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As the subject suggests, I'm trying to figure out which 7970 to purchase. I want performance but I also want it to be quiet as it will be only around 1-2 feet away from me.

I've done some searching and have been suggested the Gigabyte GV-R797TO-3GD. Apparently the Gigabyte coolers with 3 fans are the quietest.

Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 26
Gigabyte has been renown for GPU quietness, 5870 of theirs I had fans would actually shut down on idle, and it was silent.

Thought that card died in a week flat, no warning, so got full money back for the return, so I don't trust gigabyte anymore for GPU products.

Sapphire are my favorite.


;

Can always add a aftermarket heatsink like this;

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186083

Expensive but combines awesomeness of water and air cooling, and very very quiet.
Edited by Neokolzia - 12/24/12 at 3:06pm
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post #3 of 26
DC ii is pretty quiet.
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if you can afford it go for the ASUS HD 7970 MATRIX PLATINUM. excellent card. good cooler

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/57894-asus-hd-7970-3gb-matrix-platinum-edition-review-19.html
Edited by raghu78 - 12/24/12 at 7:08pm
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What resolution will you be using?
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DC II, and Sapphire cooling is really quiet, and they stay cool too.
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1920x1080 on a 23"/24" monitor. Is the MATRIX worth the extra? I'm hoping for under 30db on load.
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1920x1080 on a 23"/24" monitor. Is the MATRIX worth the extra? I'm hoping for under 30db on load.

below 30db with load. thats not possible with air coolers on a high end HD 7970. as for the Matrix depends on the price. which country are you from ?
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It is the single fastest GPU available on the market today, so if you want to sacrifice silence for performance, go for the Matrix. Otherwise, just control your fans manually through MSI afterburner
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below 30db with load. thats not possible with air coolers on a high end HD 7970. as for the Matrix depends on the price. which country are you from ?

I see it's about 36db at around 1 metre from source. The last high end card I had was a 7900GT way back when and that was LOUD. I want to be able to hear game sound without having to blast my speakers. My computer sits on my desk as I hate having it on the floor. I'm from the UK.

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It is the single fastest GPU available on the market today, so if you want to sacrifice silence for performance, go for the Matrix. Otherwise, just control your fans manually through MSI afterburner

I find Xfire and SLi to be a bit iffy with games so single it will be. I may stretch to the 7990 but I dunno.
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