Joined on 08/15/06
Should be a 7930
Pros: [+] Plays any game at Highest Settings 1080p @ 50+ FPS - Might have to drop anti aliasing a little in certain games - Great performer at 2560x1600 [+] Solid Build Quality - The cover is metal and has rubber padding on the card to help with vibration - Thick heatpipes - No Loud Coil Whine etc. [+] Overclocks 15-20% like a breeze - FPS increase is very noticeable, first time for me - Currently Running 1150Mhz Core | 1550Mhz Memory [+] Great starting price - Out performs any Pitcairn, and cost almost the same after rebate [+]Doesn't weigh an as much as a reference 7950 :)
Cons: [+] No eggs were docked because I knew what I was buying. - Most of these cons can be applied to almost any 7950 GPU [+] AMD Naming it a 7870. This card is a cut down version of a 7950 Boost. Should of been named something like 7880 or 7930? [+] Hot - STOCK | 75c in Farcry 3 | 78-80c @ 47% Fan Speed in Furmark - OVERCLOCKED | 90c @ 64% Fan Speed | Loud as hell. [+] Loud under load - Most reviews say "Noise levels are, at best, average". I would agree [+] Nothing but air is touching the memory chips - Heatsink only covers GPU [+] Power hungry - Uses the same amount of power as a 7950 (If not more) - Overclocking this will add roughly an additional 30W more of load Please Read Other Notes
Overall Review: [+] I am currently not using a case. This is sitting on a test bench (Actual Test Bed, not cardboard box) with a 120 blowing on GPU and 120 exhaust from CPU. - This build will be going into my Fractal R4 when it arrives, which if anything is going to be less air-flow. [+] There are at least 8+ reviews of this card already, more everyday, please read them so you know what you are buying. i7-3820 | ASUS P9X79 Deluxe | PC Power & Cooling 750W Silencer | 8GB GSKILL Sniper XMP 1600
Best 7950 @ Stock
Pros: This card is a great performer. Sadly GIGABYTE has been selling low ASIC, voltage locked, boost only editions recently. Guessing we are starting to get the "left-overs". The ones are good enough to hit stock BIOS clocks, but require that high voltage. [+] Nice Stock Performance - The newer revisions come with the FZ1 boost bios @ 1000Mhz Core / 1250Mhz Memory. That should be enough for all games @ 1080p [+] Quiet & Cool - The quietest 7950 on the market - Can't beat the temps without going water - VRM's get a little toasty (90c BF3) with Boost BIOS, but nothing bad
Cons: Don't trust the review's of this card on the big tech websites. Gigabyte just cherry-picks the best ASIC % they have, and sends it to them. Most people can not even push 1100Mhz at stock voltage. [+] Poor Overclocking Compare to Other Brands - On FZ1 BIOS it is locked at 1.25v, my 66% ASIC can only go to 1075 core stable. - Good luck with the die lottery with gigabyte, go MSI/ASUS. [+] Voltage Locked - The boost BIOS throws your volts to 1.25v, even with AB forcing constant - Only BIOS you can downgrade to is the other boost bios F3, which has a higher (1600mV) voltage on memory for better memory clocks. [+] vDroop is quite bad - When overclocking, 1.25v is really 1.16 under load.
Overall Review: Overall it is a great card at stock. Though I wanted more from this card. Was really hoping to get to 1200, even 1100Mhz to help with 1600p. Running a i7-3820 @ 4.5Ghz
Bang for the buck
Pros: Customer wanted a bang for the buck card. After reading Anandtech's review I knew this was the one. I chose this reference over the other custom ones because of the price for clock. You don't need a "Cooler Looking Card" when this beats those and cost less. It already runs cool so effortlessly that I don't need a aftermarket cooler. 75C under full load in FurMark. The fan was only running at 50% too. Playing Borderlands 2 @ 1920x1080 everything max, no hiccups. Do not plan on pushing this card (OC), but you can find many people with this exact card doing so without a problem. Keeping everything stock on this machine for now.
Cons: -1 Star = Annoying buzzing noise coming from the video card under load. Most likely the chokes. Customer said it was fine, I would of returned myself. It is something that will be drowned out with sound playing. Young ears are not forgiving to these noises. I am sure we just got unlucky, do not let this scare you away from this killer card with a great warranty/company. I will be buying one myself soon.
Overall Review: ASRock Z75 Pro3 | Intel i5-3570K | 8GB @ 1600 | 128GB Crucial M4 | 500W PC Power & Cooling 80plus
Don't Buy With QX6850
Pros: Works im guessing?
Cons: Does not support QX6850, even when trying all versions of the BIOS Updates. Asked around on official forums, everyone else has same problem.
Overall Review: I work with computers daily, I tried everything. Different voltages, mult. I just couldn't get it to post, and when it did, it didnt get into windows. DON'T BUY QX6850 with this if you plan on using 1333mhz FSB. 1066 works with default BIOS version. Went with a quick local solution: Assus Striker Extreme. Works so far.
Pros: Runs great, great bang for the buck. I play Crysis at 1280x1024 4x AA with All High cept. Medium Shaders. Every other game runs highest resolution, highest settings perfect.
Cons: Does not come with SLI Cable. Very hot (85c under load) if you don't increase the fan speed on them. Loud. Long, Huge.
Overall Review: 8800GTS 512mb SLI (2), Qx6850 OC'd to 3.6ghz, Asus Striker Extreme, Ballistic DDR2 1066 @ 900 5-5-5-15. Video cards are OC'd to 770 / 1000 and hit 18600+ 3DMark 06. 169.21 Driver. Very stable, will probably OC more soon... Bought this so I didn't have to game on my Macbook Pro (8600M GT) which was getting 5,500+ OC'd in 3DMark 06. Very happy with these video cards.