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A good Radeon HD 7950 that's not voltage locked?

post #1 of 27
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Hey guys,

Had a build planned out with Gigabyte's 7950 in mind (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125414) but I've recently found that it is voltage locked, which is a bit of a let down.

Questions: Is it a big issue for me? Are there other 7950s or other brands/cards that would work just as well around that price point?

CPU: Intel i5 3570k
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PC is for mostly gaming. Sorry, I'm a newbie. Also, I'm aware my PSU needs teh moar powahs. I'll deal with that.

Thanks smile.gif
Edited by taeZaKi - 5/19/13 at 7:02pm
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202030 . I have 3 of these and their decent cards
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Realy depends what your getting out of the card you have, as far as oc. Than compare it to others and see if its worth switching. I have the vapor-x, many complain about it, but it does great as far as I,m concerned. There is no magic 7950. And if gameing is your concern. Even stock that card will do the job and than some.
    
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post #5 of 27
Vapor X is good but i think the best is the His iceqx2. Those cards are quiet, voltage unlocked and still use hynix memory chips. Vapor X is the next best but they use Elpidia on the memory chips now and those chips dont over clock far.
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go with HIS HD 7950 iceq x2 boost. 950 mhz boost. built on a reference HD 7970 PCB with 8 + 6 pin power. more power phases than reference HD 7950. unlocked voltage. good cooler. 31.1 cm long. your case can fit this card as it supports graphics cards upto 33 cm length.

http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/store/ProductPrint.aspx?C=1031&ID=1781

http://www.legionhardware.com/articles_pages/his_7970_iceq_xsup2_ghz_edition_7950_iceq_xsup2_boost_clock,3.html
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/HD_7950_X2_Boost/31.html

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161429
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post #7 of 27
I second the IceQ card for all around usage and gaming, mine does 1200mhz core with 1.225v and 1700mhz mem with 1.65v stable for gaming and data crunching.
Only other card I'd get today would be the Msi Twin Frozr 7950 or 7970 really. Gigabyte is nice but voltage locked, though maybe you can unlock it flashing a different bios (f43 I think), but it's still a crapshoot.
post #8 of 27
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Are you referring to IceQ in general? or the X2 that was mentioned?
post #9 of 27
i also have one of these and am planning on a 2nd ,

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202030
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post #10 of 27
I would not go with HIS simply because their service is ridiculous. It takes a month minimum to for their rma turn around time. Sapphire, MSI, and Asus are the way to go if service is a concern. If not, then go with the HIS and pray to whatever god it doesn't break down.
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