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So, I think I have decided to go AMD because I really want to water cool the graphics card. After looking for a bit I have come down to two cards the XFX http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5736415&CatId=7387

and the ASUS

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7368483&CatId=7387

Which one do you think will be a good buy?
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Asus one is pointless if you are going to be watercooling.
 
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Asus one is pointless if you are going to be watercooling.

Agreed...

I'd look into the Sapphire 7970 OC that was already recommended by Raghu earlier... I would choose that any day over the XFX, and in fact bought my brother one for his birthday.

Also, the Sapphire happens to be cheaper (if you like Newegg)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150596

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008
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Agreed...
I'd look into the Sapphire 7970 OC that was already recommended by Raghu earlier... I would choose that any day over the XFX, and in fact bought my brother one for his birthday.
Also, the Sapphire happens to be cheaper (if you like Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008

OP if you are watercooling the Sapphire HD 7970 OC might not work. it uses a PCB which is not a reference HD 7970 design. model no 11197-03-40G with blue PCB.

http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-DL-DVI-I-SL-DVI-D-PCI-Express-11197-03-40G/dp/B009B6Y01Y
http://www.rwlabs.com/article.php?cat=&id=708&pagenumber=5

A good option is the MSI HD 7970 OC . model no R7970-2PMD3GD5/OC . its a reference HD 7970 design. with voltage control as advertised in the box.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127652

this EKWB cooling configurator shows the MSI R7970-2PMD3GD5/OC as fully compatible with their full cover and universal waterblocks.

http://www.coolingconfigurator.com/

also the sapphire HD 7950 Boost (11196-16-20G) is incredible value for your money . at the same clocks HD 7950 is 3 - 6% slower than HD 7970.

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

but its priced at an amazing 300 bucks. its a reference HD 7950 design and listed as compatible in the cooling configurator.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006
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When did the PCB change? My brothers does have a black PCB, and a water block installed - and he's had it for less than a month - so just curious when that happened, and why...
     
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I love my FTW and also had an asus dcii 670 as well. There is no way around it that the asus is more quiet but the one I had wouldnt be stable over 1090mhz and the ftw out of the box did 1215mhz. Thats the weird thing about kepler. Evga might advertise 1087mhz but you could get much more than that. Same for any brand kepler. If my first asus did 1215mhz I wouldnt have returned it but spending that much and getting such a bad clocker I felt ripped off.

The pro is they both cool the same, its just the asus is more quiet. In a small case the evga gets air out which is a plus and why I am happy with mine
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i started with an AMD card as well but ended up selling it and going Nvidia. the small performance difference between the brands was well worth the swap when it comes to folding. thumb.gif
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You guys got me stuck right in the middle. I really like the extra performance of the 7970 and the fact that water cooling would be really beneficial, but the fact that folding on AMD cards seem to be pretty bad. I also really like how good of a deal the Sapphire's are, but the blue PCB really is a turn off for me. On the other hand the 670 will give me good performance and has the ability to fold well, but doesn't benefit from watercooling at all which I was really hoping to do being I will be upgrading my water cooling setup for Christmas.

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You guys got me stuck right in the middle. I really like the extra performance of the 7970 and the fact that water cooling would be really beneficial, but the fact that folding on AMD cards seem to be pretty bad. I also really like how good of a deal the Sapphire's are, but the blue PCB really is a turn off for me. On the other hand the 670 will give me good performance and has the ability to fold well, but doesn't benefit from watercooling at all which I was really hoping to do being I will be upgrading my water cooling setup for Christmas.
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It's not that water couldn't benefit you, but in terms of overclocking the volts are locked. It's more that WC would benefit you on the 79xx because many have their voltage unlocked and can benefit from the extra cooling power.

Whether you'd see a benefit of cooling is up to your card. I personally did/doing it so I can have pure silence while retaining performance.
 
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You guys got me stuck right in the middle. I really like the extra performance of the 7970 and the fact that water cooling would be really beneficial, but the fact that folding on AMD cards seem to be pretty bad. I also really like how good of a deal the Sapphire's are, but the blue PCB really is a turn off for me. On the other hand the 670 will give me good performance and has the ability to fold well, but doesn't benefit from watercooling at all which I was really hoping to do being I will be upgrading my water cooling setup for Christmas.
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Im not sure how accurate it is but isnt a gtx570 better at folding than the 670? I havent fired up F@H with my 670 but my 570 @900mhz would get I think 10K PPG, Its been since last winter since I folded so dont remember completely.
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