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MSI Radeon HD 7970 DirectX 11 R7970-2PMD3GD5/OC 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

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  • 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5
  • Core Clock 1010MHz
  • 1 x DVI 1 x HDMI 2 x Mini DisplayPort
  • 2048 Stream Processors
  • PCI Express 3.0 x16

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The MSI R7970-2PMD3GD5/OC graphics card was built on the latest AMD 28nm Radeon HD7970 GPU with evolutionary new GCN (Graphic Core Next) architecture and PCI Express Gen 3 support. When used with MSI’s Afterburner overclocking software, the MSI R7970-2PMD3GD5/OC supports GPU overvoltage function to fully unleash the overclocking potential. With world-class AMD CrossFire performance scaling, enthusiasts’ GPU experience is maximized when paired with the latest platforms. By utilizing AMD PowerTune technology, the MSI R7970-2PMD3GD5/OC performs a real-time power draw to enable higher clocks and faster gaming; furthermore, with AMD ZeroCore Power Technology, no power is wasted when the graphics card is not in use.

The MSI R7970-2PMD3GD5/OC also ships with AMD Eyefinity 2.0 technology which features all-new support for stereo 3D, universal bezel compensation and brand new display configurations. Fold and mine faster than ever with AMD App Acceleration to speed up daily applications such as video rendering, web browsing and office applications. The MSI R7970-2PMD3GD5/OC is your personal checklist for ground-breaking technology.

  • newegg GPU Overvoltage function with MSI Afterburner Co-development by MSI and Rivatuner, MSI releases the ultimate graphics card utility “Afterburner” to allow you to adjust the fan speed, adjust GPU & memory clocking speeds in real time, and tune the voltage of the GPU to completely unleash its power. A real-time monitoring interface and burn-in stability test give gamers the power to control the card's overclocking status at any time. Afterburner is a completely free utility which is compatible with almost all MSI graphics cards.
  • newegg MSI Solid Capacitor Graphic Cards MSI Graphics Card products utilize high quality solid capacitor for lower temperature, higher efficiency and up to 10 years ultra long lifetime under full load. For the gamers and high-end users, this feature not only means that product has better quality components within, but also provide much stronger support while users want to engage in hard-core tuning.
  • newegg New GCN Architecture for Leading DirectX 11 Performance AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series (codename Tahiti) boasts the world's first 28nm GPU architecture which is optimized for gaming and compute. The Tahiti GPU features up to 32 Compute Units, each with 64 Vector Units for up to 2048 Stream Processors, along with dual geometry engines and 8 Render Back ends than can process 32 color ROPs and 128 Z/Stencil ROPs per clock. Backed by 384-bit 3GB of GDDR5 memory, AMD Radeon HD 7970 with GCN Architecture realizes an improvement of over 150% in performance/sq mm over the prior generation.
  • newegg Next Generation AMD Eyefinity Technology & AMD HD3D AMD Eyefinity 2.0 features all-new support for stereo 3D, universal bezel compensation, brand new display configurations and an expanded and more immersive field of view. With full support for 3GHz HDMI and DisplayPort 1.2 HBR2, the AMD Radeon HD 7970 is set to drive next generation displays at up to 4K resolution. The AMD Radeon HD 7970 is also backed by AMD’s open 3D initiative for stereo 3D gaming and Blu-ray 3D movies.
  • newegg Refined AMD PowerTune Technology & AMD ZeroCore Power Technology Designed with the most advanced power management features, the AMD Radeon HD 7970 is equipped with the intelligence to convert unused power headroom into extra performance by dynamically controlling clock speeds, allowing gamers advanced performance inside of the power envelope they specify. AMD ZeroCore Power technology found in the AMD Radeon HD 7970 enables lower idle power than any other currently available graphics card. With support for AMD CrossFire technology, AMD ZeroCore Power eliminates wasted power, as well as additional heat and noise from extra cards when you are not using them.
  • newegg Enhanced Multi-GPU Capabilities with PCI Express 3.0 AMD CrossFire technology is the ultimate multi-GPU performance gaming platform. Unlocking game-dominating power, AMD CrossFire technology, coupled with native support for PCI Express 3.0, will allow for unprecedented bandwidth in TriFire and QuadFire configurations.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
5/ 5
can't believe I bought mine for $370.00 BRAND NEW!!!

Pros: At this time none

Cons: Absolutely breathtaking frame rates and benchmarking ! My system is liquid cooled and has 4x 230 mm fans so cooling this bad boy isn't a problem.

Have run games like crysis 3, Lara croft tomb raider 2013, darksiders 2, Dishonored, Hitman and battlefield 3 on ultra high settings .
No problem at all and that's not even the best part .....I have not even overclocked it yet!!!!

Hands down best value for money I might get msi 7970 lightning and cross fire these babies!!!

Other Thoughts: Man oh I was a little unsure at buying msi VRAM first but best decision ever

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great 7970

Pros: Unlocked voltage: Be careful many brands are locking some of them XFX, Gigabyte two names I know for a fact have a couple of voltage locked 7970.

Reference design so full cover water blocks fit. A must for me and others

Mine runs very cool at stock clocks and runs pretty cool at 1160mhz on air I have a big case with good air flow.

Built like a tank all quality parts here nothing cheap.

3gb of Vram

Cons: Higher power usage compared too the high end Nvidia cards which are computing handicapped. So it does make up for it.

