What graphics card should I get?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by mike88931, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. mike88931

    mike88931 New Member

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    GPU:
    2x 7970 vapor x ghz
    So i had a build (before some defective hardware issued an RMA necessary) and it had 2 7970ghz vapor x by sapphire cards. Unfortunately the temps reached up to 91 degrees Celsius after playing far cry 3 or hitman absolution for a mere hour and a half because they were sandwiched next to each other. I figured I just needed to separate them a slot to get some airflow but to my dismay no crossfire bridges exist long enough to reach the three slot cards if i separated them. I would need a 120mm bridge but the longest is 100mm. However 120mm sli bridges do exist (no they are not compatible!) so I was planning on trading in these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814202005 for 2 of these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814162105

    Most people say the 7970ghz is slightly faster especially at my higher res of 1440p but the temps get so high I cannot decide which to buy. Should I settle for slightly less performance in exchange for much better cooling or should i let the cards heat up and ignore it (some people have said the max temps for the sapphire card is 115 celsius and that it will not decrease the lifespan of the card if it stayed on all day at 90. Keep in mind I have already set the fans to 100 percent. Water cooling is not an option unfortunately. The extra vram is needed for lots of skyrim mods/anti aliasing. I also have a sound card on top of the top gpu which conducts some heat and I am worried it could harm thew osund card so if anybody knows about that please tell me.
    Here is a pic of the card setup: http://i1297.photobucket.com/album [...] G_0070.jpg
     
  2. trevorjpearson

    trevorjpearson Member

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    MSI GTX 670
    None of you're links worked for me. That seems really hot. Do you have the rear exhaust blocked by something? Maybe you just need some more ventilation in your PC. How many fans do you have in your PC?
     

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