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GTX 760 vs 7950?

I wanted to know which card is better for the money seeing as they're about the same price. I currently have $350 left in my budget to spend on a GPU and I can't decide between the two. I will be getting a new nVidia card when they release the new 20nm architecture sometime next May, so I just want this card to last me until then. THANKS!
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  2. a better option is GTX 670, many GTX 670 cards are floating around under 350$ it should last you atleast 2 years and by that time teh GF 900 series will probably arrive. but if you are looking for something cheap then GTX 760 is the way to go.
  3. Go for 7950 with boost. It's more VRAM and higher memory bus will serve you better.
    If you overclock it, then it will be awesome.
    Even without overclocking, it is the better bet.
  4. Radeon 7950 is $265-$320 on NewEgg...not $350.

    Get a good one, like an HIS, Gigabyte or Sapphire. They can easily be OCd to HD 7970 performance levels. I have the voltage locked :( 3rd gen Gigabyte 7950 with the Windforce 3 cooler and it still does 1125/1500 easily on stock voltages.

    HIS's ICEQ2 version (* Don' see it on NewEgg) is one of the fastest I know of right now. People are routinely getting 1200/1500 out of these.
  5. * Disregard...dupped post due to forum lag.
  6. You really can't go wrong with either one, though I prefer Nvidia because of their superior drivers/control panel. The GTX 760 is ahead by a negligible amount, they overclock to about the same performance, and VRAM and memory bandwidth differences don't play a factor on a single monitor setup (unless you insist on 8xMSAA). Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

    My picks:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130932
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202026
  7. 1 year down the line, VRAM is going to matter. Right now 2 GB is enough.
    But with PS4 and XBox One having 8 GB (shared) memory, higher VRAM is going to be required.
    It would be prudent to invest in more VRAM.
    Even if you decide to get 760, get the 4 GB version.
  8. If you want to overclock then get the 7950. It overclocks to GTX 770 speeds if you get a good chip (trust me, I benchmarked against my friends MSI lightining 770 2 days ago).
    However, by doing that you are risking silicon lottery, and possibly voiding warranty. If you don't plan on overclocking the GTX 760 is the card for you
  9. ShariqAnwer said:
    1 year down the line, VRAM is going to matter. Right now 2 GB is enough.
    But with PS4 and XBox One having 8 GB (shared) memory, higher VRAM is going to be required.
    It would be prudent to invest in more VRAM.
    Even if you decide to get 760, get the 4 GB version.


    Waste of money in this case.

    Anonymous said:
    I will be getting a new nVidia card when they release the new 20nm architecture sometime next May, so I just want this card to last me until then.


    Maybe get some extra VRAM on your Maxwell card, but you'll be fine til next year's release. And by then we'll know how much VRAM the next-gen games will use.
  10. The 760 and 7950 go blow for blow in games. The 7950 has a better chance of overclocking well. If you plan to overclock, go with a 7950.
  11. If you will be upgrading in May next year, in my opinion you have following options -
    1. Go for either 7950 or 760.
    2. Save some money for next year and get 7870 XT(Tahiti) with Boost.
    3. Get GTX 650 Ti 2 GB now. Once you get your new GPU, use this as a dedicated Physx card.
  12. ShariqAnwer said:
    3. Get GTX 650 Ti 2 GB now. Once you get your new GPU, use this as a dedicated Physx card.


    THIS is not a bad idea.
  13. I'm actually glad to see the spread of opinion here and a lot in favor of the 7950 which is unusual.

    I do suspect sometimes there are a lot of Nvidia fan boys on subjects like this.

    However the fact remains the GTX 760 is a smart card to have for the money however if you play at high resolutions with a demanding setup the bandwidth of the HD 7950 means it can use it's 3GB VRAM and will cope better.

    In a nutshell the 760 is a lean mean fast card but the HD 7950 is similar in speeds but will cope with VRAM demanding games better in particular at high resolution that will benefit from excess VRAM.

    Choice is up to you.
  14. Diamond-HP said:
    However the fact remains the GTX 760 is a smart card to have for the money however if you play at high resolutions with a demanding setup the bandwidth of the HD 7950 means it can use it's 3GB VRAM and will cope better.

    In a nutshell the 760 is a lean mean fast card but the HD 7950 is similar in speeds but will cope with VRAM demanding games better in particular at high resolution that will benefit from excess VRAM.


    Well summed.
  15. Diamond-HP said:
    I'm actually glad to see the spread of opinion here and a lot in favor of the 7950 which is unusual.

    I do suspect sometimes there are a lot of Nvidia fan boys on subjects like this.

