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July 7, 2013 8:36:55 PM

Basically I have been planning on building a new computer system for a while. I have recently been able to save a considerable amount of money for this new system, therefore allowing me to build a pretty good computer.

So I have finally decided on a Sapphire Radeon 7950. One day I mentioned this to my father and he told me that I can have his old Sapphire Radeon 6970. (He got a new Radeon 7970.)

Now I am really conflicted. Should I take the free 6970 or just fork out $300.00 for a new 7950? Spec wise I know that 7950 is better.

Can someone give me there opinion on the situation?

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July 7, 2013 8:38:58 PM

A free 6970? The 7950 may be better, but get the free card! Then, save your money and upgrade to something like a next-gen 7970 GHz when it is released. No reason to turn down a free GPU! :) 
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July 7, 2013 8:44:42 PM

Well if you were going to fork out money at all, it would be much better spent on the new 760, which offers similar performance to a 7950, at $50 cheaper. That being said, it would be foolish to turn down a free card of that caliber, and like the person before me said, save that money and put it toward a more capable card of the next generation, as the 6970 should have no troubles running any modern games.
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July 7, 2013 8:47:01 PM

expl0itfinder said:
Well if you were going to fork out money at all, it would be much better spent on the new 760, which offers similar performance to a 7950, at $50 cheaper. That being said, it would be foolish to turn down a free card of that caliber, and like the person before me said, save that money and put it toward a more capable card of the next generation, as the 6970 should have no troubles running any modern games.


New, many 6970s cost even more than the 7950s do now. Granted that means nothing about the performance, but it is kind of equivalent to being given a GTX 670; the 770 is out now, but a free 670 is still awesome.
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July 7, 2013 8:52:03 PM

dannyboy2233 said:
expl0itfinder said:
Well if you were going to fork out money at all, it would be much better spent on the new 760, which offers similar performance to a 7950, at $50 cheaper. That being said, it would be foolish to turn down a free card of that caliber, and like the person before me said, save that money and put it toward a more capable card of the next generation, as the 6970 should have no troubles running any modern games.


New, many 6970s cost even more than the 7950s do now. Granted that means nothing about the performance, but it is kind of equivalent to being given a GTX 670; the 770 is out now, but a free 670 is still awesome.


The 6970 is closer to the 660 and 650ti boost in most games. But a free card is a free card, and it is still no slouch.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_6...
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July 7, 2013 8:54:33 PM

expl0itfinder said:
dannyboy2233 said:
expl0itfinder said:
Well if you were going to fork out money at all, it would be much better spent on the new 760, which offers similar performance to a 7950, at $50 cheaper. That being said, it would be foolish to turn down a free card of that caliber, and like the person before me said, save that money and put it toward a more capable card of the next generation, as the 6970 should have no troubles running any modern games.


New, many 6970s cost even more than the 7950s do now. Granted that means nothing about the performance, but it is kind of equivalent to being given a GTX 670; the 770 is out now, but a free 670 is still awesome.


The 6970 is closer to the 660 and 650ti boost in most games. But a free card is a free card, and it is still no slouch.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_6...


At 1080p, it's almost up there with the 580. In any case, it is a spectacular card for $0. I would NOT turn it down; just get the 6970 for free, and buy a next-gen card later with more money that you've saved up. :) 
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July 7, 2013 9:04:33 PM

lovelesh1995 said:
I won't say much but the battle between both of these GPUs is won by HD7950
See this : HD7950 3GB DDR5 Vs HD6970 2GB DDR5


Of course. But is it $300 better? No, it isn't. One does not simply deny a free GPU that cost nearly $400 in its prime, especially when "in its prime" was only a couple years ago.
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July 7, 2013 9:04:53 PM

lovelesh1995 said:
I won't say much but the battle between both of these GPUs is won by HD7950
See this : HD7950 3GB DDR5 Vs HD6970 2GB DDR5


Noted. the 6970 is pretty much curbstomped by the 7950. Then again, the 6970 is free :D 
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July 7, 2013 9:10:40 PM

Thanks guys for posting. I really do see the benefit of getting a free card. Maybe I will try and save the money, wait awhile and then put it into a 7970 or a 780 or something of that calibre. Still am a bit reluctant about not buying the 7950. Either way I get a new card.
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July 7, 2013 9:12:27 PM

WiredMike said:
Thanks guys for posting. I really do see the benefit of getting a free card. Maybe I will try and save the money, wait awhile and then put it into a 7970 or a 780 or something of that calibre. Still am a bit reluctant about not buying the 7950. Either way I get a new card.


