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7870 or 7950 Boost? Better bang for buck?

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June 16, 2013 2:39:55 PM

Sapphire 7870 GHz = 179€
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Sapphire 7950 Boost = 249€

Better bang for buck? :) 
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June 16, 2013 2:45:21 PM

7870 XT (a 7870 based on the Tahiti LE GPU,) if you can find it. Performance like a 7950, priced more like a 7870, and has the boost clock you mention.
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June 16, 2013 2:45:55 PM

What resolution/settings?

If you plan to overclock, the 7950 can get some pretty wicked clocks and with the additional memory and bandwidth, it's a better buy. Even without OCing, the 7950 > 7870.

Had you said the 7870XT, it might be a different story as at 1080p and below resolutions, the performance is eerily comparable.

However, between 7870 GHZ and 7950 Boost, I would definitely go 7950.
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June 16, 2013 2:46:03 PM

The 7950 would have to do about 40% better overall to make the price worth it. I don't think it does that much better than a 7870. It does provide more vram and will give you 60fps with higher settings than a 7870 would depending on your resolution.
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June 16, 2013 2:49:01 PM

Well you can get an extra free game with the 7950, and it is one hell of an overclocker, to a point where you can likely get the performance similar to that of a 7970. Plus it is significantly faster at default clocks as well. So I think the price difference is quite worth it.
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June 16, 2013 3:00:55 PM

Ok, but what about my i3 with 7950? I know it will be bottleneck a little at CPU intensive games? And i'm playing with 1920x1080 resolution, and i will not overclock.

Edit: 7870 XT is priced like 300€ so that's too high (the site i'm going to order it).
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June 16, 2013 3:07:18 PM

7870 higher then a 7950? That sure isn't right!
But I think the 7950 is stronger but the 7870 is more performance for price.
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June 16, 2013 3:08:20 PM

Anonymous said:
Ok, but what about my i3 with 7950? I know it will be bottleneck a little at CPU intensive games? And i'm playing with 1920x1080 resolution, and i will not overclock.

Edit: 7870 XT is priced like 300€ so that's too high (the site i'm going to order it).


I don't think it would be the worst, but you would experience some bottlenecking in cpu intensive games. But that is a relatively inexpensive upgrade, as you can pick up an i5 2500k for a pretty decent price these days, which is a great CPU.
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June 16, 2013 3:08:48 PM

You're kidding ... they have the 7870xt priced higher than the 7950? Ha ... that's funny.

I still say 7950 ... It will give you better performance and will last a little longer than the 7870 GHz.
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June 16, 2013 3:34:44 PM

That's incredible ... lol

Yeah, snag the 7950, Sapphire Dual X is a good card.
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