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Sapphire 7970 Dual-X or ASUS 7970 Direct CU II

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Trying to decide between the two, I can get both for a similar price. These are the standard version of the cards not the OC versions, I can do that myself If I feel the need.

Both seem to give similar cooling and noise but I would like some opinions from people here before I make my decision.

Sapphire 7970:
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/3gb-sapphire-radeon-hd-7970-5500mhz-gddr5-28nm-gpu-925mhz-displayport-dvi-d-hdmi-minidisplayport

ASUS 7970:
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/3gb-asus-radeon-hd-7970-directcu-ii-5500mhz-gddr5-925mhz-2-x-dvi-i-4-x-display-port
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DC2 is bad bad bad.
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I hear that the ASUS uses binned chips but the Sapphire might provide better cooling at a lower fan speed. I would go on which has the best warrenty.
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DC2 is bad bad bad.
Yep.
I have it, I would know. mad.gif
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I hear that the ASUS uses binned chips but the Sapphire might provide better cooling at a lower fan speed. I would go on which has the best warrenty.
No use in a binned chip if you're voltage locked.
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asus is quieter at load (fact). i'd get it on that merit alone. (personal opinion).
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I hear that the ASUS uses binned chips but the Sapphire might provide better cooling at a lower fan speed. I would go on which has the best warrenty.


Is it binned for crapness or something?
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Wouldn't it being voltage locked only be an issue for pushing its overclock though?
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Is it binned for crapness or something?
Binned for maximum crapness!
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Wouldn't it being voltage locked only be an issue for pushing its overclock though?
Yes. At stock it's fine. But if you like OC'ing then it's a problem.
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post #9 of 25
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Binned for maximum crapness!

Yes. At stock it's fine. But if you like OC'ing then it's a problem.

Well im more concerned with noise and cooling, I might give it a mild OC to put it at the same as the OC variants but nothing that will need extra voltage.
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I vote for Sapphire..I hated the Asus card i had/have..thin pcb..locked overclocking? wth.gif
 
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