Reviews and Problems with XFX HD 7970 Black Edition 3 GB
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both fans on 3 of these cards all died within a few months, xfx support is extremely slow with replacements!
10 September 2013
Summary: both fans on 3 of these cards all died, xfx support is extremely slow (now waiting 3 weeks) and they act like they are doing you a favor sending replacement fans (wait, they keep running out of stock of the replacement fans for some strange reason) because their product died after only 2-3 months of use! So much for me purchasing their top of the line GHZ edition 7970 cards. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND.
Summary: I acquired one of these used through a friend for next to nothing, he was having issues with it and did not want to go through the long torment of RMA. Partly to do him a favour and partly because I wished to give crossfire a go I took it off his hands. Wow, just Wow XFX This is a non reference 7970, however unlike most other non reference 7970s this card uses components that are a downgrade from a reference 7970.
Summary: This 7970 ghz is the dual instead of the single link I bought before and the cooler is bogged down by extra cnnector. The performance is choppy and I am getting ready to RMA because the crash issues lead me to believe it is defective. Also no reloaded free games like buying from Newegg.
Summary: This PCI-e 3.0 x16 GPU worked great with a conventional SATA HDD for the PC's permanent storage and should work great if the PC's permanent storage is via a SATA SSD device, too. But my PC's "C:\" drive is via OCZ's RevoDrive3 X2, which is a PCI-e 2.0/3.0 x4 based SSD device that is bootable, a 4-way RAID 0 SSD, four 120 GB SSDs in a RAID 0 configuration resulting in 480 GB of very, very fast permanent storage.
Summary: XFX likes to advertise their warranty policy, but makes fulfillment next to impossible. My card never ran stably at the default "factory overclocked" rate and I had to underclock it by 50 mhz core and 100 mhz ram to get it stable. After only two months of ownership, 1 of the cards 2 fans began to fail. It spun unevenly and at much slower RPMs and I've occasionally found it completely stopped.
Summary: As a couple of other owners have commented. I had this card for a couple of months and then my computer just shut down and I found smoke coming out of the card. I am now trying to get it RMA'd with XFX. So far not much luck.
Summary: Well, I was pretty pleased with the performance of the card, until today. Having my computer unexpectedly shut down and then having the video card start glowing and spewing smoke kind of soured my opinion of it.
Summary: I opted this card for its higher performance vs a 7950 (even though is marginal). I've should've read the reviews a little closer, did not see that this card is voltage locked (stupid me) so you can't really OC this card beyond 1050/1500. Fast forward I received my unit today - reinstalled MSI AB and standard drivers launch and Crysis 3 and. Game immediately ARTIFACTS IN CRYSIS 3 MOTHER!
Summary: After I installed the card and ran the new Hitman game my computer turned off, restarted and turned off again. I opened the side panel of my case only to see smoke billowing from the gpu. Died on the first day that I had it.
Pros: Nice looking cooler., Quiet fans.
Cons: Lots of coil whine., Died the first day that i got it.