Radeon 7850 vs 7870

This question may be asked a lot but is the 7870 worth the extra ~$70 over the 7850?

- I will be using it to play the latest games (Dead Space 3, AC3, COD, Skyrim, etc.) at high settings with at least a comfortable 50 FPS or so. In other words I want every game to be playable at med-high settings with an FPS of about 50.

- I have a 750w fully modular PS and will be replacing this card with Intel HD 4k on the 3570k.

- My resolution will be at 1920x1080.

I've heard many answers on here saying that you can overclock the 7850 to 7870 performance but would I need to get a different heatsink rather than the stock one for that?

Also I've head the 7870 can be overclocked even farther and could be more future proof. So is the 7850 or 7870 more bang for your buck/better for me?
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  1. No way I could afford a 580, the most I could spend is about $350 which is the 7870's rough price. If I got a GTX is would probably be a 570.
  2. here's a very nice 580 almost within your budget. if you look hard, I'm sure you can find one for $350

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1729168&SRCCODE=GOOGLEBASE&cm_mmc_o=VRqCjC7BBTkwCjCECjCE
  3. Never actually saw the 6950, this may be what I get, I'd like to see what other people think. First though... such a tough decision.

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    - Future Proof?
  4. I picked up a couple of 6950s recently. Are they the best card out there? No. Are they worth $200? Absolutely. They overclock really well too. Chances are (depending on what app you use to overclock) you will find AMD's limit on clock rates to be well below what your 6950 is actually capable of. AMD sets the max OC on CCC at 840/1300. I have mine running 925/1375 with no trouble at all. Is the 7850 worth $50 more? Well that depends on the game, here's a decent collection of benchmarks representing both cards at stock clocks.

    edit: The 7850 overclocks well too. Both are good cards. I don't know much about the 7870, I prefer cards in the $150-$275 price range because they're easier to buy/sell and more affordable to get a 2nd one.

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/510?vs=549
  5. though I agree with Recon. your best bet's the sapphire 6950 on newegg. for $380, you can crossfire 2 and be within 670 performance lol
  6. a 7850 can easily OC to 7870's stock levels, but the 7870 can OC further than a 7850 can, and you cant replace the missing stream processors. Also the price difference is smaller than it used to be a few months ago.
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    :o, that thing is huge... but not worth that kind of dollar unfortunatly.


    well, it was the best deal on a 580 I could find. amazing cooler too lol. it's Deal finding friday for me :D

    but I agree with you completely, the 6950 is the best deal. though I'm sure you already knew that, we've had this discussion lol :bounce:
  8. Right now I'm leaning towards the 7850 and 6950
  9. kyleh8297 said:
    Right now I'm leaning towards the 7850 and 6950


    either the 6950 or the gtx 480 will get your that performance for less money.

    on the other hand, the 7870 is priced close enough to a 670 that I honestly can't recommend getting a 7870 withing STRONGLY urging you to stretch your budget further to a 670
  10. vmem said:
    either the 6950 or the gtx 480 will get your that performance for less money.

    on the other hand, the 7870 is priced close enough to a 670 that I honestly can't recommend getting a 7870 withing STRONGLY urging you to stretch your budget further to a 670



    I've looked at the 670 and it seems to perform very well even at max settings of every game - which means very future proof.
  11. "Future proof" is a myth. You may attain "future-resistance" if you've got a dual-card capable motherboard and only have one card, or if you have a card that OCs very well, and if you have a good enough (and possibly big enough) PSU, but eventually you WILL need to upgrade in some way.
  12. you can "future proof" for say 1-2 years, during which period most of the technology world's up coming stuff are already on roadmaps... beyond which, no one can tell. who knows, if some company decides to make graphyne CPUs or something, and it vastly out performs current tech, EVERYTHING, including the 690, would be obsolete fast enough :P
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