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I'm planning on ordering parts for my build this week - a Silverstone SG-09 tiny mATX - i'm fairly sure that the only way i can pull off 2 GPUs on a mATX board is if they are each 2 slot.

I originally planned on getting Sapphire Vapor-X cards, but it looks like their coolers are too tall - more like 2.5 slots.

My fallback was the Gigabyte GV-R797TO-3GD (for $450) or the GV-R797OC-3GD ($389), since their coolers are low enough to fit two.
I planned to do some beginner-level overclocking with them. They don't have reference coolers, but Silverstone specifically says this is OK in their case.

The Gigabyte 7970s have very good reviews on Newegg and Amazon.

Any thoughts on this? Should I go with Gigabyte? If the voltage is locked on the "OC" version, should I spend the extra money for the "TO" version?
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OP why do you want two HD 7970s. a single HD 7970 is enough to run the latest games at max settings even at 1440p . The Gigabyte HD 7970 Ghz clocked at 1.1 Ghz is a good option. (GV-R797TO-3GD). excellent windforce3x cooler.
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OP why do you want two HD 7970s. a single HD 7970 is enough to run the latest games at max settings even at 1440p . The Gigabyte HD 7970 Ghz clocked at 1.1 Ghz is a good option. (GV-R797TO-3GD). excellent windforce3x cooler.

Just thinking about the future. One card will be fine for now, but 1-2 years from now, maybe not.
If I were getting a large case with an ATX board, it wouldn't matter as much, but since i'm going for the smallest case possible, my options are limited.

So the GB looked good, I just couldn't find any reviews on it.
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Just thinking about the future. One card will be fine for now, but 1-2 years from now, maybe not.
I would get one card now, but I would want to be able to add a second later.

If I were getting a large case with an ATX board, it wouldn't matter as much, but since i'm going for the smallest case possible, my options are limited.
So the GB looked good, I just couldn't find any reviews on it.
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Just thinking about the future. One card will be fine for now, but 1-2 years from now, maybe not. If I were getting a large case with an ATX board, it wouldn't matter as much, but since i'm going for the smallest case possible, my options are limited. So the GB looked good, I just couldn't find any reviews on it.

You could always sell your HD 7970 Ghz and spend the extra money to get the best GPU available when you want to upgrade. and to tell you the truth the HD 7970 Ghz should do well for atleast a couple of years. By that time you would have maybe 2 or 3 generations of cards gone by. so things might have progressed far ahead. always get the best single GPU if you can.
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Gotcha.

The only differences I could find between the GB and the Sapphire was that the Sapphire had a better cooler and one guy *thought* it might be better for overclocking. no real facts though.
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Gotcha.
The only differences I could find between the GB and the Sapphire was that the Sapphire had a better cooler and one guy *thought* it might be better for overclocking. no real facts though.

actually the gigabyte windforce3x cooler is better than sapphire vapor-x . so go for the gigabyte. this card will tear apart any game at 1080p or even 1440p . at 1.1 Ghz your card would be even faster than the HD 7970 Ghz(1.05 Ghz) . You could overclock further to 1.15 - 1.2 Ghz if you are at 1440p and need the extra performance.

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

buy from newegg and you get 3 free games. farcry 3, hitman absolution and sleeping dogs. i have completed sleeping dogs and its an awesome game.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125439
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The Gigabyte cooler will probably outperform Sapphires but also generate more noise for the better temps. Noise levels would be about even at the same temp, Gigabytes just give you the option to turn the fans up and give you slighly lower temps. If you want to splurge I'd reccommend MSI's lightning editon though.
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