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Hey guys!

I'm about to order 2 7970s for my first w/c loop...but I'm not sure which I should be getting. I heard the Lightning/Matrix ones are nice but they are all out of stock. I was thinking about getting XFX ones but then I heard something about a PCB change not being compatible with the waterblocks. Some advice would be nice, preferably a card that can be overvolted for some nice overclocking, so I do not need Ghz editions.

Thanks!
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Your best bet is the diamond 7970. A pure reference 7970.

Otherwise msi have one with the alternate pcb.
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DO not buy the XFX DD cards they will rape your ears and you can cook your food on them

They suck on every level
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DO not buy the XFX DD cards they will rape your ears and you can cook your food on them

Sapphire / Gigabyte / MSI or Asus

You can cook eggs on any video card...
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You can cook eggs on any video card...

It was a joke
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Originally Posted by shilka View Post

DO not buy the XFX DD cards they will rape your ears and you can cook your food on them

They suck on every level

He want 7970's for wc. So it doesnt matter the air cooler...

Either way xfx now use a custom pcb so its not an option
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Originally Posted by sugarhell View Post

He want 7970's for wc. So it doesnt matter the air cooler...

Either way xfx now use a custom pcb so its not an option

The card still sucks no matter what cooler that is mounted on it the power phases are cheap chinese crap hell the whole PCB is crap
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post #8 of 17
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Quote:
Originally Posted by shilka View Post

DO not buy the XFX DD cards they will rape your ears and you can cook your food on them

They suck on every level

Haha well they're for W/C so it doesn't really matter.
Quote:
Originally Posted by shilka View Post

The card still sucks no matter what cooler that is mounted on it the power phases are cheap chinese crap hell the whole PCB is crap

Really? My current 6990 is from XFX and it's pretty great. I'm just confused because there's like 4 or 5 different XFX 7970 versions and coolingconfigurator says their block fits a bunch of different ones...but do they actually fit? Which cards have the 'new' PCB?
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post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by shilka View Post

The card still sucks no matter what cooler that is mounted on it the power phases are cheap chinese crap hell the whole PCB is crap

If he can get a reference 7970 from xfx how can you tell that the whole pcb is crap?

Now if you talk about the custom one i have no opinion or personal experience
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Your best bet is the diamond 7970. A pure reference 7970.

Otherwise msi have one with the alternate pcb.

I think whether if it's 'pure reference' is not the biggest deal, cause some blocks fit some non-reference cards. What I'm looking for is the card that performs the best/can overclock the best. Basically the most well made card that can also be watercooled.
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