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Poll Results: what card should i be buying ( help before my brain explodes )

 
  • 54% (6)
    HIS 7950 - $349 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161429
  • 36% (4)
    Sapphire 7950 - $309 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202026
  • 9% (1)
    Sapphire 7950 - $329 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7542562&CatId=7387
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post #51 of 93
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Quote:
Originally Posted by raghu78 View Post

OP the XFX DD coolers are not so good. the temps are higher and the fan can get loud.since you have 100 dollar at TD go for the sapphire HD 7950 boost

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7542562&CatId=7387

this same card at newegg has been one of the best sellers and has very positive user reviews

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006

thanks man, i found this http://www.anandtech.com/show/5314/xfxs-radeon-hd-7970-black-edition-double-dissipation-the-first-semicustom-7970/2

i would not be pleased at a 70*C+ load gpu temp, what im worried about is getting a 7950 to oc vs getting a 7970 and slightly oc

frown.gif i liked the sapphire but i would take the HIS they showed over the sapphire but now im debating a XFX dd over the his, i know people mention a 7950 oc being the same as a 7970 but they dont mention a 7950 oc vs 7970 oc smile.gif

At worst i would be getting a gpu waterblock and adding to my loop, im just not sure what to do frown.gif

this isnt as easy as i thought frown.gif (any idea why someone told me a xfx 7970 dd isnt a Next gen card?)

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1823334&CatId=7387 why would the black edition DD be less clocked than the reg dd ? makes no sense http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3843790&CatId=28
Edited by JrWhopper - 2/18/13 at 9:46am
post #52 of 93
Thread Starter 
seems this xfx idles at 4x dB which is not quiet at all frown.gif looks like im going to rule this card as a nono

back to square 1, his vs sapphire vs msi

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2293545&CatId=28 is this the msi tfiii with the 7970 pcb?
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/search.asp?keywords=7950&sort=2&recs=30
Edited by JrWhopper - 2/18/13 at 9:56am
post #53 of 93
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ok ive come to a decision

i am going to buy a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161429&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r-_-Video+Cards-_-Hightech+Information+System+Ltd.-_-14161429


HIS card, hopefully it does as good as people say, i do have a msi motherbaord making me want to buy a msi card just for no reason frown.gif

ill have to wait untill wednesday so i will be doing some more research, unless i can come up with a reason to buy sapphire or msi over HIS, i will do so then ill buy in store with credit+cash
post #54 of 93
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Originally Posted by JrWhopper View Post

seems this xfx idles at 4x dB which is not quiet at all frown.gif looks like im going to rule this card as a nono

back to square 1, his vs sapphire vs msi

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2293545&CatId=28 is this the msi tfiii with the 7970 pcb?
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/search.asp?keywords=7950&sort=2&recs=30

 

I think pretty much any new MSI TFIII 7950 is not going to be on the 7970 PCB.  The only way you would get one is if you found a retailer that has some "new old stock" TFIIIs.

post #55 of 93
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Originally Posted by anubis1127 View Post

I think pretty much any new MSI TFIII 7950 is not going to be on the 7970 PCB.  The only way you would get one is if you found a retailer that has some "new old stock" TFIIIs.

thanks dude, im ruling out the MSI tfii for that reason then


also, would i be voiding warranty if i opened their cooler to use Noctua NT-h1 cooler? on the HIS card

i see when people replace on youtube the cards come with soooooooooooooo much thermal paste, would i be adding alot as well or a grain of rice like we do on the CPU?
post #56 of 93
Quote:
Originally Posted by JrWhopper View Post

seems this xfx idles at 4x dB which is not quiet at all frown.gif looks like im going to rule this card as a nono

back to square 1, his vs sapphire vs msi

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2293545&CatId=28 is this the msi tfiii with the 7970 pcb?
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/search.asp?keywords=7950&sort=2&recs=30

OP the MSI HD 7950 at 362 dollars is not worth it. the twin frozr cooler is not as good as sapphire dual x or his iceq. firstly if you want to go with HIS HD 7950 iceq x2 boost make sure your case can fit this card. its 31.1 cm long. if it can't then your choice is simpler. go with Sapphire HD 7950 boost.

also don't remove the cooler unless you have overheating. the HIS HD 7950 iceq x2 boost / Sapphire HD 7950 boost has load temps in the 60s and stays below 75c even with overclocking.
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post #57 of 93
Wow is TFIII that expensive now, I got mine for 310 € (~310$) shipped, and yeah out of the box this card wasnt ~great, run pretty hot even on 1,1V (~72C in FC3@69% fan speed, fan@>70 is loud) and instant >75C @1,15V so pretty much removing the cooler and changing that horrible stock thermal paste with the real deal was the only way and now it runs like it should have right away, after re-pasting it is a great card and the good thing about it is its size but for that prize cant be recommended...
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post #58 of 93
I got both of mine for $289 each (After $20 rebate) biggrin.gif
post #59 of 93
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Originally Posted by raghu78 View Post

OP the MSI HD 7950 at 362 dollars is not worth it. the twin frozr cooler is not as good as sapphire dual x or his iceq. firstly if you want to go with HIS HD 7950 iceq x2 boost make sure your case can fit this card. its 31.1 cm long. if it can't then your choice is simpler. go with Sapphire HD 7950 boost.

also don't remove the cooler unless you have overheating. the HIS HD 7950 iceq x2 boost / Sapphire HD 7950 boost has load temps in the 60s and stays below 75c even with overclocking.

but if i replaced the thermal with Noctua NT-h1 would i achieve better temps?

the HIS would fit roomy in my L10GT case smile.gif)
post #60 of 93
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id like to thank everyone whos taken the time to post in my thread and share their experience, you guys are making life alot easier

(sometimes reading 20 reviews has such a small effect vs peoples personal experience+tips)
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