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Hmmmmm.... Reference card is a reference card no?

Yes they are.... All hardware is not perfect. All i'm saying is... I bought 3 EVGA cards all @ once. The serials were like this @ the end.. XXXXXXXX45, XXXXXXXX49, & XXXXXXXX55. The 49 wouldn't work with the other two. It worked by itself & the other two worked together. I'm just suggesting & sharing my experience with you. The one card was my problem, no it wasn't 3 screens & it wasn't AMD cards. If you put sugar in a ford & a chevy fuel tank. I'm sure the results will be similar, if not the same.


Hope you get it figured out, good luck!
 
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Yes they are.... All hardware is not perfect. All i'm saying is... I bought 3 EVGA cards all @ once. The serials were like this @ the end.. XXXXXXXX45, XXXXXXXX49, & XXXXXXXX55. The 49 wouldn't work with the other two. It worked by itself & the other two worked together. I'm just suggesting & sharing my experience with you. The one card was my problem, no it wasn't 3 screens & it wasn't AMD cards. If you put sugar in a ford & a chevy fuel tank. I'm sure the results will be similar, if not the same.
Hope you get it figured out, good luck!


Evga has a habit of changing things though, much like XFX. whistle.gif

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Hmmmmm.... Reference card is a reference card no?


Where are you at now with the process. Have all the stuff re-installed?
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Yes I am flashing the BIOS back to original, will make the step you showed me to erase the drivers just to practice my self.

I really appreciate what you did for me.

Guys, tsm106 is the man.

But I have many thing to do today since I'm off and I spend my last month trying to make my rig work, so I have many personnal things to do.


Do you think the XFX might be the problem? I will sell them and buy PowerColor
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The early XFX 7970s were true reference cards, meaning they are literally made by AMD and have XFX stickers on them. Then 3 months after release XFX started to change the things by not including the bios switch, then they switched to a cheaper pcb, then now to completely changing the pcb.
I think you have one the the early cards, so you should be good.
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The XFX is surely a reference one but the PowerColor have a darker PCB.

The XFX is more dark green like all other reference PCBs but the powercolor is more dark/black, but everything is set the same on the PCB
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Powercolor was the first to switch to the alternate pcb. Your powercolor has a matte black pcb?
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I know I am gonna get flammed but I would try a different motherboard. Either the Big Bang or the Extreme 11. Otherwise you might have to go Nvidia.
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Don't worry l88bastar, at this point, anything can repair.

The thing is that I don't have enough money to buy some components to test anything. I have put enough money in this. I don't know nobody that knows a crap about what overclocking is. rolleyes.gif
I am the geek of my entourage so I can't borrow anything to nobody.

I feel like a newbie sometime here. But this time, I think my problem is really hard to troubleshoot.
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So I think its a reference card anyway

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131452
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Pros: It worked, but that's about it.

Cons: This is no longer a reference, PowerColor pulled a fast one and is selling non-reference boards with cheaper parts under the reference model number--my board does not have an AMD logo on it. This non-reference has cheaper parts, and cannot overclock past 1100 and remain stable. Even minor voltage increments cause it to crash and be unstable. I cannot even get mine to go to 1.140 volts stable. False advertisement, what is picture is not what you receive. Stay away, buyer beware. Mine is on its way back RMA. NOT HAPPY.

Other Thoughts: Stick with the big players like MSI, ASUS, and Sapphire. This card is a non-reference posing under the reference model number, but with cheap, chinese knockoff parts on the PCB. The PCB is physically the same layout as reference, but the components on the board have been replaced with cheaper variants. Don't make the same mistake I made, now I have to wait for an RMA before I can use my 7970 frown.gif I had high hopes, but have been let down by PowerColor, BIG TIME.


Manufacturer Response:


This review is very similar to the other one, so I'll just provide the same reply. But you are wrong, this is a reference card.

I appreciate the feedback regarding this product. If the product you received is the same product number as the one mentioned (ending with M2DHG) then it's most definitely a REFERENCE card. Just because it doesn't have the AMD logo near the PCI-E port, doesn't mean it isn't a reference card. And just for your own reference, the ones with the AMD logo were in very short production, and AMD changed the PCB revision on their reference cards, which is why reference 7970's no longer have the logo. This isn't something POWERCOLOR did, this was an AMD change. If you take the time and look at the reference 7970's from other manufacturers, you will notice that none of them have the AMD logos either. What they do have in common though (ours included) is that on the back of the card it says Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). This is how you know the cards are reference.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131452
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102961
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150591
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161399
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127645

I just linked you 5 reference cards from 5 different manufacturers. Notice how NONE of them have the AMD logo, yet they are all using identical PCBs, and they all say Advanced Micro Devices on the back of the card.

And here is our non-reference 7970:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131465

If you have any other questions please feel free to contact me directly at hugo@powercolor.com, I;ll be more than happy to help you answer any questions you may have regarding this and any of our other models. Thanks.

Hugo
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