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May 15, 2013 6:17:28 AM

Hi guys is Radeon HD 7870 Powercolor PCS+ Myst Edition OC 2GB GDDR5 (Tahiti LE version) for £180 a good deal?

I currently have Radeon HD 7750 2GB GDDR3, im wondering is the jump to that new card worth it. I can get that 7870 now or wait a bit longer and keep using the 7750.

I'm unsure because i have heard horror stories about the 7870 (tahiti le version), like it gets too hot, is loud, died within months.

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May 15, 2013 6:36:24 AM

if I were you, I wouldnt invest in an older card like that especially at the end of its era. this summer new series of graphics and cpu's will be arriving and all prices will be dropped for older ones. you can get it then cheaper, if you still want it.

I'd wait to see what 79** series would bring to the market.

here in Tom's hardware upgrade recommendations; it is advised that if you are going to upgrade your hardware it needs to be at least 3-4 tier's higher chipset to see effective difference.
there is basically 4 tier difference between those boards you are thinking about... here is the guide;

the price for 7870xt is around 240$ in US market so the price is ok.

2013 april, gpu performance tier list or hierarchy chart w/e;

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/gaming-graphics-card-revi...
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May 15, 2013 6:40:52 AM

You will feel lots of performance increase going from HD7750 to 7870.
But wait, what about the rest of your specs?
Or you can wait until new series card from NVIDIA...
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May 15, 2013 6:47:37 AM

I found the perfect place to get data for this debate.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/tahiti-le-7870-7930...

Note: This article is used to compare this specific card to the original 7870, but for our purposes we are going to look at it's raw power vs the 7750 CF.

If you look at the memory and bandwidth page, we can see how this card out preforms a CF configuration of two 7750.

For £180, you can get more than double the the performance without the mess of CF.

Although, if we continue on reading you can see that the card indeed runs hot, and yet it is still worth it from their prospective.

I'd say the upgrade is worth it, especially if you can sell your 7750 for even a bit, but in the end the decision is yours.
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May 15, 2013 6:51:09 AM

wa1 said:
You will feel lots of performance increase going from HD7750 to 7870.
But wait, what about the rest of your specs?
Or you can wait until new series card from NVIDIA...


If he is waiting for a deal, dont you think new tech is a little out of budget? The budget Nvidia's 700 series cards are most likely scheduled to appear weeks if not months after the flagship cards arrive.
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May 15, 2013 7:05:29 AM

wa1 said:
You will feel lots of performance increase going from HD7750 to 7870.
But wait, what about the rest of your specs?
Or you can wait until new series card from NVIDIA...


Here are my specs

Kingston HyperX Beast 8GB (2x4GB) 1600MHz Ram
2GB AMD Radeon HD 7750
AMD FX-6300
ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0
600W Corsair Builder Series CX
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Mid Tower Gaming Performance Case
Windows 7

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May 15, 2013 7:13:23 AM

n1ghtr4v3n said:
if I were you, I wouldnt invest in an older card like that especially at the end of its era. this summer new series of graphics and cpu's will be arriving and all prices will be dropped for older ones. you can get it then cheaper, if you still want it.

I'd wait to see what 79** series would bring to the market.

here in Tom's hardware upgrade recommendations; it is advised that if you are going to upgrade your hardware it needs to be at least 3-4 tier's higher chipset to see effective difference.
there is basically 4 tier difference between those boards you are thinking about... here is the guide;

the price for 7870xt is around 240$ in US market so the price is ok.

2013 april, gpu performance tier list or hierarchy chart w/e;

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/gaming-graphics-card-revi...


mmh, you make a lot of sense about not investing in a older card, i can wait a month or 2 and i might have a bit higher budget then. When are these new cards expected though? post E3?
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May 15, 2013 7:14:19 AM

Chinchillax said:
wa1 said:
You will feel lots of performance increase going from HD7750 to 7870.
But wait, what about the rest of your specs?
Or you can wait until new series card from NVIDIA...


Here are my specs

Kingston HyperX Beast 8GB (2x4GB) 1600MHz Ram
2GB AMD Radeon HD 7750
AMD FX-6300
ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0
600W Corsair Builder Series CX
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Mid Tower Gaming Performance Case
Windows 7



Your specs seem good enough that if you get the new 7870 it will perform as intended.
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May 15, 2013 7:45:38 AM

Chinchillax said:
n1ghtr4v3n said:
if I were you, I wouldnt invest in an older card like that especially at the end of its era. this summer new series of graphics and cpu's will be arriving and all prices will be dropped for older ones. you can get it then cheaper, if you still want it.

I'd wait to see what 79** series would bring to the market.

here in Tom's hardware upgrade recommendations; it is advised that if you are going to upgrade your hardware it needs to be at least 3-4 tier's higher chipset to see effective difference.
there is basically 4 tier difference between those boards you are thinking about... here is the guide;

the price for 7870xt is around 240$ in US market so the price is ok.

2013 april, gpu performance tier list or hierarchy chart w/e;

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/gaming-graphics-card-revi...


mmh, you make a lot of sense about not investing in a older card, i can wait a month or 2 and i might have a bit higher budget then. When are these new cards expected though? post E3?


intel gen4 and nvidia7 series is about the arrive in june they say.
and amd 8 series gpu's will arrive later than those. so you can make a rough estimation. it will be best to wait 1-2 more months after the flagship chips arrive to make some reasonable purchase. price will be fluctuating a lot when the 1st flagship chip arrive to be honest.
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