It's the cheapest that I have seen for that card, cheaper than Amazon or NewEgg. Not too many BF deals on Radeon 7950 or 7970, but this one seems decent. For the same price as Sapphire, MSI etc you get much better cooling IMO. Requires at least 500W power supply. Note: I wasn't able to find out how many Amps it draws on the 12V rail, but if you have a good single rail 650w PSU with 50+ Amps on the 12V rail you will be good. My PSU for example is Corsair HX750 with +12V @ 62A, so I am good. Hope this helps!
This card is OTD $282.98 or a little less with E-Bates cash back + better cooling, no rebates.
Cooling of this card is marginally better than Sapphire's. I have the Sapphire, and it cools extremely well, temps don't break mid 60s when I'm overclocked to 1100 core / 1450 mem on stock voltage of 1.125 (I have a mild custom fan curve set, but the thing cools great). Also, the Sapphire card seems to be the best for overclocking based on reviews/anectdotal evidence.
Both great cards, but the Sapphire is a new/revised model, so it apparently has all of the kinks worked out and is getting the top reviews on Newegg among 7950 models.
But as with anything, overclocking is a YMMV type of thing, so part of it is luck of the draw.
I did not say that it used the newly revised 7970 board. Call Sapphire tech support, this is the new version of their 7950 card (new as of a couple months ago). We are comparing the Gigabyte 7950 to the Sapphire 7950. Also, check the reviews, the Sapphire card gets better reviews and appears to overclock slightly better. Just trying to be helpful. I see a ton of comments about the Gigabyte having 3 fans, as if that is the only attribute that makes a video card worth buying (dif between 2 and 3 fans is very marginal). I am trying to help answer some of the questions/comments comparing these two cards.
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