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Watch for amazon deals I just got a EVGA 670 FTW edition for 315$
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Interesting read if anyone is interested in how the 7950 stacks up against the 7970 at the same clocks.

http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/graphics/34761-amd-hd-7950-vs-hd-7970-clocks/?page=5

Mind you this is right after launch, Im sure the numbers are MUCH better with the latest drivers.
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the sapphire HD 7950 boost is a good option. AMD reference PCB design. unlocked voltage. sapphire model no 11196-16-20G. AMD name and logo with PCB no 109-C38137-00 above the PCI-E connector. amazon and newegg allow you to zoom and see this number

http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graphics-11196-16-20G/dp/B0098HW1HG/
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=AT-7950BST

superbiiz has the best price.

http://www.ekwb.com/news/131/19/

"We have completed internal testing of our newest EK-FC7950 water block, built specificaly for the AMD Radeon HD 7950 graphics cards based of AMD 109-C38137-00 PCB. Once again we have managed to manufacture the highest performance (both hydraulic and thermal wise) water cooling product."

www.coolingconfigurator.com

you can check the model here . Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 Boost 3GB GDDR5 (11196-16)
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the sapphire HD 7950 boost is a good option. AMD reference PCB design. unlocked voltage. sapphire model no 11196-16-20G. AMD name and logo with PCB no 109-C38137-00 above the PCI-E connector. amazon and newegg allow you to zoom and see this number

http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graphics-11196-16-20G/dp/B0098HW1HG/
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=AT-7950BST

superbiiz has the best price.

http://www.ekwb.com/news/131/19/

"We have completed internal testing of our newest EK-FC7950 water block, built specificaly for the AMD Radeon HD 7950 graphics cards based of AMD 109-C38137-00 PCB. Once again we have managed to manufacture the highest performance (both hydraulic and thermal wise) water cooling product."

www.coolingconfigurator.com

you can check the model here . Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 Boost 3GB GDDR5 (11196-16)

Raghu, The 7950 boost reference PCB you linked is better than the 7950 Vapor x model? Pls confirm.

Thanks for posting.
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Raghu, The 7950 boost reference PCB you linked is better than the 7950 Vapor x model? Pls confirm. Thanks for posting.

HD 7950 vapor-x has a custom PCB and does not have fullcover waterblocks support. generally the resale value of reference design cards are better. the reference PCB card with dual x cooler also has better VRM cooling. you can ask others in the HD 7900 users thread too.

there is a thread for sapphire hd 7950 vapor-x. there seems to be two versions . one with 8 + 8 pin power. and one with 8 + 6 pin power. the first one (8 + 8) seems to have revised design and runs cooler and quieter than the second one (8 + 6).

http://www.overclock.net/t/1303929/7950-vapor-x-voltage-locked/930
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Useful info as always, I guess I'll stick with the Sapphire 2L Reference PCB card...
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Nah Im no raghu lol. I just infact learned the difference between the vapor x and dual x. Id go with what raghu recommended.
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post #28 of 74
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There's a strong chance of me getting a Sapphire standard reference 7970 under my budget. I will most likely pick that over a 7950 regardless of cooling. But if not then the 7950 2L will be my backup.
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post #29 of 74
FYI, the 7950 is still not faster than a 670 at stock (I've had both, a reference 670 and a "boosted" 7950 at 1000/1250). This is with the newest drivers from both companies. Even though we hear a lot of about the AMD gains, we don't hear as much about the nvidia gains... they've been releasing new drivers every month.

To compare...
reference 670 in Heaven: 42-43 FPS consistently
7950 @ 1000/1250: 41-42 FPS consistently

However, the difference is minimal, and if you're on a budget, you won't see the difference between a 7950 and a 670. Do realize the 670 is quite a bit leaner on power and size, if you need that. Also once you get the 7950 up to 1175/1575, it gets closer to around 46-47 FPS, which is 7970 territory. This overclock wasn't stable for me in games, however.

Also, in my experience, AMD cards are more prone to coil whine as well. Both my 7970 and my 7950 whines like crazy, the 660 and 670 never whined for me.

I've also had a 7970 GHz, and I'll be honest, between the 7950 and 7970, I don't really see a difference. Stick with a 7950 or 670.
Edited by CiTRxJ - 3/11/13 at 1:36pm
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FYI, the 7950 is still not faster than a 670 at stock (I've had both, a reference 670 and a "boosted" 7950 at 1000/1250). This is with the newest drivers from both companies. Even though we hear a lot of about the AMD gains, we don't hear as much about the nvidia gains... they've been releasing new drivers every month.

To compare...
reference 670 in Heaven: 42-43 FPS consistently
7950 @ 1000/1250: 41-42 FPS consistently

However, the difference is minimal, and if you're on a budget, you won't see the difference between a 7950 and a 670. Do realize the 670 is quite a bit leaner on power and size, if you need that. Also once you get the 7950 up to 1175/1575, it gets closer to around 46-47 FPS, which is 7970 territory. This overclock wasn't stable for me in games, however.

Also, in my experience, AMD cards are more prone to coil whine as well. Both my 7970 and my 7950 whines like crazy, the 660 and 670 never whined for me.

I've also had a 7970 GHz, and I'll be honest, between the 7950 and 7970, I don't really see a difference. Stick with a 7950 or 670.

is that heaven 3.0? so, 53 is what territory?
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