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7950 for $300 vs. 670 for $400

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June 16, 2012 3:36:53 PM

I recently upgraded to 2560x1440 and need to update my 5870. I was totally sold on the 670, was going on newegg to buy it, thought I would look at the AMD cards on last time. I found a custom cooled 7950 for $304 after promos and rebates.

So I am looking at a 670 for $400 or a 7950 for $300. My eventual goal is SLI/CF so I am trying to take everything into consideration.

For 75% of the cost, it seems I can get, on average, 80-85% of the performance (plus the 3 free games right now). I am aware that the 670 will be better suited for instances where CF won't kick in, but I can deal with that.

Any thoughts?

More about : 7950 300 670 400

a c 230 U Graphics card
June 16, 2012 4:22:37 PM

This is for 1920 x 1200. I'd collect similar data at your resolution and see how they stack up.

Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite: Hard Reset, COD-MW2, Far Cry 2, ANNO 1404, Metro 2033, ANNO 2070, BFBC2, BF3, Crysis 2, AvP, Lost Planet 2
Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:

Card - Cost ( Single / 2-way SLI /CF ) $ / Frame - $ / Frame SLI/CF
GTX 680 - $ 500 ( 989 / 1578 ) $ 0.51 - $ 0.63
680 DCII Cu TOP - $ 520 ( 1077 / NA ) $ 0.48 - ERR
GTX 670 - $ 400 ( 917 / 1539 ) $ 0.44 - $ 0.52
670 DCII Cu TOP - $ 430 ( 999 / 1679 ) $ 0.43 - $ 0.51
7970 - $ 480 ( 872 / NA ) $ 0.55 - ERR
7970 DCII Cu - $ 580 ( 924 / NA ) $ 0.63 - ERR
7950 - $ 400 ( 746 / NA ) $ 0.54 - ERR
7870 - $ 360 ( 701 / NA ) $ 0.51 - ERR
7850 - $ 260 ( 596 / NA ) $ 0.44 - ERR
7770 - $ 150 ( 375 / NA ) $ 0.40 - ERR
7750 - $ 110 ( 291 / NA ) $ 0.38 - ERR

In the table above for example, the Asus 670 Cu DCII TOP costs $430 each and gets 999 fps in single card configuration at a cost of $0.43 per frame and 1679 in SLI at a cost of $0.51 per frame. The AMD cards w/ NA did not complete all games in the test suite. This should be resolved in an upcoming driver fix. The nVidia card w/ NA was not tested in SLI.
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June 16, 2012 5:07:57 PM

That is a really great deal on the 7950 to good to pass up.
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June 16, 2012 5:31:08 PM

Thanks, Jack-- that is some impressive work!
I like using numbers to quantify. I used a diferent method, but I like your calculation much better. I was basing it off average percent difference then comparing with price. I will totally use your method for the higher resolutions.

Of note, using the price I can get the 7950 from newegg right now, it drops from $0.54 to $0.41.

Of anyone is interested, here is the link: (NOTE THE 10% off promo code)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 16, 2012 5:52:19 PM

I repeated the calculation using guru3d's results at 2560x1440:

7950: $304 / 546 FPS = $0.56 per frame
670: $400 / 630 FPS = $0.63 per frame

I repeated it for SLI / CF and excluded the results that were only available on Nvidia. I know this skews results towards AMD but there is no helping that. It is a 14% difference anyway--pretty significant.

7950: $608 / 674 FPS = $0.90 per frame
670: $800 / 768 FPS = $1.04 per frame


I think I have my answer. The 7950 is a freaking steal at this price.
Thanks!

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a c 185 U Graphics card
June 16, 2012 6:09:59 PM

where is a 7950 for 300 on newegg
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June 16, 2012 6:16:27 PM

bigcyco1 said:
where is a 7950 for 300 on newegg


what he posted earlier. its 360$ * .9 (10% off or 90% of the original price) =324$

324$ -20$ MIR = 304$ which is almost 300$
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June 16, 2012 6:42:21 PM

Just bought the 7950. Thanks all.
I will pick up another in a while for CF.
670 is really awesome but not for an additional $100.
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June 16, 2012 6:49:08 PM

sewcrates said:
Just bought the 7950. Thanks all.
I will pick up another in a while for CF.
670 is really awesome but not for an additional $100.


its essentially the same situation when comparing the 670 to the 680
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June 16, 2012 6:57:12 PM

dudewitbow said:
what he posted earlier. its 360$ * .9 (10% off or 90% of the original price) =324$

324$ -20$ MIR = 304$ which is almost 300$
o.k. i don't mess with mail in rebates to bad i was thinking 300 :o  i best buy :lol:  but half the time those MIR take weeks sometime months to get back that is why i don't do those type of deals.
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June 16, 2012 7:36:53 PM

As you can see that the higher price always indicates the better component so the same story here's, 670 almost beat both the HD 7950,7970 in every game except of crysis.
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June 16, 2012 7:53:55 PM

hate rebates too but even at $320, it is a great deal. I never count on them.
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June 16, 2012 7:59:02 PM

xtreme5 said:
As you can see that the higher price always indicates the better component so the same story here's, 670 almost beat both the HD 7950,7970 in every game except of crysis.

