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Found 22nd May 2013
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Maybe not quite as good as Dabs' current Gigabyte 7950 deal (assuming you get SimCity). But this MSI is voltage unlocked....

19 Comments

Original Poster

To those voting cold, SimCity definitely isn't guaranteed with the Dabs deal. I ordered it but I honestly think only those who had that specific email will get it sent out.

The GB card is voltage locked and this one isn't, so this is better for those who want to bitcoin mine as it will use less power and generate less heat once undervolted.

Edited by: "mamboboy" 22nd May 2013

OP is talking sense ^^ heat from me. Gigabyte card might be the better buy for air overclocking?. Most people seem to get towards 1100/1600, right? Single fan cooler on this does not look upto much, but that being said I have an Asus DCU2 one of these that sits at stock (900/whatever). Bought purely cause it looked 'beast' - So what do I know!

No tcb

the gigabyte wf3 is not voltage locked, I have one, just flash a different BIOS in the other slot, it has two!

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powerbrick

the gigabyte wf3 is not voltage locked, I have one, just flash a … the gigabyte wf3 is not voltage locked, I have one, just flash a different BIOS in the other slot, it has two!



So it is voltage locked? You just need to void your warranty by flashing it

Just saw this and was about to post. Seems like a good deal to me. Not sure why it's cold. Only £5 more than the gigabyte deal

AST3R

Just saw this and was about to post. Seems like a good deal to me. Not … Just saw this and was about to post. Seems like a good deal to me. Not sure why it's cold. Only £5 more than the gigabyte deal



Well if you qualify for free delivery after cashback its a few pence cheaper. It's a good choice if you have a smallish case as it's close sided so self exhausts most of the hot air unlike the Gigabyte one which just pumps it into your case.

So a HD7950 for under £200 is a hot deal.

Original Poster


It's my fault really, I posted it as the Gigabyte one got hot so people just kept voting mine cold. Shame really as some may miss out when it's not only the cheapest in stock atm, but has an unlocked voltage and an RMA service substantially better than the more expensive XFX, Powercolor, Sapphire cards.

AST3R

Just saw this and was about to post. Seems like a good deal to me. Not … Just saw this and was about to post. Seems like a good deal to me. Not sure why it's cold. Only £5 more than the gigabyte deal

powerbrick

the gigabyte wf3 is not voltage locked, I have one, just flash a … the gigabyte wf3 is not voltage locked, I have one, just flash a different BIOS in the other slot, it has two!


Hah, yeah... buy a Gigabyte because they have the best warranty service and then void it by flashing it!
Edited by: "mamboboy" 22nd May 2013

If this was posted days ago it would be hot. The gigabyte one can still be overclocked a bit with voltage locked to whatever it is and about £8 tcb/quidco and possibly sim city and probably is cooler.
I am tempted to buy this for my watercooling build though as it is a reference 7950 black pcb without restrictions and a good price but may wait until nvidea 7xx or get try get a cheap 7970 ref

After missing out on the gigabyte 7950 I grabbed one of these.
I will start with the bad points of the card;
Single fan.. its perfectly fine and wont annoy you when on 2D clocks, fire up a game and the fan kicks in.. its not as bad as the blower type fans you get on some models but you will notice it when gaming, maxed out the gpu for a while and it hit around 78c with fan speed somewhere in the 60-70% range, if you have owned a 68xx series card with a blower fan you will probably not find the noise any worse.

On to the good (with a dash of bad thrown in) Overclocking!
Raised the power limit as far as it would go +20% and cranked the core to 1100 (830 default) and the mem to 1500/6000 (1250/5000 default)

Ran 5 or 6 bench loops with bioshock infinite at both default and overclocked speeds using max settings 1920x1080.
Rough average of those loops
Default clocks - 58 FPS
Overclocked - 70 FPS

Thats pretty good considering I havent even tried to raise volts and really push the cards limits.
This brings me to the bad side of overclocking this card, the single fan was hitting 80% + under load and temperatures peaked at 87c, this pushed it into noisier than the blower style fans on 68xx series cards which would annoy me if I was gaming for a while with that noise.

Even at stock clocks its more than enough for today's games, grab yourself an Accelero Xtreme or similar at some point in the future (or sell the free games it comes with now if you want all the power now!) and it will be a damn good overclocker when you up the volts on it.

xela333

So it is voltage locked? You just need to void your warranty by flashing … So it is voltage locked? You just need to void your warranty by flashing it



Where did they say you void your warranty? It's got 2 BIOS and one is Read Only and you download the BIOS from their web site.

The Gigabyte Windforce is a 7950 Chip on a 7970 board (6+8pin power) running at 900-1000MHz it's the closest you will get to a 7970 without buying one.

Edited by: "sangitathomas" 26th May 2013

UPDATE: The Gigabyte Windforce 7950 from the other deal won't run on the low voltage F43 BIOS, so if you wanted to mine coins with it, you didn't miss much!

Nice warranty support on this unlike xfx7950 that ive had the displeasure of returning

sangitathomas

UPDATE: The Gigabyte Windforce 7950 from the other deal won't run on the … UPDATE: The Gigabyte Windforce 7950 from the other deal won't run on the low voltage F43 BIOS, so if you wanted to mine coins with it, you didn't miss much!



You can actually flash the F2 bios (meant for the 7970) giving you the lower voltage

loljdawson

You can actually flash the F2 bios (meant for the 7970) giving you the … You can actually flash the F2 bios (meant for the 7970) giving you the lower voltage



I don't think that will work either because this cards BIOS series number is FT not F
(GV-R795WF3-3GD.FT0 015.033.000.000)
I think F2 you'll just get you no display just like F43.
Edited by: "sangitathomas" 27th May 2013

sangitathomas

I don't think that will work either because this cards BIOS series number … I don't think that will work either because this cards BIOS series number is FT not F (GV-R795WF3-3GD.FT0 015.033.000.000)I think F2 you'll just get you no display just like F43.



Tested on my Dabs card and it works just fine The card was totally unstable with the higher voltage, would cut out pretty much straight away.

Any chance you could upload a copy of the 015.033.00.00 BIOS to the TechPowerUp BIOS collection? I accidentally deleted my backup...

techpowerup.com/vga…os/

edit: For the record the F43 BIOS didn't work with my card either
Edited by: "loljdawson" 27th May 2013

loljdawson

Tested on my Dabs card and it works just fine The card was totally … Tested on my Dabs card and it works just fine The card was totally unstable with the higher voltage, would cut out pretty much straight away.Any chance you could upload a copy of the 015.033.00.00 BIOS to the TechPowerUp BIOS collection? I accidentally deleted my backup...http://www.techpowerup.com/vgabios/edit: For the record the F43 BIOS didn't work with my card either



I tried every BIOS on Gigabytes web site and nothing would post on boot except FT0.

I tried to upload FT0 015.033.000.000 to TechPowerUp using GPU-Z it said they already had this 139011.rom and didn't accept it. I cannot see it in their database under 7950, but did see it under 7790! (maybe someone miss-typed 7970?)

I've also written instructions on how to unbrick a 7950 on the Gigabyte page, because it seems both BIOSes are writable!
Edited by: "sangitathomas" 29th May 2013

Odd! I accidentally wrote over both BIOSs and flashed F2. Will write it up tomorrow.

Thanks for trying the BIOS upload, didn't think to check 7970 on there!

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you can get the 960mhz version for a similar price
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