Wait until the next-gen AMD cards are released, and buy the next-gen 7950 for performance that may even surpass that of the 7970 Ghz; that, or buy the next-gen 7970 GHz which will simply destroy.
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July 7, 2013 9:14:08 PM

Yep, i agree completely. It looks like AMD has something wicked up their sleeve, and saving will definitely be worth it.
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July 7, 2013 9:17:01 PM

expl0itfinder said:
Yep, i agree completely. It looks like AMD has something wicked up their sleeve, and saving will definitely be worth it.


If only they would fix their CFX drivers -_-
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July 7, 2013 9:19:34 PM

dannyboy2233 said:
expl0itfinder said:
Yep, i agree completely. It looks like AMD has something wicked up their sleeve, and saving will definitely be worth it.


If only they would fix their CFX drivers -_-


They will be fixed by the end of july :D 
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July 7, 2013 9:21:21 PM

expl0itfinder said:
dannyboy2233 said:
expl0itfinder said:
Yep, i agree completely. It looks like AMD has something wicked up their sleeve, and saving will definitely be worth it.


If only they would fix their CFX drivers -_-


They will be fixed by the end of july :D 


Let's hope AMD lives up to the hype; if they do, then I'll probably buy dual next-gen 7970 GHz instead of the dual 770s that I'm planning on buying :p 
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July 7, 2013 9:34:01 PM

The desktop Radeon HD8000's will be out in October this year and they'll leave the 7950 in the dust.
- Keep saving and make some interest on that $300 in the mean time, you'll thank me come Christmas.
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July 7, 2013 9:42:50 PM

If it where me I would wait and let the newer card machure and keep the freebie get the most out of it for now.
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July 7, 2013 9:42:52 PM

If it where me I would wait and let the newer card machure and keep the freebie get the most out of it for now.
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July 7, 2013 9:43:26 PM

Tabris DarkPeace said:
The desktop Radeon HD8000's will be out in October this year and they'll leave the 7950 in the dust.
- Keep saving and make some interest on that $300 in the mean time, you'll thank me come Christmas.


The 8000 series is out, its a re branded OEM 7000 series. The 9000 series is up next.
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July 7, 2013 9:47:20 PM

Free? Get it and use it. It is a good performer.

Then upgrade later.
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July 7, 2013 10:05:32 PM

Gam3r01 said:
Tabris DarkPeace said:
The desktop Radeon HD8000's will be out in October this year and they'll leave the 7950 in the dust.
- Keep saving and make some interest on that $300 in the mean time, you'll thank me come Christmas.


The 8000 series is out, its a re branded OEM 7000 series. The 9000 series is up next.


Exactly, thanks for pointing that out. Also, that release date hasn't been confirmed yet by AMD; that is just speculation.
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July 7, 2013 10:13:25 PM

I said desktop.
Every 2d / 3rd year they release the cards one week before the over-hyped game titles.

If you check Wikipedia you can see a definitive pattern form.
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July 7, 2013 10:15:42 PM

Tabris DarkPeace said:
I said desktop.


Yes... 8000 Series is under "Desktop" on the Radeon website.
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July 7, 2013 10:16:07 PM

Tabris DarkPeace said:
I said desktop.
Every 2d / 3rd year they release the cards one week before the over-hyped game titles.

If you check Wikipedia you can see a definitive pattern form.


Amd has pretty much announced that they are skipping the 8000 series for desktops all together.
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July 7, 2013 10:19:00 PM

Tabris DarkPeace said:
I said desktop.
Every 2d / 3rd year they release the cards one week before the over-hyped game titles.

If you check Wikipedia you can see a definitive pattern form.


Although there is a possibility that that is true, you can't always go off of assumption.
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July 7, 2013 10:19:24 PM

Ya the 5000 6000 7000 all of them are rebaged with mem tweaks and such its a way to cycle out that form factor and make way for newer cards down the road in the future both AMD AND NVIDIA DO this...

I belive both these cars are about the same but with tweaks ..


http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-HD-7750-vs-Radeon-HD-675...
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July 7, 2013 10:32:56 PM

johnnyb105 said:
Ya the 5000 6000 7000 all of them are rebaged with mem tweaks and such its a way to cycle out that form factor and make way for newer cards down the road in the future both AMD AND NVIDIA DO this...

I belive both these cars are about the same but with tweaks ..


http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-HD-7750-vs-Radeon-HD-675...


Actually the 7000 was a architecture redesign ("GCN")
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July 7, 2013 10:33:26 PM

Sorry wrong link but they do the same as AMD just google it off to bed. 15 hr works days just aint enough.
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