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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-24-2013, 11:42 AM - Thread Starter
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Hi all,

My GTX 570 has died on me frown.gif

So I think its a sign from the overclocking gods to buy a new GPU. I'm currently looking at a 7970, my problem is I'm abit confused about which one to pick up seeing as theres lots of different variants.

Is the 1ghz edition the one to pick up or should I go for the standard one and overclock it myself?

I've got a budget of around £350 can you recommend me the best GPU in that price range for doing some overclocking?

I'm thinking of either this
Gigabyte gigabyte edition : http://www.scan.co.uk/products/3gb-gigabyte-radeon-hd-7970-6000mhz-gddr5-28nm-gpu-1100mhz-2048-cores-dl-dvi-i-hdmi-2x-mdp-plus-free

or

MSI standard with stock cooler : http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-155-MS

I'm not sure if either of the above have there voltage locked etc so I'd appreciate any advice or recommendations of cards at good prices with good manufacturers for RMA

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Sapphire and Gigabyte are good brands. Gigabyte has voltage locked their HD 7970 cards. so if overclocking is most important go with sapphire HD 7970 OC or Sapphire HD 7970 Ghz vapor-x.

Sapphire HD 7970 OC(1 ghz)

http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/12823204/art/sapphire-technology/radeon-hd-7970-oc-boost-3.html#srcid=369&CodePromo=oui

Sapphire HD 7970 Ghz vapor-x(1.05 ghz)

http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/12701061/art/sapphire-technology/radeon-hd-7970-vapor-x-gh.html#srcid=369&CodePromo=oui
http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/amdradeongraphicscards/amdhd7970series/11197-12-40g.html

gigabyte has a 3 yr warranty while sapphire has 2 yr. also even at stock voltage you can add another 100 - 150 mhz easily. If you want the extra 1 yr warranty go with gigabyte.

Gigabyte HD 7970 OC(1 ghz)

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/amdradeongraphicscards/amdhd7970series/gv-r797oc-3gd.html

or the Gigabyte HD 7970 Ghz (1.1 ghz) card you picked from scan uk

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Don't go for a reference card, they're noisy. The Sapphire Vapor-X 7970 GHz is one of the best choices out there. There were quite a few bad reports about the quality of Gigabyte cards lately.
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Think I may go for the gigabyte as I'm not going to be overclocking much + I've heard good things about there RMA

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Get the Sapphire Dual-X
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Get the Sapphire Dual-X

Any reason on why to get that over a ghz edition?

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I was just going to post the same question.

You mind if I ask does anyone know which cards are quiet? I heard the 7970 can be very loud.

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The Sapphire Dual-X is one of the quietest and has unlocked voltage. You can clock it till the limits or undervolt to run cooler and quieter than stock.

The GHZ edition comes with a "guaranteed" higher clock, but any 7970 will be able to hit 1050MHz and more (especially with voltage control) so don't overpay.
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