MSI Radeon 7870 HAWK Vs. HIS Radeon 7950 IceQ

I live in india and Im choosing b/w HIS IceQ 7950 and MSI 7870 HAWK.

HIS:
http://orders.ebay.in/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ImportHubViewItem&itemid=120966168090

MSI:
http://orders.ebay.in/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ImportHubViewItem&itemid=330762492120

There is a Rs.2000 difference which is 35$

Which one is quieter, cooler, faster and better warranty?

PS: I am Not considering the gtx 660 ti as im planning to game at high AA setting which the gtx 660 ti fails at due to 192bit memory bus.

NOTE : Everyone can vote 4 times, please vote once in each category.


Thanks In Advance :)
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  1. HIS 7950 is the best
  2. monu_08 said:
    HIS 7950 is the best

    Any reason(s)?

    Is it quieter than the msi card?
  3. 7950 is the best one as msi have 7870 i would go with card specification
  4. monu_08 said:
    7950 is the best one as msi have 7870 i would go with card specification

    Which one would be quieter?
  5. I dont really understand this comparison. Why are you looking at two different cards? You cant compare an apple to an orange then say which one is better.

    The 7950 is obviously the better card as far as performance goes, so if you have the extra money for the 7950 get it.

    A better comparison would be a 7950 MSI Hawk and a 7950 HIS IceQ
  6. dalmvern said:
    I dont really understand this comparison. Why are you looking at two different cards? The 7950 is obviously the better card as far as performance goes, so if you have the extra money for the 7950 get it.

    A better comparison would be a 7950 MSI Hawk and a 7950 HIS IceQ


    Yes, performance will be better, but by 5fps or something, i can afford the 7950 but i want to save cash.
    The real question is cooling, quietness etc not performance.
  7. ^^
    Performance wise the 7950 w/boost steps on the 7870, but the 7870 is OCed and Which one is Quieter?
  8. The 7950, when overclocked, is quite a lot faster than the 7870, even if the 7870 is overclocked. If I had to guess, the 7870 would be quieter, but I doubt that there is a significant difference in their noise/temperature characteristics. Both MSI and HIS make some great coolers and the power consumption of the two cards isn't too far off from each other. If you want more performance, then the 7950 is the better choice. If you want to spend less money, then the 7870 is the better choice.
  9. blazorthon said:
    The 7950, when overclocked, is quite a lot faster than the 7870, even if the 7870 is overclocked. If I had to guess, the 7870 would be quieter, but I doubt that there is a significant difference in their noise/temperature characteristics. Both MSI and HIS make some great coolers and the power consumption of the two cards isn't too far off from each other. If you want more performance, then the 7950 is the better choice. If you want to spend less money, then the 7870 is the better choice.

    I wont OC, isnt it risky and more heat is generated so higher fan rpm and ultimately more noise :P
    Will the 5-10fps make a difference while gaming?

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/548?vs=550

    I will be gaming at 1080p and single monitor.
  10. Will the 3gb of ram vs 2gb ram and 384bit vs 256bit ram make a difference in high levels of anti aliasing?
  11. timarp000 said:
    Will the 3gb of ram vs 2gb ram and 384bit vs 256bit ram make a difference in high levels of anti aliasing?


    The memory bandwidth difference will make a difference, but the capacity difference probably won't at 1080p.
  12. timarp000 said:
    I wont OC, isnt it risky and more heat is generated so higher fan rpm and ultimately more noise :P
    Will the 5-10fps make a difference while gaming?

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/548?vs=550

    I will be gaming at 1080p and single monitor.


    It's only risky if you do something stupid. It really isn't risky if you simply stick with guides and it isn't risky at all if you don't overvolt. Even if you don't overvolt, the 7950 still has a good 15-25% headroom or so, maybe more, so you could easily go from 40FPS to more than 50FPS. If you did overvolt it, then the difference in performance could reach for over 40% and still have room to go further if you get a decent model such as the HIS model (although I have heard problems of coil whine with an HIS 7950, I haven't experienced them with them when I've worked with it and nor has a friend of mine who has it).



  13. compared to:




    HIS 7950 wins. More power, cooler, quieter.


    And yes, all of that factors in to AA, but the biggest thing you need to look at is the Core clock and memory clock speeds.
  14. blazorthon said:
    It's only risky if you do something stupid. It really isn't risky if you simply stick with guides and it isn't risky at all if you don't overvolt. Even if you don't overvolt, the 7950 still has a good 15-25% headroom or so, maybe more, so you could easily go from 40FPS to more than 50FPS. If you did overvolt it, then the difference in performance could reach for over 40% and still have room to go further if you get a decent model such as the HIS model (although I have heard problems of coil whine with an HIS 7950, I haven't experienced them with them when I've worked with it and nor has a friend of mine who has it).

    do all HIS card have coil whines? Will the blower type cooler of the HIS card reduce ambient temperature?
  15. No, nothing will reduce AMBIENT temperature because its the AMBIENT temperature of the air. Air conditioning will change it.
  16. timarp000 said:
    do all HIS card have coil whines? Will the blower type cooler of the HIS card reduce ambient temperature?


    I said that the HIS 7950s that I've used didn't have coil whine, so they don't all have it. They usually don't, at least not in my experience, but I recently talked to someone who said that he had four bad HIS 7950s in a row (might have simply been bad customer service rather than bad card quality or just plain bad luck, but oh well). The HIS cooler probably won't help ambient temperature. The point of it is to cool the graphics card, not the rest of the system. It probably won't hurt ambient temps either because it blows the hot air outside of the case.
  17. blazorthon said:
    I said that the HIS 7950s that I've used didn't have coil whine, so they don't all have it. They usually don't. The HIS cooler probably won't help ambient temperature. The point of it is to cool the graphics card, not the rest of the system. It probably won't hurt ambient temps either because it blows the hot air outside of the case.

    I mean, reduce ambient temp. Vs the msi card as the HIS card exhausts air out the back
  18. timarp000 said:
    I mean, reduce ambient temp. Vs the msi card as the HIS card exhausts air out the back


    The HIS 7950 might be slightly better for ambient temps than the MSI 7870.
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