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August 19, 2013 1:07:56 PM

I need to know what graphics card is best for £150 i am
looking at
XFX DD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition (Tahiti LE) 2GB GDDR5 ,
Asus AMD Radeon HD 7850 DirectCU II Graphics Card (2GB GDDR5, PCI Express 3.0) and EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SC 2GB GDDR5 Graphics Card please tell me which will performe the best and also if you have any more suggestions of graphic cards between maximum £160 minimum £100 . And alos plz dont dont say " if you could stretch your budget a little you could get ..." because £160 is my complete maximum

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a b U Graphics card
August 19, 2013 1:20:28 PM

The 7870 is the fastest of the 3, followed by the 660 and finally the 7850. Hope this helps!
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a c 275 U Graphics card
August 19, 2013 1:21:09 PM

You might post a link to where you will shop.
In general, you will get fair value for your money at every price point.
Do not beat yourself up about performance differences.
At a given price point, you can't tell the difference in real life, only with a synthetic benchmark.
That said, there are other factors. If support is important to you, visit the support forums and see how comfortable you are.
Some cards will come with fancy fan coolers. Others will come with stock blower style coolers. There are tradeoffs.
I prefer cards with stock direct exhaust double slot coolers.
They get the hot vga air directly out the back of the case.
Other aftermarket coolers do a good job of cooling the vga chip i an open testbed.
But in a case, but then they just dump ht air back into the case where case cooling has to deal with it.
That heats up both the graphics card AND the cpu.
The cards you are looking at will want about a 500w psu.
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August 19, 2013 1:23:23 PM

kirilmatthew said:
The 7870 is the fastest of the 3, followed by the 660 and finally the 7850. Hope this helps!

Thanks ill probably pick the 7870 because i will also get 2 frre games
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August 19, 2013 1:25:08 PM

AmazeU said:
kirilmatthew said:
The 7870 is the fastest of the 3, followed by the 660 and finally the 7850. Hope this helps!

Thanks ill probably pick the 7870 because i will also get 2 frre games


Even better. The 7870 is a very good card. Glad I could help and remember to pick the best answer when your done :) 
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a c 164 U Graphics card
August 19, 2013 1:37:05 PM

AGAIN, do not get XFX... I linked a GHZ edition HD7870 MSI card @ 150Quid. MUCH better quality
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August 19, 2013 1:45:43 PM

11385298,0,554342 said:
AGAIN, do not get XFX... I linked a GHZ edition HD7870 MSI card @ 150Quid. MUCH better quality



Why the xfx has good reveiws and there is not one person that says it has overheated and has 100 problems ?

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a c 164 U Graphics card
August 19, 2013 1:52:51 PM

Do a search of the forum and other forums, you will see that XFX has got soo many more threads than any other card manufacturer. Trust me on this one, with reviews you need to read BETWEEN the lines and not just the sites conclusions themselves.
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August 19, 2013 2:00:46 PM

Novuake said:
Do a search of the forum and other forums, you will see that XFX has got soo many more threads than any other card manufacturer. Trust me on this one, with reviews you need to read BETWEEN the lines and not just the sites conclusions themselves.


Msi `s also overheat i think its just an enomele that happens with most graphic cards and also with the xfx i get 2 free games and also my freind has got the exact same card and the card runs really well
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a c 164 U Graphics card
August 19, 2013 2:05:36 PM

Get it then, but don't say you weren't warned that getting an XFX card this gene is a lottery.
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August 19, 2013 2:09:33 PM

AmazeU said:
Novuake said:
Get it then, but don't say you weren't warned that getting an XFX card this gene is a lottery.

what about this one http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-11199-16-20G-Graphics-...


MUCH better. :) 
Sapphire is one of AMDs biggest partners. Own 2 of them at the moment and have had many in the past.
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August 19, 2013 2:13:38 PM

Thanks i will probably get the sapphire
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a c 273 U Graphics card
August 19, 2013 2:15:24 PM

Novuake said:
DO NOT get an AMD XFX card this generation. They are known to overheat and are generally known to have a hundred issues.

There is one.
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...


Novuake said:
Get it then, but don't say you weren't warned that getting an XFX card this gene is a lottery.


What? All of them?
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a c 164 U Graphics card
August 19, 2013 2:21:54 PM

Mousemonkey said:

What? All of them?


The vast majority of them, yes. I wish I could remember where we discussed this before... Bleh somewhere on the forum.
Cheap VRMs.
Overheating issues.
Highest RMA count of any AMD manufacturer.
That sort of thing.
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a c 273 U Graphics card
August 19, 2013 2:28:38 PM

Novuake said:
Mousemonkey said:

What? All of them?


The vast majority of them, yes. I wish I could remember where we discussed this before... Bleh somewhere on the forum.
Cheap VRMs.
Overheating issues.
Highest RMA count of any AMD manufacturer.
That sort of thing.

Mine has yet to go pop so I guess I'll sit on the fence for the moment but I do have to wonder how many of those cards were abused.
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a c 164 U Graphics card
August 19, 2013 2:37:12 PM

Mousemonkey said:
Novuake said:
Mousemonkey said:

What? All of them?


The vast majority of them, yes. I wish I could remember where we discussed this before... Bleh somewhere on the forum.
Cheap VRMs.
Overheating issues.
Highest RMA count of any AMD manufacturer.
That sort of thing.

Mine has yet to go pop so I guess I'll sit on the fence for the moment but I do have to wonder how many of those cards were abused.


That would be relevant to any manufacturer. don't you think?
Just by looking at reviews, you will notice the AVERAGE OCing potential for HD7xxx series card from XFX is lower than any other manufactuerer. I remember seeing one review where voltages were fluctuating like crazy and when checked further they were getting pretty hot too.

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a c 273 U Graphics card
August 19, 2013 3:07:53 PM

I always look at any results that come from OC'ing as something the average consumer should disregard as most won't bother with such things.
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a c 164 U Graphics card
August 19, 2013 3:31:00 PM

Mousemonkey said:
I always look at any results that come from OC'ing as something the average consumer should disregard as most won't bother with such things.


And I agree, but with those results you can already safely assume that they are using inferior VRMs that are more likely to fail.
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a c 273 U Graphics card
August 19, 2013 4:00:16 PM

Well the XFX card I bought was the cheapest one of the bunch so maybe that has something to do with it.
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a c 164 U Graphics card
August 19, 2013 4:17:25 PM

Mousemonkey said:
Well the XFX card I bought was the cheapest one of the bunch so maybe that has something to do with it.


Exactly. :) 
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