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April 28, 2012 1:00:44 PM

Hey guys I'm just wondering what card should I get, il be buying it within the next week, I have a choice of two, an XFX DD BE 7950 or a XFX 7970 but I'm not sure what one to get, aesthetically the 7950 looks better but at the end of the day it is down to performance.

Heres the 7970
http://www.dabs.com/products/xfx-ati-radeon-7970-hd-925...

And heres the 7950
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/3gb-xfx-radeon-hd-7950-d...

Both come with the 3 games aswell.

Thanks guys:) 

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Anonymous
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April 28, 2012 6:03:57 PM

If you overclock the 7950 for sure is not the 7970.They both oerclock about the same and the 7950 only loses to it by 3% when clocked to the same frequencies.
April 28, 2012 6:07:41 PM

If your main concern is price/performance, get the 7950.

If your main concern is to get the best performance available, get the 7970.

For most people, the 7950 should suffice. Both cards overclock amazingly and clock for clock the 7950 is only like 5% slower than the 7970.
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April 29, 2012 3:50:01 AM

Clock for clock, the Radeon 7950 is 15% slower.
April 29, 2012 12:04:23 PM

azeem40 said:
Clock for clock, the Radeon 7950 is 15% slower.


Wrong. It's much closer than that. More like 5%.
April 29, 2012 12:13:44 PM

The only reason I am confused is because, if I overclock the 7970 will it not get hot + loud with the enclosed shroud and one fan? But if i OC the 7950 it has 2 fans and looks much better.
April 29, 2012 12:19:26 PM

It will probably not get hot+loud unless you increase voltages on the card. Only increasing clock speeds, without increasing voltages, doesn't generate very much extra heat.

I wouldn't recommend cranking up voltages on either card, really - both are reference PCBs that aren't really engineered to handle larger-than-stock voltages for the long term. You can do it, but it's a bit risky if you're hoping to use the card for several years.
April 29, 2012 12:23:36 PM

so for gaming on 1920 x 1080 playing games like crysis, bf3 etc would you recommened the 7970 over the 7950?
April 29, 2012 1:00:38 PM

Depends - do you want the top performance or do you want to get the most for your dollar? I think there's no question that the better value lies in the 7950, but the better performance with the 7970.

Both cards offer very good overclocking headroom on stock voltages - at least 20% on average. Possibly a bit more on the 7950.

When overclocked, both will perform great in BF3, and I don't really recommend either as a purchase if you are unwilling to overclock - IMO the value of 7xxx cards is in the crazy amount of OC headroom available even at stock voltages.

If it were me, and custom 7970s weren't an option, I would get the custom 7950. I'm not a huge fan of the look of reference AMD cards.
Anonymous
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April 29, 2012 1:13:56 PM

azeem40 said:
Clock for clock, the Radeon 7950 is 15% slower.

Man im not trying to be mean but you are never right.On a side note i agree with bigmac.Ive owned both 7950 and 7970 and the performance is 3-5% difference clock for clock.If you overclock i strongly suggest something like the his IceQ 7950 it got about 8% performance increase over my 7970 cause it would clock way higher then the reference 7970.I also agree i would not get the 7950 or 70 unless you plan to overclock.Only one acception beeing if you et a 7970 overclock version like the black edition that clocks in at 1000 mhz.Otherwize id just snag a gtx 680.here was my crossfire cards i actually had the 7950 in the top slot because it was stronger due to higher overclock.I sold the 70 going to buy another 7950 IceQ
Anonymous
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April 29, 2012 1:15:08 PM

BigMack70 said:
Wrong. It's much closer than that. More like 5%.

hes confusing it with stock for stock i went over this with him in another thread he doesnt have a clue what the difference is i guess
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
April 29, 2012 1:17:45 PM

Quote:
+1.

BTW, how are those 480's doing?
Any issues?



Nope no issues im actually selling the galaxy 480.I was considering building a 2nd pc but have decided one is enough.I love the 480 though if i had the right hookups for 3 monitors with those id keep those and sell my 7950 i think
April 29, 2012 3:25:53 PM

is the XFX DD BE 7950 a good choice compared to the reference xfx 7970, I would not be changing voltages if that makes a difference?
Anonymous
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April 29, 2012 3:32:36 PM

sammyboy2 said:
is the XFX DD BE 7950 a good choice compared to the reference xfx 7970, I would not be changing voltages if that makes a difference?


They will all overclock about the same with no voltage bump.I would go 7950 seriously you will get close to the same performance for cheaper.If i were getting a 7950 today id get the saphire oc edition or the his IceQ those seem to overclock a bit further with no voltage jump
a c 181 U Graphics card
April 30, 2012 1:48:30 AM

If there is only 5% difference in the two cards then wouldn't be better to buy the cheaper card and OC it to run faster then 5%? I mean to me that would make the most sence.
April 30, 2012 3:48:30 AM

^^ works if you're thinking "I'll get my 7950 OC to perform better than a stock 7970"

Doesn't work if you're thinking "I'll get my 7950 OC to perform better than a 7970 OC" because the 7970, if anything, can reach higher clocks on average than the 7950.
Anonymous
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April 30, 2012 3:54:23 AM

BigMack70 said:
^^ works if you're thinking "I'll get my 7950 OC to perform better than a stock 7970"

Doesn't work if you're thinking "I'll get my 7950 OC to perform better than a 7970 OC" because the 7970, if anything, can reach higher clocks on average than the 7950.


I agree my situation was a freak thing i actually got 100 mhz more out of my 7950 then my 7970.I really think overall they overclock to about the same levels.The only difference really are the shader count on both cards.I did get my 7950 to beat my 7970.I would bet the his iceQ and the saphire oc edition would outclock pretty much all the reference 7970's
April 30, 2012 5:38:39 PM

Ok the options have changed I can now get the XFX 7950 DD for £299 which is now too good to pass. Have I made a good choice? because now since the difference is so large I wouldn't pay an extra £70 for the 7970 when I can just OC the 7950 and get near enough the same performance.
April 30, 2012 5:39:26 PM

Yup you're good to go. Nice purchase at that price point.
a c 181 U Graphics card
May 1, 2012 3:56:21 AM

Yeah I agree nice job. That is the right way to think. I do wish you good luck and have fun with your new toy and the money you saved will help buy a new game to go with it.
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