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Hd 7970 gigabyte windforce or wait for ghz edition?

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May 13, 2012 12:51:43 AM

hey guys, im on the hunt for a new card. cant decide to pull the trigger now and go with a gigabyte windforce 7970, or wait and see if the ghz edition 7970's will bring. will it even matter? all i know is ghz edition will update reference points for card makers.

im also considering a gigabyte windforce gtx 670 but its hard to come by, and probably has a oc ceiling.

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May 13, 2012 2:03:49 AM

GIGABYTE GV-R797OC-3GD Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$499.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This card has the core clock at 1000 mhz and so does this one;

ASUS HD7970-DC2T-3GD5 Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$519.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DIAMOND 7970PE53GDD Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$489.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This one is running at 1025 mhz.
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May 13, 2012 2:58:19 AM

The one inzone linked is a GHz edition, and you can OC it up to 1125 using voltage tweaks.

Also the GTX 670 is very good value for the price and performance, it's faster than HD 7970 at stock clocks but i guess all the GTX 6000 series has a limiting OCing ceiling as you said. If you're not gonna OC the HD 7970 get the GTX 670.
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May 13, 2012 4:12:02 AM

that diamond looks good. but my question was to whther get that gigabyte one inzone posted since its already clocked at 1ghz. or wait to see when amd refreshes the 7970 to come stock at 1ghz, other card makers might release 1100ghz set cards, thats my concern.

i only plan to oc the card a couple notches and have it last me 3 1/2 years or so. so i'd want it more future proof. gtx cards are too hard to come by
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May 13, 2012 10:37:31 AM

I don't know if AMD is gonna make all the upcoming HD 7970s clocked @ 1 GHz, but I heard the Sapphire is preparing a Toxic Edition which is clocked @ 1150 MHz.

Right now I'd go with the Gigabyte version, it's better cooling than the Diamond one.
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May 13, 2012 3:44:42 PM

thanks guys, i noticed a very good sapphire one at $450 clocked in at 950 or 1ghz, at that price its a steal and it actually is cooler/quieter than the gigabyte i was looking at.

for the money and quality there's no other winner. i guess with that toxic release its going to be their new flagship, and it sounds like a monster
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May 13, 2012 4:03:59 PM

<_< gee thanks matto lol.
well perhaps, but the 670 is hard to find out there. and if i keep waiting for stuff ill never end up buying something.
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May 13, 2012 4:04:57 PM

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May 13, 2012 4:10:48 PM

With the exception of the Asus GTX 680 CU II ,from 1098 base clock to 1150 MHz that's not a good jump compared to 925>>1150. MSI Lightening HD 7970 reported to reach 1250/1275 MHz.
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May 13, 2012 9:32:12 PM

yeah, but the msi lightning is very difficult to find, that would be my obvious choice, if the price didnt exceed $500 of course
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May 13, 2012 9:49:08 PM

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