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Which manufacturer of 7970 HD should I go with?

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January 10, 2012 7:28:26 PM

I want to buy 7970 GPU. There are quite a few brands of it in my local store:

HIS, ASUS, GIGABYTE, Sapphire and XFX

I like Gigabyte and ASUS when it comes to motherboards or Nvidia videocards, but I never went to AMD yet. So I'm not sure about what brand dominates in AMD manufacturing. Is Gigabyte fine? WIll I be able to put a different brand of 7970 later in Crossfire?

Thank you!

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January 10, 2012 7:47:33 PM

You can mix and match different brands/models of HD7970's for crossfire, I'm pretty sure you could also crossfire a 7970 with a 7950 or 7990 when there released aswell.

Almost all HD7970's that are out at the moment are reference design ( I think XFX have a black edition HD7970) so most cards are the same just with a different sticker, buy the cheapest, but also have a look at the warranty periods for the different brands as they can vary.
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January 10, 2012 7:53:25 PM

The top 3 are Asus DCU2, MSI Twin Frozer 2 or 3 and Gigabyte Windforce/Superoverclock

All 3 use better PCBs, VRAm, circuits, chokes, etc so you can overclock them better and have them run cool with dual fans and still be quiet.

There's no point buying the reference cards because the amd cooler is too noisy. The 3 above will almost guarantee 7970 overclocks to 1200/1600mhz..with a slight voltage increase.
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January 10, 2012 7:57:39 PM

dharmenparikh said:
The top 3 are Asus DCU2, MSI Twin Frozer 2 or 3 and Gigabyte Windforce/Superoverclock

All 3 use better PCBs, VRAm, circuits, chokes, etc so you can overclock them better and have them run cool with dual fans and still be quiet.

There's no point buying the reference cards because the amd cooler is too noisy. The 3 above will almost guarantee 7970 overclocks to 1200/1600mhz..with a slight voltage increase.


Hey do you have a link to the cards you mentioned? I can't find them in any U.K stores.

Thanks. :) 
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January 10, 2012 8:06:13 PM

Veirtimid said:
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Search/Products?Search=797...

Don't know when they are going to renew their stock but it shouldn't take them too long to do it.


Thanks but they all seem to be reference, I was looking for a link for the ASUS DCU2, Twin Frozr and Windforce cards. :) 
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January 10, 2012 11:25:03 PM

Those will be out in the upcoming weeks for 7970. You can check their similar versions for GTX 580s/570s and Radeon 6970/6950.
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January 11, 2012 3:23:16 AM

What is the problem with reference cards? Still can OC them...
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January 11, 2012 9:02:01 PM

Veirtimid said:
What is the problem with reference cards? Still can OC them...


Reference design cards are almost always run hotter, and noisier than the after market - add in boards. Often reference designs cannot be overclocked as much as the likes of the ASUS DCU and GIGABYTE Windforce either.

At the moment you have 3 options for better cooling and more overclocking:

1. go with the XFX Black Edition which is a good card.

2. Wait for the GIGABYTE windforce, ASUS Direct CU, or MSI Twin Frozr

3. Buy a reference design and fit an after market cooler to it. WARNING: you will void your warranty.

Alternatively you can buy a reference design card and just accept that It'll be a bit more noisy and you shouldn't overclock it as much.
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January 11, 2012 9:25:04 PM

Also note that reference boards will generally be made from the same factory as well, so the only thing distinguishing them is a brand sticker.

The Faxconn group in particular makes stuff for MSI / ASUS / EVGA / Gigabyte and ASRock that I know of.
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January 18, 2012 11:20:26 PM

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January 21, 2012 1:11:15 PM

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