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is this a reference 7970?

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161412

wanted to use http://www.frozencpu.com/products/15068/ex-blc-1064/Heatkiller_GPU-X_79X0_Radeon_HD_7950_7970_Reference_Design_Full_Coverage_Water_Block_15020.html#blank for watercooling just not sure if it is a reference design, been searching google but can't find a legit answer
  
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not guaranteed to work cause its not a reference card
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not guaranteed to work cause its not a reference card
Damnit! Well glad I haven't bought it yet... am i SOL for watercooling since its not a reference card?

Wow i'm totally not happy that I have a good card, and I am so surprised im saying this!!
  
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According to EK, the card is "Visually" compatible with their 7970 cooler. Don't know how exact "Visual" is, but you might want to just email the Heatkiller and ask if their block is compatible.

Here is the EK link (see second page):

http://www.coolingconfigurator.com/waterblock_genpdf?wb_id=553

update:
This is the same card, but a GHz edition, and one user commented about their H2O block:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161431
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1: High overclockability, have mine stable at 1250/1700.
2: reference pcb, compatable with most major waterblocks. Got a EK CSQ full cover block/backplate for mine.
3: extra pwm phases over reference design.
4: Stock cooler was very good, never went above 65c after overclocking and stress testing, if you dont plan on watercooling, the iceqx2 is a good cooler.

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Originally Posted by ericeod View Post

According to EK, the card is "Visually" compatible with their 7970 cooler. Don't know how exact "Visual" is, but you might want to just email the Heatkiller and ask if their block is compatible.

Here is the EK link (see second page):

http://www.coolingconfigurator.com/waterblock_genpdf?wb_id=553

update:
This is the same card, but a GHz edition, and one user commented about their H2O block:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161431

Hey ericeod, thanks mate I just ran into this myself

(im trying to see if i find threads or posts with people who have the same card and might be watercooling it)

seems i can't get any advice on my current watercooling thread anywho so I might email/try to call and figure this out before i buy anything

would be a shame if i could not let h20 cool this badboy!frown.gif
  
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http://www.monstermarketplace.com/computer-thermal-management/komodo-hd7900-series-full-cover-vga-waterblocks

says my card is compatible! but also doesn't say yes/no , looks like tomorrow will be a fun day, too many google search pages and cant find one his 7970 thats watercooled
  
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the HIS HD 7970 Iceq x2 is a reference PCB design. the model no H797QM3G2M is listed . choose it. you will see "AMD reference PCB design checked by EK"

http://www.coolingconfigurator.com
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the HIS HD 7970 Iceq x2 is a reference PCB design. the model no H797QM3G2M is listed . choose it. you will see "AMD reference PCB design checked by EK"

http://www.coolingconfigurator.com

thanks so much mate

now im stuck at whether the swiftech komodo or heatkiller 79x0 , i have no experience and seems like both are interesting the heatkiller weighs almost 5 times the komodo!
  
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post #9 of 59
The Heatkiller will be a degree or two cooler than the Komodo according to charts. It is also slightly less restrictive. The HK does not come with a back plate, but once the costs are added up they are about the same. If you are running only one or two cards then flow isn't an issue. Unless you care about 1 or 2 degrees pick the prettier block. I personally own the Komodo and it is a slick looking block to me. Being that I have a Apogee Drive II I opted for the Swiftech Komodo to match the scheme.
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The Heatkiller will be a degree or two cooler than the Komodo according to charts. It is also slightly less restrictive. The HK does not come with a back plate, but once the costs are added up they are about the same. If you are running only one or two cards then flow isn't an issue. Unless you care about 1 or 2 degrees pick the prettier block. I personally own the Komodo and it is a slick looking block to me. Being that I have a Apogee Drive II I opted for the Swiftech Komodo to match the scheme.

thanks wookie,

i like how the komodo comes with the thermal pads and the backplate, im wondering though, won't i need some air flowing through the rest of the card or are the gaps in the komodo enough to exhaust heat?
  
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