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Should I keep or return USED Sapphire Vapor 7970 Ghz Ed?

post #1 of 9
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I recently purchased a USED Sapphire 7970 Vapor Ghz Edition card for around $360 (about $100 less than buying from a Newegg). I looked closely at the PCB and as much of the inside as I can (didn't take off the cooler though). The overall condition of the card was in decent shape as far as I can tell.

However, I spotted two slightly bent caps near the end of the card. This was a red flag for me. As I was about to put the card back in its box, I thought why not at least test it. I played 3 intensive games on max settings with a 1080p monitor for about 15-20 minutes each. The games I played were: The Witcher 2, Skyrim (with high res mods + ENB), and Crysis 2 (with high res textures). All three games performed amazingly well, with close to max FPS (except for Witcher 2, which would drop around 30-40 fps during certain battles). GPU temperature never went above 66° and the fan speed never exceeded 60%.

Should I keep this card or return it? Is there anything else I should do to check the stability or the physical condition of this used 7970? I have 2 days to make a decision, help me decide smile.gif
post #2 of 9
You're going to attempt to return something you purchased used because their might be a problem? What happened to morality these days?
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post #3 of 9
Well,from what you say you like the card,it gives no problems in performance,and you got it at a good price. Personally I would keep it, But it's not my money... Btw,is the card OCed?
Edited by Grmadness - 2/15/13 at 6:21pm
   
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post #4 of 9
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I had the card at stock clocks when playing those three games. Like I said earlier, the overall condition and performance seems to be fine. I'm just worried that the card might crap out on me in a couple of weeks or months. Sapphire's policy on warranties states the following:

Product Warranty will not be valid even if returned after purchased for the following cases:
Products not sold from our official distributors or resellers.

And since I did not buy it from an official distributor like Newegg/TigerDirect, there is a chance I might lose all the money I've spent on it.
post #5 of 9
As it might crap out on you for a totally different reason. What is the exact condition of the caps? Is the part they hold together in one piece? are they loose?
   
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post #6 of 9
Run it through Unigine Heaven for a few hours at stock clocks
if it doesnt crash, keep it thumb.gif
post #7 of 9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Grmadness View Post

As it might crap out on you for a totally different reason. What is the exact condition of the caps? Is the part they hold together in one piece? are they loose?

Slightly bent at a diagonal angle but held together.
post #8 of 9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Nemesis158 View Post

Run it through Unigine Heaven for a few hours at stock clocks
if it doesnt crash, keep it thumb.gif

Downloading the free version right now to stress test the card.
post #9 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by beezy98 View Post

Slightly bent at a diagonal angle but held together.

Then just bench it and enjoy the card.
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