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Which 7970 (Sapphire) to get, Boost vs GHz Vapor-X

Poll Results: Which 7970 should I get?

 
  • 50% (1)
    Sapphire 7970 OC with Boost ($409.99)
  • 0% (0)
    Sapphire 7970 GHz OC ($499.99)
  • 50% (1)
    [Wildcard] Sapphire 7970 GHz OC 6gb ($580)
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Thinking about getting another 7970 now that I know my motherboard could handle it. Tacked on a Accelero Xtreme 7970 to my old reference Sapphire 7970 making it a 3 slot monster. Was able to drop it down safely to the second PCIE3.0 slot without the connectors getting in the way in this thread.

My rig is in my sig, I currently play at 1080p @60Hz (next upgrade will be a 120Hz monitor) and would like to max every game for the rest of this year and the next tongue.gif.

Boost
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-DL-DVI-I-SL-DVI-D-PCI-Express-11197-03-40G/dp/B009B6Y01Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361395082&sr=8-1&keywords=sapphire+7970

Vapor X 3gb
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-DL-DVI-I-SL-DVI-D-PCI-Express-11197-12-40G/dp/B008PQAE98/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1361395082&sr=8-3&keywords=sapphire+7970

Vapor X 6gb (meh, for just $80 more might as well throw it in)
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-DL-DVI-I-SL-DVI-D-PCI-Express-11197-05-40G/dp/B0098HW0H2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1361395082&sr=8-2&keywords=sapphire+7970

Questions I have are:
  • Are any of these volt locked?
  • Will they play nicely with my reference 7970?
  • Why exactly is the Vapor-X $90 more, are the components/cooling higher quality?
  • Are the size of these cards (width wise) much larger than the reference 7970 and if so will it fit nicely in the Gigabyte UD5H motherboard? Was hoping to have a small gap between the cards for more airflow.
  • My current overclock is 1125/1375 (max in CC and don't plan on going higher at the moment) am I able to disable the boost and manually clock the new card to match?

Thanks in advance, hoping to order tonight and have it here by Friday thumb.gif.
Edited by rageofthepeon - 2/20/13 at 2:11pm
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post #2 of 2
the Sapphire hd 7970 ghz vapor-x can be had for USD 442

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=AT-7970GHZ

also since you are looking at CF you could get the sapphire HD 7970 OC and run it as the top card and the reference HD 7970 with accelero as the lower card. this way you will have more gap between the 2 cards.

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=AT-H7970CB

$10 OFF your order over $100 w/code: MELTDOWN, ends 02/25. USD 400 price with free shipping.
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