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So I think I will be selling my 6950 as well as the second one that I ordered in favor of a single card setup. The 7970 seems like the best choice @ 1440p. I was going to get an MSI model, but apparently MSI doesn't make a Twin Frozr 7970. What are my other options? I want something quiet that I won't have to worry about overheating.

As far as overclocking, I may do a little bit of OCing. I'm gonna see how smooth games play at 1440p maxed out before I explore that route.
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Gigabyte's Windforce GPUs are pretty much the quietest 7 series cards on the market.

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4290#ov

They are voltage locked, though (something to keep in mind if you're looking for the highest overclocks).
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Originally Posted by Wheezo View Post

Gigabyte's Windforce GPUs are pretty much the quietest 7 series cards on the market.

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4290#ov

They are voltage locked, though (something to keep in mind if you're looking for the highest overclocks).

Reference 7970 + Accelero Xtreme > Gigabyte Windforce. Quiter and cooler.
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I've got the Sapphire 7970 Boost OC edition and it's shockingly quiet at stock settings. Even with a modest OC it's very quiet, and the noise you hear sounds like a small fan is running.
post #5 of 17
No MSI twin frozr 7970?
Uhm, MSi 7970 Lightining?
And the windforce cards are really quiet.
post #6 of 17
Powercolor's dual fan cards are pretty quiet.

I had one of these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131468 and it was whisper quiet and very cool
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Powercolor's dual fan cards are pretty quiet.

I had one of these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131468 and it was whisper quiet and very cool

I recently picked up a vtx3d 7970 x edition (same cooler), quiet and cool indeed + unlocked voltage/vrm monitoring and clocks fairly high on stock voltage as well (have it at 1125/1725 with a safety margin).
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sapphire and his have unlocked voltage and good cooler. the sapphire cards are custom PCB . so full cover waterblocks won't work. his cards are reference design. so full cover waterblocks will work. his iceq x2 cards are 311 mm long.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202001
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161412
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161431
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I think I may end up with the Gigabyte 7970 GHz edition
post #10 of 17
Did MSI stop making the 680 and 7970 Lightnings? Can't find either anymore...
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