Originally Posted by masscrazy
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.
"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_17266164Edited by raghu78 - 5/17/12 at 10:47pm