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Hollywood - Games are now listed on the Diamond.

saw that wink.gif Now I just wait to see how my replacement TF3 performs when it arrives tomorrow, and then I gotta make some decisions. I'm still interested in that MSI ref card of yours. I need whatever card I crossfire with to have a boost feature like the TF3 (should I keep it). Unfortunately I can't find the BIOS for Diamond's GHz Edition card anywhere so crossfiring a boost card with a non-boost card is likely to cause problems, especially when they are also different brands. With the MSI ref I at least know there are plenty of MSI boost bioses I can try.
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thanks for the head up. Anyway, so is it confirmed that the MSI 7970 TF3 voltage locked?

The TF3 is definitely NOT voltage locked. Stock voltage varies. Some are at 1.256, mine was 1.219, others were lower. But you only can go up to 1.3v in afterburner. Probably just a application-level limit that can by easily bypassed, but I haven't found one yet and wouldn't do that with these TF3 coolers.

As for you question about TF3 vs the Sapphire card, all I can say is DO NOT buy from Sapphire. Cannot stress that enough. They were once upon a time a quality brand, but they have cut corners and gone way down hill over the years. Most of the cards they sell lately are low quality junk. I had 2 Vapor-Xs, which are supposed to be premium 7970s. First one died within less than a month of light use. ASIC 63.4%, couldn't clock past 1150Mhz regardless of voltage (not even 1.38v). Replacement arrived with the PCB already warped and the PCI I/O bracket bent slightly inwards. Clearly a heavily-used card, I complained and Sapphire called that "normal" and wouldn't give me a different replacement. Oh no it gets better (worse). The replacement card had an ASIC of 53.6% and couldn't even hold 1100Mhz @ 1.3v!!! I know I will NEVER buy from Sapphire again unless it's pure reference, and even then I'd much rather buy from MSI because Sapphire's warranty sucks compared to MSI.

My first TF3 couldn't get past 1150Mhz and had unbelievable loud coil noise but I liked the way it was built and the price and the fully-transferable warranty. Out of the 4 7970s I've had, it's been my favorite, but that doesn't say much because by most standards, I've had 4 terrible 7970s.
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I will keep my R7970 Reference in it's box until I hear your feedback on the TF3.
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Hey guys, so I finally got my MSI R7970-2PMD3GD5 Radeon HD 7970 3GB card (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127645)
I was wondering if some one can point me in the right direction to overclock it. I have installed the MSI afterburner program and the kombuster program as well. Right now I'm not planning to do any watercooling on this since I want to do some heavy tests on it. Here is what the afterburner program looks like
http://oi41.tinypic.com/b8pzrt.jpg

Now unless you guys suggest other programs in order to overclock. Also I have seem many programs to benchmark it and get the ASIC scores, which ones are suggested to use?

Thank you! Soon, I will be posting my beast build soon (water cooled cpu, i7/7970, 24gbs ram, some cool customization's and most of all, what I like to call, inside the worlds smallest full featured ATX case ;] )
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I will keep my R7970 Reference in it's box until I hear your feedback on the TF3.

It just arrived. I'm honestly not sure if I even wanna open it... tempted to keep it in its factory seal and sell it and get 2 full-reference cards. At the same time, curiosity is killing me...

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Hey guys, so I finally got my MSI R7970-2PMD3GD5 Radeon HD 7970 3GB card (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127645)
I was wondering if some one can point me in the right direction to overclock it. I have installed the MSI afterburner program and the kombuster program as well. Right now I'm not planning to do any watercooling on this since I want to do some heavy tests on it. Here is what the afterburner program looks like
http://oi41.tinypic.com/b8pzrt.jpg

Now unless you guys suggest other programs in order to overclock. Also I have seem many programs to benchmark it and get the ASIC scores, which ones are suggested to use?

Thank you! Soon, I will be posting my beast build soon (water cooled cpu, i7/7970, 24gbs ram, some cool customization's and most of all, what I like to call, inside the worlds smallest full featured ATX case ;] )

Use GPU-Z to check ASIC. Most common benchmark and stability testing tools are Unigine Valley and 3DMark 11. Kombustor is effective too but it's boring and may be a little too rough on a GPU for long term use...
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It just arrived. I'm honestly not sure if I even wanna open it... tempted to keep it in its factory seal and sell it and get 2 full-reference cards. At the same time, curiosity is killing me...
Use GPU-Z to check ASIC. Most common benchmark and stability testing tools are Unigine Valley and 3DMark 11. Kombustor is effective too but it's boring and may be a little too rough on a GPU for long term use...

What's the penalty of testing it? Its still almost considered brand new and many people like a card when it has been tested just so they have piece of mind that a new product they receive is not DOA.
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What's the penalty of testing it? Its still almost considered brand new and many people like a card when it has been tested just so they have piece of mind that a new product they receive is not DOA.


i would always have prefered buying tested stuff ...open that bad boy and update us!
    
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I might as well. Worst case scenario if I get stuck with it I can stick it in my A10 rig and mine the crap out of it.
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yeah indeed...i am debating selling my TF3 and getting some reference cards myself
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I was skeptical on all the high acclaim for reference boards, but of all 4 GPUs currently installed in my rig ( got my powercolor 7990 back from RMA), the diamond card is clearly best. By switching off pci-e slots I can test each individually, and the plain old standard form diamond clears 1300/1800, 50 mhz higher than my amazing lightning be and 100 beyond my much improved 7990 ( than pre RMA board).

Maybe a fluke, but just some input for thought tongue.gif
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I was skeptical on all the high acclaim for reference boards, but of all 4 GPUs currently installed in my rig ( got my powercolor 7990 back from RMA), the diamond card is clearly best. By switching off pci-e slots I can test each individually, and the plain old standard form diamond clears 1300/1800, 50 mhz higher than my amazing lightning be and 100 beyond my much improved 7990 ( than pre RMA board).

Maybe a fluke, but just some input for thought tongue.gif

i guess i really cant complain my tf3 7970 does 1250/1850 on air and will do 1275/1875 for about 1/2 a valley loop...and i have a EKWB coming within a month or two
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