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7950 vs 6870CFX

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July 27, 2012 1:20:35 AM

Upgrading my PC in a couple of weeks. I'm going back and forth between getting 1 Radeon HD7950 or 2x Radeon HD6870. Which do you think would perform better. and can I even CFX with a PSU that's only 550w. I'm not planning to upgrade the PSU yet.

CM HAF X
AMD Phenom II X4 965
OCZ Fatal1ty 550w PSU
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB)
CM V6GT Cooler

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July 27, 2012 1:22:54 AM

Title is wrong* Its 7950 and 6870 x2
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a c 1363 U Graphics card
July 27, 2012 1:30:41 AM

Go with the single HD7950 at least there will be no micro stutter and performance not far of. 550watt would be low for the CF anyway.
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July 27, 2012 1:32:51 AM

To be honest you can handle almost any card with 500+ watts. To all power freaks I'm not saying it is The best option but it still would work. Some guy ran 560ti's OCed 2 HDD's and like tons of RAM with a 600w. It was also OCZ. But to answer your question I think I 6870x2 is better as most people compare the 6870x2 to a 7970. But you will probably get similar performance with either.
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a b U Graphics card
July 27, 2012 1:34:30 AM

HD 7950 for sure ?
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July 27, 2012 1:35:15 AM

Wait change that. I didn't realize you meant crossfire I thought you meant there was a 6870 double card. I would go with a 7950, it leaves more room for upgrade and uses less power.
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July 27, 2012 1:37:15 AM

7950 will beat 6870's x2 any day...i had both... lol currently have a 7950 overclocked past 7970 performance
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a b U Graphics card
July 27, 2012 2:40:07 AM

Personally I don't think your PSU is strong enough to crossfire HD 6870s.

I would definitely go with the HD 7950 but I am not sure of it's power requirement.

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July 27, 2012 7:25:51 AM

Ive heard that the 7xxx series has alot of driver issues. You guys experience anything?
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July 27, 2012 7:43:24 AM

Dankaru said:
Ive heard that the 7xxx series has alot of driver issues. You guys experience anything?



I havent, I just troubleshooted someones 7850 today pretty quickly. usually if there is something wrong with the stable driver, using another version/beta driver fixes it most of the time.
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a b U Graphics card
July 27, 2012 8:15:33 AM

Go for the 7950, can add 2nd 7950 later. Or even the 7870

No upgrade path getting 6870.

And a 650w PSU would be just fine.
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July 27, 2012 9:15:32 AM

The title of this topic has been edited by Pyree
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August 3, 2012 8:36:27 AM

Thx everyone for their input. I actually ended up getting a VisionTek 7970 got a deal on one for $389 at MicroCenter. It's running great. Playing ffxiv on my 5770 was really laggy. But with the 7970 I have the graphics turned up and everything is going great.
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August 3, 2012 7:42:31 PM

Dankaru said:
Thx everyone for their input. I actually ended up getting a VisionTek 7970 got a deal on one for $389 at MicroCenter. It's running great. Playing ffxiv on my 5770 was really laggy. But with the 7970 I have the graphics turned up and everything is going great.

nice move....
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August 4, 2012 8:33:59 AM

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August 4, 2012 9:11:26 AM

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