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My card is working so no need for an RMA.
    
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Well I tried to mod the BIOS and it doesn't seem to be helping. The core clock is still bouncing all over the place when under load with different tests using MSI Kombustor. Also which is switch 1? Is it the left or right one when installed in a typical motherboard as I don't see any labels?

did you increase the power limit? if you haven't, up it at least 5%, should be enough for 975 Mhz
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What speeds does it fluctuate between?

It used to be consistent between 975 and 925 and sometimes go to lower speeds. Now it seems to be going all over. I think the card might just be defective as it has exhibited other weird issues since I have had it. I bought it from Amazon so I could just see what they will do. I see they are no longer listed on there so maybe they will bump me up to a 7950. thumb.gif
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did you increase the power limit? if you haven't, up it at least 5%, should be enough for 975 Mhz

Yep tried that too.
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My cards are now right beside each other so I have to set a -20% power limit to maintain respectable temperatures.
    
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I got a Powercolor myst from Newegg about a month and a half ago from Newegg. And I was fine with the noise from the fan at first because of the amazing price/performance ratio. Now I decided to get an aftermarket cooler. I see that no store carry the Arctic Accelero tt 2 anymore. The only other decent aftermarket coolers still available are the Gelid (no pwn fans). And the Arctic Accelero extreme iii.

I'm thinking about getting the arctic accelero extreme 3 because its a really good cooler with a good warranty. But I'm concerned about the size of it. Does anyone know the length of the card with the cooler attached?

Or does anyone know of another good/available aftermarket cooler with pwn?
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11.5 in from the website. 1 inch longer than the 7870 XT (10.5 in) for comparison.

 

You can do oats2012 mod on the OP and plug your fans into a PWM adapter for your GPU like this one:

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/19933/cab-1521/Mini_4-Pin_GPU_to_2_x_4-Pin_PWM_Fan_Adapter.html#blank

 

Or you can do the Red Mod (buy a AIO cooler and attach it to your GPU using zipties or the G10) and plug in the pump and fan into the GPU fan adapter.

    
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Thanks. I think I'm gonna get the arctic. Just for the fact that I can use it on a another video card later.
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Thanks. I think I'm gonna get the arctic. Just for the fact that I can use it on a another video card later.

Or you could just sell the 7870xt and get a faster and cooler card (gtx 760 or 7950) for the same price as the 7870xt+ the cooler. If you acknowledged that noise, along with cooler temperatures, is important, it would only make sense that you wouldn't make the mistake of getting a card with a sub-par cooling system in the future. This sort of makes using the cooler in the future pointless, especially considering how ugly it is. In addition, the resale value of those coolers is lousy- you'll barely be able to sell the card+cooler for more than the stock card by itself.
    
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And it's hard to make the 7870xt cards uglier than they already are. Other than the Sapphire and XFX card, which are barely palatable, the cards look really ugly. I suppose the cards would be too awesome if they had MSI or Asus coolers. I'm also guessing the ****tier coolers is what allowed them to reduce costs.
    
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I don't really care about what the card looks like. Since I don't have a window on the side of my case. And I know I'm going to lose money on reselling it. Because I will keep it for a year or 2 before I upgrade. I usually skip a generation before upgrading, if possible.

And when I read about the noise complaints I didn't think much of it. Because I've used a friends computer that has a sapphire 6970 with the stock amd blower cooler and that thing got pretty load. My previous 6850 was super quiet with only 1 fan. Especially since I run everything at 1440p. And that is tough on video cards.

Plus the price of $140 ar was such a steal. The cheapest 7950 with a good cooler at the time was over $100 more. And the 7950 isn't much of an upgrade now. And I can always use the cooler on my next video card.
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