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Which 7970?

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March 12, 2012 3:22:35 PM

Howzit guys
im looking at the 7970's that the numerous brands have to offer and cant decide. i cant see a huge difference between them...
eg: power color's reference is 925mhz core, and at the top of the range, the asus Direct CU II is only 1000mhz. its a bump, but nothing that cant be reached on the power color!
Also, there is quite a price jump, even among the reference cards.
what would you guys choose? [:aford10:4]

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March 12, 2012 3:31:25 PM

Are you going to overclock? I would if your system allows. If so, try to get a binned card and an aftermarket cooler. (ex/ XFX Black Edition)

They are hard to find. If you can't find a binned or special cooler version, buy the cheapest reference card.
March 12, 2012 3:52:21 PM

ja, i can basically get any card here...
im not planning on ocing, nor xfire, but i would like to have that possibility.
if i can get hold of a Direct CU II, should i go for it?
im just worried bout chucking it in xfire, cause it is 3 slots wide...
do u think it is worth the extra cash?
what would you do?
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March 12, 2012 3:53:43 PM

I would go Power color then get an aftermarket cooler.
March 12, 2012 3:58:22 PM

i dont want to void the warranty... so no aftermarket coolers.
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March 12, 2012 3:58:57 PM

I'm using a reference design 7970 at 1125 / 1525 no issues, 70-75 Degrees 100% load.
March 12, 2012 4:29:13 PM

so i should i save a buck nd just get a reference 1?
if so, which 1?
March 12, 2012 6:37:17 PM

By aftermarket I was using the wrong word. I meant custom. So there are a few binned cards with larger HS / quieter / more fans that overclock better. No voided warranty.

Most brands have a non-reference design like this.

I overclock mine 20% for +20% fps and stays below 70C. That's binned in a good case though.
March 12, 2012 6:42:48 PM

ja, i can understand a custom cooler, but the only aftermarket cooler i wld get wld be a waterblock...
if power color is the cheapest, should i just go for that?