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Then. So be it. I got a 7870 ghz from ncix and it idles at 29c and 56c on load over clocked.

Which 7870 XT did you get? If it's xfx I'm not surprised at all.

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Which 7870 XT did you get? If it's xfx I'm not surprised at all.

Powercolor Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ MYST (Tahiti)
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UPDATE:

Got the card Tuesday, it had nothing but problems! Read the NCIX forum and discovered reports of extremly high rates of the same failures of this card. It became apparent to me that the Tahiti chips are rejects of 7900 class chips for good reasons: they are problematic, and honestly AMD should just destroy them instead of re-branding the rejects to "Limited Edition" (LE) of 7870 cards. I don't doubt that some people would be lucky to get the cards that actually work, but many stated that even after they returned the DOA and got the replacement, the replacements had the same exact problems: unstable, black screens, freezes, tearing, scrambling, and excessive high temperature (mine idled at 78 C, and went up to 100 C plus in 5 minutes of running Unigine benchmark, and the max FPS at 1080p was 27! at 1440p FPS was 21).

I tried clean install of newest version of drivers, the computer is brand new and working perfectly before this card. I am RMA it to NCIX and will look for an nVidia card instead. Should had stayed with the nVidia, never had any issue with nVidia cards before.
High temps were on the review anyway. BUT. Guess what? You got a lemon.
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Yeah, as stated above.

Sorry that you got a dud. But that's it. These things happen. It could be Powercolour's quality control (or lack thereof).

I haven't seen any significant number of user reviews complaining of them being duds, though admittedly not within NCIX forums. Newegg reviews of the Sapphire sing a very different tune, as do all the reviews - though the temps are going to be higher than the rest of the 7800 series, your GPU was clearly a dud, and overheating is likely a factor, a problem of card-manufacturer quality control.

NCIX *might* just be trying to up-sell you to a more expensive option.
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yeah that's some pretty bad luck mate. if you're able to do an RMA or a return see if you can get a 7950?

especially for future games, my thoughts are that a 7950 is the best bang for buck card at the moment, and may put your mind at ease a little more regarding the bad bin of tahiti chips?
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I run a 1440p monitor with SLI GTX 670's, and I have no memory issues at all, even with a heavily modded Skyrim. These are 2gb cards. I think you should be fine, but I'd still go with a 3gb card in your case.
post #47 of 58
Newegg has an open box radeon HD 7850 2 Gig right now for $136 if you hurry to the outlet section of the website...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=4809&IsNodeId=1&Description=video%20cards&bop=And&Order=PRICED&PageSize=100
post #48 of 58
Also at Newegg outlet an HD 7770 2 gig for $119... But you got to hurry I would think

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121642R
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I decided to go with nVidia GTX 660 Ti. Got an open-box Asus 660-Ti ($240) from Newegg.com:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121656R

From the reviews this card runs cooler and quieter than AMD cards, the 7870 LE I got last time ran extremely hot and the fan was deafeningly LOUD that it was impossible to play any game with the fan making such loud noises.

I really hope this card will work out, Anantech benchmark results show that it would run almost any game at 2560x1600 resolution without any problem.
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Are you sure? Which 7870 did you get? If it's one of the stock cooler ones, i'm not surprised. The nvidia stock cooler ones are very loud also
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