I'm thinking about getting this card. Little story: I had two Sapphire 7970 Vapor-X Ghz edition with broke VRM1s. The first one came already with it busted, it would go to 110C in seconds under any load and then the GPU would throttle to 500mhz. I returned it to Amazon, and the second one worked perfectly for two days, stable and the temperature were never higher than 64C (GPU and VRMs) with moderate fan noise, but the third day the VRM1 started to act exactly like the first card one. I didn't even overclocked the second card, it died stock. Take a look at what I found when I unplugged the card for returning it:
That's burned thing is what separated the VRM1 cooler from the PCB... I love the smell of burned VRMs in the morning
The two 7970s had very close serial numbers so I think Sapphire got a really bad batch of VRM1's on their factory (plus awful to no quality control).
So as you can understand, I'm done with that Sapphire crap for life and I'm looking to a GTX 680 with quality components. This MSI and the ASUS seem to be the best options and I'm more inclined to buy this one for several reasons.
Now I wanted to ask some of you a favor, If If any of you have an i5 3570k, could you please test your card it with these conditions? (so I can get an idea of what performance I would get on my system):
- CPU not overclocked, just allow for the 4 cores to turbo to 3.8ghz
- GPU not overclocked
Then run 3dmark11 "performance" combined score and heaven benchmark 4 (all extreme) average FPS and tell me your result.
The 7970 Ghz that worker for two days would give me around 8800 in the 3dmark11 test and 35.5FPS in Heaven 4.0.
Thanks!Edited by juanjux - 2/19/13 at 3:42am