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#1 Nemo

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 05:42 AM

Today we get a chance to check out the Sapphire HD 7970 3GB - http://www.overclock...ire_hd7970_3gb/

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 06:03 AM

Definitely a good card to get for eyefinity, that's for sure (or two cards if you've got some mad bank).

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 06:04 AM

Great review :thumbsup: Did you try the 1/712 v2.2.0 Beta 10 of Afterburner? I know it says added Reference 7970, but it has surprised me a few times.
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Posted 09 January 2012 - 06:22 AM

Great review , great timing too as I am buying this same version tomorrow :biggrin:

Can't wait to get an overclock like Frank did on it :)

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 08:32 AM

Definitely a good card to get for eyefinity, that's for sure (or two cards if you've got some mad bank).

Says the person with 20 cards :lol:

I agree, all these polls are getting old real fast, try a pie chart, or if your feeling really adventurous try a histogram or two


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Posted 09 January 2012 - 08:33 AM

Says the person with 20 cards :lol:

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 08:40 AM

In the review, you mentioned that when you overclocked the card "without extra voltage needs, the temperatures of the GPU stayed consistent". So when overclocked to 1125/1575 with the fan on auto, load temps were still ~80C?
What % did the fan ramp up to on auto and how would you rate the volume?

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 08:41 AM

Looks like it traded blows with the 580GTX, I am a little sad it wasn't on par the 6990 and 590 thou. It justified it's price, but it doesn't make it a good value.

I really want to see 580 SLI VS 7970 X-fire. Which is King?

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 08:46 AM

Great review :thumbsup: Did you try the 1/712 v2.2.0 Beta 10 of Afterburner? I know it says added Reference 7970, but it has surprised me a few times.


On the second card I have that should be done tonight or tomorrow and Yes it helps? :cheers:

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 09:05 AM

:thumbsup: Great review. I was a little disappointed that it didn't beat the 590 in the benchmarks. I am suspecting the 7990 will take the 590 down though. But let us hope it won't match the gtx 590 in terms of pricing.

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 09:23 AM

Since when has the next gpu ever beat the previous gen dual gpu
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Posted 09 January 2012 - 09:25 AM

Since when has the next gpu ever beat the previous gen dual gpu

VERY rarely. The 5870 came close.

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