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PowerColor/Gigabyte/Asus/Sapphire/XFX 7970

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April 22, 2012 8:55:29 AM




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Which provides the best value for money and is quiet under gaming conditions.
Reliability is more important than raw speed.

PowerColor HD 7970 V3 3GB
2 fan system
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Gigabyte HD 7970 OC 3GB
3 fan system:- This seems to have the best fan system.
vs

Asus AMD Radeon HD 7970 DirectCU II
2 fan :-Looks to have a stunning cooling system.
Not many users comments.
vs

Sapphire 11197-01-40G HD7970 3GB GDDR5 OC
This seems to put style before function all those odd edges seem to invite turbulence?
vs

XFX Radeon HD 7970 Graphics Card (Black Edition)
Most expensive of this bunch.
April 22, 2012 9:15:06 AM

from what i heard the xfx 7970 is most expensive and it was 50/50 that you could get a bad card (this was when the card barely launch in January). as for cooling the 7970 is pretty good for me. better than my old evga 580 lol.... its really a hard to recommend the xfx 7970 since its the most expensive of the lot BUT the warranty is pretty good. not sure if you would pay 50 dollars more for it though...
April 22, 2012 11:48:15 AM

7970 ASUS DCUII has Heat Sink problems , Google a little u'll find about it ,
i wouldn't recommend going for that model @ all !
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April 22, 2012 6:02:55 PM

Thanks for the information guys.
April 22, 2012 6:15:54 PM

The dual fan Sapphire card is great and if I remember correctly it is the most quiet of the bunch.
April 23, 2012 7:52:34 AM

i tried the Windforce 3 Gigabyte Cooling ( on a 680GTX ) and was quite impressed , totally Cool&Quiet , almost 10 degree Difference with a Ref model and it was OCed , never thought Gigabyte could manage something like that ...
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April 23, 2012 7:56:50 AM

aznplayer213 said:
from what i heard the xfx 7970 is most expensive and it was 50/50 that you could get a bad card (this was when the card barely launch in January). as for cooling the 7970 is pretty good for me. better than my old evga 580 lol.... its really a hard to recommend the xfx 7970 since its the most expensive of the lot BUT the warranty is pretty good. not sure if you would pay 50 dollars more for it though...


Trust me if they had anywhere near 50% faliure rate they would go out of buisness.the xfx non dd is not 50$ more.more like $20
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April 23, 2012 8:01:21 AM

The 4 i can deffinetley reccomend would be the gigabyte windforce/saphire oc version/his iceQ/XFX Black edition non DD.Ive owned the xfx had absolutley no problems and ive owned the his iceQ 7950 and that things a true monster with overclocking and staying cool.I would imagine the 7970 version is just as good
April 23, 2012 6:41:30 PM

Thank you all for your informative comments.

I have ordered a gigabyte windforce because it was £50 UK pounds cheaper than a XFX.
I hope I have made good choice; time will tell!
April 24, 2012 5:33:15 AM

HuntTheShunt said:
Thank you all for your informative comments.

I have ordered a gigabyte windforce because it was £50 UK pounds cheaper than a XFX.
I hope I have made good choice; time will tell!



tell us how it is when u get it
May 7, 2012 2:29:17 PM

The Gigabyte is quiet in use and is working well.
Do not update to Catalyst 12.4 though as they made my system constantly Blue Screen of Death till I reverted back to the supplied (on the disk) 12.3 version.
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