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What!!!!!! 7850 2gb is cheaper than hd 6950 2 gb???

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May 21, 2012 7:30:39 PM

Hey, guys I was looking forward to buy an Asus Radeon hd 6950 2gb Direct CU II, but now i've heard that 7850 2gb is better than hd 6950 2gb. But i've checked the comparison between 7850 and 6950 and in the table, 7850 has almost everything less than 6950.

It has less memory bandwidth, less gtex/s, less memory clock , less texture units, etc.

NOW in my city hd 7850 2gb is cheaper than hd 6950 2gb so wat do u guys think i should do ?????? plz guide me

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May 21, 2012 7:35:36 PM

Here's a comparison http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=510

I would say the HD7850 just edges it, and if its cheaper in your country then go for it.
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May 21, 2012 7:36:03 PM

The 7850 has a slight advantage over the 7950 in most situations. Not huge, but if it's cheaper, no reason not to get the better card.
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May 21, 2012 7:39:13 PM

The two cards use totally different architectures. So you can't directly compare the clocks, texture units, etc. Just use benchmarks, like the one provided in the first response. The 7850 is just about equivalent to the 6950, maybe a touch faster, and it offers significantly better power usage and thermals (so it overclocks better than a 6950). Of course, the 6950 is older and now cheaper on various deals. But I'd probably still go for the 7850 unless the price gap is dramatic (say, $50 or more).
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May 21, 2012 7:41:28 PM

willard said:
The 7850 has a slight advantage over the 7950 in most situations. Not huge, but if it's cheaper, no reason not to get the better card.


All right but what about those lesser memory bandwidths and gtex/s. I don't understand on gigabyte's website its written it has 975 mhz core clock which is faster than hd 6950 but every where i see its in 800sss. I'm too confused :pt1cable: 
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May 21, 2012 7:42:48 PM

UAhmed said:
http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4...

i've a website here which tellls me that 7850 has 975 mhz core clock where as everywhere it's in 800s. The one in my city is of GIGABYTE. Is this brand good??


Gigabyte is an excellent brand, the card you linked to has been factory overclcoked, hence the increased core speed. The increased core speed will give a few % more performance compared to the HD7850 in the link I provided earlier.
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May 21, 2012 7:43:07 PM

motorneuron said:
The two cards use totally different architectures. So you can't directly compare the clocks, texture units, etc. Just use benchmarks, like the one provided in the first response. The 7850 is just about equivalent to the 6950, maybe a touch faster, and it offers significantly better power usage and thermals (so it overclocks better than a 6950). Of course, the 6950 is older and now cheaper on various deals. But I'd probably still go for the 7850 unless the price gap is dramatic (say, $50 or more).


I've told u its cheaper in my city. AND its of gigabyte. IS this brand good????
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May 21, 2012 7:46:18 PM

Rustyy117 said:
Gigabyte is an excellent brand, the card you linked to has been factory overclcoked, hence the increased core speed. The increased core speed will give a few % more performance compared to the HD7850 in the link I provided earlier.


OH! so that's it then. I have a corsair gs 700w psu and coolermaster haf932 amd edition. Motherboard is intel dh61ww and cpu core i3 2100. Are my specs ok to handle this card
Also in the spcification its written PCI-e card bus is 3.0 while the slot in my mobo is 2.0 x16. IS it ok???
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May 21, 2012 7:49:17 PM

What you are looking at is a reference card (860 MHz) versus a factory overclocked card. Factory overclocked cards have one or more of the following:

Bigger more efficient cooler
Modifed PCB
Beefier VRM w/ more phases than reference design

Personally, I wouldn't bother if you are nit getting all 3 but thi requires a bit of research on your part top find out what has what

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Typically the nVidia factory overclocked cards cost any where from $0 to $20 over the refernce models. The AMD factory overclocked cards, again typically, run a bit higher. Gigabyte is one of the manufacturers who, again typically, have a more robust VRM / PCB on their overclocked cards than most other vendors.

EVGA's Classified model is usually a good one but their other factory overclocked cards> MSI's Hawk and Lightning models have robust VRM's, the Twin Frozr, not so much.... it's has more than reference design, but usually not so much as Gigabyte's and Asus.

I do remember reading of performance drops on the 7850 when ya pass 1000MHz. Dunno if this has been solved yet. This page highlights some of the differences on the non-reference boards.

http://www.asus.com/News/SOvNUIy6jP0L3rAI
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May 21, 2012 7:51:20 PM

UAhmed said:
OH! so that's it then. I have a corsair gs 700w psu and coolermaster haf932 amd edition. Motherboard is intel dh61ww and cpu core i3 2100. Are my specs ok to handle this card
Also in the spcification its written PCI-e card bus is 3.0 while the slot in my mobo is 2.0 x16. IS it ok???


The graphics card is backwards compatible with PCI-E 2.0 so no worries there.

Your CPU is alittle weak but you should still get playable frame rates and a smooth gaming experience. ;) 
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May 21, 2012 7:55:02 PM

I've also read that hd 7850 had some compatibility problems. I don't no all about that I just want to play games like BF3, AC2, Brtherhood, Revelations, GTA IV , COD MW3
so which one can handle these the best.
( I don't no why but still my heart goes with hd 6950. ) :D 
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May 21, 2012 7:58:39 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
What you are looking at is a reference card (860 MHz) versus a factory overclocked card. Factory overclocked cards have one or more of the following:

Bigger more efficient cooler
Modifed PCB
Beefier VRM w/ more phases than reference design

Personally, I wouldn't bother if you are nit getting all 3 but thi requires a bit of research on your part top find out what has what

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Typically the nVidia factory overclocked cards cost any where from $0 to $20 over the refernce models. The AMD factory overclocked cards, again typically, run a bit higher. Gigabyte is one of the manufacturers who, again typically, have a more robust VRM / PCB on their overclocked cards than most other vendors.

