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As far as I'm aware it is the reference design smile.gif

reference or not reference, EK has a block for that card. link so you are good to go biggrin.gif
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reference or not reference, EK has a block for that card. link so you are good to go biggrin.gif

Thanks for the link, would of preferred to go for EK blocks anyway so that's a bonus! Just out of curiosity, how do you tell if it is the reference design? As far as I can tell it is the reference one. I'm guessing the only way I'd be able to tell is wait till I get one here and pull the cooler off and check it against a photo of a reference 7970?
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Ek and xspc have a compatibility chart. smile.gif
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The only way to know its... well pretty much comparing it to a reference model I think. I don't belive there's other way.

Maybe knowing the PCB model you can compare it to a reference's PCB model.
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The only way to know its... well pretty much comparing it to a reference model I think. I don't belive there's other way.

Maybe knowing the PCB model you can compare it to a reference's PCB model.

It has the same outputs as the reference model, other than that I haven't a clue, no need to worry though if I can get a water block for it either way biggrin.gif

List of future upgrades is

2x 24inch monitors (probably getting these next week)
bigger SSD + another storage HDD
Water cooling processor and graphics cards + motherboard if I can find water blocks to fit mine smile.gif
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Got the 7970's the other day, got them fitted and slightly overclocked (1100mhz core, 1500mhz memory, overclocked using CCC) averaging around 110fps in Battlefield3, haven't run 3DMark 11 yet, will be giving that a go soon.
Processor is back at standard speeds after a few heat issues, will be overclocking that again though going to aim for 4.8ghz (i7 2600k) a little lower than what I used to run it at (5ghz)

Overall, very happy with the cards, the TwinFrozR coolers do a great job, previously on my 6950 I was getting temps of 90c while playing battlefield 3, on the 7970's they are getting to a max of 70c, so still plenty of space temperature wise for overclocking!
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post #27 of 28
Niceeeeeee Great news. Btw, Battlefield avg of 110 is on ultra, right?

Yea, I previously had single fan 6950's and it was a nightmare. It was around 90-99c while playing anygame. And 1Gb Vram was making my cards useless hahaha

Great buy! wink.gif
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Niceeeeeee Great news. Btw, Battlefield avg of 110 is on ultra, right?

Yea, I previously had single fan 6950's and it was a nightmare. It was around 90-99c while playing anygame. And 1Gb Vram was making my cards useless hahaha

Great buy! wink.gif

Yes on ultra smile.gif Haven't checked the FPS on any other games yet, Battlefield 3 is pretty much all I play lately, I have so much fun on it I haven't bothered playing any other games I have haha!

The 6950 was a good card just got really hot and the fan was so loud! BOTH 7970's with the TwinFrozR coolers running at 100% fan speed is quieter than my single 6950 was at 60% fan speed!

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