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White Standard USB Data Sync And Charging Cable With Micro USB - 2.0 A Male to Micro B (Apple Style)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Works as advertised
- inexpensive but quality is on par with most other USB cables I've used

Cons: - none, other than cable being only 3 feet long

Other Thoughts: Works fine for my LG 221C cell phone

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SAPPHIRE 100351SR Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card OC with Boost
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Three passes of ASUS RealBench v1.1 stable; Score=697
- Upon further testing I have the card running stable at 1175/1525, voltage unaltered from original post/review
- New Catalyst 13.8 beta drivers offer *substantially* improved CrossfireX frame rating performance
- KUDOS to the Driver Team at AMD for the long hours and all their hard work!

Cons: - none, other than the new Cat 13.8 beta drivers take a small hit in performance (approx 0-3%) for single GPU cards like this one

Other Thoughts: Had to make some further tweaks to my system and upon doing so the 7970 now runs RealBench steady and stable. Since I'm not running CrossfireX I'm sticking with the 13.6 b2 drivers for now. You can see the great improvement for frame rating in articles at Anandtech, PC Per, HardOCP and other sites. PM me on Overclock dot net forum if you'd like to see the links for my 3DMark & other results. If I find time I will post my results there.

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SAPPHIRE 100351SR Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card OC with Boost
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Great bang for the buck for a top tier card
- Performs better than 680 in most games (fps)

Cons: - Drivers not completely stable under various test benchmarks (like ASUS ROG RealBench)
- Still waiting for AMD's "Summer" drivers which are to address the capture-based frame drop issues (should be arriving any time now)

Other Thoughts: My rig:
Asus Maximus V Formula, 1803 BIOS
i5-3570k @4.7 GHz (1.4v but still tweaking)
G.Skill Ares DDR3 1866 oc'ed to 2400 (11-12-11-30; 1.65v)
Corsair H110
Corsair TX750W psu
Sapphire 7970 OC w/Boost; 1150/1575 (1.25v gpu core via TRIXX)
Sandisk Extreme
Win7 x64 SP1

3DMark06 = 34640 (33865 stock 950MHz core)
3DMark Vantage = 36633 (Perf) / 23155 (Extreme)
3DMark11 = 10800 (Perf) / 3641 (Extreme)
Windows Exp Index = 7.7 overall (due to 3570k) but 7.9 for the 7970

@1920x1200 the card maintains over 40fps playing The Witcher 2 on Ultra settings, with max AA and Ubersampling enabled. This is the heaviest load I place on the card gaming-wise (also do video rendering). Handles Skyrim w/20+ mods & hi-res pack at 80 fps or more. Simply handles every game I run with ease (DA2, Call of Prip, BF3, Deus Ex:HR, and others). Have not experienced any anomolies other than tearing with vsync off, and that's to be expected.

I first thought of picking of a GTX 670 but glad I waited for the 7970 when AMD substantially increased the performance of its drivers last fall. The 3GB vram will extend the life of this card for years to come.

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Display Name: John S.

Date Joined: 11/07/04

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  • First Review: 09/06/05
  • Last Review: 08/11/13
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