7790 or 7850 for an old system?

I have a MSI 7790 oc arriving this week, however I could send it back and get a 7850 for £40 more. Would there be any significant difference with a 7850 over a 7790 in the below system?

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3.4
OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 1000Mhz/PC2-8000 PLATINUM
Asus P5Q P45
Hiper 630W
Crucial M4 120gb

I bought the 7790 because I did not plan to upgrade my 19" 1440x900 monitor, however I am now planning to buy a new full hd 24" monitor.
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  1. About 20%; give or take a few percentages. Depends what game(s) you're playing or plan to play.
  2. As per the article on Anandtech in which I concur with, if your going to be spending that much on a video card and plan on keeping it for a few years it would be a compelling upgrade to pick up a 7850 not only is it faster but it has 2GB of Vram v the 1GB of 7790 along with you getting a bigger monitor size and resolution wise it would be worth the 40 euro in my opinion.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6837/amd-radeon-7790-review-feat-sapphire-the-first-desktop-sea-islands/17
  3. Orlean said:
    As per the article on Anandtech in which I concur with, if your going to be spending that much on a video card and plan on keeping it for a few years it would be a compelling upgrade to pick up a 7850 not only is it faster but it has 2GB of Vram v the 1GB of 7790 along with you getting a bigger monitor size and resolution wise it would be worth the 40 euro in my opinion.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6837/amd-radeon-7790-review-feat-sapphire-the-first-desktop-sea-islands/17


    That article made for an interesting read, especially regarding the incoming console ports. It states the 7850 has a 16% boost in performance over the 7790 and is future proof due to its 2GB of vram.

    However, it also mentions that the 7850 2GB is only $30 more than the 7790 1GB. The 2GB 7850 is £155 and my 7790 was £102 so thats an increase of £52 (€61) on what I paid for a 7790. A cost increase of 52% for a 16% boost in performance does not seem justifiable to me.

    Thanks for your advice Orlean and ksham, but I am going to keep the 7790.

    The game I am going to play will be Dayz Stand alone, so perhaps that 16% wouldn't have been noticeable anyway.
  4. I dont like wasps said:

    It states the 7850 has a 16% boost in performance over the 7790 and is future proof due to its 2GB of vram.

    It says "more future-proof".
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