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So I have the Raidmax Smilodon case which has 80mm side fan that blows air directly onto the video card....I would suppose you opinion sounds good as that what I was thinking too. But well I impulsively ordered the Myst and now cannot cancel my order! Will have both in hand. Might do some quick testing on both to see which one give better temps OC and return the inferior one!

Actually, unless there is something drastically wrong with your Myst card, it probably won't be worth your time and costs to swap cards. If anything, worth on the case airflow and make sure that fan has strong direct flow (replace it if needed).
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Are there ANY full coverage water blocks available for the powercolor card being sold on newegg yet? I want to order a couple of these, but my plan was to water cool any GPUs I put in my new rig. Seems like a great deal for two cards. I have searched around and not seen any available yet myself.
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Are there ANY full coverage water blocks available for the powercolor card being sold on newegg yet? I want to order a couple of these, but my plan was to water cool any GPUs I put in my new rig. Seems like a great deal for two cards. I have searched around and not seen any available yet myself.




No full cover blocks made.
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Pardon my ignorance, but I keep seeing some of you talk about updated BIOS for this card, but I have a Sapphire XT and I saw no updated BIOS files on their site. Is there an updated BIOS for the 7870 XT?
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Pardon my ignorance, but I keep seeing some of you talk about updated BIOS for this card, but I have a Sapphire XT and I saw no updated BIOS files on their site. Is there an updated BIOS for the 7870 XT?

As I learned a few days ago, GPU manufacturers do not release new BIOS files, they manufacture newer cards with newer installed BIOS'.
Flashing your card with a different BIOS than that which it was shipped with will just about void your warranty, and there is the possibility that you may brick the card in the process.
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As I learned a few days ago, GPU manufacturers do not release new BIOS files, they manufacture newer cards with newer installed BIOS'.
Flashing your card with a different BIOS than that which it was shipped with will just about void your warranty, and there is the possibility that you may brick the card in the process.


I doubt updating the BIOS on a card to fix a problem that has been corrected by a new BIOS will void the warranty.

Do these cards come with 1 and 2 BIOS switch? If so it shouldn't be to hard to experiment with BIOS flashing with ATIflash.
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I doubt updating the BIOS on a card to fix a problem that has been corrected by a new BIOS will void the warranty.

Do these cards come with 1 and 2 BIOS switch? If so it shouldn't be to hard to experiment with BIOS flashing with ATIflash.

No switches on the cards, only 1 bios present on it. Because flashing a bios can go wrong, if a user does it on his own its at his own risk and not covered by warranty.
If you RMA the card, they end up flashing it themselves and mailing it back to you, or just send you a newer card, flash the old one and sell it as refurbished.

The 32 BIOS was never officially by Powercolor. It was supposedly emailed to a forum user from a Powercolor tech as a beta to fix the jumpy clock issue, but it doesn't support that fast boost thing.
That guy might have a leg to stand on if he runs into warranty issues, the rest of us trying it? Nope!
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No switches on the cards, only 1 bios present on it. Because flashing a bios can go wrong, if a user does it on his own its at his own risk and not covered by warranty.
If you RMA the card, they end up flashing it themselves and mailing it back to you, or just send you a newer card, flash the old one and sell it as refurbished.

The 32 BIOS was never officially by Powercolor. It was supposedly emailed to a forum user from a Powercolor tech as a beta to fix the jumpy clock issue, but it doesn't support that fast boost thing.
That guy might have a leg to stand on if he runs into warranty issues, the rest of us trying it? Nope!

That's why you SAVE your original BIOS before flashing, then all you have to do is flash your original BIOS back before returning the card follow this guide and it's about as easy as installing/removing drivers if not easier: http://www.overclock.net/t/1353325/tutorial-atiwinflash-how-to-flash-the-bios-of-your-ati-cards

I can't speak for the 030 or 032 BIOS but the 028 BIOS solved my issues with the core clock jumping up and down, my powercolor EZ came shipped with 031 BIOS installed
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As I learned a few days ago, GPU manufacturers do not release new BIOS files, they manufacture newer cards with newer installed BIOS'.
Flashing your card with a different BIOS than that which it was shipped with will just about void your warranty, and there is the possibility that you may brick the card in the process.

Thank you, guess I'll be happy enough with the stock BIOS, and just overclock the card.
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