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Visa $100 Gift Card (Metallic)
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5 out of 5 eggs An excellent, versatile gift and a great way to convert/use your expiring Egg Points 11/18/2015

This review is from: Visa $100 Gift Card (Metallic)

Pros: After various purchases, I had tens of thousands of Egg Points that were approaching expiry. Since I had no immediate interest in buying any electronics items, converting/using up Egg Points to purchase the Visa Gift card was an excellent way to preserve their monetary value.

This gift card is shipped in physical form. You are charged a one-time $5.95 purchase charge, which is already included in the price. The card has no other fees after purchase and card funds never expire. If you happen to lose your gift card but have retained all the pertinent information, you can call the designated 1-800-571-1376 number on the back of the card for a replacement.

On the back of the card's packaging is an optional area to address a gift recipient should you chose to gift the card to someone else (To: From: Amount:).

I purchased this gift card on November 10, 2015 and it arrived on November 18, 2015 with standard shipping.

This particular Metallic gift card has an expiry of 0x/2024 which gives the end user/gift recipient plenty of time to use it. :)

Cons: - This gift card has no direct cash or ATM access. It's only valid for purchases.

- This gift card cannot be used at any merchant, including Internet and mail or phone order merchants outside the United States or the District of Columbia.

Other Thoughts: From a pure aesthetics point of view, the packaging of this Metallic gift card and the standard version is very nice. The main difference the Metallic version has an exposed section of the gift card so that you can verify that the serial number of the actual gift card and the packaging match for verifying the authenticity of the product. The standard Visa Gift card's packaging is fully sealed so that you cannot see the actual gift card inside.

The gift card's balance can be checked online 24/7 at www.vanillavisa.com. This is very convenient since you never have to guess how much funds you have left over.

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Visa $100 Gift Card
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs An excellent, versatile gift and a great way to convert/use your expiring Egg Points 11/18/2015

This review is from: Visa $100 Gift Card

Pros: After various purchases, I had tens of thousands of Egg Points that were approaching expiry. Since I had no immediate interest in buying any electronics items, converting/using up Egg Points to purchase the Visa Gift card was an excellent way to preserve their monetary value.

This gift card is shipped in physical form. You are charged a one-time $5.95 purchase charge, which is already included in the price. The card has no other fees after purchase and card funds never expire. If you happen to lose your gift card but have retained all the pertinent information, you can call the designated 1-800-571-1376 number on the back of the card for a replacement.

On the back of the card's packaging is an optional area to address a gift recipient should you chose to gift the card to someone else (To: From: Amount:).

I purchased this gift card on November 10, 2015 and it arrived on November 18, 2015 with standard shipping.

This particular gift card has an expiry of 0x/2023 which gives the end user/gift recipient plenty of time to use it. :)

Cons: - This gift card has no direct cash or ATM access. It's only valid for purchases.

- This gift card cannot be used at any merchant, including Internet and mail or phone order merchants outside the United States or the District of Columbia.

Other Thoughts: From a pure aesthetics point of view, the packaging of this gift card and the Metallic version is very nice. The main difference is this version's packaging is fully sealed so that you cannot see the actual gift card inside. The Metallic version has an exposed section of the gift card so that you can verify that the serial number of the actual gift card and the packaging match for verifying the authenticity of the product.

The gift card's balance can be checked online 24/7 at www.vanillavisa.com. This is very convenient since you never have to guess how much funds you have left over.

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SAPPHIRE  Radeon HD 7970 OC 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (11197-01-40G)
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs My guide to enabling full voltage control overclocking on HD7970. Brown PCB Dual-X vs. Blue PCB Sapphire 7970 OC Boost - what's the difference? 10/19/2012

This review is from: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7970 OC 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (11197-01-40G)

Pros: To overclock, this is what you need to do:

Step 1: Download the latest AMD drivers from the website, not from the CD.

Step 2: Download MSI AfterBurner version 2.2.1 or earlier. Versions 2.2.2 or after are missing 2 important .dll files that you need (atipdl64.dll and atipdlxx.dll). Alternatively, you need to find these 2 files and drop them into C:\Program Files (x86)\MSI Afterburner directory.

Step 3: Go to that MSI Afterburner directory and find a file called "MSIAfterburner.cfg". Right click mouse button, Open With Notepad.

Under the heading [ATIADLHAL] paste these 2 lines:
UnofficialOverclockingMode = 1
UnofficialOverclockingEULA = I confirm that I am aware of unofficial overclocking limitations and fully understand that MSI will not provide me any support on it

If 1 doesn't work, put 2. Now click File --> Save As "MSIAfterburner.cfg" as a Text Document and override existing .cfg file.

