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HD 7950 vs GTX 670

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June 12, 2012 4:34:15 PM

From my own research I've gathered that the GTX 670 is the destroyer of cards...

However my budget is around £280

The cost of a new HD 7950 is £264 (good price I think) - only a reference card, no aftermarket cooler

Where as the GTX 670 is about £320 - only a reference card too...

(Plus the 3 game bundle is really tempting as I'd love to get my hands on DiRT ShowDown as I enjoyed DiRT 3.)

Is the ~£75 difference worth it? From my research it looks like I'd only be losing a few FPS, and I'm only going to be running a 24" @ 1920x1200, nothing monsterous.

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a c 198 U Graphics card
June 12, 2012 6:13:06 PM

Its a preference game at this point. If you want the 3 games, go for the 3 games. If you want the power, go for the power.

Neither cards are going to disappoint you, I can tell you that. They are both going to be awesome, and great performers.

The 670 is better, but the 7950 isn't too far off, and comes with the games. Up to you.
a b U Graphics card
June 12, 2012 6:41:02 PM

Even with the stock cooler you can most likely overclock the 7950 to easily keep up with or beat a stock 670. I've had my 7950 for about 2 months now, I normally keep it stock but when I want extra power I have no problem overclocking it past the levels of a stock 7970 while 100% stable.
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a b U Graphics card
June 12, 2012 6:41:39 PM

It's a little game-specific. However, in the games where the 7950 is better, it tends to edge out the 670, whereas in the games where the 670 is better, it sometimes blows away the 7950. See here: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/550?vs=598

You will probably have a little more luck OCing the 7950 (even reference) than the 670, so you can make back a little of the performance gap. However, as deemo13 said, you won't be disappointed with either card. I don't think it would be irrational to get the 7950 given your prices.

As to resolution, I'd think the 7950 might actually do a little better comparatively at high resolutions rather than low ones, since it has more VRAM (3GB, vs the 670's 2GB). But of course both cards will do better at lower resolutions.
a b U Graphics card
June 12, 2012 7:46:56 PM

Hmm. In your case I would pick the 7950. I have the 7950 and it has been working great - I can max out all my games at 1920x1080 resolution.

To be honost - your right - the frames difference between the 670 and 7950 are quite minimal - and can go either way depending on games (Civ 5 comes to mind where the 7950 does better).

I would pocket the difference and get the 3 extra games :)  . Heck you could even sell the games you do not want for cheap - and get an even better deal.
a b U Graphics card
June 12, 2012 8:04:03 PM

Both cards will play most games at greater than 60 fps at that resolution. I'd go for the less expensive one even though I've personally been drooling over the 670 for a while now.
June 12, 2012 8:12:25 PM

hammerhead2008 said:
From my own research I've gathered that the GTX 670 is the destroyer of cards...

However my budget is around £280

The cost of a new HD 7950 is £264 (good price I think) - only a reference card, no aftermarket cooler

Where as the GTX 670 is about £320 - only a reference card too...

(Plus the 3 game bundle is really tempting as I'd love to get my hands on DiRT ShowDown as I enjoyed DiRT 3.)

Is the ~£75 difference worth it? From my research it looks like I'd only be losing a few FPS, and I'm only going to be running a 24" @ 1920x1200, nothing monsterous.


well for that pricing difference the 7950 is worth it much more for performance per dollar, and don't forget that you can easily overclock the 7900 series cards well over there stock clocks. i'm running my 7950 at 1000MHZ which is something like a 20% overclock, which is reaching or surpassing the stock 680's in average performance. the only real flaws is it well use a lot more power and drivers are a little more likely to have problems.
June 12, 2012 8:15:39 PM

Chainzsaw said:
Hmm. In your case I would pick the 7950. I have the 7950 and it has been working great - I can max out all my games at 1920x1080 resolution.

To be honost - your right - the frames difference between the 670 and 7950 are quite minimal - and can go either way depending on games (Civ 5 comes to mind where the 7950 does better).

I would pocket the difference and get the 3 extra games :)  . Heck you could even sell the games you do not want for cheap - and get an even better deal.


hey how is your 7950's cooling, i have the exact same one and not sure if my 72, 73C temps is normal for the DD
June 12, 2012 8:16:31 PM

I don't care about power, I've got a nice quality Corsair 650W, so will be ideal for me to go the for HD 7950 as I'm also saving myself a fair amount of money, and it's not like I'm going to be disappointed.
a b U Graphics card
June 12, 2012 8:35:56 PM

My 7950 runs a tad hotter than normal - about 35-40C idle and shoots up to around 65-75C under load - however my case is quite cramped and there's isn't much airflow at all. My main use for my computer is a HTPC/gaming computer.



@hammerhead2008 I think it's a good idea to go with the 7950. At that price IMO it's the best bang for the buck. IMO the 75 price premium is not worth the extra ~10% difference in performance.
June 12, 2012 9:16:11 PM

Should I try and go for a card with an aftermarket cooler on it?

Or does the difference not actually make a difference
a b U Graphics card
June 12, 2012 9:18:15 PM

The 670s use little power and run quite cool even on the reference cards.
My mother is wise and would always tell me, "Don't fix it if it ain't broken."
June 12, 2012 9:31:53 PM

hammerhead2008 said:
Should I try and go for a card with an aftermarket cooler on it?

Or does the difference not actually make a difference


aftermarket coolers are always a good idea for cooler and more stable cards, but there not a must if you don't plan overclocking. the reference cards are just fine, but for 10 to 20 bucks more in some cases the custom cards are great.
a b U Graphics card
June 12, 2012 10:09:07 PM

7950 MSI
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