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April 19, 2012, 05:50:19 AM
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So I am on my third 7970 card.
The first two... rock solid, Liquid cooled and I can OC them for days.

I figured, I gotta get one more...
Ordered it from Provantage, When I put it in my rig, it doesn't seem to act as well as the first two...

But, I figured, I have it on fan cooling right now, I will wait to judge until I block it and run some blue juice through it.

All my cooling stuff is Koolance.
So I get my new block in, and take the new slightly broke in card apart, WOW!

The Rocket Surgeons at MSI left the clear tape on ALL the pads, it clearly says remove before using.

So the card that was acting crazy, (After I voided the warrentee by removing the heat sink) has the heat sink packing tape still attatched to the pads!!

http://www.efuturetek.com/efuturetek.com/MSI-7970.jpg

Notice the Shrinkadink action from being overheated...

Really unhappy with this.
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April 19, 2012, 03:39:07 PM
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So I am on my third 7970 card.
The first two... rock solid, Liquid cooled and I can OC them for days.

I figured, I gotta get one more...
Ordered it from Provantage, When I put it in my rig, it doesn't seem to act as well as the first two...

But, I figured, I have it on fan cooling right now, I will wait to judge until I block it and run some blue juice through it.

All my cooling stuff is Koolance.
So I get my new block in, and take the new slightly broke in card apart, WOW!

The Rocket Surgeons at MSI left the clear tape on ALL the pads, it clearly says remove before using.

So the card that was acting crazy, (After I voided the warrentee by removing the heat sink) has the heat sink packing tape still attatched to the pads!!

http://www.efuturetek.com/efuturetek.com/MSI-7970.jpg

Notice the Shrinkadink action from being overheated...

Really unhappy with this.
Aha, what dorks. Also looks like the thermal paste is glooped on like peanut butter as usual.

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April 19, 2012, 05:59:57 PM
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So I am on my third 7970 card.
The first two... rock solid, Liquid cooled and I can OC them for days.

I figured, I gotta get one more...
Ordered it from Provantage, When I put it in my rig, it doesn't seem to act as well as the first two...

But, I figured, I have it on fan cooling right now, I will wait to judge until I block it and run some blue juice through it.

All my cooling stuff is Koolance.
So I get my new block in, and take the new slightly broke in card apart, WOW!

The Rocket Surgeons at MSI left the clear tape on ALL the pads, it clearly says remove before using.

So the card that was acting crazy, (After I voided the warrentee by removing the heat sink) has the heat sink packing tape still attatched to the pads!!

http://www.efuturetek.com/efuturetek.com/MSI-7970.jpg

Notice the Shrinkadink action from being overheated...

Really unhappy with this.


That is really ridiculous.  Get a bunch of ppl to send MSI emails to hassle them about this shockingly poor assembly.
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April 19, 2012, 07:01:45 PM
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please upload a bigger picture. that one is TINY

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April 20, 2012, 10:48:27 PM
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One of my 7970 miners locked up. I also noticed it was running about 520MH/s @ 1070MHz.

It was an MSI. While there was no tape, the thermal paste job was horrible. Replaced it with Arctic MX-4 and everything is running as it should now.



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April 21, 2012, 03:29:37 AM
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hmm
I got 2 x Gigabyte 7970
one hashes at 712Mhash at 74deg
the other hashes at 680Mhash at 84deg (idles at 74 :/)
guess i should void my warrantee and check out whats under heatsink too Sad

cheers for the heads up Smiley

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April 21, 2012, 01:05:29 PM
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hmm
I got 2 x Gigabyte 7970
one hashes at 712Mhash at 74deg
the other hashes at 680Mhash at 84deg (idles at 74 :/)
guess i should void my warrantee and check out whats under heatsink too Sad

cheers for the heads up Smiley

How do they check you opened the card up and voided the warranty in the first place Huh
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April 22, 2012, 01:05:42 AM
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hmm
I got 2 x Gigabyte 7970
one hashes at 712Mhash at 74deg
the other hashes at 680Mhash at 84deg (idles at 74 :/)
guess i should void my warrantee and check out whats under heatsink too Sad

cheers for the heads up Smiley

How do they check you opened the card up and voided the warranty in the first place Huh

If they are smart, they put a fragile "void if torn" sticker on one of the screws requires to hold the heatsink/fan assembly to the PCB itself. Don't know why they dont do that anymore, but all the better for us end-users.

Btw please post a higher resolution picture of the original post. Can't see anything, its WAY too tiny, like a thumbnail.

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