Now if you open MSI AB, you should see voltage control slider enabled. Now how to extend the GPU and memory clocks?

Step 4: Close MSI Afterburner. Download Asus GPU Tweak. Open it. Go to Settings, Tuning --> Tuning Setting. Check mark "Overclocking range enhancement". Press Apply. Your screen should flash black. Now you can close Asus GPU tweak and never need to force running it on Windows Boot up. This is a one time adjustment.

Step 5: Open MSI AB and you should be able to move GPU clock to 1710 depending and GPU memory to 2565 (or similar values).

Key note - the value you set in MSI AB is target voltage and actual voltage is in GPU-Z.





My results with ASIC 60.5%
- 1150mhz GPU clock at 1.174V MSI AB (1.086-1.088V in GPU-Z VDDC)
- 1200mhz GPU clock at 1.231V MSI AB (1.119-1.31V actual)

Won't overclock above this no matter how much voltage I apply.

If you want the fastest single-GPU this generation, pick up the Asus Matrix HD7970 as it hits 1275-1300mhz on air cooling which is faster than any GTX680 on air.

Cons: - No backplate
- If you need Dual-Link DVI, get a GTX670/680 card or you need a monitor with native display port connections (each Mini-Display port on this card drives 4096 x 2160 or 1080P @ 120Hz no problem).
- Got low ASIC quality of 60.5%. This would have been perfect for water overclocking but I am overclocking on air. For those of you who get > 80%, you'll do much better than me.

Other Thoughts: Currently Newegg carries this Sapphire Dual-X (11197-01-40G) card with a Brown PCB and a Sapphire 100351SR OC with Boost card with a Blue PCB. I went for this card because:

- This card has a larger vent so that more air gets exhausted out of the case (although most of it still gets dumped into the case). The other version has Dual-DVIs which blocks half the vent.

- This card comes 1 Dual-Link DVI, HDMI and 2 Mini-Display Ports. It ships with an Active-DisplayPort to DVI adapter which means you can drive 3x 1920x1080 screens in Eyefinity using . This adapter usually sells for around $30 but it's included with this card. The other card can also drive 3 monitors since it's a FLEX edition but you don't get the $30 cable. The Blue-PCB version is 1 Dual-Link and 1 Single-Link DVI so I don't see any advantage to having Dual-DVIs in that case.

- When you see an AMD card with letters "AMD" on the PCB near the PCIe connector, it means this Brown PCB version of the card is made on an AMD reference PCB (albeit with upgraded VRM to 5+2 setup, with 2 phases for the memory). Most importantly, reference AMD PCB means 100% full voltage control. The Blue PCB is made by Sapphire and from what I've read it has no voltage control. I've read that it sometimes works with Sapphire Trixx 4.4.0 but sometimes it doesn't.

- This version does not have GPU Boost, the Blue PCB version does (keep in mind the GPU Boost fluctuates from 950mhz to 1000mhz if you don't increase the PowerTune to +20% in CCC or MSI AB), while this version works at 1000mhz all the time with BIOS 2.

- The Blue PCB card is a GPU Boosted cards, just like Ghz Edition cards, often ship with locked voltages and/or high voltage of 1.212-1.256V. This Brown PCB card shipped with 1.174V in MSI AB that shows up as 1.086V in VDDC "Average" reading selected in GPU-Z. Perfect, as I didn't want an overvolted card from the factory for a measly 1 Ghz clocks and I knew the vanilla 7970 cards undervolt.

Regarding gaming performance, at 1150-1170mhz, HD7970 with latest drivers is as fast as a GTX680 at 1280mhz or so (checked various reviews). AMD is barely behind in BF3 (about 5% now with Cats 12.9 Betas) but has much faster performance than GTX680 in games that use next generation global illumination or are shader intensive such as Sleeping Dogs, Sniper Elite V2, Dirt Showdown, Metro 2033, Crysis games (even Crysis 2 is now faster on HD7970 GE over GTX680).

Overall, if you don't overclock at 1 Ghz from the factory, this card is as fast as a GTX680 on average for less $. If you do overclock, again it's as fast as a 1270-1280mhz GTX680.

Recently NV admitted that voltage above Kepler's stock of 1.175V + minor dynamic adjustment with Kepler GPU boost to 1.21V is the absolute maximum safe voltage without inducing electromigration and possibly damaging the GPU. Tahiti XT on the other hand is warrantied by AMD up to 1.256V and Asus Matrix 7970 allows up to 1.35V in GPU-Tweak. Just watch your VRM tempe

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