Which Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition to get ?? ( Gigabyte vs Sapphire )

Hi friends my name is Swapnil Tiwari and I live in New Delhi, India. This is my first time building a Gaming PC from scratch. I want to play all the upcoming games on maximum settings at 60+ FPS @ 1080p. The budget is Rs. 100,000($1,837). I have finalised all the components and Graphic Card i.e. Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, but I am torn between these two cards :

Gigabyte AMD/ATI GV-R797OC-3GD 3 GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

http://www.flipkart.com/gigabyte-amd-ati-gv-r797oc-3gd-3-gb-gddr5-graphics-card/p/itmd7vsp7ydhng9s?pid=GRCD7VQNGHJXZZTT&ref=575bc985-73be-47cf-a2a4-c909ba95d7dd

GPU Clock : 1000 MHz
Price : Rs. 29,250($538)

OR

Sapphire AMD/ATI HD 7970 DDR5 Vapor-X 3 GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

http://www.flipkart.com/sapphire-amd-ati-hd-7970-ddr5-vapor-x-3-gb-gddr5-graphics-card/p/itmddqq4f84hpvch?pid=GRCDDQPH67G7EYJF&ref=67d21430-f83b-4e75-bcea-d2a258cd14ab

GPU Clock : 1000 MHz
Price : Rs. 34,550($635)

I am leaning towards Gigabyte as it is cheaper and benchmarks show the performance of both the cards are almost identical. Here's the link :

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7970-overclock-review,3186-8.html
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7970-overclock-review,3186-9.html
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7970-overclock-review,3186-10.html

Here's the rest of the configuration :

Motherboard : ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard
Processor : Intel 3.4 GHz LGA 1155 Core i5 3570K Processor
Monitor : Samsung 21.5 inch LED - S22B370H Monitor
RAM : Corsair Vengeance DDR3 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) PC RAM (CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R)
PSU : Corsair Enthusiast Series Modular TX750M - 80 PLUS Bronze Certified 750 Watt PSU
CPU Cooler : Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Cooler
Cabinet : BitFenix Outlaw APAC Blue Edition Cabinet
HDD : Seagate Barracuda 1 TB Desktop Internal Hard Drive (ST31000524AS)
SSD : Samsung 830 Series 64 GB SSD Internal Hard Drive
Optical Drive : Samsung SH-224BB DVD Burner Internal Optical Drive
OS : Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (64 Bit)


Any suggestion is welcome. Waiting for replies. Thanks in Advance !!
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  1. Personally I agree, go with the Gigabyte. Its cheaper, the performance is exactly the sender and the cooling is better due to the 3 fans. Because of the extra fan the cooling with be overall better but also quieter since the fans can run at lower RPM. Personally I think the Gigabyte is the best version out there for overall performance, value and quality.

    That said the Vapor-X is also one of the best versions out there and won't dissapoint, for the money I'd go with the gigabyte though.

    M
  2. marshallbradley said:
    Personally I agree, go with the Gigabyte. Its cheaper, the performance is exactly the sender and the cooling is better due to the 3 fans. Because of the extra fan the cooling with be overall better but also quieter since the fans can run at lower RPM. Personally I think the Gigabyte is the best version out there for overall performance, value and quality.

    That said the Vapor-X is also one of the best versions out there and won't dissapoint, for the money I'd go with the gigabyte though.

    M


    You just reinforced my belief. Thanks !!
  3. Hi !
    If we consider the following reviews
    http://www.legitreviews.com/article/2058/14/
    http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/57368-gigabyte-hd-7970-super-overclock-review-20.html

    between both cards, Gigabyte card is very good for price/performance. Sapphire cards are also very good, but it depends what you like. If you are not a fan-boy of any company.
    Think what you like. If your case supports longer cards, go for Gigabyte one and if not, Sapphire is the way to go.
    Regards-
    Gandharv Mohan
  4. swapdroid said:
    marshallbradley said:
    Personally I agree, go with the Gigabyte. Its cheaper, the performance is exactly the sender and the cooling is better due to the 3 fans. Because of the extra fan the cooling with be overall better but also quieter since the fans can run at lower RPM. Personally I think the Gigabyte is the best version out there for overall performance, value and quality.

    That said the Vapor-X is also one of the best versions out there and won't dissapoint, for the money I'd go with the gigabyte though.

    M


    You just reinforced my belief. Thanks !!



    I would suggest u to go with the vapor x edition as the gigabyte is voltage locked or cannot be overvolted and so cannot be overclocked as much as the vapor x .... sapphire vapor x is meant for its cooling technology also
  5. marshallbradley said:
    Personally I agree, go with the Gigabyte. Its cheaper, the performance is exactly the sender and the cooling is better due to the 3 fans. Because of the extra fan the cooling with be overall better but also quieter since the fans can run at lower RPM. Personally I think the Gigabyte is the best version out there for overall performance, value and quality.

    That said the Vapor-X is also one of the best versions out there and won't dissapoint, for the money I'd go with the gigabyte though.

    M


    Hold on, it's a cooler and a graphics card? (I'm a PC newbie obviously).
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