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I guess I'll have to fire up the backup system to take screenshots.
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I have one, love it. I just downloaded the 3 drivers listed on the Sapphire site and my "Driver Version" Looks older than yours. This whole "Updating" drivers has always confused me. How do i update to the most recent driver?

I first ran the Disk that came with my card. Then i went on the website, downloaded and ran the 3 "Driver" Files. Am i missing something?



 

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Yea. You gotta download the latest drivers off of AMD, not Sapphire and especially not from the disk.

First download the uninstall utility (if you're on Windows 7) and run it to uninstall the outdated drivers.

http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloads/Pages/catalyst-uninstall-utility.aspx

Then download the latest drivers here.

http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/AMDCatalyst13-3WINBetaDriver.aspx

You don't need Hydravision or the CCC profiles. You just need the display drivers and CCC which come with the download.
 

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Depends on the games you play. But there should be a nice 5-10% increase in performance.
 

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There's a tiny performance boost for Far Cry 3 but BF3 will perform the same.
 

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You can count me in
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Wow is that overclock stable? Did you adjust the voltage with Afterburner or is it all on stock?
 

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Okay, I have the Powercolor Myst. I guess this would be a good thread to ask a bunch for questions I got about this card.

Bought it this Monday, .32 BIOS. Catalyst 13 Beta drivers.

1) Why did you RMA your card?
2) Whats the latest BIOS version?
3) Anyone know the exact differences between Powercolor Myst and Powercolor EZ Edition? I know that the Myst is newer, and has copper heatpipes and a slightly different shroud, and is much heavier. I'm guessing being newer also has a later BIOS revision.

Got a few more I'll keep posting in a bit.

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4) Does anyone else get random spikes to 100% load (for a brief moment) on your desktop? This happens constantly. Why does this happen?
5) For your overclocks, in games and benching, does core clock spike between 975 and your OC setting? If it is, then your OC is not performing properly; there probably isn't enough power or core voltage sent to the GPU. However, if you don't have your power limits high enough, you WON'T see artifacts. At 1175 with everything else stock, I get no artifacts. However, when I turn power to +20%, 1175 instant artifacts like crazy, 1150 artifacts bad as well. My framerate also went up noticeably, suggesting that just because you have a high clock with no artifacts doesn't mean its performing. AMD's power settings will try to force the card to conform to certain power requirements, it seems.

Edit #2: Validation

http://www.techpowerup.com/gpuz/euk33/
 

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Glad this thread was started and proud to be the only Powercolor owner thus far. My second card arrived yesterday and I will try crossfiring them this weekend. I'll let everyone know how it works out.
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Powercolor EZ edition is an inferior version of the Myst. The pixel fillrate is much lower, as is the texel fillrate is lower as well. I know because I bought this card. It does not overclock well at all, but it still performs like a stock 7870 tahiti with a stock score of 8000 on 3dmark11 performance. I'm keeping the EZ as a spare but it definitely is inferior to the Myst. Hope this helps.
 

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Hmph the card specs are almost identical to the GTX 680

Same core count, same memory bus, same memory, same memory speed, same ROP's. Bios flash anyone?
 

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Jimbo,

What pixel and texel fill rates do you have on your EZ and MYST? I recently bought an EZ thinking as I have a 660ti that I could return and I thought I could basically get the same performance for $50 less and 2 free games.

Also, my temps are pretty high. I am at 80°C easily and I have to set CCC power at +20% just to stop the core from dropping to 500mhz during gameplay. Can you give some more details on your experience with the MYST as far as temps, noise, fan speed etc.? I am trying to decide if I am going to return 7870 EZ and keep the GTX 660ti. Thanks!
 

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Jimbo,

What pixel and texel fill rates do you have on your EZ and MYST? I recently bought an EZ thinking as I have a 660ti that I could return and I thought I could basically get the same performance for $50 less and 2 free games.

Also, my temps are pretty high. I am at 80°C easily and I have to set CCC power at +20% just to stop the core from dropping to 500mhz during gameplay. Can you give some more details on your experience with the MYST as far as temps, noise, fan speed etc.? I am trying to decide if I am going to return 7870 EZ and keep the GTX 660ti. Thanks!
I'd be careful with the 7870s Tahitis, there seems to be a slew of issues. I have the .32 BIOS, which AFAIK is the newest one? Yet I'm still plagued with strange issues of core clock fluctuations. This is NOT a properly functioning product.
 

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I've used both the 030 bios and 032. My card came with the 030 bios. My experience of both as follows:

032 bios
Installing this bios and setting the power limit to +20, the card would throttle. Only around 60% gpu usage

030 bios
Power limit set to +20, the card did not throttle and would always perform at 90-100%.

Power limit set to 0% on both these bios', the card did not throttle, always performed at 90-100%

If you're still experience throttling I recommend setting Unofficial overclocking mode to without Powerplay support in Afterburner.

My Afterburner config may be of use to you, I have attached it. Replace the CFG in the Afterburner root directory.

I recommend MSI Afterburner 3.0.0 Beta 7 as it supports voltage control for tahiti cards.

http://www.guru3d.com/files_details/msi_afterburner_beta_download.html

MSIAfterburner.zip 1k .zip file


030 bios.zip 105k .zip file


For a stable 1200/1500 overclock, I need to set my voltage to 1.231V

I also recommend using Afterburners 3D/2D profile management, as pictured below.

VtFgvNn.png
 

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