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Guys i'm considering ordering this card 2 weeks from this Wednesday.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125439

The Gigabyte 7970 GHZ edition but my question is what are the best drivers to use the 13,2 beta?
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I'm just throwing this out there, a 7950 can overclock to those speeds with little to no effort and then you can go some extra as well. I'm sitting at 1150/1575 and you can get the 7950 much much cheaper

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125414&Tpk=gigabyte%207950

150 bucks less
can hit same speeds as 7970
can hit faster speeds than stock 7970
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I'm just throwing this out there, a 7950 can overclock to those speeds with little to no effort and then you can go some extra as well. I'm sitting at 1150/1575 and you can get the 7950 much much cheaper

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125414&Tpk=gigabyte%207950

150 bucks less
can hit same speeds as 7970
can hit faster speeds than stock 7970
But also remember a 7970 can be OCed as well. wink.gif

I agree thought the 7950 is a better deal, for $250 the performance you'd get would be great.
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Guys i'm considering ordering this card 2 weeks from this Wednesday.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125439

The Gigabyte 7970 GHZ edition but my question is what are the best drivers to use the 13,2 beta?

the Gigabyte card is voltage locked and has no VRM heatsinks. not a good choice. here are a couple of good options. both these cards have unlocked voltage.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161431
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202001

the HIS HD 7970 iceq x2 ghz edition uses a reference AMD PCB design. the HIS card has 6+1+1 power phases instead of 5+1+1 on reference HD 7970. dual 8 pin power connectors. the extra power phase means a cooler running setup even with extreme overclocking. better stability at extreme overclocks.

http://www.legionhardware.com/articles_pages/his_7970_iceq_xsup2_ghz_edition_7950_iceq_xsup2_boost_clock,2.html

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/59265-his-hd-7970-iceq-x-hd-7950-iceq-x-review-14.html

the sapphire HD 7970 Ghz vapor-x card has a high quality custom PCB. uses dual 8 pin power connectors. you can ask the user who created the thread below about the vapor-x

http://www.overclock.net/t/1340008/my-new-sapphire-vapor-x-7970-ghz
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2 things.


You should still get the 7970. Sure the 7950 can still overclock to the 7970 speeds, but the 7970 starts there and goes farther. If its in ur budget , get the 7970. Heck I bought 2 of them. (Budget creep got me again, hence the name).


and on ur question about drivers you should definitely use cat 13.2 beta. This is a solid steel driver, the best so far to come out of AMD (and they make very good drivers). This particular got rid of the one big thing that made people kind of annoyed with AMD : THE MICRO STUTTERING (frame latency). Now these drivers in union with these cards destroy the competition. *cough* nVida *cough*. Also, AMD has plans to release even better drivers for more blistering preformance.... Also may I suggest the sapphire dual-x 7970 or vapor-x 7970? They are both very good coolers and look sharp.

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