than both the reference Radeon HD 7970 and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680."


here is a user who has lot of praise for the card

http://www.overclock.net/t/1258678/should-i-get-this-7970-over-the-reference#post_17266164
Edited by raghu78 - 5/17/12 at 10:47pm
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Get a sapphire HD 7970 OC at USD 449.
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/04/10/sapphire_hd_7970_oc_edition_video_card_review/10
"The Dual-X Cooling System delivered on several different levels. The Sapphire HD 7970 OC Edition is a relatively light video card. Most high end video cards with custom coolers have increased weight due to heavier heat sinks. This video card does not have that extra weight though but still exhausted heat effectively. The stock Sapphire HD 7970 OC Edition had an Idle operating temperature of 27c which increased to 56 degrees Celsius under full load with fans only increasing to 46%. On the Overclocked Sapphire HD 7970 we had fans set to 70% to keep heat off the card under the extreme overclock, and even with the high operating frequency and extraordinary performance that we received temperatures only increased to 68c under load. This is over 10 degrees Celsius cooler than both the reference Radeon HD 7970 and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680."
here is a user who has lot of praise for the card
http://www.overclock.net/t/1258678/should-i-get-this-7970-over-the-reference#post_17266164

Hear the support is terrible. Several people here in UK have had troubles with them.

Thinking of getting the GB again.
    
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