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Pros:

A proper reference card and one of the few true ones left, so finding a block to fit is simple. I had heard that Diamonds were renowned for clocking well and it holds true. With an ASIC rating of 82% it's nice to see and mine is clocked at 1125/1575 on stock volts. Benched at 1150/1600 and with a little voltage bump would probably be able to get 1200/1650 stable on air, waiting to put her on water and get up to 1300/1800 if manageable. It's no guarantee that the card you purchase will be a good clocker but every person i've come across on the forums that owns a Diamond has had nothing but good things to say. Also out of the manufacturers they have a pretty long warranty after registry, with five years. I'm coming from two faulty XFX 7970s so i was getting worried that maybe it was the 7970 that was defect because i had never had a problem with XFX or any other card. Also being that it's true reference it has a dual BIOS switch so if you don't feel the need or are new to overclocking and don't want to really dive into it, you can flash to Ghz BIOS and be done.

Cons:

It's a shame Diamond doesn't make 7950s.

I wish i could hit 1200/1650 on stock volts and bench.

Other Thoughts:

I'm not loyal to either camp by any means, i've only owned two ATI cards in my lifetime, this being my second. I have to say i really love the 7000 series the great overclockability of these cards is a huge selling point for me. At stock speeds the 7970 trades blows with the 680 and at Ghz speed is faster usually, factor in overclocking ability and it's just a great buy at 40-60$ cheaper than the 680s. That and the games are a plus they did factor into my decision.

AMD is very slowly making strides in the CPU department while they're doing very well in the GPU segment IMO. Their GCN architecture is still very young IMO and their driver team is making great strides especially securing triple A titles like Crysis, Bioshock, and Tomb Raider.

It's also to note that with the acquisition of consoles we may seem game development take a turn in favor of AMD somewhat. One thing for certain it's great to see the new consoles on an X86 platform so we, PC gamers technically shouldn't have to put up with ports anymore.

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