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I've been settled on a Diamond Reference 7970 since i started having trouble with the XFX DD i have (it's on it's second RMA BTW) anyhow i just came across this MSI OCed edition for about 10$ cheaper. Both are true reference right? I know the Diamond is but wasn't absolutely sure about the MSI. MSI also has a longer warranty. Opinions? My main concern is that i can fit a waterblock to it.

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.aspx?sku=049536

http://www.microcenter.com/product/382945/7970PE53G_AMD_Radeon_HD_7970_3072MB_GDDR5_PCIe_30_x16_Video_Card
Edited by Blackops_2 - 3/16/13 at 5:10pm
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Both are true reference PCB's.

Waterblocks I recommend in this order. They're all amazing so it doesn't matter which. Aqua is the only one in stock right now and I love their blocks, wish their 7950 block was ready NOW instead of at the end of the year. The density in their water channels is sick.

Use OCN55 on checkou to get 5.5% off!

Heatkiller will give you the best temps but the Komodo, best value for what they give you. The included backplate was nice of them as well which justifies the price.

Heatkiller
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=59_971_240_578&products_id=34865

Aquacomputer
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=59_971_240_999&products_id=34163

Komodo
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=59_971_240_582&products_id=33923
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I recommend the Diamond...It has the longer warranty (5yrs thumb.gif ) after registering it smile.gif
See for yourself... http://www.diamondmm.com/HD7900.php
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That and hasn't MSI been having issues lately?
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Good to hear i really like the Komodo have had that checked on the list for some time as well. Thanks for the promo i had no idea bout it.
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Go Diamond. And as far as blocks, why not Koolance?

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I would have gone with the Heatkiller's honestly but it was just a little too expensive...

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....totally forgot about the Koolance. They all do just about the same temp wise while the heatkiller wins by like 1C lol

http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=165761
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I haven't looked at Koolance in a while i'm guessing it's around the same price as the Komodo? Honestly i love the aesthetics of the Komodo not the best reason but it's performance is not too shabby either.

Also Jeff why Diamond over MSI? Just curious. I know traditionally Diamonds tend to clock really well or so i've heard. I've never owned cards from either manufacturer but have always held MSI in high regard as they seem to be mentioned in just about every recommended brand on both sides of the camp. Tsm i know has had great results with his Diamonds, as well as some members on EOCF. Hell one member on EOCF though on LN2 hit 1460/1790 with his diamond.
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I've been settled on a Diamond Reference 7970 since i started having trouble with the XFX DD i have (it's on it's second RMA BTW) anyhow i just came across this MSI OCed edition for about 10$ cheaper. Both are true reference right? I know the Diamond is but wasn't absolutely sure about the MSI. MSI also has a longer warranty. Opinions? My main concern is that i can fit a waterblock to it.

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.aspx?sku=049536

http://www.microcenter.com/product/382945/7970PE53G_AMD_Radeon_HD_7970_3072MB_GDDR5_PCIe_30_x16_Video_Card


Only the diamond is a true reference card. The msi oc uses the alternate pcb with different caps.
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Only the diamond is a true reference card. The msi oc uses the alternate pcb with different caps.
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I recommend the Diamond...It has the longer warranty (5yrs thumb.gif ) after registering it smile.gif
See for yourself... http://www.diamondmm.com/HD7900.php

That's excellent then i'll be sticking with the Diamond.
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