Originally Posted by skyhigh2004
I am in the same boat as you. I need one other 7950/7970 to finish up my trifire rig. Since I already have two HK 7970 waterblocks and the adapter to run up to three cards in parallel I really need a card with a reference 7970 PCB. I was looking through newegg and the HIS 7970 card with the reference PCB is only $379.99 as compared to the HIS 7950 with 7970 PCB at $349.99. I think for those prices Ill just grab a 7970 to trifire with my other two MSI TF3 7950's.
That sounds like a smart choice at this point in time.
Back when I bought my Sapphire 950mhz Edition I got a great deal on it and saved over a $100 on it over a HD7970.
Even getting a well made HD7950 that isn't built on a reference HD7970 PCB is a good choice for less money if staying low budget is important.
Most HD7950s will perform about 5% less that HD7970.