Difference between Sapphire 7970s and Gigabyte 7970s

Hi, so there are many different 7970 cards, and also different cards by the same manufacturer. I want to choose either a Sapphire or Gigabyte card (I'm buying from Newegg). Could you help me tell the difference between these cards? (I will be overclocking).

Sapphire:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202001
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102961

Gigabyte:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125413
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125439


The only difference I can see on most of them is clock speed, but are some a newer version of the 7970? I've read some stuff about there being factory overclocked versions.


Here's my build list from PC Part Picker:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lEr2
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lEr2/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lEr2/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.93 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($82.95 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($427.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($82.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1141.19
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  1. cLocKwoRkTree said:
    Hi, so there are many different 7970 cards, and also different cards by the same manufacturer. I want to choose either a Sapphire or Gigabyte card (I'm buying from Newegg). Could you help me tell the difference between these cards? (I will be overclocking).

    Sapphire:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202001
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102961

    Gigabyte:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125413
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125439


    The only difference I can see on most of them is clock speed, but are some a newer version of the 7970? I've read some stuff about there being factory overclocked versions.


    Here's my build list from PC Part Picker:
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lEr2
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lEr2/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lEr2/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.93 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($82.95 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($427.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($82.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1141.19

    both are great cards thats really the main difference, clock and memory speeds that and they have better cooling than the reference card.
  2. Okay thanks. The reference card is just hte non-overclocked one right? And ya I'm looking at the Gigabyte GHz one. Cheaper than the Vapor-X and has good reviews.
  3. cLocKwoRkTree said:
    Okay thanks. The reference card is just hte non-overclocked one right? And ya I'm looking at the Gigabyte GHz one. Cheaper than the Vapor-X and has good reviews.

    or do what i did, buy a reference card then get a aftermarket cooler and overclock it.
  4. I would definitely go with the Gigabyte 7870. Runs at cooler temperatures even when overclocked and leaves more room to overclock even further.
  5. cLocKwoRkTree said:
    Okay thanks. The reference card is just hte non-overclocked one right? And ya I'm looking at the Gigabyte GHz one. Cheaper than the Vapor-X and has good reviews.

    overclocking headroom is determined by the bios firmware. but the gigabyte will be cooler.
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