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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.

My mistake- $140 is a game changer. At that price, it's a steal. You may even be able to sell it for that price in a year.
    
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Hello,

Within a week I'll be getting a Sapphire HD7870XT, and I would like to know wich bios is better to overclock the card, regarding the vrm temps, general stability etc.? I'd be also interested if you have links to release notes or any info on the topic.
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Hello XT Fellas,

I can grab a GA WF 280 R 2.0 voltage locked for just more 50bucks, plus, 2y warranty.

I have a 180bucks proposal for the Le right now.

Problem is, this beast will do 1230mhz with stock voltage and i am loving it.

What should i do, spend the extra 50bucks for the 280x?
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Hello XT Fellas,

I can grab a GA WF 280 R 2.0 voltage locked for just more 50bucks, plus, 2y warranty.

I have a 180bucks proposal for the Le right now.

Problem is, this beast will do 1230mhz with stock voltage and i am loving it.

What should i do, spend the extra 50bucks for the 280x?

What CPU/MoBo do you have?

I'm leaning towards yes. It would be a solid 20-25% improvement in framerates plus an increase in VRAM (which won't matter @ 1080p) assuming your CPU doesn't bottleneck the card.
    
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FX 8320 4.5.

My last score:

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/7820897

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What a beast...
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I would go for it.
    
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My video cards were running a little hot, so instead of spending $80 on an aftermarket cooler, I did this.




Good for a drop of 7-8C idle and load. thumb.gif
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My video cards were running a little hot, so instead of spending $80 on an aftermarket cooler, I did this.




Good for a drop of 7-8C idle and load. thumb.gif

Hmm I don't know how the cooling is on those powercolors but with a space b/w them, I figured you wouldn't need a fan. What are your temps like now? I currently have my Sapphire 7870xt cards right beside each other and had to set the power control to -20% to maintain temps below 85celcius on the top card.

I'm a lot more interested in the fan you've set up to cool your Motherboard VRMs. I'm looking to cool my VRMs as well and would like some tips.
    
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Hmm I don't know how the cooling is on those powercolors but with a space b/w them, I figured you wouldn't need a fan. What are your temps like now? I currently have my Sapphire 7870xt cards right beside each other and had to set the power control to -20% to maintain temps below 85celcius on the top card.

I'm a lot more interested in the fan you've set up to cool your Motherboard VRMs. I'm looking to cool my VRMs as well and would like some tips.

The top card was getting up to 90C on really intense graphics, but now the max I've seen is 83C on the top card @ +20% power and an overclock to 1100mhz (last temps were @ 1000), so the difference is night and day. My case is under a desk, so cooling exhaust isn't as good as I would like it to be. That 120mm fan on the video cards fixed my VC temps though. biggrin.gif

The VRM fan is just a Cooler Master 80mm silent fan to move some air over it. It's just to keep the voltages from throttling my CPU @ 4.7Ghz. It's also worked very well.

I'm a believer in spot fans now. They both do their job very well. thumb.gif
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The top card was getting up to 90C on really intense graphics, but now the max I've seen is 83C on the top card @ +20% power and an overclock to 1100mhz (last temps were @ 1000), so the difference is night and day.

The VRM fan is just a Cooler Master 80mm silent fan to move some air over it. It's just to keep the voltages from throttling my CPU @ 4.7Ghz. It's also worked very well.

I'm a believer in spot fans now. They both do their job very well. thumb.gif

Are you sure you need the +20% power? I could manage 1100/1500 with +0% power and the performance was identical.

Btw, how'd you rig that spot fan to stay there on top of the VRMs?
    
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