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Dying 7950 gx2, what to replace with?

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February 11, 2010 1:19:22 PM

After a little more than 3 years, my 7950 gx2 is starting to fail rather frequently, so I'm looking for an affordable replacement.

First of all, despite its overwhelming potential, I never really found the actual performances to be what I expected, and newer features aren't supported by it, or not very well (e.g. good shadows in World of Warcraft.) I'm guessing this is partly due to a dual-gpu architecture that doesn't exactly gives twice the yield of a single gpu.

So this is what I'm looking for:
- Actual performances close to that of the 7950 gx2.
- Affordable ($150 is my upper bracket)
- At least a generation higher than the 7xxx
- Low noise is a good plus, I'd like something that's not as loud as the 7950gx2

I'm not looking for the latest generation, even a two years old card would do, provided it fulfills the above requirements. I'd prefer a high-range card to a more recent mid-range card if the former sports better performances, unless your suggestion can firmly convince me a newer mid range would be better.

My CPU is a Core 2 duo 6700.

Lastly, SLI is an option, although I really doubt two cheap boards could outperform a single board for the same price.

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February 11, 2010 2:08:28 PM

The 7950x2 was a great card in it's day, however it is pretty much obsolete now, so it may be a good thing that it finally bit the dust.

Your price range is 150$, but you can most certainly get the same performance as a 7950x2 for about 50 - 70$, maybe even less.

I suggest either an ATI 5750, or 4770.

And from the Nvidia side a GTS 250 would be a great upgrade, i cannot see any other nvidia card being an option, maybe a 96sp 9600gt if you can find one.

If you want low noise, there are numerous aftermarket coolers for the cards that I mentioned, that would only cost you maybe 5-10 dollars more than a stock variation of the card.

Good luck.
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February 11, 2010 3:46:52 PM

Annisman said:
The 7950x2 was a great card in it's day, however it is pretty much obsolete now, so it may be a good thing that it finally bit the dust.

Your price range is 150$, but you can most certainly get the same performance as a 7950x2 for about 50 - 70$, maybe even less.

I suggest either an ATI 5750, or 4770.

And from the Nvidia side a GTS 250 would be a great upgrade, i cannot see any other nvidia card being an option, maybe a 96sp 9600gt if you can find one.

If you want low noise, there are numerous aftermarket coolers for the cards that I mentioned, that would only cost you maybe 5-10 dollars more than a stock variation of the card.

Good luck.



You got the 9600gt wrong it is a G94 with 64 shaders not 96 that is the 9600gso which is basically a even more cut down G92. The GTS250 is a good option especially the 1GB edition or a 5750 would last you a few years if you get a good sample.
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February 11, 2010 6:35:56 PM

nforce4max said:
You got the 9600gt wrong it is a G94 with 64 shaders not 96 that is the 9600gso which is basically a even more cut down G92. The GTS250 is a good option especially the 1GB edition or a 5750 would last you a few years if you get a good sample.


yea you're right I was thinking of the GSO, darn Nvidia and their naming schemes...

Anyways, I had a GSO and it was quite the good card, it would certainly suffice for the op, cheap too.
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February 11, 2010 8:12:07 PM

Be sure to get the Gddr3 version of the 9600gso if you can and if a 768mb version comes around snatch it up especially its the Gddr3 version instead of the Gddr2. The difference is Vram performance. The 9800gt (avoid the EE or green editions) is a very good card for the price and are wonderful in sli. 32XQ sli aa in Fallout3 is amazing. :o 
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February 11, 2010 8:14:16 PM

Here is one of my cam vids about a older version of your current card and it is a Giant.
Fun fact the forceware mistakes this card for the 7950Gx2 due to the pci-e switch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaAxqQQuKbA
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February 12, 2010 4:45:08 PM

I'm making a similar jump - starting with a pair of 512MB 7900 GTX in SLI and looking to upgrade.
I'd like to make the jump to the 260-216, but hard to justify $225, when I can get the 250 for just over $100. What do you guys think...given that I'm starting with the 7900GTX, am i going to see *that* much more improvement from the 260 over the 250...is it $125 worth?
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February 12, 2010 4:46:34 PM

actually - I could even do a pair of the 1GB 250s in SLI for less than the 260... what about that option?
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February 12, 2010 6:31:04 PM

Yea, go that route.

Two GTS 250's are going to perform better than a 9800GX2, which is about equal to a GTX 280.
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February 12, 2010 7:03:37 PM

A single GTS250 1GB is a major upgrade over a two 7900gtx in sli. So two will be worth while and can use higher aa filtering than a single card up to 32XQ as well physx.
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February 12, 2010 7:53:45 PM

I have an E6600, and started out with a 7950GX2 also. I replaced it a while back with a 9800GTX+ @ 512.

My 3Dmark06 score went from 8K to 11K, which I thought was pretty good.
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