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HD 7950 vs HD 7970?

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September 26, 2013 6:44:38 AM

There's a big price gap between the cards where I live, 140 dollars.
I obviously believe they are overpricing the HD 7970. (Both are Vapor-X boost editon)

Is the performance gap really worth 140 dollars? What is the performance gap?

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September 26, 2013 6:46:57 AM

The performance gap is not significant, and in fact, the 7950 can easily be overclocked to perform similarly to the 7970.
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September 26, 2013 6:49:16 AM

lolhate said:
There's a big price gap between the cards where I live, 140 dollars.
I obviously believe they are overpricing the HD 7970. (Both are Vapor-X boost editon)

Is the performance gap really worth 140 dollars? What is the performance gap?


My Sapphire 7950 (Dual-X) is overclocked and can easily compete with the 7970 at stock and slight overclock specs, however the 7970 overclocked can start to pull away pretty good. Is it worth $140? I would argue no. If you are playing on one monitor (1080p) then the 7950 is enough in 99% of the cases. It struggles with 8X AA in some titles. Far Cry 3 is quite playable at 4X AA though. Crysis 3 eats it with AA, but turn that off and you're golden. Then again AA eats most cards up.

EDIT: Also don't get the 6GB Vapor-X version, its certainly not worth the extra price!
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September 26, 2013 6:55:53 AM

fatboytyler said:
lolhate said:
There's a big price gap between the cards where I live, 140 dollars.
I obviously believe they are overpricing the HD 7970. (Both are Vapor-X boost editon)

Is the performance gap really worth 140 dollars? What is the performance gap?


My Sapphire 7950 (Dual-X) is overclocked and can easily compete with the 7970 at stock and slight overclock specs, however the 7970 overclocked can start to pull away pretty good. Is it worth $140? I would argue no. If you are playing on one monitor (1080p) then the 7950 is enough in 99% of the cases. It struggles with 8X AA in some titles. Far Cry 3 is quite playable at 4X AA though. Crysis 3 eats it with AA, but turn that off and you're golden. Then again AA eats most cards up.

EDIT: Also don't get the 6GB Vapor-X version, its certainly not worth the extra price!


Thanks, one last question, if I really want Anti aliasing will the HD 7970 perform better? I mean the cards are so similar so I don't know.
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September 26, 2013 6:57:35 AM

You could turn down other graphics settings if you really wanted AA. No amount of anti-aliasing is worth an extra $140, if the general performance will be very close.
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September 26, 2013 6:59:56 AM

lolhate said:
There's a big price gap between the cards where I live, 140 dollars.
I obviously believe they are overpricing the HD 7970. (Both are Vapor-X boost editon)

Is the performance gap really worth 140 dollars? What is the performance gap?


Get a 7970 twin frozr if you have the money, it is cooler than the stock 7970 by 10°C which means it can be overclocked just that much more. But if the money isnt there, get the 7950 twin frozr because right out of the box it will perform like a stock 7970.
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September 26, 2013 8:02:07 AM

AA to me anyways is not needed. It just slightly smooths out edges, but needs so much graphical power. But if it is a must, the 7970 will perform better. footbrake4life suggested going with MSI's options, but Sapphire is still a great choice. Sapphire cards are notorious for their overclocking ability and the Dual-X is a great cooler, and the Vapor-X is a modified Dual-X. Most Sapphires are not voltage locked either, meaning if you got into enthusiast level water cooling you could easily overvolt and gain sooo much more performance.

Bottom line, you won't go wrong with a Sapphire, Gigabyte, or MSI 7950/7970. Go with which ever is in your budget. If AA is a must or price doesn't really matter then the 7970, otherwise I'd go 7950.
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September 26, 2013 8:06:51 AM

Theres no way I would pay $140 extra for a 7970 vs a 7950 considering you can get a 7950 for $199 (after Mail in rebate). To me it makes much more sense to try to get 2x 7950's if you really have to have AA on and turned up high.
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