Gigabyte HD7970 OC Review

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The packaging is often only worth a cursory mention unless it's particularly stunning or terrible. The Gigabyte is worth a shout because it's so nice to see something different in the artwork. The combination of neon, almost Tron-esque, and some very clean design choices really brings us something that feels modern, rather than the 80s stuff we're used to.

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Not only is the Gigabyte HD7970 OC a triple-fan cooler but we also have the classic Gigabyte standby of a blue PCB. These are definitely an acquired taste, especially when you nearly always are only looking at the back of the card due to the horizontal mounting we're all use to.

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Speaking of the cooler, it's a stunner. Heat-pipes and insane fin density should ensure that the card remains frosty at all times.

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Despite the factory overclock and increased amount of fans the Gigabyte still only needs an 8pin and 6pin PCIe power input. Round the business end we have the now standard arrangement of a single DVI and HDMI, as well as two mini-DisplayPorts.

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02-03-2012, 08:34:09

tinytomlogan


Our first HD7970 with a third-party cooler comes courtesy of Gigabyte. How does it stack up?

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02-03-2012, 08:53:56

alfredthetomato
That blue PCB...

Gigabyte, I am dissapoint.

02-03-2012, 09:21:50

Steenie
A shame to see the blue PCB, despite seeing early pics with a black PCB... still considering a 7950/Kepler (after TTL reviews of course!) upgrade in the future!

02-03-2012, 09:40:08

FPSandreas
what is the difference between the blue and dark PCB

I just bought this for gaming and that is its weakest site, damn Could it be that Tom had a "bad" version or just out of luck to get a good gpu like you see with some cpu when you start to oc??

02-03-2012, 09:46:38

Beattie
Hello, nice review on it

i got this yesterday one question though, did the one you got make a buzzing sound under load?

because mine does but its great other then the buzzin as soon as i quit bf3 it stopps buzzing :s i may have to take it back if not

its all running fine BF3 maxed out getting anywhere from 50 - 90 fps on stock.

02-03-2012, 09:47:26

Rastalovich
I think it's more than time the performance going down when a card is overclocked is seriously looked at.

Is it actually 500 for the 9/10 for the price score ? I have no idea on the actual.

Lovely coolers these.

If you're a Batman fan, you still save your cash and get a 560ti.. it's crazy what optimizing for one game can do.

.. and they don't like the synthetic Unigine.

pcie 2.1 ?

03-03-2012, 12:26:07

MaXiMiZe
Windforce FTW. Unusual though that the card is slower than the ref models
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