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I finally decided to upgrade from my X-Fire HD6850's to a single HD7970 and I need help deciding which HD7970 to get. I will not be overclocking it at all. Right now I'm currently stuck between three cards:

The
Sapphire HD7979 21197-00-40G


the
XFX Double D HD7970 Black Edition FX-797A-TDBC


or a

VisionTek HD7970


Which one of the three should I get?
 
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Personally I'd go with the XFX. One thing to note is that the XFX is a Black Edition, which means it comes OC'd to 1GHz from the factory, while the other two are reference cards, probably running at 925MHz stock. Since you won't be overclocking yourself, this means the XFX should be faster.
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Humm.. Two are reference so they should be around the same thing.. The other one is a custom design by xfx.. I've heard terrible things about those cards ( never tried them though so don't take my word on this).. Why are you not considering any other cards?
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Personally I'd go with the XFX. One thing to note is that the XFX is a Black Edition, which means it comes OC'd to 1GHz from the factory, while the other two are reference cards, probably running at 925MHz stock. Since you won't be overclocking yourself, this means the XFX should be faster.
I spent some more time looking into the XFX card and it seems like there are quite a bit of problems with them.

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Humm.. Two are reference so they should be around the same thing.. The other one is a custom design by xfx.. I've heard terrible things about those cards ( never tried them though so don't take my word on this).. Why are you not considering any other cards?

Yeah I've been looking into the XFX one on here and it seems like there are quite a bit of issues with them. I'm looking at these ones because they are cheaper. I can pick up the Sapphire for $370 and the Visiontek for $360 and get some free games or something. I have had cards from both Sapphire/Visiontek as well and they always work good too.
 
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OP you are better off with a custom cooler card. the reference cards are very good option for watercooling. but the stock cooler can get loud. also why will you not be overclocking at all. most cards can overclock 100 - 150 mhz even at stock voltage.

the gigabyte hd 7970 oc(1 ghz) with windforce3x cooler and sapphire HD 7970 OC(1 ghz) with dual x cooler are good options.

http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-DL-DVI-I-SL-DVI-D-PCI-Express-11197-03-40G/dp/B009B6Y01Y/
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125413

gigabyte has 3 yr warranty while sapphire has 2 yr warranty . gigabyte card is voltage locked. running at 1100 mhz at stock voltage on these cards should be easy.
Edited by raghu78 - 3/3/13 at 7:36pm
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OP you are better off with a custom cooler card. the reference cards are very good option for watercooling. but the stock cooler can get loud. also why will you not be overclocking at all. most cards can overclock 100 - 150 mhz even at stock voltage.

the gigabyte hd 7970 oc(1 ghz) with windforce3x cooler and sapphire HD 7970 OC(1 ghz) with dual x cooler are good options.

http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-DL-DVI-I-SL-DVI-D-PCI-Express-11197-03-40G/dp/B009B6Y01Y/
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125413

gigabyte has 3 yr warranty while sapphire has 2 yr warranty . gigabyte card is voltage locked. running at 1100 mhz at stock voltage on these cards should be easy.

I prefer reference design ones over the others, I always have good luck with reference ones. I don't have a reason to OC it really. It already is gonna be leaps ahead of my 6850s. Also I may do a custom loop soon, hence the reference cards.
 
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i have heard quite good feedback on the visiontek cards. i think they have a 3 yr warranty while sapphire has 2 yr warranty. check with others and make your decision.
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i have heard quite good feedback on the visiontek cards. i think they have a 3 yr warranty while sapphire has 2 yr warranty. check with others and make your decision.

Thanks for the input, I think I'm gonna go with the Visiontek one. It has a longer warranty and seems to be a good card.
 
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I'd say either the Visiontek or the Sapphire, since reference is best. thumb.gif
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Personally I'd go with the XFX. One thing to note is that the XFX is a Black Edition, which means it comes OC'd to 1GHz from the factory, while the other two are reference cards, probably running at 925MHz stock. Since you won't be overclocking yourself, this means the XFX should be faster.

NO NO NO. AVOID the XFX

OP.. get the Sapphire Reference. I run Diamond reference and they do 1250 core on reference cooling with MX4 swapped in

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814103201
Edited by Stay Puft - 3/4/13 at 8:01am
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