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I can say that the stock heatsink does indeed suck, and that installing an aftermarket cooler would be highly beneficial, but contrary to what newegg says the warranty is 3 years, not one. I would have put my tf3 heatsink on this card as I thought the warranty was only a year, but I didn't really want to give up the 3 year warranty less than a month after ownership.

I did, find a halfway (quarter-way?) point for lowering temps though. The warranty sticker is on the metal bracket, but you can still take off the plastic shroud. I did that and put some Xion Alphawing fans in the case loosely (not mounted anywhere) that would give the stock heatsink and fan more airflow. So far it has worked out pretty well. Stock temps went from ~80*C to ~65*C [core and vrm temps] playing skyrim (not the most demanding game, but it gets the job done) and this is in a fractal define mini with the door closed [less air flow than most cases].
Edited by Jedi Mind Trick - 9/10/13 at 5:50am
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It's a great card with a sub-par stock cooler. That's the card to get if you plan on going aftermarket cooling, whether that be water or air.
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Originally Posted by LazarusIV View Post

It's a great card with a sub-par stock cooler. That's the card to get if you plan on going aftermarket cooling, whether that be water or air.

look at this ugly 7970 . . .

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131468

look again . . .

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/6564785

not too ugly anymore. unlocked voltages and hynix vram.
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just read the feedbacks? doh.gif

You're still confused with my point. The majority of the feedbacks show bad rating for the cooler. This is one of them
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The stock cooler is absolute garbage. you wouldn't dare use this cooler on a cellphone let alone a power hungry video card. with auto fan setting at stock speeds Metro 2033 hits 95c on card 1 and 97c on card 2.All this is in a NZXT h630 running with 12 corsair sp 120 fans.

This is not the only one, there are more bad feedback. Personally, I'm not saying this card is that bad, if you have water cooling for it, it should be a nice purchase. But otherwise, I won't take the risk with only the stock cooler. Just a recommendation to the OP or whoever is going for the card.
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i have nothing against sapphire. i used to own one and it lasted me till i sold it. but most of them are locked and use elpidia for vram. those comments do not offer solutions. the main thing about buying these cheap 7950 is to find one with unlocked voltages and the cooling solution can be dealt with after.

I disagree. the main thing about finding a HD 7950 card is getting one with a good cooler and unlocked voltage. both factors are equally important. a poor cooler will reduce overclockability because of higher temps. the ref HD 7950 boost card can easily hit 80c even at stock. gets loud too. if you are watercooling the ref HD 7950 cards are ideal.

the sapphire HD 7950 boost with dual x cooler is voltage unlocked. you can see the card here with the user comments. the cooler is good. the only thing is lack of VRM temp sensors.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1367119/sapphire-100352-3l-hd7950-stripped-for-your-viewing-pleasure

PCS+ HD 7950 is a card with unlocked voltage and a very good cooler

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/powercolor_radeon_hd_7950_pcs_review,24.html

"We applied extra voltage with MSI AfterBurner though, increasing the core to 1225 Mv; 50% Fan RPM gave us a cool 1150 MHz on the core. The memory can be clocked towards 1554 stable, with a quad data-rate that becomes 6216 MHz."

i would advise the OP to focus on a good custom cooler HD 7950 with unlocked voltage like the above cards. Gigabyte HD 7950 comes clocked at 1 Ghz out of the box but is voltage locked. also the wf3 is not as good as the pcs+ or dual x in terms of acoustics. few other good cards with unlocked voltage are HIS HD 7950 iceq x2 boost, MSI HD 7950 TF3 OC BE.
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In my opinion,you should wait for the HIS IceQ 7950 to get back in stock or for the MSI TF 7950 to get lowered in price.They are both awesome .I know for sure that the MSI is voltage unlocked,almost certain the HIS is unlocked too.
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You're still confused with my point. The majority of the feedbacks show bad rating for the cooler. This is one of them
This is not the only one, there are more bad feedback. Personally, I'm not saying this card is that bad, if you have water cooling for it, it should be a nice purchase. But otherwise, I won't take the risk with only the stock cooler. Just a recommendation to the OP or whoever is going for the card.

ignore me. i just want to argue. at times i think i know all but i don't.

@op, if you want to watercool the ek-fc7950 fits this card.
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well for cooling i do have an old h50 and DWood gpu bracket? not sure if it would fit on, or how good it would cool. guess better than the reference cooler though. or i could ghetto rig some zip ties to it? i could also wait for amd to launch there next light up also, but im not sure how long ill have to wait till they launch a card in my price range, $200-250.

I just checked the price today. looks like its been updated and no more sale frown.gif.
Edited by Namwons - 9/10/13 at 9:31pm
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