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Old August 18, 2013, 04:13 PM
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I'm trying to decide between

MSI Radeon HD 7950 Twin Frozr III 880MHZ 3GB 1250MHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2xMini DP DX11 PCI-E Video Card

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Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 Windforce 900MHZ 3GB 5GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XDP PCI-E Video Card

Here are my points:
-I will be buying an MSI Z87 GD65 motherboard. Not sure if having a MSI brand GPU makes any difference
-MSI has a RMA center in Vancouver. It means if my card goes belly up I could just drive there, rather than having to pay shipping costs, and to the US if going with Gigabyte.
-From newegg reviews, it looks like the Gigabyte has more failure rates.
-Gigabyte is voltage locked. However, it seems it's 1,25v, so it's already pretty high.
-Both cards seem to be able to overclock at the same scale?
-Using MSI afterburner on an MSI GPU would allow for better overclock-ability?
-Gigabyte is cheaper. Atm it's 245 vs 260 after rebate. It was the same situation last week
-Gigabyte apparently has a better cooler (quieter and lower temps)

So taking the above points into consideration, and your own, if you were to buy one of these two cards, which one would you go for?
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Old August 18, 2013, 07:38 PM
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MSI. No competition in my opinion!
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Old August 19, 2013, 04:10 PM
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I'm looking at the same decision right now. I'm leaning more towards the MSI mainly due to the RMA center being in Canada.

They both obviously perform about the same, and they overclock about the same (according to SKY's review here: Gigabyte HD 7950 WindForce & MSI HD 7950 Twin Frozr III Review ). The giga might be slightly more quiet but a naked ear may not even notice the difference if they were side by side. The giga may be a couple degrees cooler but not that big a difference.





So I'm thinking MSI just for warranty purposes. That's what I'll be doing.
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Old August 22, 2013, 09:41 PM
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Newegg has a Sapphire 7950 for $229 atm, may want to check that out.
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Old August 23, 2013, 05:10 AM
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Of the 2 I would go MSI... but of 7950's.. I'd be looking second-hand.. they are over a year and a half old already and you should be able to pick up a stellar performer at a much reduced cost


The biggest point against the MSI is that under load it will be noticeably louder than the gigabyte. 5.5db is not insignificant..
But then if it's under load you'll probably be playing something, with headset or speakers on and that makes it a non issue anyway.
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Old September 14, 2013, 11:30 PM
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I have the MSI twinfrozr III... It's a great card and a monster over clocker

Mine is watercooled now but when it was on fans it wasnt that loud under load... Would hit like 60 degrees
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I ended up buying an MSI Twin Frozr 7950 - very happy with it! Overclocks great and not loud at all.
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Old September 15, 2013, 06:58 AM
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Good call. That's what I would have gone with. Enjoy
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