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GIGABYTE GV-R797D5-3GD-B Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Overclocks like a beast. I have it on water and it does 1350MHz core @1.3V and 1775MHz on the memory (YMMV of course). The speeds are insane, to say the least. I mostly leave it at 1125MHz core @ stock voltage since I don't need the speed for the majority of games. I play all games at 2560x1600 and the highest settings with ease on a single card. When I bought this card on release (January 9), this was the only single GPU product on the market that could do that. Performance is staying strong four months later, and new titles like Alan Wake still run great. The stock air cooler is the best AMD has released so far regarding low noise and high airflow.

Cons: Power consumption isn't the best, especially for a 28nm chip. I also had some issues with the Zero Core tech (the card wouldn't wake from long idles) which have since been resolved. I'm not docking an egg for either simply because the positives far outweigh these little minor grievances.

Other Thoughts: This is really a geek's card, especially if you want to get the most out of it. I was considering switching to a GTX 680, but they're such weak overclockers this 7970 still ends up being faster, which is disappointing to me three months later. If you're in to tweaking you can get a lot of performance out of it, but I think for $20 more the GTX 680 is a better buy for the average user, as it will be a faster card with lower power consumption out of the box.

GIGABYTE GV-R797D5-3GD-B Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This thing overclocks like crazy. The reference cooler is the best yet, and has a very smooth, hushed tone of just air moving. I put mine under water (Swiftech MCW82) and it screams - 1325 MHz on the core and 1625MHz RAM.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: System:

i5-2500K @ 5.0GHz
Gigabyte Z68XP-UD4
G.Skill 2x4GB DDR-2133 @ 2134MHz 10-11-10-30
Gigabyte 7970 @ 1325/1625MHz

3DMark11 - 10257
BF3 @ 2560x1600, 4xMSAA @ 60FPS


GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD4 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent board 10/23/2009

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD4 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Excellent package for such a little board. The technical design is great (great power delivery); board layout is well thought out. There's a bunch of little extras that seal the deal, like MOSFET heatsinks, extra fan headers, 8x secondary PCIe slot if I ever go Crossfire/SLI. BIOS is easy to navigate, tons of options and tweaks

Cons: Nothing big really, can't enable all of the power save states once overclocked. This might be a problem with the chipset/design rather than this specific board.

Other Thoughts: Full System:

Gigabyte P55M-UD4
i5 750 @ 3.8GHz (190x20), 1.325V
Noctua NH-U9B Heatsink
G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3-2000 @ 1900MHz 8-8-7-18, 1.6V
XFX Radeon 5870 @ 900/1250
2x 1TB WD Caviar Black
Corsair HX620W PSU
16x Samsung DVD/RW
Lian-Li PC-V351 Case
Dell WFP3007-HC Monitor

Currently running the F4h BIOS. This is a really sweet little gaming rig =D.


Alexander K.'s Profile

Display Name: Alexander K.

Date Joined: 10/25/05

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 12/25/05
  • Last Review: 05/06/12
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