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Which of these two 7970s? (Also, valuebug.co.uk)

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February 26, 2013 12:53:57 AM

Hello, I'm about to purchase a 7970 today and it's a choice between:

Sapphire 7970 OC with Boost11197-03-40G £308
and
Gigabyte Windforce 7970 GV-R797OC-3GD £300

The difference between these two is also that the Windforce is from Amazon while the OC Boost is from Valuebug.co.uk, a site with almost no info online. Anyone had any dealings with them? I'm using a 1080p monitor and do not want to increase my voltage, is using Valuebug.co.uk worth the risk? Is the Sapphire even any better?

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a c 91 U Graphics card
February 26, 2013 12:58:51 AM

Hmm, that's a VERY difficult choice. Traditionally Sapphire have made beautiful designs for ATI/AMD cards and they have a very good reputation working with ATI/AMD. Gigabyte designs have been really good too lately though. Honestly I would go with the gigabyte mainly because it's a straight up 2 slot card, whereas the Sapphire card is 2.5 slots and would cover a 3rd PCIE slot. Other than that, the two cards would be VERY similar in performance and OC headroom, just cross your fingers and hope you get lucky on the GPU lottery :) 
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February 26, 2013 1:00:57 AM

vmem said:
Hmm, that's a VERY difficult choice. Traditionally Sapphire have made beautiful designs for ATI/AMD cards and they have a very good reputation working with ATI/AMD. Gigabyte designs have been really good too lately though. Honestly I would go with the gigabyte mainly because it's a straight up 2 slot card, whereas the Sapphire card is 2.5 slots and would cover a 3rd PCIE slot. Other than that, the two cards would be VERY similar in performance and OC headroom, just cross your fingers and hope you get lucky on the GPU lottery :) 


GPU size and noise mean nothing to me for one reason and another, my problem mainly lies in the choice of retailer, but yeah, I do prefer Sapph...
a b U Graphics card
February 26, 2013 2:05:44 AM

stalgrim said:
GPU size and noise mean nothing to me for one reason and another, my problem mainly lies in the choice of retailer, but yeah, I do prefer Sapph...


Go with the Sapphire. You can OC that card and still runs cool and quiet. I have 2 very similar cards like the one you are looking at and mine came at 925 MHz and I got both of the all the way to 1200 MHz by 1650 and they still idles at 32 and load at 63 celsius. Noise is not even there at 70% whereas other cards will have coil whine. So, I suggest Sapphire if you want a great experience with 7970!
a c 91 U Graphics card
February 26, 2013 2:14:34 AM

stalgrim said:
GPU size and noise mean nothing to me for one reason and another, my problem mainly lies in the choice of retailer, but yeah, I do prefer Sapph...


in that case go with sapphire. as you can see I run a sapphire card myself (and many more in the past). never had a problem with them (including customer service)
a c 91 U Graphics card
February 26, 2013 2:16:05 AM

hero1 said:
Go with the Sapphire. You can OC that card and still runs cool and quiet. I have 2 very similar cards like the one you are looking at and mine came at 925 MHz and I got both of the all the way to 1200 MHz by 1650 and they still idles at 32 and load at 63 celsius. Noise is not even there at 70% whereas other cards will have coil whine. So, I suggest Sapphire if you want a great experience with 7970!


how are you staying below 70C with those clocks o.O Either I missed out big time upgrading when sapphire released that card back last Feb, or your have some seriously low ambient temps lol
February 26, 2013 4:06:25 AM

vmem said:
how are you staying below 70C with those clocks o.O Either I missed out big time upgrading when sapphire released that card back last Feb, or your have some seriously low ambient temps lol


What if I didn't want to increase the volts, would there be any difference between these cards?
a c 91 U Graphics card
February 26, 2013 4:09:22 AM

stalgrim said:
What if I didn't want to increase the volts, would there be any difference between these cards?


there will be virtually no difference. just keep your fingers crossed as every individual GPU is slightly different, maybe you'll get lucky and get the golden core that overclocks like crazy :p .

other than that, flip a coin or something. if it were up to me I'd choose sapphire again just like I did back last Feb :) 
February 26, 2013 4:21:13 AM

vmem said:
there will be virtually no difference. just keep your fingers crossed as every individual GPU is slightly different, maybe you'll get lucky and get the golden core that overclocks like crazy :p .

other than that, flip a coin or something. if it were up to me I'd choose sapphire again just like I did back last Feb :) 


In that case I'm going to get a Gigabyte one, not for any other reason than it's on Amaozon and I trust them.
a c 91 U Graphics card
February 26, 2013 4:21:55 AM

stalgrim said:
In that case I'm going to get a Gigabyte one, not for any other reason than it's on Amaozon and I trust them.


oh, they're from different vendors? yeah, Amazon's great :)  enjoy your 7970!
February 26, 2013 4:36:48 AM

vmem said:
oh, they're from different vendors? yeah, Amazon's great :)  enjoy your 7970!


*High five* Thanks man. I'll try. :>

I just hope it can do some decent OCing on its base voltage. ^.^
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