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Getting a sapphire 7970. But which one? Easy rep here.

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So im getting a Sapphire 7970 because im really tired of the notorious problems that come with this ASUS 7970. But which one should i get? should i just get the reference PCB 7970 or a Vapor X? are the vapor X handpicked for better oc? Lighten me up.
 
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Vapor X for sure, they cool better so would make for better OC options smile.gif
 
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Vapor X for sure, they cool better so would make for better OC options smile.gif

Are they handpicked? Also are they compatible with MSI Afterburner. I dont want to pay extra for better oc capabilities when the GPU itself isnt capable of good clocks... I wont waste money like that again.
 
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Vapor X for sure, they cool better so would make for better OC options smile.gif

Are they handpicked? Also are they compatible with MSI Afterburner. I dont want to pay extra for better oc capabilities when the GPU itself isnt capable of good clocks... I wont waste money like that again.

This one? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202001 Then yes, their Binned for higher OC.
 
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This one? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202001 Then yes, their Binned for higher OC.

Sorry i dont understand what binned means. Explain? biggrin.gif And yes thats the one. Im looking at reviews and it doesnt seem to OC any higher than other 7970s.
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Sorry i dont understand what binned means. Explain? biggrin.gif And yes thats the one. Im looking at reviews and it doesnt seem to OC any higher than other 7970s.

Essentially, it's what you're looking for; cherry picked chips for higher OCs wink.gif

Out of curiousity though, what issues were/are you having with your ASUS card?
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This one? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202001 Then yes, their Binned for higher OC.

Sorry i don't understand what binned means. Explain? biggrin.gif

Binned" Means they clock the GPU up and see where it stands at Stock Vcore, then put them, depending on that in a set of Bins. Lets say the Stock Core is 950. Well if one GPU can do 990 at Stock volts but the next one can only do 960, then the 990 one is "Binned" Higher and will most likely OC higher if you bump up the Volts. So the "Ghz" edition 7970 is a High Binned GPU, since it can do 1,000Mhz at a lower Vcore then the others. Here is one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008 That one is not Binned as high, since it's at 950, but it has the possibility to hit 1,000Mhz, but all GPU's are different.
 
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Binned" Means they clock the GPU up and see where it stands at Stock Vcore, then put them, depending on that in a set of Bins. Lets say the Stock Core is 950. Well if one GPU can do 990 at Stock volts but the next one can only do 960, then the 990 one is "Binned" Higher and will most likely OC higher if you bump up the Volts. So the "Ghz" edition 7970 is a High Binned GPU, since it can do 1,000Mhz at a lower Vcore then the others. Here is one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008 That one is not Binned as high, since it's at 950, but it has the possibility to hit 1,000Mhz, but all GPU's are different.

Basically any GHz edition card will do?
 
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Essentially, it's what you're looking for; cherry picked chips for higher OCs wink.gif

Out of curiousity though, what issues were/are you having with your ASUS card?

A lot... Im too lazy to list them all. Ill PM you later if you want.
 
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Kingston HyperX 120GB SSD 550/510 (Boot) Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB (Stuffs) Phanteks PH-TC14PE Cooled by 1 NF-F12 and 2 NF-... Windows 7 64 bit 
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Benq G2420HD Steelseries 6GV2 Silver power SP-S850M Lian Li T60B Test bench. 
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Razer Deathadder Black (No lights!) Steelseries hardmat Steelseries 5HV2 White 
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I7 3930k 2011  RIVE Diamond HD7970 Diamond HD7970 
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16GB 2400 G.Skill Ripjaws 250 GB SSD 840 Corsair HX 1050 Lian Li PC-80 
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AMD FX 8350 @ 4.8 - 2700NB ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R1.0 SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7970 1220/1700 G.Skill Ripjaws X @ 2400 10-12-12-28 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Kingston HyperX 120GB SSD 550/510 (Boot) Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB (Stuffs) Phanteks PH-TC14PE Cooled by 1 NF-F12 and 2 NF-... Windows 7 64 bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Benq G2420HD Steelseries 6GV2 Silver power SP-S850M Lian Li T60B Test bench. 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Razer Deathadder Black (No lights!) Steelseries hardmat Steelseries 5HV2 White 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
I7 3930k 2011  RIVE Diamond HD7970 Diamond HD7970 
RAMHard DrivePowerCase
16GB 2400 G.Skill Ripjaws 250 GB SSD 840 Corsair HX 1050 Lian Li PC-80 
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I'd be picking up the vapor-x thumb.gif If the card has a gr8 cooler you can get to the ghz card specs and you can save yourself some money. Just my 2cents.gif
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