EVGA's Classified model is usually a good one but their other factory overclocked cards> MSI's Hawk and Lightning models have robust VRM's, the Twin Frozr, not so much.... it's has more than reference design, but usually not so much as Gigabyte's and Asus.

I do remember reading of performance drops on the 7850 when ya pass 1000MHz. Dunno if this has been solved yet. This page highlights some of the differences on the non-reference boards.

http://www.asus.com/News/SOvNUIy6jP0L3rAI



So what would you choose 7850 or 6950 ???? I too saw the benchmarks and in some of them radeon hd 7850 is behind hd 6950. Radeon hd 7850 doesn't beat hd6950 by too much but if it's cheaper than what should i do?
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May 21, 2012 8:05:29 PM

Just grab the HD7850, its usually faster, uses less power and runs cooler... and its cheaper.

No-brainer surely.
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May 21, 2012 8:07:51 PM

I repeat, if the 7850 is cheaper than the 6950, of course you should get the 7850. No questions. You should only get the 6950 if it is much cheaper than the 7850. Brand, compatibility, blah blah blah, those things barely matter. The 7850 is new and it had a few driver issues, but those things are resolved now. Get the 7850. End of story.
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May 21, 2012 8:11:30 PM

ok thanx for ur replies :D 
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May 22, 2012 7:15:41 AM

Guys i Forgot to ask that i have a pci-e 2.0 x16 slot not a 3.0. I know it'll support but will the card lose its performance ???
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May 22, 2012 7:20:54 AM

no it will not loose performance.

get hd 7850 for better price better overclocking,better cooling,low noise and other good stuff.:) 



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May 22, 2012 7:28:58 AM

Ok and what if i plan to crossfire later it says it need an amd radeon hd 7770 gpu which is 128- bit but if i buy hd 6950 it needs any gpu from 6900 series which is very good???
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May 22, 2012 7:32:36 AM

you can cf an hd 6950 with hd 6970 but it will be better to go with hd 7850 and buy another afterwards.:) 
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May 22, 2012 7:33:53 AM

i dont think so that hd 7770 can be paired with hd 7850 in crossfire.
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May 22, 2012 7:39:31 AM

sunnk said:
i dont think so that hd 7770 can be paired with hd 7850 in crossfire.


it says on the amd website :pt1cable: 
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May 22, 2012 7:41:09 AM

A man told me on another website that he had a hd 6950 and his friend had a 7850 but his friend's card sucks badly. He also told me that the fans of 7850 made much noise :( 
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May 22, 2012 7:41:56 AM

where did you get that can you post the link.:) 
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May 22, 2012 7:49:59 AM

may be there will be written wrong or done by mistake i think there should be written second hd 7850 and why you wanna cf hd 7850 with way less performer hd 7770 if its possible also then also you will not get that performance of the card.:) 
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May 22, 2012 7:51:37 AM

better get an single hd 7850 for now and another after some time.:) 
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May 22, 2012 7:53:34 AM

sunnk said:
may be there will be written wrong or done by mistake i think there should be written second hd 7850 and why you wanna cf hd 7850 with way less performer hd 7770 if its possible also then also you will not get that performance of the card.:) 



Oh, anyways thanx for ur help ( :bounce:  i think something's fishy :D  7850 cheaper than 6950 ??!! Moreover it's the OC version ) what is the price of 7850 in ur country higher than 6950 ???
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May 22, 2012 7:59:09 AM

no in india its about rs 12500 in mumbai and sapphire oced one is of rs 13500 or 14000.:) 
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May 22, 2012 7:59:54 AM

yeah hd 7850 is cheaper then hd 6950.
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May 22, 2012 8:01:36 AM

Oh, ok then i'll buy the hd7850 i guess :D  :pt1cable: 
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May 22, 2012 8:05:50 AM

ok so buy it goodluck.:) dont think of getting hd 6950 instead of hd 7850 the hd 7850 is an very good overclocker.:) 
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May 22, 2012 8:08:43 AM

sunnk said:
ok so buy it goodluck.:) dont think of getting hd 6950 instead of hd 7850 the hd 7850 is an very good overclocker.:) 


HOW did u know i was thinking THAT :bounce:  :pt1cable:  :pt1cable:  :pt1cable:  :pt1cable:  :pt1cable: 

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May 22, 2012 8:10:49 AM

HD 6950 lookks COOoooooOllll :D 


BUT i'll have to go with the 7850 :D  :pt1cable:  :pt1cable: 
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May 22, 2012 8:24:19 AM

but its an fool against the hd 7850 overclocking.....lmfao. :lol: 
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May 22, 2012 8:29:04 AM

sunnk said:
but its an fool against the hd 7850 overclocking.....lmfao. :lol: 


Yeah........ :pt1cable:  :pt1cable:  :pt1cable:  that's it :D  :cry:  :pt1cable:  :pt1cable: 
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May 22, 2012 8:33:49 AM

UAhmed said:
HD 6950 lookks COOoooooOllll :D 



Depends which 6950 you are looking at, the Asus DCII tripleslotters are certainly eyecatching :) 
Moto
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May 22, 2012 8:39:22 AM

Motopsychojdn said:
Depends which 6950 you are looking at, the Asus DCII tripleslotters are certainly eyecatching :) 
Moto


YEAH.... i was going to buy the asus direct cu ll :cry:  :cry:  :pt1cable:  :pt1cable: 
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May 22, 2012 8:39:39 AM

ok so friend if u r done then close the thread select best answer and goodluck with you hd 7850 purchase.:) 
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May 22, 2012 8:43:45 AM

lol :D 
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May 22, 2012 8:44:41 AM

Best answer selected by UAhmed.
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