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MSI radeon Twin Frozr 7970 OC boost edition .VS. the Sapphire vapor-x radeon 7970 ghz edition

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June 2, 2013 2:57:39 PM

In all these two cards are almost the exact same. I'm looking to buy one later on in the year but I like to start making preparations early on. The only differences I could find is that, the sapphire card has about 500 MHz more effective memory, but MSI has a better overclocking program. Other than that they are the same. I mainly plan on playing games like BF3 and other upcoming FPS games. My moniter only has a refresh rate of 60 so I just need a constant 60 frames. Feel free to recommend other cards but I honestly do prefer AMD because my Motherboard was meant to handle an AMD GPU. Also if you have any opinions about the cards sound, power consumption or heat output please let me know.
My Specs right now
Motherboard: Asus F1am75-pro
CPU:Amd A8-3870 unlocked
Ram: 8gb
GPU:Visiontek radeon 7850
550w cooler master psu
Windows 7 home premium 32 bit

I know I'm forgetting some specs but hopefully that'll be enough. Thanks!

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June 2, 2013 3:40:12 PM

Sapphire wins IMHO, you can OC quite well 'either' card stably but [ASIC] quality # (volt leakage) of the gpu chip itself will dictate how hot it will run before crashing. You can't read the number of any card until it is running. A 7970 owners club had a poll & Sapphire had higher asic # but not by much. There is a school of thought that says the ## mean crap. Either card you can't loose.

p.s Why a 32 bit OS? consider win 8-64
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June 2, 2013 7:48:58 PM

ur6beersaway said:
Sapphire wins IMHO, you can OC quite well 'either' card stably but [ASIC] quality # (volt leakage) of the gpu chip itself will dictate how hot it will run before crashing. You can't read the number of any card until it is running. A 7970 owners club had a poll & Sapphire had higher asic # but not by much. There is a school of thought that says the ## mean crap. Either card you can't loose.

p.s Why a 32 bit OS? consider win 8-64


Thanks for the quick reply. I'm definitely getting the sapphire now. Thanks for the little note too, the person who built my computer had to make a cut somewhere for price :( . Would you recommend windows 7 64 bit or windows 8 for everyday gaming. Anyway thanks for the reply!
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June 2, 2013 8:12:51 PM

Win-8/64 too many positive reasons to list. cheers
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