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August 18, 2013 11:31:45 AM

Hey guys, I got a sapphire 7970 ghz from newegg, and i think it's used. I ran it through 3dmark 11, and got a fire strike score of 7038. I ran it through heaven at 1080p ultra and got 1697. Are these bad, reasonable, or good scores? I'd hate it if I got yet another bum card from newegg. Thanks all.

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August 18, 2013 11:36:16 AM

ASICs either work as they should, or they don't work properly at all. A used card does not perform worse simply because it's used.

That said, 7038 on Firestrike is exactly where a single 7970 should be. I have two in Crossfire and get just shy of 13K
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August 18, 2013 11:41:55 AM

the real question is are you getting 60fps in most games at ultra settings while using a 1080p monitor.
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August 18, 2013 11:47:17 AM

I'm concerned it was treated poorly while it was used though. It came with some tooth paste like material coming out from under the fan, and it had some thermal paste like goop on the top. How do I monitor my fps while playing games? I though my firestrike score was bad because I looked at other people getting 9k w/ the same card or a 770.
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August 18, 2013 12:32:31 PM

Well, i ran all graphics tests and physics on 3DMark 11. Got 9.7k with my 7950 as final result on 720. On 1080p i got 3k. So yeah something is definetely wrong.
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August 18, 2013 12:44:08 PM

fjaesbog said:
Well, i ran all graphics tests and physics on 3DMark 11. Got 9.7k with my 7950 as final result on 720. On 1080p i got 3k. So yeah something is definetely wrong.


Fire Strike and 3DMark 11 are not the same thing. Fire Strike is part of a newer product simply called "3DMark" which contains 3 separate benchmarks for different platforms.
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August 18, 2013 1:11:15 PM

In that case, is my card running normally?
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August 18, 2013 1:23:19 PM

In3rt1a said:
In that case, is my card running normally?


Yup,

7038 on Fire Strike is actually quite good for a single card. I have two HD 7970s in crossfire and I get just under 13K on Fire Strike. Crossfire typically yields 80%-90% gains on benchmarks so that's in line with what I would expect.

Furthermore, an HD 7950 scores around 6500 on Fire Strike, which puts your 7970 exactly where it should be.

If you were to run 3DMark 11 you would get about 12,000 points on Entry, 8000 on Performance, and 2500 on Extreme.
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August 18, 2013 1:29:24 PM

Actually, I'm running a 7970 ghz edition. My old non ghz edition scored 6500...
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August 18, 2013 1:48:10 PM

they are the exact same card just the GHz edition is overclocked
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August 18, 2013 3:42:20 PM

I know, but the factory ocing should yield a better score, shouldn't it?
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August 18, 2013 4:29:41 PM

What are your clock speeds? I got a firestrike score of 6.9k with my 770 at 1150 Core and 3.6k Memory
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August 18, 2013 4:33:29 PM

6-8k range is normal for that graphics card class.
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August 18, 2013 5:18:58 PM

Honey Goat, I am running at 1050/1500 mghz, but you supplying your score was enough to convince me that things are running normally. Thanks all for your replies.
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August 18, 2013 5:23:13 PM

In3rt1a said:
Honey Goat, I am running at 1050/1500 mghz, but you supplying your score was enough to convince me that things are running normally. Thanks all for your replies.



Even with my score my card feels weak when playing games :(  How is gameplay for you?
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August 18, 2013 5:29:35 PM

Gameplay is smooth for me, but my card is artifacting... I'm returning the piece of crap.
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