    However the fact remains the GTX 760 is a smart card to have for the money however if you play at high resolutions with a demanding setup the bandwidth of the HD 7950 means it can use it's 3GB VRAM and will cope better.

    In a nutshell the 760 is a lean mean fast card but the HD 7950 is similar in speeds but will cope with VRAM demanding games better in particular at high resolution that will benefit from excess VRAM.

    Choice is up to you.


    The 7950 has a better chance of hitting higher clocks as well.
  16. ShariqAnwer said:
    1 year down the line, VRAM is going to matter. Right now 2 GB is enough.
    But with PS4 and XBox One having 8 GB (shared) memory, higher VRAM is going to be required.
    It would be prudent to invest in more VRAM.
    Even if you decide to get 760, get the 4 GB version.


    Reviving a dead thread, but this came up first in a 760 vs 7950 search...

    What makes you believe that there will be a need for more than 2gb of VRAM? Especially with offloading in the close future (October) I'm not sure where you are getting your facts.

    This has been a argument made for many years - the youngsters always scream "I NEED MOAR VRAM". I'm running 2 x GTX 770 2gb and have not seen any hiccups except at ultra high resolution (3 monitors) with a significant amount of AA enabled. At 2560 and below 2gb is MORE than enough. I prefer to game on 120hz single monitor. 3 way has its benefits, but much like 3d I have not utilized it often. Also, you forget that the Xbone is using GDD3 across all channels. Good luck with that. Bandwidth matters my friend and GDDR3 is not going to provide that.

    Lastly, if you think that the equivalent of a 7870 is going to saturate much more than 2gb, I have news for you. The reason that the new consoles have 8gb of memory is for all of the extra capabilities on the OS side of things (streaming, quick switching, multiple programs running, etc.), not for 5gb of VRAM.

    So in conclusion, unless you are planning on doing ultra high resolution gaming 2gb should be more than enough. If you do plan on doing ultra high res gaming then these are the wrong video cards for you unless you plan on sli/cfx. Sorry for necro'ing a dead thread, but I hate misinformation being spread.
  17. hasten said:
    ShariqAnwer said:
    1 year down the line, VRAM is going to matter. Right now 2 GB is enough.
    But with PS4 and XBox One having 8 GB (shared) memory, higher VRAM is going to be required.
    It would be prudent to invest in more VRAM.
    Even if you decide to get 760, get the 4 GB version.


    Reviving a dead thread, but this came up first in a 760 vs 7950 search...

    What makes you believe that there will be a need for more than 2gb of VRAM? Especially with offloading in the close future (October) I'm not sure where you are getting your facts.

    This has been a argument made for many years - the youngsters always scream "I NEED MOAR VRAM". I'm running 2 x GTX 770 2gb and have not seen any hiccups except at ultra high resolution (3 monitors) with a significant amount of AA enabled. At 2560 and below 2gb is MORE than enough. I prefer to game on 120hz single monitor. 3 way has its benefits, but much like 3d I have not utilized it often. Also, you forget that the Xbone is using GDD3 across all channels. Good luck with that. Bandwidth matters my friend and GDDR3 is not going to provide that.

    Lastly, if you think that the equivalent of a 7870 is going to saturate much more than 2gb, I have news for you. The reason that the new consoles have 8gb of memory is for all of the extra capabilities on the OS side of things (streaming, quick switching, multiple programs running, etc.), not for 5gb of VRAM.

    So in conclusion, unless you are planning on doing ultra high resolution gaming 2gb should be more than enough. If you do plan on doing ultra high res gaming then these are the wrong video cards for you unless you plan on sli/cfx. Sorry for necro'ing a dead thread, but I hate misinformation being spread.


    Well this isn't entirely true. I mean if you look at the past, graphics cards used to come with a lot less than 2gb of ram. Need for Vram is getting higher, however not at a rate that anyone should worry about if they have 2gb running a single monitor at 1080p.
  18. I have the 7950 3GB because my 6870's in crossfire at 1GB were VRAM limited despite similar benchmarks. I use a single 1080p, and many experts said 1GB was all you need. I use over 2.5 GB vram with graphics on max. I bought my 7950 GB for $190.00 last September, which came with 3 games. Go with at least a 3GB card, and find the best deal.
  19. That's my position as well if your buying right now, 3GB VRAM on a GPU is the minimum I'll go for if you intend on hanging on to your GPU for a while.
    I've been lagging behind with a 1GB card and its maxed out on all new games, next time I want to be ahead of the curve unless you upgrade more regularly.
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