Summary: I ordered through NC-X a just over a month ago. Tried overclocking, but with a voltage lock, I wasn't able to push it to where I needed it to go. I flashed the secondary bios to make it think it was a Ghz addition(it's the same card). This gave me a higher overclocking ceiling but didn't unlock the voltage. My tests showed that the Ghz bios, even though I did get a higher overclock, I was getting worst performance.
Pros: - Fast, - Cheap for a 7970, - Excellent Cooling, - Bios Switch, - Free Games
Cons: - Voltage Locked, - Bad Online RMA System & Customer Support, - Cheap Fans, - Loud While Maxed Out
Summary: I am happy with this card besides the fact Gigabyte have went ahead an voltage locked all their cards. I would recommend this card to people who don't plan to overclock. If you want to overclock stay far away. All the reviews say this card oc great but that's not the case with the new revisions.
Pros: Very cool. 45-50c at full load. Very good price/performance. Max all games e 1080p except Crysis 3.
Cons: Voltage locked. Fan is stuck at 50% without the latest bios update.
Summary: I paid extra for the Gigabyte version because the Asus version was voltage locked, and apparently this one is also locked. I can only overclock the card to 1050/1525, which is quite embarrassing. The performance is still decent for the price, and the drivers are constantly improving, so I can't complain. If you can, I would suggest you look for something with unlocked voltage, so it can be more future-proof.
Pros: Good value, drivers are improving
Cons: Voltage Locked, stock fan speeds are too loud
Summary: Would like to add be sure to ask questions about the so called promo... As I type this... the promo is still being advertised. I allowed the promo to sway me in the purchase of this card and not another MSI card which was sold out!! I previuosly ownded an MSI 6950 ..great card I must add. I would have had to purchase elsewhere and woudn't have recieved the game bundle. So I bought the Gigabyte card, which was in stock, instead.
Pros: Excellent Card, Sounds the same as my MSI 6950 I just upgraded from. Sound is average for a card of this spec. Fans are running at 50 percent at the moment. Still waiting on display port cables in the mail. Won't be able to push gaming limits until all 3 Dell 23 inch IPS monitors are fully connected.
Summary: This card is as advertised, a very fast gaming card. BF3 at 1920x1200 at Ultra settings is silky smooth. I was surprised how loud the card was though (I was playing in a warm room on a hot day) compared to my Geforce 460 I was coming from. That card was silent, while the 7970 is clearly audible above my rather loud PSU fan during ferocious battles.
Pros: Very Fast, Low power consumption when NOT gaming, Factory overclock