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Best 7970 for $460 or under?

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August 19, 2012 8:10:06 PM

I'll be using one monitor at 1920 x 1080, mostly for gaming. I'm not overclocking right now but I will in the future, after I've learned some more about it. I really don't want to go over $460.

I've been looking at this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(It's a $460 Sapphire 7970)

And it sounds very good, but I don't know much about graphics cards (Or any part of a computer really) and I wanted to see if I was missing something. Is there a better 7970 to get at that price point or below it? I know any card you buy above $400 is going to do well in any current game, I just want to make sure that there isn't a better option out there.

And this is kind of a side question, but can you flash the bios from the ghz edition onto a normal 7970? I've heard people talking about it but I can't seem to find out how they do it.

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August 19, 2012 8:58:24 PM

GHZ edition, without a doubt. It's the best.
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August 19, 2012 10:00:00 PM

I order it in a week; I'll probably wait to see if the $670 sapphire is cheaper, and if it isn't I'll just get the XFX. Thanks!

I didn't know getting different bios mattered so little; I'll just overclock regularly. Thanks again!


OptyFM said:
GHZ edition, without a doubt. It's the best.


I heard the Ghz edition was practically just a stock 7970 but with better bios. Is that wrong?
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August 19, 2012 10:10:10 PM

phonybalogna said:
I order it in a week; I'll probably wait to see if the $670 sapphire is cheaper, and if it isn't I'll just get the XFX. Thanks!

I didn't know getting different bios mattered so little; I'll just overclock regularly. Thanks again!




I heard the Ghz edition was practically just a stock 7970 but with better bios. Is that wrong?


a 7970 ghz is a partially heavy overclocked 7970 on a better binned pcb than the newer 7970s, since they save the best ones for the strongest cards. GHZ edition cards essentially work like Gtx 6xx series cards, they self overclock with a built in turbo function.
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August 19, 2012 10:17:12 PM

BigMack70 said:
Right now, I'd say it's this XFX GHz edition for $440:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Gigabyte is nice too at $420:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As is the Power Color PCS+ at $450:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That Sapphire card you linked is a bit overpriced, as their nice Vapor-X GHz edition card is just $10 more at $470:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Don't bother flashing your BIOS. Very little reward if you do it right and huge risk if anything goes wrong (hello $450 paperweight).

Really, there's lots of good options for the 7970 right now - it's hitting good price points. If I were purchasing a 7970 right now, I would probably buy the Sapphire Vapor-X GHz edition, though it was just $450 a few days ago - I'd probably wait around to snag it at that price as I think $470 is a tiny bit high.
why not the card you have i heard those are beast MSI 7970 Lightning ?
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August 19, 2012 10:48:12 PM

If the Ghz edition is that much better I'll probably just try to squeeze $10 out of my budget somewhere else and get it, since it seems to be built on the ghz vesrsion.

regina_49 said:
why not the card you have i heard those are beast MSI 7970 Lightning ?



I've heard those are the best, but I only asked for cards $460 or less. And I could be looking in the wrong places but I think they're more expensive than that.
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August 19, 2012 10:52:53 PM

Oh i apologize i see that the MSI 7970 Lightning is out your budget
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August 19, 2012 11:26:26 PM

No need to apologize :) 
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August 19, 2012 11:26:58 PM

Best answer selected by phonybalogna.
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