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Difference between Sapphire 7970s and Gigabyte 7970s

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October 29, 2012 2:32:32 PM

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

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


The only difference I can see on most of them is clock speed, but are some a newer version of the 7970?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
October 29, 2012 6:24:47 PM

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

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


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.
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October 29, 2012 7:13:51 PM

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.
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October 30, 2012 7:03:29 AM

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.
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November 7, 2012 8:13:43 PM

I would definitely go with the Gigabyte 7870. Runs at cooler temperatures even when overclocked and leaves more room to overclock even further.
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November 8, 2012 3:21:10 AM

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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