First of all, he was talking about VALUE, here.
If it was price, I'm sure he would just go buy a 690.
You stink of Fanboy...
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June 16, 2012 8:01:26 PM

sewcrates said:
hate rebates too but even at $320, it is a great deal. I never count on them.

Plus the three free games, that would be way to hard to pass up. Great buy!
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June 16, 2012 8:18:39 PM

cobra5000 said:
First of all, he was talking about VALUE, here.
If it was price, I'm sure he would just go buy a 690.
You stink of Fanboy...

you idiot! @OP has two options there is not a monster 690 which you're talking about, i told this becuase at this level 670 is better choice if the prices were same then it become difficult to point out which one is better because both the component were cost about the same, but it is clear from price wise that 670 is better not only from price you can see a benchmark here,
www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/550?vs=598
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a c 185 U Graphics card
June 16, 2012 8:20:24 PM

sewcrates said:
hate rebates too but even at $320, it is a great deal. I never count on them.
Cool man it should serve you well. :)  My situation is a bit more difficult only have a max budget of $310 :(  and the 7870 is not better than my x2 560TI in SLI i eat a single 7870 for breakfast :na:  :lol: 
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June 16, 2012 8:26:06 PM

Quote:
Sewcrates wrote :

hate rebates too but even at $320, it is a great deal. I never count on them.

Cool man it should serve you well. :)  My situation is a bit more difficult only have a max budget of $310 :(  and the 7870 is not better than my x2 560TI in SLI i eat a single 7870 for breakfast :na:  :lol: 


Oh man! That close, you could stretch $13!! Heck, sell the 3 free games for $20 and there you go!
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a c 185 U Graphics card
June 16, 2012 8:29:50 PM

sewcrates said:
Quote:
Sewcrates wrote :

hate rebates too but even at $320, it is a great deal. I never count on them.

Cool man it should serve you well. :)  My situation is a bit more difficult only have a max budget of $310 :(  and the 7870 is not better than my x2 560TI in SLI i eat a single 7870 for breakfast :na:  :lol: 


Oh man! That close, you could stretch $13!! Heck, sell the 3 free games for $20 and there you go!
That's a good idea thanks! ;) 
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June 16, 2012 8:31:16 PM

bigcyco1 said:
Cool man it should serve you well. :)  My situation is a bit more difficult only have a max budget of $310 :(  and the 7870 is not better than my x2 560TI in SLI i eat a single 7870 for breakfast :na:  :lol: 


Eats all single cards for breakfast does it not ?
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a c 185 U Graphics card
June 16, 2012 8:32:45 PM

Think i will wait it out to see how the GTX 660 preforms though i have serious doubts it would be better than a 7950
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June 16, 2012 8:36:08 PM

spentshells said:
Eats all single cards for breakfast does it not ?
I am not 100% sure i personally have not tested it against allot of cards only a GTX580 and a 7850 and 7870 and i beat all those up pretty badly :lol:  also i think a single GTX590 can beat it maybe not though i am not sure.
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June 16, 2012 8:37:24 PM

bigcyco1 said:
Think i will wait it out to see how the GTX 660 preforms though i have serious doubts it would be better than a 7950



I agree but it will be be on par with the 580 or less and just above the 7870
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June 16, 2012 8:41:49 PM

xtreme5 said:
you idiot! @OP has two options there is not a monster 690 which you're talking about, i told this becuase at this level 670 is better choice if the prices were same then it become difficult to point out which one is better because both the component were cost about the same, but it is clear from price wise that 670 is better not only from price you can see a benchmark here,
www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/550?vs=598


On the flip side, the 7950 is a better buy at the same price of the 670 if you plan on heavily OCing it. I wondered why AMD didn't clock the 7900s higher.
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a b U Graphics card
June 16, 2012 8:47:45 PM

The stink of fanboi'ism pervades in most posts here.
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a c 185 U Graphics card
June 16, 2012 8:48:01 PM

spentshells said:
I agree but it will be be on par with the 580 or less and just above the 7870
If they preform on par with GTX 580 i would buy even though my 560TI in SLI is better than a single 580 they are really old and need to be retired :lol:  i might buy a 7950 or GTX660 not sure yet :??: 
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June 16, 2012 8:54:06 PM

@Vrumor lol... i know your not talking about me i am a fanboy to my wallet best bang for my buck rather it be nvidia or ATI AMD makes no difference to me.
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June 16, 2012 8:54:31 PM

7950 well worth it at 320. clock it round 1050 and above and ur close to the 7970
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