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Is it worth getting an overclocked GPU ?

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December 5, 2012 1:26:55 PM

The difference in prices is only about 50€, but I still want to hear your opinions ...
Here are a few differences between them which I could spot:


Sapphire AMD Radeon HD7970 3GB DDR5 384bit PCIe: 925 MHz, RAMDAC (MHz): 400 MHz, Memory Frecvention 5500 MHz, DirectX Version 11, Dimensions(mm) 275 x 115 x 36 mm. ( http://193.25.112.104/images/mari/pl...84bit-pcie.jpg )

Sapphire Radeon HD7970 GHz Edition OC 3GB DDR5 384bit: 1000 MHz, RAMDAC (MHz): 2 x 400 MHz, Memory Frecvention 5800 MHz, DirectX Version 11.1, Dimensions(mm) 280(L)x115(W)x45(H) mm. ( http://193.25.112.104/images/mari/pl...ddr5-384bi.jpg )

Also, out of Sapphire, Asus, Gigabyte and MSI, which one would you choose ?

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December 5, 2012 1:47:21 PM

Its totally worth it. 7970 Ghz is the best out there.
Simple 7970 is defeated by GTX 680 until you can OC it too high.

Ghz edition comes overclocked, but you can even overclock it more.
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December 5, 2012 2:07:13 PM

Sumukh_Bhagat said:
Its totally worth it. 7970 Ghz is the best out there.
Simple 7970 is defeated by GTX 680 until you can OC it too high.

Ghz edition comes overclocked, but you can even overclock it more.


Actually a standard 7970 iis about 5% stronger than a 680 before being overclocked. Though in reality they (mostly) trade blows. However once I OC'd my 7970 all the way it beats even oc'd 6990's and 590's. That makes it far stronger. Hence why the 7970 GHz is a tier higher than the GTX 680.
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December 5, 2012 2:10:10 PM

Scarface83 said:
The difference in prices is only about 50€, but I still want to hear your opinions ...
Here are a few differences between them which I could spot:


Sapphire AMD Radeon HD7970 3GB DDR5 384bit PCIe: 925 MHz, RAMDAC (MHz): 400 MHz, Memory Frecvention 5500 MHz, DirectX Version 11, Dimensions(mm) 275 x 115 x 36 mm. ( http://193.25.112.104/images/mari/pl...84bit-pcie.jpg )

Sapphire Radeon HD7970 GHz Edition OC 3GB DDR5 384bit: 1000 MHz, RAMDAC (MHz): 2 x 400 MHz, Memory Frecvention 5800 MHz, DirectX Version 11.1, Dimensions(mm) 280(L)x115(W)x45(H) mm. ( http://193.25.112.104/images/mari/pl...ddr5-384bi.jpg )

Also, out of Sapphire, Asus, Gigabyte and MSI, which one would you choose ?


As for your question: Just get the cheapest 7970 on newegg that has good reviews (4/5 or higher). They will all mostly OC the same. However I do recommend the cheapest sapphire one personally. I have always had sapphire cards overclock really high and they allow voltage adjustments! The thing is, sapphire cards are usually the cheapest, if not close.
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December 5, 2012 2:19:56 PM

I agree with the reply above. I just purchased the Sapphire 7970 from Newegg on sale for 379.99. The card stock is 925MHZ 1425MHZ and comes along with a 'boost' BIOS which I do not use. I was able to overclock the card above most 7970 GHz edition cards for one hundred dollars less. (Put the extra hundred dollars into a better CPU/RAM)


1125MHz
1550MHz
Stock Voltage
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I also forgot to mention the three free games that you get too!

:D 
December 5, 2012 2:30:19 PM

jkhoward said:
I agree with the reply above. I just purchased the Sapphire 7970 from Newegg on sale for 379.99. The card stock is 925MHZ 1425MHZ and comes along with a 'boost' BIOS which I do not use. I was able to overclock the card above most 7970 GHz edition cards for one hundred dollars less. (Put the extra hundred dollars into a better CPU/RAM)


1125MHz
1550MHz
Stock Voltage
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I also forgot to mention the three free games that you get too!

:D 

Alright, thanks for the link, I'll think at it.

Btw, I heard that it's actually quite recommended to get cards which are already overclocked from the factory.
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December 5, 2012 4:25:44 PM

Scarface83 said:
Alright, thanks for the link, I'll think at it.

Btw, I heard that it's actually quite recommended to get cards which are already overclocked from the factory.


It isn't from a price/performance perspective. Will a factory OC'd card perform better than a stock card? Maybe 5-10% better. But at a 20-30% price increase. My opinion is either get the cheapest version of the card you want, or get a different card lol.

Plus almost any stock card will OC to the same level as the factory OC'd card. Oh and the sapphire in the link is the best 7970 out (Besides the insane vapor-x GHz card that is $100 more). I have that exact card in his link, and it overclocks like crazy! GET IT!
December 5, 2012 4:43:22 PM

For me No that card is Overkill for todays games mostly dx9 games rare to see dx11 games :pt1cable:  unless you wanna game 2k reso
December 5, 2012 5:08:45 PM

CaptainTom said:
It isn't from a price/performance perspective. Will a factory OC'd card perform better than a stock card? Maybe 5-10% better. But at a 20-30% price increase. My opinion is either get the cheapest version of the card you want, or get a different card lol.

Plus almost any stock card will OC to the same level as the factory OC'd card. Oh and the sapphire in the link is the best 7970 out (Besides the insane vapor-x GHz card that is $100 more). I have that exact card in his link, and it overclocks like crazy! GET IT!


Do you mean this card ? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I may actually go for it. It's cheap ... ;D
December 5, 2012 5:34:17 PM

CaptainTom said:
That is the strongest single GPU in the world right now. That's the vapor-x I mentioned...


Then I see no other choice but getting that ... ;D
December 8, 2012 1:05:43 PM

really i would prefer to either 1 get a better card in the case of there being one or 2 in the case you are getting the top model number being like 7990 or 690 already then only if you think a factory OCed card is better then a self OCed card get the factory OCed card

As the GPUs of the same reference model should be the same it is just how much the company is cooling it and how much they OCed it to go faster in which they might be OCing different parts to different speeds. So getting a card of the model which you want and some OCing software to do it yourself will give you the same end if your case is cooled properly to support the GPU being OCed that is.
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