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SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 7970 GHz Edition vs GIGABYTE GV-R797TO-3GD 7970 GHz

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August 25, 2012 9:04:09 PM

So I decided to buy a 7970 GHz edition instead of lighting edition and now I need to know which GHz edition card is better on cooling, speed and noise. Any benchmarks or experiences? :hello: 

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August 25, 2012 10:49:08 PM

Both are great really, the vapor-x maybe more stylish than the gigabyte one. the gigabyte is a factory overclocked card not the Ghz Edition, so the vapor-x has more overclocking potentiality.
August 25, 2012 10:52:47 PM

when it comes to sapphire, vapor-x and toxic models always tend to get the best PCB as its their signature cooling system. though I know for a fact that the toxic 6gb 7970 ghz is moderately loud, so I would assume the vapor-x 7970 ghz is moderately loud as well.
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August 25, 2012 11:39:46 PM

As far as I can tell, the Sapphire has the higher quality PCB - I'd get that one :) 
August 25, 2012 11:48:00 PM

What is a PCB? Thanks by the way!
BigMack70 said:
As far as I can tell, the Sapphire has the higher quality PCB - I'd get that one :) 

August 25, 2012 11:54:34 PM

Printed circuit board:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Printed_circuit_board

It's the board that all the components are on. When I say "high quality PCB", I mean they improved on the reference design board by doing things like using higher quality capacitors and chokes, more power phases, etc...

Basically it means that the underlying quality of the entire card is better - it's overengineered for durability, stability, and overclocking. This allows for safer, more stable overclocking than a reference card and it allows you to overvolt the card a bit without fear of exploding a VRM on the card.

Sometimes it's hard to tell which cards are fully custom or not, because a lot of companies release cards that are a reference PCB + custom cooler, which IMO are not really all that much better for overclocking than pure reference cards.
August 26, 2012 10:36:27 AM

Thanks, so I guess I will buy the sappfire edition. Have a great day!
BigMack70 said:
Printed circuit board:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Printed_circuit_board

It's the board that all the components are on. When I say "high quality PCB", I mean they improved on the reference design board by doing things like using higher quality capacitors and chokes, more power phases, etc...

Basically it means that the underlying quality of the entire card is better - it's overengineered for durability, stability, and overclocking. This allows for safer, more stable overclocking than a reference card and it allows you to overvolt the card a bit without fear of exploding a VRM on the card.

Sometimes it's hard to tell which cards are fully custom or not, because a lot of companies release cards that are a reference PCB + custom cooler, which IMO are not really all that much better for overclocking than pure reference cards.

August 28, 2012 3:44:41 PM

Thanks, I was about to buy the gig card before doing this thread. Close call...
ilysaml said:
I know what you meant, the Gigabyte card is based on the same reference BIOS of the normal HD 7970 but factory overclocked to 1 GHz, the Sapphire one is based on the BIOS of the new HD 7970 which is called GHz Edition which has improved Texture Fillrate & Memory Bandwidth.

October 9, 2012 12:24:48 PM

if you are watercooling than i definitely vote for the gigabyte because it has a reference pcb and 7970 waterblocks will work on it...
if you want the best performance ever than i vote for sapphire...if you are not watercooling than sapphire is the best choice
October 11, 2012 10:08:32 PM

ilysaml said:
I know what you meant, the Gigabyte card is based on the same reference BIOS of the normal HD 7970 but factory overclocked to 1 GHz, the Sapphire one is based on the BIOS of the new HD 7970 which is called GHz Edition which has improved Texture Fillrate & Memory Bandwidth.


I'm afraid you are in wrong. Gigabyte has released two cards: GV-R797OC-3GD and GV-R797TO-3GD. The first one is indeed factory overclocked legacy HD 7970 (Tahiti), but the second is true HD7970 GHz Edition (Tahiti 2). Visually the both cards are almost identical while GPU core is different.
Many people gets confused about which one is true GHz Edition.

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Al Araf
October 12, 2012 10:18:08 PM

Quote:
Visually the both cards are almost identical while GPU core is different.

Absolutely not, the HD 7970 which is called GHz Edition has improved Texture Fillrate & Memory Bandwidth. Check Toms review of the GHz and read the differences between it and the std one.
October 12, 2012 10:55:01 PM

asalikus said:
So I decided to buy a 7970 GHz edition instead of lighting edition and now I need to know which GHz edition card is better on cooling, speed and noise. Any benchmarks or experiences? :hello: 


I bought the 7970 ge and i can tell you its one of my best cards and i allway bought nvidia cards till this one i have tree fans on it(by factory) and the noise start only when it reaches high temps so dont worry about it and the noise is not that bad (i recently hade virus that my my gpu get to 80c so i know) hope i helped
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