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XFX-7870-ACDFC Double D is a nice choice also.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2318242&CatId=7387
I have this one myself and it overclocks well, has dual fans for nice cooling. Fans are not loud at all even bumped up.
But the most important part is the lifetime warranty on the card and XFX, with these cards for some reason, don't even care if you change the cooling and abuse the card (well they care but they allow you to really play with it) as long as you send the card back the way it came (so save the original cooling and screws) they'll fix/replace it. For an overclock newbie like myself this is nice insurance as I do my voodoo.
post #12 of 15
I'd get this card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127681. In my opinion, this is one of the best if not the best Pitcairn card. It tied for best overclocker in the review below.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/HD_7870_HAWK/31.html

On any given single monitor resolution and at 1260MHz/1600MHz; the 7870 would match OR beat a stock 7950. The backplate is also a major plus as it helps with sagging something that can be unsightly biggrin.gif
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I'd get this card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127681. In my opinion, this is one of the best if not the best Pitcairn card. It tied for best overclocker in the review below.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/HD_7870_HAWK/31.html
On any given single monitor resolution and at 1260MHz/1600MHz; the 7870 would match OR beat a stock 7950. The backplate is also a major plus as it helps with sagging something that can be unsightly biggrin.gif

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/HD_7870_HAWK/27.html

the fan is quite loud and the cooler is not capable of keeping card temps below 60c. the Gigabyte HD 7870 with the windforce 3x cooler is excellent . can easily keep the HD 7870 even at 1.2+ Ghz below 60c under load. you should know better than any one because you own an amazing Gigabyte HD 7950. thumb.gif
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http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/HD_7870_HAWK/27.html
the fan is quite loud and the cooler is not capable of keeping card temps below 60c. the Gigabyte HD 7870 with the windforce 3x cooler is excellent . can easily keep the HD 7870 even at 1.2+ Ghz below 60c under load. you should know better than any one because you own an amazing Gigabyte HD 7950. thumb.gif

The Gigabyte is a great option and I do agree that the Gigabyte cooler is superior at cooling not to mention quieter but not by a whole lot. Trivial amount to be honest.
Twin Frozr Cooler vs Windforce Cooler
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/53456-gigabyte-hd-7950-windforce-msi-hd-7950-twin-frozr-iii-review-18.html

At their clock maximums, both coolers would not be ideal plus running these cards at their max 24/7 is very impractical

My reasoning for the Hawk is that overall, it's better quality card with higher quality components. Higher quality components don't necessarily equate higher overclocks but from what I've been able to find; the Hawk 7870 is one hell of an overclocker perhaps the best (Sample for sample / SEE BELOW). As an added bonus, it also comes with a backplate to negate card sagging (Relevant if aesthetics matter to OP).

A) http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=934&Itemid=72&limit=1&limitstart=14
B) http://www.bjorn3d.com/2012/08/msi-r7870-hawk-edition/3/#.UHR_9lHCaSo

Benchmarkreviews was able to reach 1300MHz/1450MHz on their sample and Bjorn3d achieved ~1300MHz/1580MHz

But as I already mentioned, the Gig 7870 is a great option thumb.gif
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Looks like the opinion is on ASUS. I was already thinking that, I just wanted to see what you guys thought. Thanks for the input! Just bought the ASUS


Do yourself a favor and google asus warranty sucks. Ironically, xfx on the other hand is super these days. Who would have thought that? I've no opinion on either card, not sure I would get a 78xx given the problems ppl are facing.

Some of the awesome you have to look forward to.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1196856/official-amd-radeon-hd-7950-7970-owners-thread/16560_40#post_18337332
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So I got my HD7970 DC2T back from its 2nd RMA today. All excited, "Alright, I'm gonna plug it in and it's gonna work and things will be great!" .....opened the package to find they didn't attach the backplate to the card (as in, it's not here. It's still at ASUS), and they left out almost all the screws in the back, save for the 4 spring loaded ones. Gotta dig for some screws before I put her in the rig. Either way, ASUS is getting a call from me. This is my first bad RMA experience ever, and it's frustrating to send of a $450 card twice, not get it working the first time (and potentially the second. I'll know tomorrow) and missing pieces the second. Think I'll be buying cards somewhere else form now on.

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