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So I was looking at getting a 7970 and want a model that isn't likely to have coil whine, and has unlocked voltage. The HIS has solid state chokes and shouldn't have whine, some users reported it, but after reading the reviews HIS does consider it a defect and will accept returns for that reason. So I figure it is unlikely to have any and if it does I can RMA it. The only problem is I can't find much people talking about this card, or if it voltage unlocked or not.

I really can't find any info on it at all, the only things I can find about voltage are old reviews. Which for all I know the card could have been voltaged locked in a recent revision like the Gigabyte or XFX models. So could someone please confirm or deny if the IceQ X² 7970 is voltage unlocked? And if you can't any input would still be appreciated I can't really find much info on this card at all.
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OP do you have a budget in mind. which country are you from. since you are at 1080p even a HD 7950 boost will be more than enough to max out every game. also at the same clocks HD 7950 is 3 - 5% slower than HD 7970. if you are overclocking get a HD 7950 boost.
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I am in the US and I can afford this card, and some of the more expensive 7970s. I wouldn't mind paying less for a 7950 if performance is really that close, but would I be able to get the same overclocks out of it?

My monitor is actually now 2560x1440 though, just got it in and my 570 wasn't cutting it so that is why I wanted to upgrade.
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Originally Posted by Gordon Freechmen View Post

I am in the US and I can afford this card, and some of the more expensive 7970s. I wouldn't mind paying less for a 7950 if performance is really that close, but would I be able to get the same overclocks out of it? My monitor is actually now 2560x1440 though, just got it in and my 570 wasn't cutting it so that is why I wanted to upgrade.

the perf difference at same clocks is 3 - 6% and with most games being lesser than 5%.

http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/graphics/34761-amd-hd-7950-vs-hd-7970-clocks/?page=3

the sapphire HD 7950 boost comes at 925 mhz boost clocks. if you max out the power option to +20% this card runs at 925 mhz without clock throttling. the stock voltage is 1.25v. most cards are running at 1.1 - 1.15 Ghz at stock voltage.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006
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Well that is interesting isn't it, as I said I can afford a 7970, but if the performance really is so little then why spend extra? and the 7950 can get to 1.1ghz -1.15ghz on stock it could probably hit 1.2 with overvolting. And I am not seeing any complaints of coil whine, on the sapphire 7970 there were 13 reviews and at least two complained of coil whine. This is a good sine I think I might get this card. Thank you for everything. And even if I don't decide on getting it, I still really appreciate the info.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Gordon Freechmen View Post

Well that is interesting isn't it, as I said I can afford a 7970, but if the performance really is so little then why spend extra? and the 7950 can get to 1.1ghz -1.15ghz on stock it could probably hit 1.2 with overvolting. And I am not seeing any complaints of coil whine, on the sapphire 7970 there were 13 reviews and at least two complained of coil whine. This is a good sine I think I might get this card. Thank you for everything. And even if I don't decide on getting it, I still really appreciate the info.

http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1157&pid=1713&psn=&lid=1&leg=0

supports dual link DVI.
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