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Poll Results: GTX 680 To HD7970 DirectCUII?

 
  • 66% (6)
    yay! 3JIGABITS OF VRAM!
  • 33% (3)
    ney! keep your 680 man
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post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by raghu78 View Post

Get the reference HD 7970 card . buy and install the Accelero Xtreme 7970 cooler. the best custom air cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186064
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/arctic-accelero-xtreme-7970_5.html#sect1
this cooler even at max fan speeds is quiet. and can easily keep 1.2 Ghz overclocks at less than 65c. thumb.gif
Which brands are available for the ref HD 7970 cards and how much cheaper are they than the asus dc2 card.

im from manila btw. there's no way for me on getting an accelero xtreme cooler without costing me a ton which is something I'd rather not do. I did buy an accelero xtreme 5970 a while back but I was out of the country and got the chance to buy one.

edit:

had the urge to search up my old 5970 with the accelero xtreme cooler. it's definitely the best aftermarket cooler I've ever owned. and it overclocked like a beast not to mention it was whisper quiet! if only they sold those coolers here I would've bought one asap


Edited by jprovido - 10/30/12 at 9:22am
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by tsm106 View Post

Unfortunately it's somewhat random. Some say they released a new bios to unlock the voltage. It works for some not others. And then you might end up with a normal unlocked card. Who knows?
I would check with your supplier to see their policy on exchanges. Or maybe ask them to verify for you before purchase?

I'm a frequent customer so I can probably arrange something like that but it's not a sure thing tbh. I don't see any test rigs in the shop that can fit the massive card not to mention the power connectors that usually beefy PSU's only have.

I'll give them a call tomorrow and hopefully they can verify it for me. they do not do this but maybe they could make an exception for me coz I've been a loyal customer for years. thanks for the info. If I had bought the 7970 without posting here and found out it was voltage locked I would've been so pissed thumb.gif
post #13 of 18
I'd keep the GTX 680 for now and wait for the HD 8970. Unless money doesn't matter, then I'd swap the 680 with a HD 7970 GHz Edition.
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by jprovido View Post

im from manila btw. there's no way for me on getting an accelero xtreme cooler without costing me a ton which is something I'd rather not do. I did buy an accelero xtreme 5970

Can you check for the availability of the Arctic Accelero Xtreme 7970. Here is a reference HD 7970 from powercolor for quite cheap.

http://pcx.com.ph/components/graphic-cards-1/powercolor-hd7970-3gb-ddr5-hdmi.html
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post #15 of 18
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Can you check for the availability of the Arctic Accelero Xtreme 7970. Here is a reference HD 7970 from powercolor for quite cheap.
http://pcx.com.ph/components/graphic-cards-1/powercolor-hd7970-3gb-ddr5-hdmi.html

20,600Php is severely overpriced. I know a shop I can get a reference card for 15,600 so it's not even close biggrin.gif


it's just one of those products that they don't sell locally here. i dont think I can get an accelero xtreme anywhere tbh
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by jprovido View Post

my jetstream may look like a 2 slot cooler but it is also a 3 slot cooler in disguise (it's a little past 2 slots and you can't use the bottom slot below it)
I've heard good things with DC2 coolers. is it ok for me to expect at least 1200mhz OC on that card?

no those 7970 dcuII cards are known to over heat because of zero VRM's and VRAM cooling also some people report they are voltage locked, so yea ASUS totally dropped the ball on them this time round !
Edited by invincible20xx - 10/30/12 at 11:24pm
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EDIT: 11/16/2012
after a few weeks I've found a Direct CU II TOP for the same price too (amd cards price dropped further) I can even check if it's voltage locked or not on the shop I'm gonna purchase it from which is really nice. so a gtx 680 jetstream for a 7970 DIrect CU II TOP (voltage unlocked) yhay or ney?

I say go for it. the TOP cards can be flashed with a BIOS to unlock voltage. With stock speeds of 1 Ghz even at stock voltage you should be able to hit 1.1 Ghz. Thats enough to give you a nice bump over a GTX 680 at 1.2 Ghz. With voltage overclocking you are looking at a significant gap. The decision is made easy by the fact that your GTX 680 was not a great overclocker. if you had a 1.3+ Ghz chip I would have recommended you to keep it. you can see the GTX 680 losing by more than 10% to HD 7970 (1.05 Ghz)

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/11/12/fall_2012_gpu_driver_comparison_roundup/3
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