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One of the big things with the Vapor-X cooler is the low noise level and efficient cooling. When you start getting into the really high end non-reference coolers they typically are all close to each other in noise and performance.

Ok so the Vapor X should be fine then. If its not in stock monday or tuesday morning i might go ahead and get something else because i like to put this entire build together this coming weekend. Whats the next best choice to the Vapor X?
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post #12 of 29
How loud a 7970 is will depend on cooler and overclock. A 7950 at 1200MHz+ / 1600MHz+ will be noticeably loud like classroom / office environment loud. This is often overlooked in "7950 vs. other high-end cards" threads.
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How loud a 7970 is will depend on cooler and overclock. A 7950 at 1200MHz+ / 1600MHz+ will be noticeably loud like classroom / office environment loud. This is often overlooked in "7950 vs. other high-end cards" threads.

I will be trying for 1150mhz=1200mhz
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post #14 of 29
I would suggest setting up a user defined fan profile in Afterburner rather than fixed mode. That should eliminate a decibel or two. Nonetheless, the sound will be noticeable even at 1150MHz. I prefer a quiet system therefore I'm running my Gigabyte 7950 at stock (900MHz / 1250MHz) and only crop the horse when benchmarking. It is pointless to be running this card at 1150MHz+ because it squashes every game at 1920x1080 on high to very high/ultra settings but to each to their own thumb.gif
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I would suggest setting up a user defined fan profile in Afterburner rather than fixed mode. That should eliminate a decibel or two. Nonetheless, the sound will be noticeable even at 1150MHz. I prefer a quiet system therefore I'm running my Gigabyte 7950 at stock (900MHz / 1250MHz) and only crop the horse when benchmarking. It is pointless to be running this card at 1150MHz+ because it squashes every game at 1920x1080 on high to very high/ultra settings but to each to their own thumb.gif

So i should leave the Ghz edition at stock? I thought the 7970 wasnt as good as the 680 unless you OC it?
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So i should leave the Ghz edition at stock? I thought the 7970 wasnt as good as the 680 unless you OC it?

I ran benches against a friends' 680 and they were about the same overclocked and stock.

It all comes down to what the game is best optomised for. Sometimes Nvidia or AMD will walk game developers through graphic development that will accererate on their hardware to the point that theres a very large performance difference between the two brands.

As far as overclocking goes, I left my 7970 at stock because theres no reason for it at 1080P when they screen tear my 60Hz screen so bad I need to enable vsync anyways.
post #17 of 29
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so if i run the Vapor X at 1100mhz what would you guess the fan speed would be at to keep it 70c and what would it be comparable to? I have a window unit air conditioner that runs on medium or high and it doesn't bother me. Would that card be louder then that?
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post #18 of 29
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so if i run the Vapor X at 1100mhz what would you guess the fan speed would be at to keep it 70c and what would it be comparable to? I have a window unit air conditioner that runs on medium or high and it doesn't bother me. Would that card be louder then that?

I can only speak for the reference design but it is nowhere near the noise level of a window A/C at normal operating speeds 38-41% fan. It is barely louder than my case fans at 40%. At ~45% fan it gets a bit of a whine to it and gets annoying but it never gets that high unless I manually set it there. I don't see why people are saying that it is so loud when it isn't that bad.

I wouldn't worry about fan noise and just go buy it. I think you may have been misinformed.
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DCII 7970 is the quietest and best heatsink.
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I can only speak for the reference design but it is nowhere near the noise level of a window A/C at normal operating speeds 38-41% fan. It is barely louder than my case fans at 40%. At ~45% fan it gets a bit of a whine to it and gets annoying but it never gets that high unless I manually set it there. I don't see why people are saying that it is so loud when it isn't that bad.
I wouldn't worry about fan noise and just go buy it. I think you may have been misinformed.

Is that 38-41% at normal or overclocked? If the latter, what are your core and vrm temperatures?
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