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September 26, 2012 2:28:43 AM

Hey community, ive got the chance to purchase a new HIS 7970 with dual boot bios able to flash to the GHZ bios upping its performance for $380 . The price is right but im wondering if anyone knows when the next cards are planned to be released, not sure whether i should wait or pull the trigger and buy the card.

I am currently not running any card, just the integrated graphics on my i7 2600k

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a c 103 U Graphics card
September 26, 2012 2:37:13 AM

if you have a powersupply that can handle it def go for it....live right now no sense in waiting for the next best thing to come out...if you do that you will never buy a video card...especially if you are getting a good deal on it go for it....besides there really isnt anything definite about the next series yet...you could be waiting a while
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a b U Graphics card
September 26, 2012 2:38:21 AM

You got about 6+ months to wait for the new cards. Buy now, it wont be obsolete even when the new cards come out. Youll get at least 2 years out of that card.
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September 26, 2012 2:39:37 AM

1000w power supply, ya im leaning that way
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a b U Graphics card
September 26, 2012 2:45:54 AM

Just make sure its a high quality PSU. If you spent $75 on a 1000w PSU chances are its crap.
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a c 117 U Graphics card
September 26, 2012 2:51:33 AM

there is no reason to get a 1,000 watt PSU to run ONE card; think quality 550 watts.

HIS Radeon HD 7970 X Turbo edition review
Our test system is based on a power hungry Core i7 965 / X58 system.
Measured power consumption

System in IDLE = 176W
System Wattage with GPU in FULL Stress = 390W
Difference (GPU load) = 214W
Add average IDLE wattage ~10W
Subjective obtained GPU power consumption = ~ 224 Watts

Here is Guru3D's power supply recommendation:

Radeon HD 7970 - On your average system the card requires you to have a 550 Watt power supply unit.
Radeon HD 7970 Crossfire - On your average system the cards require you to have a 750 Watt power supply unit as minimum.


and the very next generation of AMD gpus are going to be out until early next year, so get it now.
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a c 620 U Graphics card
September 26, 2012 3:39:53 AM

If it was me, I'd wait, but then I'm not running on integrated graphics.

The reality is that the 7970 has been an underwhelming product. Sure with driver refinements, higher clocks, and drastic price drops, it has become more competitive. However, being more competitive has come at a price, it's even more so a hotter, noisier, and more power hungry card. I would expect the 8970, due out before Christmas, to improve upon all those areas as usually happens with second generation cards.
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September 26, 2012 2:46:42 PM

Due out before Christmas really? seems like a little soon, im still cant make a decision, i know $380 is a good price, and im not 100% sure but i think there is no difference between this card flashed to the Ghz edition, and the out of box Ghz edition, can anyone confirm this?
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a c 620 U Graphics card
September 26, 2012 3:18:25 PM

Are you sure you can flash a non-Ghz to a Ghz? There are some differences in chip binning and higher voltages, and then they added the Boost feature.
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September 26, 2012 3:24:13 PM

Where have you heard that it's coming out in December? Latest rumours point towards June. Maybe slightly before due to being ahead of themselves, but I sincerely doubt it'll be as early as before Christmas.
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a b U Graphics card
September 26, 2012 3:38:24 PM

I would take a chance flashing bios, it could brick your card and then warranty will not replace it. Many have done it successfully but you need to buy one that many people have flashed successfully. If you can overclock it anyway to that point there is no need.
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a b U Graphics card
September 26, 2012 3:44:51 PM

My guess would be better binned chips to accept higher voltage. Some flashed and didn't see any difference. At least make a backup of your bios for the card.
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September 26, 2012 3:47:49 PM

ya the 7970 has a dual bios chip, so pretty safe for flashing im assuming
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a c 117 U Graphics card
September 26, 2012 5:59:54 PM

question:
why take the chance of bricking the card (or one of the BIOS)when you can manually overclock the card with afterburner?
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a b U Graphics card
September 26, 2012 6:58:55 PM

Anonymous said:
question:
why take the chance of bricking the card (or one of the BIOS)when you can manually overclock the card with afterburner?


Yeh that's what I said, I gues so they can say they have it stock at 1050Mhz but then you go and overclock it more with that bios and you can ruin it as opposed to overclocking the original card.
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September 28, 2012 4:38:17 PM

I wouldn't bet on it being out before christmas, but that would be cool if it was. Maybe NVIDIA would drop their prices then :) 
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a b U Graphics card
September 28, 2012 4:55:08 PM

It won't because other companies are still releasing their top end 7970's next month or two.
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a b U Graphics card
September 28, 2012 5:15:48 PM

Neither AMD or nvidia has ever released 2 new architectures in the same year. February or March at the earliest.
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