Apologies in advance if you are tired of similar threads, but I don't want to hijack a post.
I finally have the extra scratch to upgrade my GPU. I want to play BF3 and new games casually on 5760x1080 resolution. These are particular cards that have me torn between a 7870 and a 7950. I like Nvidia but my AMD Crosshair IV only officially supports Crossfire without a ROM flash and I plan on getting a second card if and when I need some more power.
Here are the two that have me torn, any clear problem with the 7950?
I'd also have to consider the advantages of 7970, but there is only $30 difference in these two cards and it will be an additional $100-120 for the 7970 over this high end $7870. The 7870 has a better pixel rate than the 7950, but much less memory bandwidth. I'm not sure when I will be getting the second card, so current performance is important. I want to save if possible because I want to upgrade to SSD or RAID0 and upgrade keyboard and mouse too.
System Specs off the top of my head:
Crosshair IV MOBO
AMD 1100T Proc
8GB DDR3 1333 memory
Corsair 650TX PSU
WD Black 6GB/s HD
3x mounted 24'' HD LED monitors
Current GPU= AMD 5770
I'm thinking the 7950 will be a better buy at only 8% price increase over the 7870, and I could probably Crossfire that with a 7970 later if I found it weak and when prices lower. I'm also up for overclocking the 7950 adding to the value.
7950 @ $360 is the better buy right now... 7870 is too expensive in comparison, if your budget can stretch that far.
It overclocks insanely well and you can easily push it a good deal past stock 7970 performance.
Thanks for the reply... Haven't seen it for $360, but was looking at if for $390. The 7870 I was looking at cost $360. I've had good results from Sapphire so I'm a little biased, but realize other brands are just as reliable. Not a big fan of XFX. Have you seen it for $360?