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urgrading to a 7970. go with gigabyte or msi?

#1wwarren19Posted 9/14/2013 2:42:06 PM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127732

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125413

I'm leaning toward the gigabyte since it's $10 dollars cheaper. i compared the specs and they seem identical.

now i've only been PC gaming for about a year and a half and i've had my evga 560ti the whole time so what can i expect going from nvidia to amd? i've heard amd had driver issues back in the day. i'm currently having nvidia driver issues since driver 314.22 was the last driver that worked for me with out issue.
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#2NicodimusPosted 9/14/2013 2:47:52 PM
If you can fit it in your case, the Gigabyte card. The cooling is great on them, and that's the main difference with non-ref cards.

One man's opinion.
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#3Snuckie7Posted 9/14/2013 2:51:41 PM
I'm pretty sure the Gigabyte is voltage locked. Get the MSI.
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#4OmegaDL50Posted 9/14/2013 2:52:44 PM
The Twin Frozr line are some of the best non-reference cooling solutions.
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#5wwarren19(Topic Creator)Posted 9/14/2013 2:56:24 PM
Snuckie7 posted...
I'm pretty sure the Gigabyte is voltage locked. Get the MSI.


ok......i'm still a noob when it comes to overclocking. "voltage locked", would be for overclocking right? can i overclock with my setup. i know my cpu is locked.
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#6KillerzOverHerePosted 9/14/2013 3:00:58 PM
Nicodimus posted...
If you can fit it in your case, the Gigabyte card. The cooling is great on them, and that's the main difference with non-ref cards.

One man's opinion.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGHuQDWEf30
#7Snuckie7Posted 9/14/2013 3:02:34 PM
wwarren19 posted...
Snuckie7 posted...
I'm pretty sure the Gigabyte is voltage locked. Get the MSI.


ok......i'm still a noob when it comes to overclocking. "voltage locked", would be for overclocking right? can i overclock with my setup. i know my cpu is locked.


Yes and yes.
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#8Auron_59261Posted 9/14/2013 3:11:09 PM
Unlocked voltage allows you to push more juice to the GPU. You can still overclock with a locked voltage, but once you hit a ceiling you're done.
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#9NicodimusPosted 9/14/2013 3:14:50 PM
KillerzOverHere posted...
Nicodimus posted...
If you can fit it in your case, the Gigabyte card. The cooling is great on them, and that's the main difference with non-ref cards.

One man's opinion.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGHuQDWEf30


Thank you, but that's not what I was talking about. Gigabyte cards are notoriously long, because of the 3-fan setup.
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#10KillerzOverHerePosted 9/14/2013 3:19:37 PM
Nicodimus posted...
KillerzOverHere posted...
Nicodimus posted...
If you can fit it in your case, the Gigabyte card. The cooling is great on them, and that's the main difference with non-ref cards.

One man's opinion.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGHuQDWEf30


Thank you, but that's not what I was talking about. Gigabyte cards are notoriously long, because of the 3-fan setup.


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