Reviews and Problems with PowerColor HD7970 3GB GDDR5
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I guess it's okay...
Andrew P. Woods "The Mario Master", Amazon
27 May 2014
Summary: I got this card at a rather steep discount right when it was discontinued. Despite the price, it was still the most expensive price of hardware in the case (typical for GPUs). While most of my other hardware ranges from simply good to outright fantastic (FX-8350 forever!), this card was rather underwhelming. The main advantage is the 3GB video ram, which can come in handy in super-modded games. However, I can't say the same about this card's power.
Summary: Compared to other 7970 video cards, this 3rd generation PowerColor 7970 runs cool, quiet and stable when overclocked to the max of 1500 MHz. It seems to me that the 2-fan design is effective, they draw more heat out and as long as you have another fan to direct the heat away from the card and another fan to draw th heat out of the case. I have used many 7970 cards but found this card to be one of the better 7970 cards!
Summary: Bought this card when it was on sale for 275 dollars! I jammed this card in a Corsair 350D with an i5-4570. Using H87m-Plus mobo. In BF3 it can do a steady 60FPS no problemo. Ultra settings. I think it can do about 120 fps when V-sinc is turned off, but I get graphical glitches. So I keep V-sinc on. Framerate drops about 20-40 fps when recording (fraps) BF3 could probably do about 80fps with fraps. The PCB is red. It doesn't stand out to much.
Pros: Quiet, good cooling, quality fans (I hope). Very powerful, Great price, great FPS.
Cons: Graphical glitches probably due to amd's drivers. Simple fix seems to be using V-Sinc. I define 'graphical glitches' as the following, 1) random blocks of colors flashing in random places on screen, 2) random blocks/lines of black/grey (like the fuzz on a tube tv when you change it to channel 3 with no input), The fan side of the card is really decorative and has some blue color. When you put it in my case you can't see the cards cool stuffs. I didn't want blue in my ...
Summary: I am currently on my third card of this type. The first one I had to RMA after 2 months after I bought the card. The second time was 4 months after I Rmaed the first card. Not only have I wasted about a month and a half of my time. Both times where the same problem of the card becoming defective and pixalating after about 3 months of use. I would not recommend this brand since this is my third RMA from this brand 2 being this card.
Summary: Picked up this card for folding. It's working 24/7 full throttle and has been producing points like mad. I have the fans on 90% and the temps are around 55c in a 23c room. Overclocks easily to 1025/1425 so far no crashing.
Pros: looks cool, and its fast
Cons: the hot air is not concentrated out the back of the card
Summary: My last ATI/AMD card was almost ten years ago, been a member of team green for quite a few years. Couldn't resist the clearance prices we are seeing on the 7000 series right now. Overall this card has been a generally positive experience. Will consider another AMD card when I'm finished with this one. The only thing that truly bothers me about this particular card (and why I docked a star) is the way the PCB flexes.
Pros: Easy card install. Easy driver install. Pumps out more FPS and is quieter than the 570 it replaced. Similar temps. 289.99 after MIR is an excellent price.
Cons: Card is "flimsy". PCB twists and bends with very little force applied. This is worrisome. A quality product shouldn't be this flexible.
Summary: Currently running 24/7 under 100% load overclocked to 1042 Core/1496 mem with Catalyst 13.4 drivers. Volted to 1.09VDDC from stock of 1.175vddc. Temps run around 75-80C in an 30C ambient temp room, fans set to run at 69%. Noise is bearable at this speed, quieter than my Bitfenix 20cm fan. Overall I am extremely impressed with this. Planning on picking up a few more if possible.
Summary: I have had this card for just over 3 months now, it has played any and all games I've thrown its way (from Crysis 3 and Bioshock Infinite to Sleeping Dogs, Batman Arkham City, Darksiders 2 and more...) at their max settings with no problems at all. Dual fans keep card nice and cool (At 50% mine idles at 20C and when gaming hovers around 60C.
Summary: Though I said I owned this for 4 days so far, I've spent each and every one of them on web trying to find the reason why it keeps shutting my computer down randomly. Apparently, it's not very friendly with my i5 760 processor with an Intel stock cooler so the CPU overheats like crazy. Now I gotta spend more money on a new cooler. Would've given it a 1 star if I still can't pinpoint the problem by end of today....
Pros: No need for overclock and you can run ALL games (as far as I know) on max settings; like a boss.