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Originally Posted by Blaze0303 View Post

The windforce 3's run extremely cool and are one of the highest clocking 79X0 series you can buy.

Most of the Gigagbyte 7950s are OK, their 7970s are voltage locked.
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post #52 of 74
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Originally Posted by Blaze0303 View Post

The windforce 3's run extremely cool and are one of the highest clocking 79X0 series you can buy.


That is some real misinformation man. Don't pass along advice like that. It's voltage locked so it ain't overclocking anywhere real fast. And for the record, overclocks are dependent on luck.
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post #53 of 74
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Most of the Gigagbyte 7950s are OK, their 7970s are voltage locked.

Well that sucks, but still for the money +games you get, it isn't a bad deal.
    
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I have like 5 reference 7970 in 3 systems. Only reference i dont trust the custom thumb.gif I have 2 diamonds 1 sapphire and 2 vtx3d.Especially for cf the reference cooler is better than the custom one biggrin.gif
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post #55 of 74
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I have like 5 reference 7970 in 3 systems.

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Care to donate one? ha ha.

@TSM I know exactly what you mean, I want to AVOID Gigafail like a plague of AIDS.

How about this men.... right now I'm able to get a Reference 7970 from Sapphire brand new for $350 shipped.

Mind you I plan on crossfiring in a few months. And yeah I KNOW the Windforce is notorious in CF for heat issues. Not to mention voltage lock.

The reference 7970 is claiming "ASIC Quality rating of above 80%" whatever that means.
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the thing is if you get a reference 7970 be prepared to water cool it. the reference fans make a lot i mean a lot of noise at 60+ speeds
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the thing is if you get a reference 7970 be prepared to water cool it. the reference fans make a lot i mean a lot of noise at 60+ speeds

60+?I am on air at the moment because my loop is broken and with the reference cooler i have a fixed 45% fan speed and i have temps lower than 70C. Its a bit loud but with headphones you cant hear them
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post #58 of 74
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Anything wrong with running the fan at 100%?

Back in the day when I had my 6990 which was reference of course... I ran it @ 100% with a massive overclock for months with hardcore gaming on Bad Company 2, and BF3 everything maxed. -With noise cancelling headphones

Then I sold it and never had a problem with it or from the buyer.
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post #59 of 74
if you don't mind noise than go for it, but they make a really high pitch squeal .
i can't stand noisy computers tongue.gif
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The fan jacked up to 100% doesn't bother me as much with a headset on, but in ventrillo my clan mates always point out that it sounds like I gotta jet engine in the background.

Now im worried if having the fan all the way shortens the cards lifespan or smth? Can someone comfirm this pls.
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