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7970 Direct CU 2 vs Gigabyte OC?

post #1 of 7
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Hi,

7950 Direct CU 2 for 220$
7970 Direct CU 2 for 280$
7970 OC (I think it has the windforce cooler) 275$

Overclock > noise > temperature!

I heard the Direct cu 2 couldn't overclock (voltage locked) a while back... Which one would you get?

Also, would you wait a little for new gen?
How do you claim the never settle bundle?
Edited by Just a nickname - 9/18/13 at 1:00pm
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post #2 of 7
If budget is not any issue I've always loved my CU II cards, but the Gigabyte with Windforce is incredibly silent card which overclocks really well.

I've never had overclocking issues with my CU II cards and from what I know, the 7970 CU II clocks fairly well.

Over all, if you want great overclocking capabilities, quietness and a rock solid card, I'd get the Gigabyte Windforce edition.
post #3 of 7
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At some places the DCU2 and the gigabyte are both priced at 275$...

I had a gigabyte 7950 WF3 and it was locked at 1.25v. I know 1.3v won't make much difference anyway so I don't mind but the card had a very low asic.

Do you know if there is a difference in the pcb between the two cards?

Edit: I just checked and yes. By looking at reviews the direct cu 2 and windforce at both doing very very similar performance. Load temp for both were 69 and 40 db...
Edited by Just a nickname - 9/19/13 at 7:27am
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post #4 of 7
DCU2 is a 3 slotter which might be a problem if you lack space or what to CF in the future, GB's are voltage locked as well last i heard. Id personally get the GB, its quiet and cool (and you may be able to unlock with a little bit of digging) and you can use anything to overclock, but the Asus you're probably giong to be forced to use GPU Tweak which is pretty garbage.
post #5 of 7
+1 for the Gigabyte HD 7970 WF OC It's a great cooler and a nice price.
post #6 of 7
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Thanks guys, I will wait a little just to see what amd has to offer next generation. I also hope to have a never settle bundle with BF4.
No buyer remorse this time, I will old my 300$ for 5 more days... tongue.gif
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post #7 of 7
I'd recommend going with the Gigabyte HD 7970 WF OC. The Gigabyte WF is a very efficient cooler and the price is great for the HD 7970 right now. It's a ton of performance for the price.
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