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What's the benefit of the XFX black edition cards other than clocked slightly higher?
     
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The Sapphire 290X Tri X = Sapphire 7970 OC before it got the blue crap pcb. The Tri X is the spiritual successor. I love the original OC cards btw, owning two of them still.

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What's the benefit of the XFX black edition cards other than clocked slightly higher?


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What's the benefit of the XFX black edition cards other than clocked slightly higher?

From what i have seen their cooler sucks for vrm cooling.
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I prefer tri-x for the possibility of adding a waterblock. Also more phases means nothing when you stay on air.

If you stay on air the priorities is like that:

1)Strong cooler
2)Hynix memories
3)Ref pcb or ref pcb with more phases so you can add a waterblock after

I didn't even think Hynix is much a of a deal maker on these cards is it? Seems like people are having about the same results with elpida and hynix
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I prefer tri-x for the possibility of adding a waterblock. Also more phases means nothing when you stay on air.

If you stay on air the priorities is like that:

1)Strong cooler
2)Hynix memories
3)Ref pcb or ref pcb with more phases so you can add a waterblock after

I don't care for custom water-cooling solutions - I prefer AiO setups (Because of how often my system changes as well as not being in dire need of better thermal performance than an AiO offers). Something like the AC Hybrid or NZXT G10 + Cooler will work with most non-reference designs as long as the mounting layout is the same as the reference model (and should be usable with many PCB heatsinks).

My ideal solution would be to grab the DCU II and slap my AC hybrid on it - but at current pricing/availability that's not a likely scenario. (Mainly because I appreciate how they engineer their cards rather than a need for more performance)

Memory headroom only matters if you're going for max clocks or possibly hashes. For the majority of users it's really not an issue.
    
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The Sapphire 290X Tri X = Sapphire 7970 OC before it got the blue crap pcb. The Tri X is the spiritual successor. I love the original OC cards btw, owning two of them still.
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WTH?... lol

I'm not even sure how to respond. lol ... meaning what?
     
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The Sapphire 290X Tri X = Sapphire 7970 OC before it got the blue crap pcb. The Tri X is the spiritual successor. I love the original OC cards btw, owning two of them still.
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WTH?... lol

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Hmm, sarcasm aside the XFX cards that exactly follow reference design are fine cards. However the XFX designed cards are terrible.
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I didn't even think Hynix is much a of a deal maker on these cards is it? Seems like people are having about the same results with elpida and hynix

It just seems that the majority of people having issues with black screen have Elpida memory. I'm not even concerned about OC potential.
     
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I didn't even think Hynix is much a of a deal maker on these cards is it? Seems like people are having about the same results with elpida and hynix

Yeah, I think the limiting factor is the new memory controller, not the chips themselves.
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It just seems that the majority of people having issues with black screen have Elpida memory. I'm not even concerned about OC potential.

I haven't followed this issue much since the universe has kept the R9 series out of my reach for whatever, probably nefarious, reasons biggrin.gif
    
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