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7950 or 7970 ????

Hi I am really unsure about my next GPU. I have come to a 7950 or 7970 non ghz edition. I saw an HIS 7970 iceq x2 for 359.99 on newegg and a sapphire 7950 vapor-x is 20$ more lol. So my question is, is the HIS 7970 a good card or a vapor-x 7950 has proven itself and should be a safe bet?

Of course a 660 ti can still be an option but a 7950 seems to be better.

Thanks in advance,

Sam
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  1. Well if the HD 7970 is actually cheaper than the HD 7950 (even though it is Vapor-X), I'd go for the HD 7970. According the techpowerup, GTX 660 Ti is better than a HD 7950, although a HD 7950 has better overclocking potential.
  2. For $359 you should also throw the GTX 670 into the mix. Here's a custom model from Gigabyte for $359 after rebate.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125438
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_650_Ti_Boost_TF_Gaming/26.html
  3. 17seconds said:
    For $359 you should also throw the GTX 670 into the mix. Here's a custom model from Gigabyte for $359 after rebate.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125438
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_650_Ti_Boost_TF_Gaming/26.html



    So would you suggest that 670 or the HIS 7970 ?
  4. Samuel Filiatrault said:
    17seconds said:
    For $359 you should also throw the GTX 670 into the mix. Here's a custom model from Gigabyte for $359 after rebate.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125438
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_650_Ti_Boost_TF_Gaming/26.html

    So would you suggest that 670 or the HIS 7970 ?

    It's a matter of personal preference.
    The GTX 670 offers PhysX and will be a bit quieter.
  5. The more important questions are, what games are you planning on playing, at what resolution and what is your power supply.

    Also, are you buying in the US? The 7950 should be around the $300 mark.
  6. For the games i am not sure yet, I will probably playing like far cry 3, skyrim, MW3, BF3, SWTOR... stuff like that and obviously next gen games when they come out. I want my GPU to last more than 2 years and be able to play pretty much anything at max settings. I will be playing at 1080p and I have an apexi 850w power supply. Oh and I live in Canada.
  7. Samuel Filiatrault said:
    For the games i am not sure yet, I will probably playing like far cry 3, skyrim, MW3, BF3, SWTOR... stuff like that and obviously next gen games when they come out. I want my GPU to last more than 2 years and be able to play pretty much anything at max settings. I will be playing at 1080p and I have an apexi 850w power supply. Oh and I live in Canada.

    That's helpful information. First of all only Nvidia cards are able to force Ambient Occlusion and Transparency Supersampling on Skyrim, which make a fundamental difference in the way the game looks on screen.
    http://international.download.nvidia.com/webassets/en_US/shared/images/guides/the-elder-scrolls-v-skyrim-tweak-guide/Skyrim-AO-Comparison.gif
    http://www.geforce.com/optimize/guides/the-elder-scrolls-v-skyrim-tweak-guide#19


    Here are the rest of the charts:




  8. Wow the 670 and the 7970 are pretty close. Any recommendations for a good 670 and 7970?
  9. a 7950 should be around $250 to $280, i paid $269 in january for an msi tf3 7950

    newegg yesterday had a power color reference 7950 for $250, lowest price ever from a reputable seller.
    http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/349178

    lowest price ever for a 7970 was $329 for a visiontek in mid dec. 2012
  10. Best answer
    Hi Sam, If you see an ice q2 7970 for $360, I would grab that for sure. After overclocking you won't be able to touch that performance for $360. I see a Powercolor 7970 on Newegg right now for $360 after rebate. I dont see the HIS one but maybe you are not in US. Even the Powercolor one I would get though for that price.

    You can get a 670 for $360, and they are AWESOME cards, but it will probably be a reference card at that price (not as much oc potential, etc). Also, the 700 series is just around the corner, so the 600 series will be "old" soon. The 670 is something to think about but I would NOT get a 7950 if you can get a 7970 for $360.
  11. Thanks for the input guys im probably gonna buy a 7970 :) the HIS 7970 at 359.99 is sold out right now :( I live in Canada so the prices on newegg Canada are a bit different.

    http://
  12. you should be on ncix or memoryexpress for the best pricing in canada, they do custom price matching that can work very well for canadian buyers.
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