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post #51 of 58
Id recommend to stay away from the reference cooler also. It works but just look at it...

REFERENCE PICTURE

The reference cooler is about a half to a third the size of other coolers, probably less than a third the mass with only a single fan and no VRM cooling.

I wouldnt overclock with this cooler, which means you will be missing out on a lot of the performance of the 7950. If you spend another 30-40$ on a better card you should get that much in performance out of the better overclock you will be able to achieve, along with better acoustics and quality. I got a 22% FPS gain with my OC and I am not even pushing it.
Edited by Namkab - 9/10/13 at 7:10pm
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Stay away from PowerColor. Had two cards from them that that performed like crap and would get to 80C with barely any OC.
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ok I have one more question I have been using 2 screens and the res is 3200x900 and Im wondering would a hd 7950 handle it
   
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Yes, an HD 7950 http://amzn.to/15nBf4T will easily handle a 3200x900 resolution. I would prefer brands like Sapphire, Asus, Gigabyte, HIS, or MSI. Powercolor tends to be on a level below the aforementioned manufacturers.
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I'm retracting what I said about my card/ powercolor. The card runs very hot, throttles a lot with all the heat, and powercolor which actually has an overclocking utility called powerup which is the very worst of all of them. Crashes even when going into the fan settings, powercolor will not help you with because overclocking will void the warranty. A guy at powercolor told me about powerup or whatever its called, you can't search and find it on the website you have to google it, then they won't support it. Makes perfect sense. I think AMD has a great card other than the massive heat it puts out but any card in the future I'm going back to MSI and their dual fan cooler. I hated Gigabytes dual fan but I miss the heck out of my MSI cooling. Plus afterburner which they support is excellent.
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I'm retracting what I said about my card/ powercolor. The card runs very hot, throttles a lot with all the heat, and powercolor which actually has an overclocking utility called powerup which is the very worst of all of them. Crashes even when going into the fan settings, powercolor will not help you with because overclocking will void the warranty. A guy at powercolor told me about powerup or whatever its called, you can't search and find it on the website you have to google it, then they won't support it. Makes perfect sense. I think AMD has a great card other than the massive heat it puts out but any card in the future I'm going back to MSI and their dual fan cooler. I hated Gigabytes dual fan but I miss the heck out of my MSI cooling. Plus afterburner which they support is excellent.
Depends, does your card have high stock volts? High stock volts and passive VRM cooling is not nice on these Powercolor/VTX3D/Club3D cards.. My VTX3D 7950 reached 114C VRM1 temp at stock because it was passively cooled. VRM2 had roughly 30C lower temps because it had a heatsink. The GPU had coil whine, and RMA'd it though. Got my money back and bought a QX2710 1440p monitor.
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I'm retracting what I said about my card/ powercolor. The card runs very hot, throttles a lot with all the heat, and powercolor which actually has an overclocking utility called powerup which is the very worst of all of them. Crashes even when going into the fan settings, powercolor will not help you with because overclocking will void the warranty. A guy at powercolor told me about powerup or whatever its called, you can't search and find it on the website you have to google it, then they won't support it. Makes perfect sense. I think AMD has a great card other than the massive heat it puts out but any card in the future I'm going back to MSI and their dual fan cooler. I hated Gigabytes dual fan but I miss the heck out of my MSI cooling. Plus afterburner which they support is excellent.

Why not just use MSI Afterburner in the first place on your powercolor 7950? Why are you overclocking on the reference cooler? Sounds like your personal choices made the experience bad for yourself.
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Why not just use MSI Afterburner in the first place on your powercolor 7950? Why are you overclocking on the reference cooler? Sounds like your personal choices made the experience bad for yourself.

After some tweaking I'm pretty happy. Regardless of stock cooler or not the card is capable of doing more. But I'm guessing you're younger, hard enough to believe there was a time when there wasn't a plethora of coolers and we were still pushing hardware to it's max. I did use MSI Afterburner in the beginning but then powercolor said it makes the card unstable. Of course this is bunk, but so is the fact that they don't support overclocking but have a overclocking utility.
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