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instead of $300 for a used HD 7970 go with a new HD 7950 for $320 and overclock it. at the same clocks HD 7950 is 5% slower than HD 7970. sapphire HD 7950 with dual x cooler is a good option.you get 4 games which you can enjoy or sell to cut costs further.

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actually you can run a 7850 and 7870 in crossfire they're both compatible with one another, the 7870 will drop down to 7850 performance though.

Exactly so what would be the point? Just a waste of money and performance.
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depends on perspective on the person who's going to do it, if they want to hide away some of the power then they'll do so when that power is needed. smile.gif


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Well after looking over my options I've kind of decided that I'm going to pass up on both cards. The 7970 would be noisy, and a 3rd party cooler would cost even more, plus they apparently don't really cool the VRMs at all.

The 7870 would be nice, but I'm just not sure how it would perform with a 7850, and how well crossfire works and so on. Ill sleep on it, but I'd appreciate other replies with your thoughts.
You can't run a 7850 and 7870 together anyway.
I would go with the 7970, it's a great card. You will not regret it, it can get loud sometimes! But it's worth it for performance.


actually you can run a 7850 and 7870 in crossfire they're both compatible with one another, the 7870 will drop down to 7850 performance though.

QFT, only if its a 7870 XT tahiti LE IIRC you cant crossfire with a standard 7850/70 due to different GPU's

still i would go with the 7970..

i was only correcting what Sock's mentioned about how the 7850 and 7870 can't crossfire with one another. nothing else...
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who's selling I need a nicely priced 7870 biggrin.gif
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Well after looking over my options I've kind of decided that I'm going to pass up on both cards. The 7970 would be noisy, and a 3rd party cooler would cost even more, plus they apparently don't really cool the VRMs at all.

The 7870 would be nice, but I'm just not sure how it would perform with a 7850, and how well crossfire works and so on. Ill sleep on it, but I'd appreciate other replies with your thoughts.
Actually, only reference 7970s are loud but it isn't REALLY loud. Oh and it's usually the Vapor-X ones that are quiet but have super searing VRM temps, especially the ones on the backside
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Actually, only reference 7970s are loud but it isn't REALLY loud. Oh and it's usually the Vapor-X ones that are quiet but have super searing VRM temps, especially the ones on the backside

Well I had a reference 5970 awhile ago and that was loud, as in you had to wear noise cancelling headphones with loud music to scape the noise. Do you by any chance know how loud it is compared to a reference 5970? With the noise and heat combined it was too much. Currently though, my heavily over locked 7850 running 24/7 in around 15C ambient room never gets the room temperature above 18c. The 5970 could easily get a room that was 20C to 25-26C in an hour or so.

But now it looks as if the 7970 is my best option, even with the noise.
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Well I had a reference 5970 awhile ago and that was loud, as in you had to wear noise cancelling headphones with loud music to scape the noise. Do you by any chance know how loud it is compared to a reference 5970? With the noise and heat combined it was too much. Currently though, my heavily over locked 7850 running 24/7 in around 15C ambient room never gets the room temperature above 18c. The 5970 could easily get a room that was 20C to 25-26C in an hour or so.

But now it looks as if the 7970 is my best option, even with the noise.
Now, now. 7970s aren't nearly as loud or hot as the previous gens are tongue.gif
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Now, now. 7970s aren't nearly as loud or hot as the previous gens are tongue.gif
Even reference coolers though? They extremely very alike compared to my Powercolor 5970, and looking from noise tests on Youtube they look fairly loud as well. Have they changed much since the 5xxx series cards?
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I'd get the reference 7970...they clock well.Maybe get aftermarket cooler/full-cover block down the road.That price is kinda high for a used card, though.Get 7950/7970...sell off 7850.
 
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I'd get the reference 7970...they clock well.Maybe get aftermarket cooler/full-cover block down the road.That price is kinda high for a used card, though.Get 7950/7970...sell off 7850.
I'll try and talk him down to $225 or so. If he can't match that then maybe I'll pass on the card. Also, does anyone have experience with an Arctic Accelero Xtreme 7970 cooler? If so, how are the VRM temps? There are mixed reviews on them, going to 100C or staying cool at around 39C under full load.

Finally, does anyone know where to find these graphs? I see them often, but can never find the original source for them.
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