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HELP... need to buy a new GPU

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by stefanels, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. stefanels

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    Hello all. I want to buy a new GPU and i have 3 options...
    1. SAPPHIRE 7870 GHZ Ed OC 2Gb -209 €
    2. SAPPHIRE 7950 Boost 3Gb - 244 €
    2.1 SAPPHIRE 7950 Vapor-X 3Gb - 259 €
    3. MSI GTX 660 Ti PE OC 2Gb - 250 €

    I want to buy the new GPU in the next 2 weeks... so no hurry :)
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  2. Crap Daddy

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    HD7970 GE for 209? Must be a typo.
    The Radeons are good deals nowadays with the games bundle.
  3. stefanels

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    It's the 7870 GE for 209€...
    BTW the 660Ti has the Borderlands 2 game included for 250€
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    If you go for the Sapphire 7950 Boost check out OcUK. It's a HIS 7950 Boost but they give you a couple of free games I see and it's €4 less as well.
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    Unless you are going to buy Borderlands 2 anyway (or sell it), you can drop it from the calculations. My pick would be 7870GE or 660Ti, but given that you are using 570 atm I think 660Ti is a better choice.
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    Get the Sapphire HD 7950 Boost. even before the latest drivers HD 7950 was on par with GTX 670 when overclocked.

    http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/08/23/galaxy_gtx_660_ti_gc_oc_vs_670_hd_7950/3

    With the latest 12.11 beta drivers the HD 7950 is beating GTX 680 when both cards are overclocked.

    http://www.overclock.net/t/1318674/...atalyst-12-11-driver-update/150#post_18428759

    the GTX 660 Ti is not a competitor to the HD 7950 Boost at stock and not a chance when overclocked.

    also OCuk has the NEVER SETTLE game bundle which is worth 170 bucks of games. amazing . HIS ICEQ HD 7950 Boost is a good option. the cooler is one of the best.

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-065-HS&groupid=701&catid=56&subcat=1673
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    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/Catalyst_12.11_Performance/23.html

    Wiz's charts show that the 660Ti is equal to (or just behind) 7950, slowly losing performance as the resolution goes up, so I am not sure which one is definitely better.
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    If every drop of value matters too you, you should check out in your country if they are doing any game bundles with the AMD cards

    [​IMG]

    I'm sure if the OP is just gonna game on a 1080p resolution the 660Ti PE is pretty damn good for the money.
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    I love my 7950, it's quite the brute and cops everything sweet what i throw at it!
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    For the price now, the HD7950 looks really good.
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    Even as the rates between the three are comparable, the sweet card of the bunch tends to be the 7950 with the 3Gb of memory.

    Since I do F@H for team 31630, the extra memory on the GPU card makes a big difference overall to the other cards in the WU PPD totals.

    Just raw GPU power isn't the answer. A great GPU with plenty of memeory is the best solution.








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    If i've had that kind of money i would surely get that 7950, it seems to be an even better value now with those free games.
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    Can't go wrong with any of the 3. But if you're just using 1080p, then 7870 is enough and saves you some money.
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    Get the 7950 with an aftermarket cooler (sapphire vapor-x preferably)
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    this!! if u read on TPU forum about new amd driver u will see that there is big improvement on
    7xxx series! this new architecture is kicking ass!!
    definitly hd 7950!!!
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    Right now I'm tempted by the Saph standard 7950 for $270 with MIR at Newegg. I think I'd rather just have the original manual OC boost tech than this new auto boost crap.
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    I have the sapphire 7950. I can vouch that with stock drivers (the ones that shipped) and no OC on either the CPU (AMD 945) or GPU, I cranked Crysis 2 up 16x AF 8x AA highest quality, this wasnt able to touch the 7950.

    The 7950 maxes everything out there more than you can imagine, so it is a great buy if you are looking for enthusiast level.
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    Honestly, for what they cost, I don't think any of those cards will give enough of a performance boost to justify upgrading your current GTX570. But, if I was to buy one of the cards you listed, I'd pick the Vapor-X
    Crunching for Team TPU
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    ya the 660 doesnt offer too much over prev gen, Only way youd have a considerable upgrade is 670/680 or R 7870, 7950, 7970.
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    even the 7870 would see a gain in performance?
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    Anyone know if the 7950, specifically Sapphire, is finicky about what display is used? I'm a bit gun shy of going with the 600 series Nvidia cards ever since an MSI 660 Ti caused the Nvidia Control Panel to start showing my display as not HDCP capable, which resulted in BSOD when switching from TV to PC. I never have that problem with my GTS 250 installed. I never thought I'd have such software issues with an Nvidia card.
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    On second though might want to hold on to that 570 untill Amd's 8XXX comes around the corner.
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    i agree...!!:pimp:
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