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Which 7850 to get?

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July 24, 2012 4:02:35 PM

I currently have a EVGA GeForce GTX 560 SuperClocked 2GB, which I'm looking to replace with a 7850. First off, is it worth the upgrade? I'm a mild gamer but I prefer playing at high settings. Not that my current card can't achieve it, but I hear the 7850 is currently the best performance/cost card. My budget is $250, and I prefer not to purchase from newegg.

Here are the cards I'm interested in:

-MSI R7850 Twin Frozr OC Radeon HD 7850 2GB ($229.99)
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX38575

-HIS Radeon HD 7850 2GB ($239.99)
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX39012

-HISRadeon HD 7850 IceQ X 2GB ($249.99)
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX40285


Which would be the best selection?

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Thank you

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July 24, 2012 4:14:51 PM

I've got the 7950 version of the MSI. I like it. MSI get's my vote as well.
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July 24, 2012 4:17:03 PM

Another option is, should I wait until 2013 for lower prices and better deals? Should I expect the price of the twin frozr to go down substantially by then? Currently, it is $45 off.

The reason I say this is that I won't be gaming much until then.
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July 24, 2012 4:21:44 PM

I don't know what your budget is like, but I don't think the upgrade from an OCed 560 to a 7850 is worth it, especially not with your 2GB card. This depends a little on what games you play; compare here: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=543 For example, if you play mostly BF3, I definitely wouldn't upgrade.

It is true that the 7850 is a great performer for its price at the moment, but to make an upgrade worthwhile, I think you should probably aim a little higher if you can: the twin frozr 7950 that newegg has for $310 post-rebate will destroy your 560 and is pretty future-proof.

If you want an interim upgrade that will net you big performance gains, I'd consider getting another 2GB 560 and SLIing them (if your mobo supports it). That will yield nice performance at a lower price.

Finally, if you are committed to the 7850, I agree that the twin frozr is the best choice, based primarily on price.
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July 24, 2012 4:23:09 PM

HIS IceQ O.C (Black hole, not the X one) if it's me...

Since it not in the option well MSI get the vote....

edit: doesn't need to wait till 2013, if 660/660Ti from nv is out there will be price adjustment.... (lack of competition makes 78XX card still priced high)
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July 24, 2012 4:55:47 PM

Best answer selected by precursoris.
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