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It's a boost card. I personally avoid those.
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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

Ordered one and immediately returned it. It got a lot of good professional reviews but I was very dissatisfied. 64.6% ASIC and couldn't clock past 1150Mhz no matter how much voltage. Loud coil whine too. Everyone said those cards ran cool and quiet but mine ran loud and hot, definitely louder and hotter than the Sapphire Vapor-X I had before. Maybe I just got a bad sample, but that card was pretty disappointing in pretty much every way a 7970 could be disappointing. So I don't recommend it.

However, it supposedly is compatible with a water block...
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It's a boost card. I personally avoid those.

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Ordered one and immediately returned it. It got a lot of good professional reviews but I was very dissatisfied. 64.6% ASIC and couldn't clock past 1150Mhz no matter how much voltage. Loud coil whine too. Everyone said those cards ran cool and quiet but mine ran loud and hot, definitely louder and hotter than the Sapphire Vapor-X I had before. Maybe I just got a bad sample, but that card was pretty disappointing in pretty much every way a 7970 could be disappointing. So I don't recommend it.

However, it supposedly is compatible with a water block...


Haha thanks. Now if my gift card arrives quickly, I can order the msi card ugh.
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Can't you flash a non Ghz bios onto a Ghz card? I've asked this question many times but noone answered.
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Can't you flash a non Ghz bios onto a Ghz card? I've asked this question many times but noone answered.


If only it were that easy huh?
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Can't you flash a non Ghz bios onto a Ghz card? I've asked this question many times but noone answered.

well the main the problem with boost cards is the binning process. But the boost feature itself is a problem too.

I tried several non-boost MSI BIOSes on my TF3 card and none of them worked.

However, I think I remember getting a 925Mhz non-boost BIOS to work on my Sapphire Vapor-X Ghz card. It was a while ago and I can't fully remember but I think it worked with no problem
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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...

Yes I can confirm that it is a reference card. I owned one and it had a 76% ASIC score and was 1300mhz capable. The Sapphire on the other hand.... thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif

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What did your maximum OC end up being?
Very nice!! You got lucky. I've only heard of one other TF3 reaching 1200 so far. Especially at 1.2v, getting to those clocks at lower than stock voltage is pretty impressive. The heat thing sucks though. Mine runs at 1150/1600 with 1.3v and never surpasses 76C on the default fan profile, with VRMs topping out at about 82C. So I guess in that sense you kinda got unlucky. I believe lower ASIC chips supposedly produce more heat, and yours is about 10% lower than mine, so maybe that explains it? Regardless, holding 1200Mhz at 80C+ is rare. Sounds like that card would reach massive clocks with a good water cooler. I think you're fine running your card at those specs though, MSI claims that Tahiti cores are rated up to 100C... I know most people say your GPU should stay below 90C but still...

mine does 1250/1800 valley loops and never gets over 65C with 100% fan that is....and i got mine like 3 weeks ago....only 68% asic but 1250/1800 is good in my book on air...and a full cover block is coming soon

dont have a 1250 run ss'ed but here is a decent one

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with 100% fan that is...


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My ears are bleeding already man...


ANd while you're at it stick some proper heatsinks on the vrms. TF3 cooler has pathetic vrm cooling.


http://www.overclock.net/t/1372912/the-msi-tf3-vrm-project-with-accelero-xtreme-7970/0_40#post_19932448
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My ears are bleeding already man...


ANd while you're at it stick some proper heatsinks on the vrms. TF3 cooler has pathetic vrm cooling.


http://www.overclock.net/t/1372912/the-msi-tf3-vrm-project-with-accelero-xtreme-7970/0_40#post_19932448

will have a komodo on it in like 3 months anyway(as long as it fits)
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