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Which would you choose: HIS 7970 IceQ2 -OR- Sapphire 7970 OC w/Boost?

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I've narrowed down my upgrade choices for a 7970 to the following. Which would you choose and why?

 

www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161412

 

                                              or

 

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

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are you on a tight budget. if not go with the HIS HD 7970 iceq x2 ghz card. reference HD 7970 PCB. dual 8 pin power connectors. more power phases than reference HD 7970 for better stability and lower temps with extreme voltage overclocking.

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

http://www.hisdigital.com/un/product2-726.shtml

http://www.legionhardware.com/articles_pages/his_7970_iceq_xsup2_ghz_edition_7950_iceq_xsup2_boost_clock,2.html
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HIS, good card. Reference PCB. Better stability. More power phases. A lot of goodies
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I would get the HIS also biggrin.gif
     
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Sapphire here. Fwiw, to me it seems its a crapshoot no matter which 7970 you opt for unless you are specifically benching on anything but air. If you Google you'll find Sapphire as one of the top 3 companies always recommended and the Sapphire oc/boost as a top performing card (scales well, runs cool, quiet while stressed, and voltage unlocked). While the His does have a positive reputation, I always see references to it running hotter, lower clocks on average, and ppl seem to just complain more about them). I'd recommend Googlin them and check the pros n cons yourself from various sites smile.gif
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post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by raghu78 View Post

are you on a tight budget. if not go with the HIS HD 7970 iceq x2 ghz card. reference HD 7970 PCB. dual 8 pin power connectors. more power phases than reference HD 7970 for better stability and lower temps with extreme voltage overclocking.

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

 

The card you're referring to is the GHz edition which is $80 more than the non-GHz Ice2 and $70 more (after rebate) than the Sapphire. I don't think it's worth the extra money nor could I come close to fitting it into my budget. That's why it's not one of my choices.

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Originally Posted by C3ntury View Post

Sapphire here. Fwiw, to me it seems its a crapshoot no matter which 7970 you opt for unless you are specifically benching on anything but air. If you Google you'll find Sapphire as one of the top 3 companies always recommended and the Sapphire oc/boost as a top performing card (scales well, runs cool, quiet while stressed, and voltage unlocked). While the His does have a positive reputation, I always see references to it running hotter, lower clocks on average, and ppl seem to just complain more about them). I'd recommend Googlin them and check the pros n cons yourself from various sites smile.gif

 

I've owned Sapphire cards in the past and while I haven't had to RMA one, their cust serv is much better than what I hear from HIS, who goes through a third party for the process. 

Tomshardware said the HIS 7970 Turbo X overclocked better than any other 7970 (at the moment of review) but it's not sold in N America.

 

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7970-overclock-review,3186-12.html

 

The Sapphire is clocked higher out of the box while the HIS supposedly has better power delivery and a quieter cooler. I'm leaning towards the Sapphire atm because the Ice2 probably won't clock as high due to it being a non-turbo version (see aforementioned review). The Ice2 is basically a standard 7970 with an upgraded cooler. My guess is that Sapphire's OC versions and HIS Turbos are basically the same, they just use different nomenclature.

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After thorough consideration I ended up going with the Sapphire 7970 OC.

 

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

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