This reference design does get loud when at about 40% fan and gets even louder at 55% fan never had it above 60% since I don't like to run them maxed.

Small case owners might want too beware it's big and then there still could be cooling problems do to bad airflow.

Other Thoughts: Got mine too 1200mhz pretty easy stable with many games at about 1.20v memory at 1575mhz at 55% fan or so Crysis 3 would make the gpu get in the high 70s and it's winter right now. I'm heat limited not Silicon limited which is great because I plan too water cool. I backed it down some 1160mhz 1500 mem lol I know only 40mhz core but I needed quite a bit less voltage for it so it runs cooler.

ASCI: 74.9

The fan does get loud but it is very effective no heat in my case all goes out the back like a blower style cooler should.

Where it say MSI on the bracket if it was just slots it would probably lower max load temps a couple of degrees celsius minimum lol not like I can see it in the back of my case it is nice looking when you look at it though.

For $430 I think we should get a real nice case badge but you get nothing my Evga gtx560 non ti came with a nice case badge not a little sticker but a nice badge and I paid $170 for it a year or so ago.

This is my first red team gpu the drivers on new games like Tomb Raider, Crysis 3, Bioshock have been real good.

Paired with a FX8350 ASUS 990fx gen3 mobo runs everything great loving my new rig. Saved a bundle buy not going Intel do I have the best rig in the world no but did I pay a lot less yes.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Awesome

Pros: Incredible performance. Reference design 7970, so it fits the Heatkiller waterblock I bought perfectly. Haven't had an excuse to overclock yet since I'm too busy playing games at max settings like liquid butter.

Cons: Under load, there's a bit of an obnoxious coil/choke whine from a small component towards the rear of the card. It's not so bad with the case doors on (and obviously with audio blasting while gaming). All video cards I've had going way back to the R9800 have had this to some extent. I think it's unreasonable not to expect a little noise with the high power/high draw cards.

Stock cooling is barely adequate - I was seeing GPU temps close to 80C after a few 3DMark runs. Under water it stays under 45C while running Furmark. :-)

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Unbelievable card

Pros: So far everything. I installed, downloaded catalyst and ran Kombuster burn-in for 12 hours. So far there is no game which I cannot run with all settings on high. I play the free Crysis on my 47" lcd and it is outstanding. I havent even overclocked this yet.

Cons: None so far. People with problems with new systems usually dont take the time for a full burn in before they over clock. Memory especially needs this.

Other Thoughts: If this card drops below $400 Im getting a couple more. Going to try crossover mode.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Just Amazing

Pros: Voltage unlocked you do have to enable stuff in AMD's CCC program and just use Trixx I couldn't get msi AB to allow me control voltage. There's a little vdrop in Trixx.

Runs real cool at stock temps and cool at 1125mhz and 1575 mem with a little voltage.

AMD Reference card: Full Water Blocks available which was a must for me.

Best quality MSI didn't skimp on anything from the plastic shroud to the silicon.

Mine came 1010mhz @ 1.100v according to gpu-z Trixx says 1.112v

Cons: Only getting one not cheap.

Get's pretty loud at about 60% fan but it is very effective none in your case it blows it out the back of the case.

No case badge for 400+ we should get a nice one.

Other Thoughts: I can hit 1200mhz, 1575 mem at 1.200v= 1.86v cus of vdrop in trixx
GPU-z never says max above 1.86v.

I plan on water cooling this bad-boy and I hit the silicon lottery I'm heat limited and on water I know I can get this thing to 1300 @ like 1.250v in gpu-z. For 24/7 use will keep at 1200mhz or so when on water. Thank you MSI. aslo

Be careful XFX and Gigibyte both have 7970s that are voltage locked and oc like shi t. I bought a 379.99 xfx dd 925mhz it was voltage locked at 1.175v and wouldn't oc 30mhz stable in a couple of games I returned it. This MSI came 1010mhz at 1.100v really thats all that needs be said. n


ASIC rating of 74.9%

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Just The Right Spot

Pros: Upgrade from AMD HD 6950 2GB xfx and I have actually been able to clock a 68% performance increase in frames per second for alot of my games. Very nice card and Highly recommend.

Cons: Fan is one serious vacuum cleaner on 50% or more.

Other Thoughts: Even though the fan is loud if you are truly a gamer, is your case and fans and system really that quiet? Come now, I bet it can get loud.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Workhorse

Pros: I bought this for some gaming, but mostly crunching Help Conquer Cancer for World Community Grid. Running11 WU's at a time with this card at 1125 MHz with stock voltage 24/7 with fan speed at 37% and temps never get above 61C. This card alone is cranking out an average of 115,586 points daily and it has yet to even hiccup.

Cons: *Rebates - (Although I've never had a problem with MSI rebates)
*MSI/Newegg don't run enough sales on these
*I don't have 3 of these

Other Thoughts: System: MSI 990FXA-GD80 MB, AMD FX-8150 running at 4.3 GHz, * 8GB G-Skill Ripjaw 2133MHz, Kingston 120 GB SSD/WD 500GB, Apevia case with Koolance BK-750 drop-in-kit cut into case for cooling

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
really fast

Pros: really fast. very solid

Cons: Huge. you will need a large case
power hungry. you need at least 600W PSU
very loud under load.

Other Thoughts: the speed outweighs the cons listed. I am buying another one for Crossfire.

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