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Gigabyte the best custom 7870?

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April 4, 2012 11:40:29 AM

I've read reviews of MSI's, Asus', Gigabyte's, PowerColor's and HiS' HD7870s, and it seems Gigabyte's is the best performer (especially in terms of temperature and noise levels), does anyone have any hands-on experience with the card to back that up, or other opinions? I'm getting one of them in a few weeks time, and definitely leaning towards the Gigabyte, but some subjective info would be nice :) 

Links to reviews here:
PowerColor/HiS
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5691/the-retail-radeon-hd...

Gigabyte
http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/zardon/...

MSI
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/HD_7870_Twin_Fro...

ASUS
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_7870_Direct_...

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April 4, 2012 1:12:58 PM

Well personally i would go with the MSI with the Twin Frozr III cooler, i know this cooling solution is great and you will run at low temperatures enabling you to overclock the video card, also i already know that this cooler is very silent. the gigabyte version looks great too, but i would go with the MSI Twin Frozr III cooler.

EDIT: Fixed hawk to Twin Frozr III
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April 4, 2012 3:10:59 PM

Can't seem to find that version in any domestic stores (I'm in Denmark..), but I'll keep an eye out. Looks like i better hold off for a few weeks to see what happens with new manufacturers/price drops.
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April 4, 2012 3:33:08 PM

Well so far my gigabyte hd7870 is working fine. Pre overclocked so the lazy less smart people have a good time haha. Cooling is amazing and if you're used to a loud card like me, then you'll be in heaven using this card. When it all comes down to it its pretty much the same card just different factory settings and other small stuff. I suggest going with the popular names like gigabyte sapphire or if you dont need this card urgently then wait a few weeks like you said and see what happens.
Whatever you do i think you will be pleased with the outcome :D 
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April 4, 2012 3:44:34 PM

I would also opt for the MSI video card , they do have great coolers and thier cards are always factory overclocked so you don't have to.
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April 5, 2012 12:04:01 AM

I'm not particularly uncomfortable OC'ing the card on my own, so factory OC doesn't mean much to me tbh, but of course the cooling solutions provided with the custom cards are hugely relevant!

Currently I'm definitely used to a loud card! My 5770 rev. 2 card sounds like a goddamn hairdryer at 35% fan speed, but while gaming it approaches 80 degrees and 65% fan speed! Making me crazy :o  Whatever I do it'll be a step up, I just want to optimize that step ;) 

I'll give it a few weeks and see what happens, but I'm definitely leaning towards Gigabyte, already measured my case to see if it fits and everything D:

Those of you who mentioned the MSI Hawk card, have you found any reviews? I've been searching but have only found reviews of the 'regular' MSI 7870, which according to Tech Powerup's review isn't a compelling option. (http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/HD_7870_Twin_Fro...)
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April 5, 2012 12:27:17 AM

freddy1765 said:
I'm not particularly uncomfortable OC'ing the card on my own, so factory OC doesn't mean much to me tbh, but of course the cooling solutions provided with the custom cards are hugely relevant!

Currently I'm definitely used to a loud card! My 5770 rev. 2 card sounds like a goddamn hairdryer at 35% fan speed, but while gaming it approaches 80 degrees and 65% fan speed! Making me crazy :o  Whatever I do it'll be a step up, I just want to optimize that step ;) 

I'll give it a few weeks and see what happens, but I'm definitely leaning towards Gigabyte, already measured my case to see if it fits and everything D:

Those of you who mentioned the MSI Hawk card, have you found any reviews? I've been searching but have only found reviews of the 'regular' MSI 7870, which according to Tech Powerup's review isn't a compelling option. (http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/HD_7870_Twin_Fro...)


i had mentioned Hawk because i had confused the names, it is really this one that you linked:
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/HD_7870_Twin_Fro...

Twin Frozr III great cooler, and will maintain your video card cool and it is very silent.

Hawk is another (similar) cooler from MSI.
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April 5, 2012 12:44:05 AM

http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-radeon-hd-7970-lightn...

This card is not the 7870 that you have selected but I put the link in because I think it shows what MSI is doing for thier cards and the cooling solutions that they come up with. It just seems to me that they put together some of the best looking and performing cards. These two links were taken from that review and they specificaly show the temps and noise levels and for a high end card they are pretty impressive that even under load the temps and noise are low.

http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-radeon-hd-7970-lightn...
http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-radeon-hd-7970-lightn...
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