Reviews and Problems with XFX HD 7970 Black Edition 3 GB
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9 September 2013
Summary: I recently upgraded from an XFX Radeon 6870 DD to this XFX Radeon 7970 and have had a mixed experience so far. When I first installed the card it kept crashing with my existing Windows 8 installation. Random Video_TDR blue screen errors would occur. So I reinstalled Windows 8 onto my SSD with the newest Catalyst 13.4 driver immediately following installation.
Summary: I had this card only for 2 days and I was already having issues with it. In the first evening, it locked up my pc twice. Also had some artifacting a few times while benching. After seeing all the negative comments I decided it was better to return and get something else. Went it Sapphire 7970 Dual-X OC and haven't looked back. 3 stars because i most likely got a lemon and if it weren't for that I would have kept it.
Pros: -Ran everything I could think of easily, -Looks amazing
Cons: -Got pretty hot, -Made my computer freeze randomly, -Got some artifacting, -non-reference board, -no dual-bios switch, -locked voltage
Summary: Bought in March, upgraded a nvidia 460SE. Loved the performance I got. After 2 months started to get artifacts on screen. Sent the card in for repair. The card worked great for 3 months after that then fans went out. Since I had to pay to send this in 2 times the value went down. I will not buy another unless price unless price drops under $200 due to the problems I have had.
Summary: got 2 for bitcoin mining Was able to OC them both to around 1040-1140mhz core speed. One card fan grating sound at high speeds, goes away after a while. Other card card has high pitched coil whine, which either went away over time or don't notice anymore due to the fans running at full blast from heat.
Summary: As another reviewer pointed out, there seems to be an issue with these cards or the drivers. When it runs, it runs great, but on a triple display setup tearing artifacts are prominent throughout normal use unless vertical refresh is on for everything. The latest AMD drivers seem to hate Windows Aero as well. Being forced to tinker with a myriad of settings just to get the barest of consistent performance detracts one from an enjoyable experience.
Summary: First I must clarify that these are awesome cards. I bought two of these and crossfired them for gaming purposes. Unfortunately the game I play is The Secret World which is specifically designed around the Nvidia GTX 660. Those of us using the AMD Video Cards have had problems zoning and being kicked from servers. After reading the forums, I discovered this happened only with AMD cards, and the problems went away after the cards were replaced with the Nvidia cards.
Summary: This coil whine is really bad and its not with just one card I returned 3 that had it, if you do a search for coil whine you'll hear it now for cooling it stayed at around 68 which in fact sucks compared to the Gigabyte 7970 ghz same games 55 to 57 no coil whine noise at all one other thing in 3dmark the XFX no over clocking on card or cpu it got 7800 but the Gigabyte got 9250 stock So now you know which one is the better product
Pros: Zero Nil Not A one Had to put 3 stars to post this when 1 star would not post
Summary: I received this card a few days ago, and after 5 minutes of Crysis 3, there was smoke coming from the side of my computer. The card was toast. Fortunately, I was able to simply replace it in the case with my 6970. Been waiting for XFX to respond to my support ticket for a couple of days now, we'll see how it turns out.
Summary: I bought this video card and it started overheating to the point I could smell it. Now my computer has issues with BSOD, and every game locks up. Put in one of my old XFX 5830's and no issue. Never had a heat problem in my PC before. I have 4 fans that are 120mm and 1 that is 140mm. This is my 5th XFX product and the only one that I have had any issue with. I did a search for xfx 7970 overheating.