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The MSI is not a reference pcb. It is another alternate pcb. There's a review claiming those clocks? That's a rather misleading review.

It was a customer review. Was it originally a reference PCB? Because the pictures show the exact same PCB as the Diamond 7970 pictures and my TF3 7970... It's got the AMD stamp right but the PCI-e fingers...


Oh sorry I though you meant the OC version. You're correct, the non OC version is true reference. However any cards success overclocking is still random but half the battle is already won because you don't have to deal with boost.
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The MSI 7970 I posted from newegg.com maybe pcb changed. There are RED pcb on MSI.
http://us.msi.com/product/vga/R7970-2PMD3GD5.html
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The MSI 7970 I posted from newegg.com maybe pcb changed. There are RED pcb on MSI.
http://us.msi.com/product/vga/R7970-2PMD3GD5.html

Hmm... yeah maybe it would be best to call Newegg and ask them what color the PCB is on the card before buying one. Or you could just go with it and if you don't like the card you can claim "Not what we show" for an RMA reason and get a full refund.

But yeah, not having a boost feature is probably one of the most valuable things a 7970 can have and they are getting hard to find. The whole idea of a boost clock on a GPU is just silly... never liked the idea to begin with
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The MSI 7970 I posted from newegg.com maybe pcb changed. There are RED pcb on MSI.
http://us.msi.com/product/vga/R7970-2PMD3GD5.html

Hmm... yeah maybe it would be best to call Newegg and ask them what color the PCB is on the card before buying one. Or you could just go with it and if you don't like the card you can claim "Not what we show" for an RMA reason and get a full refund.

But yeah, not having a boost feature is probably one of the most valuable things a 7970 can have and they are getting hard to find. The whole idea of a boost clock on a GPU is just silly... never liked the idea to begin with


It's not red, red is just for marketing purposes. I've owned the non-OC card before and it was reference. Though that was last year, so I can't say what it is today with any certainty.
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The MSI 7970 I posted from newegg.com maybe pcb changed. There are RED pcb on MSI.
http://us.msi.com/product/vga/R7970-2PMD3GD5.html

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Hmm... yeah maybe it would be best to call Newegg and ask them what color the PCB is on the card before buying one. Or you could just go with it and if you don't like the card you can claim "Not what we show" for an RMA reason and get a full refund.

But yeah, not having a boost feature is probably one of the most valuable things a 7970 can have and they are getting hard to find. The whole idea of a boost clock on a GPU is just silly... never liked the idea to begin with

Well actually, the one on the site claims it's 5500MHz memory clock, while on newegg 1375MHz. I think there is a slight difference between the 2.

But guys, is this GPU better than the one for this thread? the MSI R7970 TF3? In terms of overclocking and what not? As it was claimed to be almost identical to the diamond one.
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Well actually, the one on the site claims it's 5500MHz memory clock, while on newegg 1375MHz. I think there is a slight difference between the 2.

1375 x 4 = 5500
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1375 x 4 = 5500

Where did the 4 come from? (Sorry, I'm new to the GPU scene)
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Where did the 4 come from? (Sorry, I'm new to the GPU scene)

the memory is quad-channel. So the speed is effectively 5500Mhz
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^^Not quad channel. You're probably confusing it with quad data rate.
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1375 x 4 = 5500

Where did the 4 come from? (Sorry, I'm new to the GPU scene)


?

Its double DDR = the base rate times two times two or simply times 4.

1375 x 2 x 2 = 5500 or 1375 x 4 = 5500
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Thanks.

Also, what is your guys opinion on this gpu that just got in stock?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161431

As for now, since I had a prepaid visa gift card, I ordered myself a newegg gift card to use along one of my other credit cards. I will most likely be getting the msi card we were talking about.
And soon, I will be posting up my epic build wink.gif
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