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just curious, why dont you want a full cover block for it?


Have never been a fan of them and don't want the extra heat in the loop.
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the extra heat would be very minimal with it, and the performance you gain on the vrms are worth it imo tongue.gif
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post #53 of 59
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Ran a Swiftech Caldera Heatsink on my 4870x2 with 2 MCW60 blocks for 4+ years OCed and never had any heat issues and that card draws a lot more power than a 7970 under load.

http://www.swiftech.com/calderaheatsink.aspx

Running a MCW60 with Swiftech copper heatsinks on the memory and VRM's of my 7850 @ 1185/1410 and with the air flow through the case it stays cool...

7970 will be fine
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You missed out on the HIS 7970 being $300.
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You missed out on the HIS 7970 being $300.

The Sapphire is the same price.. The HIS does have higher clocked core and memory..
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The Sapphire is the same price.. The HIS does have higher clocked core and memory..

Its also not reference and has unlocked voltage(not sure if the sapphire does)
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I'm looking for a reference card and the Sapphire rep. is asking @ Sapphire if it is voltage locked or not.

I have also thought about just getting a second 7850 for $150 after rebate and saving about $250 I would spend on a 7970, waterblock and heatsink.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102961
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Oh, when playing D3 my gpu core clocks hold at 1150 but gpu usage is even at about 30-40% for both. FPS drops a lot unless I shut off shadows, then it will only stutter slightly if I run into a large pack.
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