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Best HD 7950?

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November 17, 2012 9:26:54 PM

Hey guys, first post ever here on tom's :kaola:  . Anyways I was curious as to what 7950 is the communities favorite. I currently own an XFX HD 5770, and was planning on buying their DD 7950. Any thoughts/opinions on this card? Or could you recommend something you find better?

Oh and yes I realize people love to preach sapphire for the 7950, but i hear that they are voltage locked (i don't plan on messing with voltages too much, however i hear they are locked at a lower voltage than other cards. Thus limiting overclock ability.)

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November 17, 2012 9:35:14 PM

I would buy one from Sapphire or Asus. I have never hear of Sapphire's cards being voltage locked.
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November 17, 2012 9:46:14 PM

maestro0428 said:
I would buy one from Sapphire or Asus. I have never hear of Sapphire's cards being voltage locked.

I mean these were Newegg reviews i was reading, most likely not the most reliable place for information like that lol. I'll do some more digging around and see if i find anything to support if they do or don't. In the mean time, anyone else have any other suggestions or comments?
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November 17, 2012 9:53:55 PM

I had great luck with Sapphire. I currently own the Sapphire HD7950 Vapro-X. Love the card.
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November 17, 2012 9:58:49 PM

ern88 said:
I had great luck with Sapphire. I currently own the Sapphire HD7950 Vapro-X. Love the card.

That was the card i was going to buy if i went with sapphire. Have you overclocked it at all? If you have, what kind of clock speeds did you push it to?
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November 17, 2012 10:08:58 PM

The HIS cooler seems very good it is a blower fan that is one of the top in performance and quietness
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November 17, 2012 10:17:38 PM

of what i know:

The MSI Twin Frozr 3 and Sapphire OC have certain models using a 7970 PCB, which allows for better overclocking because better VRM design.

7950 Sapphire Vapor-X has a chance of being voltage locked, though it has been confirmed that it can be changed with a flashed bios, so if you aren't comfortable with flashing bios' then it may not be the best choice if you want that voltage control.

The HIS cards cooler is pretty effective at cooling.
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November 17, 2012 10:19:53 PM

Best answer selected by ProSnipor.
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November 17, 2012 10:21:00 PM

Yea i was leaning towards a dual fan card, because i have 3 200mm fans, and a 120mm fan in my case , so i figured the heat dumped into the case by the card wouldn't be a problem. I was looking at an msi 670 power edition, but i switched over to a 7950 due to budget, and if OC'ed high enough it can match a 670. So i guess going with the twin Frozr from MSI wouldn't be a bad idea.
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June 18, 2013 3:45:14 PM

ProSnipor said:
Yea i was leaning towards a dual fan card, because i have 3 200mm fans, and a 120mm fan in my case , so i figured the heat dumped into the case by the card wouldn't be a problem. I was looking at an msi 670 power edition, but i switched over to a 7950 due to budget, and if OC'ed high enough it can match a 670. So i guess going with the twin Frozr from MSI wouldn't be a bad idea.


The 7950 already matches the 670 :p 
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