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Hey guys, Would you reccomend pulling the trigger on two of these 7950's?

http://www.hisdigital.com/un/product2-683.shtml

Im getting this for $259 each. Is it worth the savings VS this one for $309?:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161429

I personally think the first one looks incredibly ugly, but I was planning to watercool them down the road anyways. Heres the other catch, for the first one, i can only have the old EK FC waterblock that looks like this:



where on the other hand I can get the 7970 CSQ waterblock for the second card (which has a 7970 PCB) which i think looks leaps and bounds better(dont judge tongue.gif )



What should I do?
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260$ is a great deal. Read some reviews to see how it compares to other cards:

https://www.google.ca/#hl=en&sclient=psy-ab&q=HIS+7950+IceQ+review&oq=HIS+7950+IceQ+review&gs_l=hp.3..0j0i22i30l3.489.2863.0.2968.8.8.0.0.0.0.105.648.6j1.7.0.les%3B..0.0...1c.1.6.psy-ab.YENkv-HvVRM&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.43828540,d.aWM&fp=a46232c0f6e04cba&biw=1920&bih=947
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I read come reveiws but its still difficult to compare these two cards as one is fairly old and the other is fairly new. With water cooling, will I see a performance difference between these cards overclocked to their potential? Does the 7970 PCB improve it in a noticeable way?
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post #4 of 7
buy the one you know that is voltage unlocked. buy the card first before the block. visually inspect the pcb to make sure the block will work.

i have a windforce i bought early last year and is voltage is unlock while the ones coming out nowadays aren't.
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I know for a fact that both are compatible with the water block. The first one with the first water block pictured in OP and second with second. I also know that the second card is voltage unlocked as it is mentioned in the description of the product. The first one used to he voltage unlocked and I believe it still is but I am not 100% sure
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These cards are not worth cooling IMO, especially this late into the cycle and with the knowledge that they may be voltage locked. IMO water cooling is only worth while with top end cards @launch, not this late in the game since new cards are likely coming out this fall and the good cars overclock so well as it is while keeping low temps. Gone are the days of the GTX 4x0 space heaters (former sli 480 owner here).

The HIS 7950 is very comparable to the others top tier 7950's (not sure about reliablility or over clocakability, good is everyone's friend) If I could get the HIS for 260$ I would over any of the others
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I decided to get the his one and upgrade to next gen and water cool that. Thanks"
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