Originally Posted by Matt-Matt
Originally Posted by tsm106
Who told you they'd fit a 7950?
You know, technically 7950 reference design was supposed to be a 7970 pcb! But lst minute AMD changed the design to what is now considered the reference 7950 pcb. This obviously is a change from the Cayman which shared the same pcb as well. Technically xspc's page is correct. But did you have someone direct you to that conclusion?
The XSPC page AND the store page had "Compatible with reference 7970 and 7950 blocks"
I'll link you to both..Store link,
notice how it says reference only?XSPC,
notice how they say the same thing?
I understand that the store pretty much copies it and that he has no idea. But XSPC should have known, I did my research to find out that I have "reference 7950" cards. (The coolingconfigurator states that) the PCB layout states that, a review site had a block on the HIS card and stated that because it is reference they can do that, they both have the AMD logo on them. I can run reference BIOS' on them fine too.
To me that makes me think it's 100% reference and upon reading "Works with AMD reference only" makes me think that it'll fit. I did not know that AMD changed it at the last moment, I can see that the 7970 has less capacitors (hence why it fits better) - Cheaper capacitors added together? Anyway I still think I should get my money back because that is false marketing on XSPC's behalf.
I'm not sure you understand. XSPC like Ek, etc get advance samples of the pcbs. BEFORE RELEASE, the 7950 pcb used a 7970 pcb. HOWEVER, last minute AMD changed the design to a wholly different pcb which is now known as the current 7950 reference pcb.
That aside, the onus is still on you, the consumer to do a visual match and purchase a product that fits. YOU CANNOT take anyone's word on the matter. Had you done a visual match of your pcb in hand with that of a reference 7970 pcb, you would know that they are different.
Guys, this is watercooling 101, don't buy anything w/o being fully confident in your choice because it falls on you to be your own advocate.