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which 7950 should I get - cant decide

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June 16, 2013 5:30:06 PM

Current specs:

FX-6350
Gigabyte 970A-UD3
G.skill 2x4gb 1866
thermaltake toughpower 700w
Asus 5850 directcu

Been thinking about replacing my 5850 recently as I want to be able to max out BF3 and run Skyrim completely modded out (ENB + high res texture mods) with good frames. I can almost max out BF3, but I am limited by Vram with Skyrim.

I decided that the 7950 is the best way to go for me; the question is... which one?

I don't care about water cooling, so PCB type doesn't matter in that regard. Overvolting isn't necessary, but it sure would be nice as I will be keeping this card for atleast 4-5 years.

Was thinking of getting the vapor X, but there is a ton of confusion related to this card. I have no idea what type of memory/vrm cooling it has or whether they are voltage locked or not. Its like they have gone through a ton of revisions.

Was also considering the HIS iceqx2 as it seems to be considered the best, but I find it hard to swallow the 40-50 dollar premium. As that leaves it 20 bucks shy of the cheapest 7970.

I wanted to avoid the reference cards too because in my experience, those types of cards always have loud inefficient cooler on them.

Someone steer me in the right direction please.



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June 16, 2013 5:31:33 PM

Sapphire Dual-X Radeon HD 7950.
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June 16, 2013 5:34:07 PM

ksham said:
Sapphire Dual-X Radeon HD 7950.


Can you tell me why you say the dual x as opposed to the vapor x?
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June 16, 2013 5:37:04 PM

The Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon HD 7950 is voltage locked. Don't mistake this by assuming I meant all Vapor-X cards are voltage locked.
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June 16, 2013 5:42:32 PM

The GTX 760 comes out in like 10 days, and you want a 7950? :non: 

Edit: Also 660 Ti is like $25 cheaper on Newegg, even with dual fan cooling.
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June 16, 2013 5:46:20 PM

BeastLeeX said:
The GTX 760 comes out in like 10 days, and you want a 7950? :non: 

Edit: Also 660 Ti is like $25 cheaper on Newegg, even with dual fan cooling.

Still a good deal with the AMD Never Settle Bundle.
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June 16, 2013 5:47:09 PM

ksham said:
The Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon HD 7950 is voltage locked. Don't mistake this by assuming I meant all Vapor-X cards are voltage locked.


See, this is what I am talking about. There is a lot of confusion surround the vapor x, its ridiculous. So the 3L found on newegg is NOT voltage locked?
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June 16, 2013 5:52:23 PM

The 3L what? What is 3L?
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June 16, 2013 6:05:21 PM

No; it is not voltage locked.
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June 16, 2013 6:09:22 PM

BeastLeeX said:
The GTX 760 comes out in like 10 days, and you want a 7950? :non: 

Edit: Also 660 Ti is like $25 cheaper on Newegg, even with dual fan cooling.


The reasoning I wanted to go with the 7950 was for the 3 gigs of ram, figured that would keep the card more useable for a longer period of time compared to the 660. Also, not to sound totally idiotic, but I would like to keep my system fully amd (brothers comp is intel/NVidia, wanted to have different stuff). Also, two of the games in the bundle I would actually play, so in a sense, it is actually a bit cheaper. I would try and sell the other two codes to get some money back.
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June 16, 2013 6:11:22 PM

BeastLeeX said:
The GTX 760 comes out in like 10 days, and you want a 7950? :non: 


You mean the GTX 670: part deux? IF the GTX 770 is anything to compare to, the GTX 760 will bring nothing new to the table.
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June 16, 2013 10:51:26 PM

I am thinking of just spending a little extra and getting the icex2. Everything I have seen says its a solid card, it just the most expensive though.
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