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Hey all,

I just recently purchased a MSI R7950-3GD5/OC BE, however I'm having some issues with it.

The fan is stuck at 1000+- 30 RPM. I have primarily used GPU-Z as the monitoring tool, and have attempted to modify the fan speed with MSI Afterburner and SpeedFan. GPU-Z shows the 'Fan Speed %' changing, however all 3 programs continue to report 1000 RPM fan speed, and I can visually and audibly verify that the speed of the fan is not changing. This causes the GPU to reach incredible temperatures after just a few minutes of use. The max I have seen was 100C+ after about 15 minutes of War Thunder. At this time the auto fan control had attempted to bring the fan to 100% speed, however it was still displaying 1000 RPM.

I emailed MSI tech support, and received this in response:



Apparently my card is 'working as intended'. This clearly is not the case so I initially planed to follow up via a phone call, but I have since considered returning the card to Newegg (I just received it yesterday) and purchasing a different version instead.

I have no hard feeling towards MSI, so I'm not against getting another one of their cards. I realize that there will always be problems with electronics no matter how stringent your quality control is.

I will most likely end up with 2 cards, though I think I will hold off on purchasing the second one to see what prices do. Both cards will be water-cooled eventually, probably with EK VGA Supremacy Bridge Edition , though not for a month or two.

I will be using it to drive 1x 3840x2160 monitor and 2x 1920x1080 monitors.

I'm just wondering if anyone has any particular brand/model they would recommend?

I've been looking at the XFX Double D FX-795A-TDKC because it is a resonably priced card with aftermarket cooling, and appears to have a 7970 PCB. Lifetime warranty is nice, and I have heard the XFX warranty is forgiving if you water cool your card.

I have also been looking at the Sapphire FleX. I like the idea of being able to use all 5 display outputs on the card (my 2x 1080p monitors will be powered by minidp-hdmi cables) and have enjoyed the Sapphire 4870 2GB I have been using for 4+ years.

Twin Frozrs are also good, so I've heard.

Thanks!
post #2 of 8
You saw the gigabyte 7950? For me this have the best electronic and power filtering of all 7950.

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OP the card you picked has a poor cooler. return it and get another card . sapphire dual x is a good option

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202026

SAPPHIRE flex is a good option if you want to connect 3 monitors using only the DVI and HDMI connectors without buying an active miniDP to DVI adapter which costs USD 25 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814999034)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202007

http://www.sapphiretech.com/Flex/FleX_Eng_apply.html
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125414

Missed the Gigabyte I guess. 1000MHZ out of the box is nice and the cooler looks substantial. I may go with this one.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125414

Missed the Gigabyte I guess. 1000MHZ out of the box is nice and the cooler looks substantial. I may go with this one.

1000 mhz out of the box. voltage is locked on the gigabyte. though even at stock voltage 1150 mhz seems quite easy.

here is a user who has positive feedback on the card
http://www.overclock.net/t/1416711/gigabyte-windforce-gold-standard
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Another piece of info: The fan does spin up to what I assume is 100% immediately after being turned on. This only lasts for around half a second though.

Calling MSI tech support now. If I can get the issue resolved I'll probably stick with this card unless the overclocking sucks. I can always pick up a gigabyte later down the line. Unless other cards will offer me better performance? I have free return shipping to newegg if returning is necessary, so if the other cards are far superior I may swap it out anyways.
post #8 of 8
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I think at this point it's between:

Gigabyte Windforce
MSI Twin Frozr
HIS IceQ
Sapphire card (not sure which)


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