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Old November 9, 2011, 10:17 AM
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I find myself in a quandary.

I'm buying myself a new video card for christmas. My wife is okay with it as long as it's wrapped and under the tree.

For the last little while, I've had my heart set on a single 6970. Only question is, which one? Sapphire? Asus? Gigabyte? Powercolor? MSI?

Here's the other thing. I want to wait as long as possible before ordering. I've heard a rumour that ATI will announce their 7xxx cards on December 6th. I would love to acquire a new 28nm card.

So this is what I'll do. I'll wait until Dec before ordering. If the 7000 cards will be released in Dec/Jan, I'll order one of those, and just wrap up my old 5830 box to put under the tree (nobody in my family will know the difference). If they're going to be a little longer, I'll settle for a 6970. but which one?
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Old November 9, 2011, 10:41 AM
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If you're set on going with the 6970 (or AMD) for all intensive purposes stay away from the Asus CU II. I had nothing but problems with the fans rattling on both the units and one of the fans losing its connection to the fan control, causing it to run at full speed. The 7xxx won't be coming out till at least Jan, more then likely around Feb or March.
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I'd look at the Gigabyte Windforce or the MSI Lightning, both those should run cool and quiet and should have nice headroom for overclocking.
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If you're set on going with the 6970 (or AMD) for all intensive purposes stay away from the Asus CU II. I had nothing but problems with the fans rattling on both the units and one of the fans losing its connection to the fan control, causing it to run at full speed. The 7xxx won't be coming out till at least Jan, more then likely around Feb or March.
Hey Sam you sure your fan at high wasnt a driver issue? When I updated my drivers pre-bf3 it ****** with my fan controls. it would start @ 100% for both but the mastercard would be the only one to lower the rpm. The slave card just stays @ 100% no matter what CCC does, I use AB right after start up to run fan profiles.
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Old November 9, 2011, 11:32 AM
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I am Running the Asus 6970 CUII its not bad it is loud I will say that.
It is about 20% louder than my old dual 6870 System.

but it will do you well just do not and I Repeat do not install the Asus Driver packs even from their site. Download the AMD ones and MSI Afterburner and you will love this card.
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Old November 9, 2011, 11:32 AM
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Seeing as the control wired to the fan was half connected to the fan that would on its own spin up and down to 100%, i'm fairly certain it wasn't the drivers. I however wouldnt be surprised if it was those ontop of that, reinforcing my new nvidia only fanboism for graphics cards.
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Hmm, my 5830 is an ASUS DirectCU, and I've had no problems with it. I wonder what happened for their coolers to go down in quality.

And a little birdie (nothing substantial, just a dealer friend of mine) told me Dec. 6 for the 7000 series. The worst I can do is wait until early december and see what happens.
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For me the rattle was caused by the shroud to close to the sink, you couldnt hear it unless it went over 60% rpm, then it started to rattle.
A little bend backaway from the sink and good to go.
And yes a half connected wire would cause that Sam, just a question since I found similar issues after a driver upgrade.
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Hmm, my 5830 is an ASUS DirectCU, and I've had no problems with it. I wonder what happened for their coolers to go down in quality.

And a little birdie (nothing substantial, just a dealer friend of mine) told me Dec. 6 for the 7000 series. The worst I can do is wait until early december and see what happens.
I honestly don't think we'll be seeing 7xxx this year, your dealer friend is more then likely wrong, or is quoting the original planned release date.

The rattling for mine were causes by the ball bearings being poorly lubricated and the fan/ball bearings improperly balanced. The one fan would rattle even at low speeds, and periodically after I made sure it wasn't touching the shroud and got its little oil treat.
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I wonder if there's any gpu maker that includes those magnetic bearingless fans. That way you'd have silent, maintenance free bearings, and you could remove the fan to clean the sinks.
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