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7950 vs wait for 8000 series

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April 3, 2013 7:18:51 AM

I recently started a thread regarding the GTX 660 Ti vs the GTX 670, but have since realized that the 7950 is a much better GPU value-wise that performs better than both of them (and possibly even better than the 680 when OCed). Since there have been many rumors regarding the 8000 series' launch for months now, I was wondering whether or not it would be better to upgrade my GTx 460 1GB OC right now (gaming at 1680x1050), or wait for the 8000 series.
According to this article among others, there will be a huge boost in performance:
http://www.extremetech.com/computing/136636-amd-hd-8000...

What should I do? My 460 currently has no problem running Crysis 3 at High settings with 2x SMAA. Would it be worth waiting a while to see how the 8000 series perform (the 7000 series are pretty much at the near end of their lifespan)?

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April 3, 2013 7:21:27 AM

If your doing fine with the 460 for now, I would say worth waiting a while, 8000 series will definitely be better for sure. I believe they will popup towards the end of December or January. Thanks
April 3, 2013 7:23:28 AM

very hard to say what amd will do...will they release their titan killer first or a mainstream/budget card first? im a budget builder myself and $ conciense. id wait and spend your $ wisely.
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April 3, 2013 7:25:44 AM

Thanks guys! Another thing I'm worried about is having to upgrade my CPU & motherboard. I currently have a water cooled 2600K (took me a year to save up for that) and so I'm concerned that by the time the 8000 series comes up, PCI-e 3.0 will become necessary and I will then have to upgrade my motherboard since I'm using P67.
April 3, 2013 7:30:10 AM

I don't think so
Unless your using multi monitor high resolution pcie 3.o doesn't bring much benefit as of now don't think it will 8000 series either
April 3, 2013 7:30:23 AM

When AMD released the 7000 series they released just the 7970 for over $400, so they will probably do the same thing again. The 7950 boost is $300 with 2 free games (Crysis 3, Bioshock Infinite) on newegg. If you take the price of the games into consideration, it's like getting a card that's in between the 7950 and the 7970 performance wise for about $200. You will not be able to get a deal like that when the 8000 series is released.
April 3, 2013 7:38:56 AM

Cs342 said:
Thanks guys! Another thing I'm worried about is having to upgrade my CPU & motherboard. I currently have a water cooled 2600K (took me a year to save up for that) and so I'm concerned that by the time the 8000 series comes up, PCI-e 3.0 will become necessary and I will then have to upgrade my motherboard since I'm using P67.


What makes you think that the 8000 series won't be backwards compatible regardng the PCI-e like all other cards have been so far?
You can always wait for a better card. There will always be something around the corner. My philosophy is to upgrade when you actually feel the need for it in your gaming experience. Same thing goes with the mobo and processor. But it never hurts upgrading your motherboard for future upgrades.
April 3, 2013 7:52:02 AM

Theoretically the 8870 will outperform the 7950 so should I wait a bit?
April 3, 2013 7:52:25 AM

ya pci-x 3.0 is backward compatible to 1.0
April 3, 2013 8:14:58 AM

Cs342 said:
Theoretically the 8870 will outperform the 7950 so should I wait a bit?

I'm sure it will out-perform the 7950, but who knows when it will be released and it will probably cost between $250 and $300 when it is. I remember the 7850/7870 were release like 6 months after the 7970, so if you have the patience then wait.
April 3, 2013 8:25:51 AM

I'm just worried that I'll spend the money on a 7950 and then regret it when the 8000 series comes out
April 3, 2013 2:24:25 PM

Cs342 said:
I'm just worried that I'll spend the money on a 7950 and then regret it when the 8000 series comes out

You could always sell the 7950 on ebay or amazon. That's what I do when I want a new GPU. They go for good money even used
April 3, 2013 6:44:06 PM

Would a 2600K + 7950 be able to last me at least 2 years?
April 3, 2013 7:19:29 PM

Cs342 said:
Would a 2600K + 7950 be able to last me at least 2 years?

I would think so, you just won't be able to completely max out the settings on some of the new games, but that's not really a big deal.
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