Originally Posted by darkelixa
My last sapphire card 7870 started to artifact after a few weeks ( a huge problem sapphire had with that batch of card) Is that problem still current in there new line up? I know with sapphire they didnt solve the issue till it was 7970
I can't speak about Sapphire's specifically, but as was mentioned earlier, these 7970/280x's are pretty sensitive to heat ESPECIALLY when overclocked!!! Some of these other users here I would imagine are NOT setting up customer fan profiles when overclocking, which easily explains why some users are having issues with their cards. I would suggest if you do decide to get one and if you decide to do any overclocking, DEFINITELY setup a custom fan profile to keep your card running as cool as possible, and that will also keep artifacts to a minimum as well. I pretty much keep my fans running at 50% all the time and I never have any issues unless I push my overclock to hard in graphically demanding games.
I can run a stable overclock with absolutely zero issues up to 1240/7200mhz on Battlefield 4 multiplayer for example, but can only go up to 1220/7000 in the Witcher 2.
Oh yeah, I use the Witcher 2 as a benchmark, and to test stability with my overclocks. I was running Heaven and Valley and Firestrike like everyone else swears by to test my graphics card for stability, but while the card would pass them all with flying colors at say 1240/7200/mhz even looping for 30-40 minutes, it would artifact within the first 20 seconds of a cutscene in The Witcher 2 and possibly crash within about 5 minutes of gameplay. Just food for thought I guess...Edited by hoevito - 11/11/13 at 10:49pm