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Originally Posted by DevilsNight View Post

I'm also looking for a 7970 to replace my 5870 and the Gigabyte GV-R797OC-3GD looks like a great deal to me. They seem to OC well, have a 1000mhz clock, and have quality parts at a good price. Only thing i don't like is the blue PCB but I'm going to throw a waterblock and back plate on it so you wont see it. Think I'm going with the Swifttech Komodo block. Have any idea on what block your going with?

I haven't looked yet no, I was going to make that decision once I had made a definite one on the card. As for that card, look at the last quote wink.gif
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Originally Posted by McMogg View Post

I hope this doesn't fall on deaf ears - get a 7950.
Get a 7950 now (£200) and save the remaining £150, until you have enough for another 7950, and blow away the performance of a 7970.

I would but that is just a lot of hassle, I'd prefer to just make this one purchase and be content with the preformace, especially since they will both have to be under water, the cost of a block is probably around 80£ give or take and making that purchase once instead of twice is beneficial for me.
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Any of the high end Sapphire cards, the MSI 7970 Lightning or if you don't mind triple slot cards the Asus 7970 Matrix Platinum thumb.gif

I would buy a top end GHz edition of the card but spending that premium isn't in my price range with the added cost of a water block which can be almost 1/4th of the cost of the card itself. I w/c for the performance benefits but also for the noise reduction as my rig is in my room and I really like to keep things quiet.
   
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Either the MSI Lightning or this SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7970 3GB
     
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Has anyone had any experience with the XFX cards recently?
I owned an XFX 8800gt back in the day and it was a beast but I don't know how XFX are doing cards now.

As far as I can see this 7970 seems to be overall better than the cards around it's price range, It has considerably faster memory than the MSI lightening and is only 20MHz slower than the lightening which is very easy to OC to really.

This is looking to be a favourite for me right now but someone who has more knowledge should let me know!
   
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Avoid XFX cards, too many people have had problems with them. The Lightning and Sapphire cards will overclock better and will remain cooler and quieter than XFX cards.
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Avoid XFX cards, too many people have had problems with them. The Lightning and Sapphire cards will overclock better and will remain cooler and quieter than XFX cards.

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I'm actually finding it extremely hard to find a 7970 that is

a)1000MHz+/6000Mhz mem+
b) >370ish£
c) REFERENCE PCB

The ones that I have seen all use their own pcbs and, as far as I can see, don't have waterblocks to go with them.

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Has anyone had any experience with the XFX cards recently?
I owned an XFX 8800gt back in the day and it was a beast but I don't know how XFX are doing cards now.

I recently bought an XFX Double D 7970 GHz Edition, which I'm much happier with than I was with my XFX 6950 2gb. However, I only bought the XFX over the Gigabyte was the PCB color. I cannot stand colored PCB boards.

It's a great card and all, but there are better options out there for the money (as many have suggested).
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post #18 of 19
reference, whatever brand you have a preference for non-ghz, anything else would be a waste of money
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OP the MSI HD 7970 (1010 Mhz) with model no R7970-2PMD3GD5/OC uses a reference HD 7970 PCB. full GPU voltage control . advertised on the box itself. ekwb lists this model as being compatible with their full cover and universal waterblocks. good luck thumb.gif

http://www.coolingconfigurator.com
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