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I want a 7970 for my gaming build, but I cannot decide on which card. I want the abillity to go crossfire in the future and want one that won't slack down a little in its slot. I also want the most performance for the price, obviously, and want to overclock my card. Any ideas on what card I should go for?
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this is your best option. it is highly overclockable while staying quiet even under extreme loads

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008
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or you could go with an MSI Lightning R7970 GE. It is good at overclocking, very quiet, and has a great cooler.
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this is your best option. it is highly overclockable while staying quiet even under extreme loads

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008

All 7970s are overclockable, but highly? There are no guarantees with gpus, especially with tahiti. OP you'd have to pray to the silicon lottery to get a highly overclockable card no matter the brand or model.
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All 7970s are overclockable, but highly? There are no guarantees with gpus, especially with tahiti. OP you'd have to pray to the silicon lottery to get a highly overclockable card no matter the brand or model.

Wrong. The current Gigabyte 7970 you cannot overclock them as they have locked the voltage. There is a thread about this and I have the same problem my Gigabyte 7970.
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All 7970s are overclockable, but highly? There are no guarantees with gpus, especially with tahiti. OP you'd have to pray to the silicon lottery to get a highly overclockable card no matter the brand or model.

Wrong. The current Gigabyte 7970 you cannot overclock them as they have locked the voltage. There is a thread about this and I have the same problem my Gigabyte 7970.


Wrong what? Whose talking about the giga fail cards here? rolleyes.gif
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I have the XFX GHz editions, they're pretty good. GPUs will run up to 1150MHz stable, but closer to 1200 and there's a ton of artifacting and power faults
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I have the XFX GHz editions, they're pretty good. GPUs will run up to 1150MHz stable, but closer to 1200 and there's a ton of artifacting and power faults
Do you find them pretty loud?
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Does this voltage lock apply to HIS OC iceq 7970s? I have one and it performs fantastic. But I've never messed with the voltage to know. I think if you ever find them on sale you should buy them. Fantastic cards.
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Do you find them pretty loud?

Ultra silent but high temps.
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