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7850, 7870, or wait for kepler?

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March 29, 2012 12:15:36 AM

Hello. I just built a new computer 2 weeks ago, and held out on getting a GPU while waiting for reviews of the 7800s and expected performance of nvideas lower end cards (compared to 680). I know the full line up is rumored to come out in mid-april, and might lead to some 7800 price drops, but I'm really unsure of what to do.

My current system is:
intel 2500k (relying on integrated intel 3000 graphics until i buy gpu)
corsair hx850
asrock extreme3 gen3 1155 mobo (w/ pcie 3.0)
g.skill 8 gb ram.
coolermaster haf 932 case.
1920x1080 res monitor.

I have plenty of room/cooling capabilities in the case, and about a $250 USD budget but am willing to spend up to about 300 if the price/performance gain is worth it.

I will likely upgrade the gpu in 1-2 years, either with a second 7800 card or a new one, and play games/browse internets, and maybe some autoCAD in a few years.

I play games such as: Shogun 2, Skyrim, SC2, Deus Ex, and other less graphically demanding ones. I know that I might not be able to max these out with my res, but high settings is just fine (Shogun 2).

Should I wait 2-4 weeks for the new cards, or settle with a 7850 now?

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a b U Graphics card
March 29, 2012 12:19:21 AM

The 7850 will max out those kind of games @ 1080p no problem. If you have the patience, wait for Kepler. I would wait a month or two after the release so that the prices go down.
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a c 365 U Graphics card
March 29, 2012 12:20:29 AM

I would wait for Kepler.

However, if you are really, really desperate and that $250 - $300 is burning a hole in your wallet, then go ahead and buy a Radeon HD 7850 now. The Radeon HD 7870s are basically priced at around $360 so that's a bit out of your price range.

Additionally, Kepler may bring down the price of the Radeons. The magic word is "may"...



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March 29, 2012 12:30:24 AM

@e56imfg, how much do YOU think the prices would decrease in lets say, a month? (from kepler being huge increase in this range to slight increase, at various price points, with which being the most likely). I'm not that willing to wait more than a month unless kepler is supposed to be REALLY that much better price/performance gain over the 7800s.

@jaguarskx, if I "really, really "... what? I think the extra $100 is generally not worth it for what I will be doing.

Also, I would've wanted to play BF3 on this as well, but as it used origin (terribly) I decided to boycott it and not buy it (not that it really effected anything). I know the 7850 would NOT have been able to max it out. Shogun 2 is more demanding graphically than the others from what I've seen in benchmarks too. There is so much hype and so many opinions on everything right now that it is a tough call.
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March 29, 2012 12:47:44 AM

@e56imfg, thanks. After a bit more hunting and research, I think I will order that 7850 on newegg from sapphire tonight. I'm really itching to get my games running :) . Shogun 2 can't run above 10 fps with 1920x1080 on lowest settings with the intel 3000 LOL (I was completely aware that the integrated graphics sucks for demanding games).

I saw a few other benchmarks on other sites that had it running at significantly lower fps (around 40, but cant remember which site)...are the 7800s there OCed? Are those with the latest drivers? I might OC the gpu depending on whether i think ill want more power, and my case/psu/mobo/cpu is completely ready for it.
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March 29, 2012 12:52:36 AM

Also, in 4 weeks do you think the 7850 COULD drop $40? Or COULD a kepler card be about 10-20% better for a few bucks more (10-30 USD). What would the chances of these happening be (based on previous launches and the 680 launch)?
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a b U Graphics card
March 29, 2012 12:53:57 AM

No, they are not OCed. They were using beta drivers because this benchmark was 2 weeks before the release date.
Honestly, I don't think the prices will be dropping as much as $40. But this is totally unpredictable so only time will tell.
I still recommend you waiting.
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a b U Graphics card
March 29, 2012 12:56:47 AM

Nobody knows, you'll just have to wait and see. But just to let you know, I have a 7870, and it runs amazing. Just don't OC too high :p 
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March 29, 2012 2:03:47 AM

7850 is a great deal and a great card.
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March 29, 2012 2:04:31 AM

gary1 said:
Nobody knows, you'll just have to wait and see. But just to let you know, I have a 7870, and it runs amazing. Just don't OC too high :p 

doesn't the 7870 have a 1ghz stock clock ?
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a b U Graphics card
March 29, 2012 2:13:33 AM

MMO Fan said:
doesn't the 7870 have a 1ghz stock clock ?


I have a Sapphire, came at 1050/1250. I oc'ed it to 1250/1450 but got crashed, eventually brought it down to 1125/1450 which is stable.
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March 29, 2012 2:15:57 AM

gary1 said:
I have a Sapphire, came at 1050/1250. I oc'ed it to 1250/1450 but got crashed, eventually brought it down to 1125/1450 which is stable.

Thats already very very high stock clock @ over 1ghz on the core I don't know why people would expect much more but really are you honestly happy with the performance of the 7870 @ stock clocks ?
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a b U Graphics card
March 29, 2012 2:24:24 AM

Yep, 1050/1250 is totally fine. :p 
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March 29, 2012 4:33:41 PM

Ordered a 7850 last night :)  should come by tomorrow. Anyone have significant improvements from OCing the 7850? I probably will only OC the 2500k, and don't think I'll care to much about a 2% graphics performance gain.
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March 29, 2012 8:00:20 PM

brewspy said:
Ordered a 7850 last night :)  should come by tomorrow. Anyone have significant improvements from OCing the 7850? I probably will only OC the 2500k, and don't think I'll care to much about a 2% graphics performance gain.

GPU OCing is overrated it nets 3-7fps return hardly worth it IMO.
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April 5, 2012 7:00:15 AM

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