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Hi Guys.

Id like to make my computer as much future proof as possible (I know its going to be hard because new techs come out so often) But ive lasted with my dual core pc wiht 8800GT for 4+ years and its still playing new games ( Albeit at low res).

So I was wondering, Which of the 7970 have the highest lifetime without OC and just at its normal stock fan (Comp will be cooled by air with as much noctua fans as possible, will be regurlary vacuumed and maintained). And which one has life time warrenty on it?

This is the list which I can use (they include GST). Im in NZ so do you guys recommend buying from here or from overseas if its cheaper?

http://pricespy.co.nz/category.php?k=v1967
or
7990

Note: I am just interested in 7970 and 7990, not keen on 7950 or anythin like that

Thank you for your reply.thumb.gif
post #2 of 14
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Originally Posted by aymanibousi View Post

Hi Guys.

Id like to make my computer as much future proof as possible (I know its going to be hard because new techs come out so often) But ive lasted with my dual core pc wiht 8800GT for 4+ years and its still playing new games ( Albeit at low res).

So I was wondering, Which of the 7970 have the highest lifetime without OC and just at its normal stock fan (Comp will be cooled by air with as much noctua fans as possible, will be regurlary vacuumed and maintained). And which one has life time warrenty on it?

This is the list which I can use (they include GST). Im in NZ so do you guys recommend buying from here or from overseas if its cheaper?

http://pricespy.co.nz/category.php?k=v1967
or
7990

Note: I am just interested in 7970 and 7990, not keen on 7950 or anythin like that

Thank you for your reply.thumb.gif

I believe XFX has a lifetime warranty, but I have also been told to never buy a product from them and that they are an absolute pain in the butt to deal with. I'm currently looking for a 7970 myself, but I feel like newegg isn't selling anything good at the moment.
post #3 of 14
The lifespan (in terms of functionality) depends on voltage applied and temperatures. Most of the non-reference cards run at 60-70°C, which is great. They overclock very well on stock voltage. So my advice is to go for card with a custom cooling design. Some cards come with 36 months of warranty, which is decent in my opinion.
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The lifespan (in terms of functionality) depends on voltage applied and temperatures. Most of the non-reference cards run at 60-70°C, which is great. They overclock very well on stock voltage. So my advice is to go for card with a custom cooling design. Some cards come with 36 months of warranty, which is decent in my opinion.

Ah, Im not going to play with the stock voltage or fans, so Im thinking of getting one which is overclocked for me, something like VaporX? I feel it might not be worthwhile overclocking a reference 7970 because it comes with stock cooler which might not be good.
post #5 of 14
If you dont care about watercooling, overclocking, or unlocked voltages, then go ahead and grab one of the custom 7970s.
Most people only go for reference designs for the three things I mentioned.

I've heard good things about the VaporX but I personally dont have experience with it.

And yes, I too have heard horror stories about XFX lol.
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post #6 of 14
Don't go with an XFX Double Dissipation though, it's garbage, I've just had to buy a new cooler as the aftermarket is worse than stock!
post #7 of 14
The Gigabyte Windforce 7970Ghz run really cool and quiet - theyre locked but your not looking to overclock anyways.
post #8 of 14
Yep, Any MSI 7970 (lightning if you can find) or Gigabyte 7970 should do the job. Sapphire 7970 Vapor-x looks overpriced on newegg, dunno why.
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post #9 of 14
The lifespan is random thing. Each chip is unique in the fine qualities.

in short go for XFX double fan version of HD7970

TL;DR follows
My recent history on GPU lifetime - purchased new Gigabyte GF6600 128MB superclocked edition. Died after 1 week. Replaced with exact same model that worked 5 years 24/7, including 1 year with cooling fan disconnected because it died. Idle temperature about 100 degrees Celsius and crashed in few minutes in game because of non-existing cooling. After 1+ year of operating @ 100C the capacitors started to leak on video card and adjacent space on motherboard because of temperature. Conclusion - two exactly the same model cards have radically different durability.

Purchased HD4870 TOP from ASUS. Was freezing in games and when starting games. Replaced with overclocked HD5850 Black Edition from XFX. The XFX card is the most rock stable I ever had (excluding my old GeForce 2 MX400) and still have plenty of overclocking headroom. Conclusion - not every overclocked card is bad.
     
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post #10 of 14
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The lifespan is random thing. Each chip is unique in the fine qualities.

in short go for XFX double fan version of HD7970

TL;DR follows
My recent history on GPU lifetime - purchased new Gigabyte GF6600 128MB superclocked edition. Died after 1 week. Replaced with exact same model that worked 5 years 24/7, including 1 year with cooling fan disconnected because it died. Idle temperature about 100 degrees Celsius and crashed in few minutes in game because of non-existing cooling. After 1+ year of operating @ 100C the capacitors started to leak on video card and adjacent space on motherboard because of temperature. Conclusion - two exactly the same model cards have radically different durability.

Purchased HD4870 TOP from ASUS. Was freezing in games and when starting games. Replaced with overclocked HD5850 Black Edition from XFX. The XFX card is the most rock stable I ever had (excluding my old GeForce 2 MX400) and still have plenty of overclocking headroom. Conclusion - not every overclocked card is bad.

But I read a thread about XFX dissapator being really bad, see here at the last infared picture:
http://www.hardware.fr/articles/853-17/thermographie-infrarouge-cartes-graphiques.html

btw from the list which I linked at my first post, which would be a reference card? Just incase in the future I decide to meddle with it, this is afterall the overclock forum lol tongue.gif
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