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MSI Hd 7870 vs Gigabyte Hd 7870

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August 28, 2012 12:51:47 PM

Hey guys! It's time for a graphics card upgrade for me :) ! But I can't decide between these two cards....

http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Mini-Displayport-PCI-Exp...

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-R7870-TWIN-FROZR-2GD5/dp/B008...

Please advise me as to which one is better. I plan to maybe overclock a little. Currently I'm leaning towards the MSI card as I here good things about the cooler and its overclocking ability. The extra $'s isn't likely to break my budget but if it's not worth it then I don't want to spend it. Thanks guys!

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August 28, 2012 1:30:12 PM

I recommend you go with the Gigabyte or the Sapphire model for overclocking :) 
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August 28, 2012 3:37:58 PM

Really? :o  I was under the impression that the MSI model was the best for overclocking? BTW I'm not interested in overclocking from an academic viewpoint. I'm looking for a card that would preferably give me about 100+ fps out of the box in Dirt 3 on Ultra settings and 1920x1080. Would also like a good cooler to keep the temps down so that the reason for going for these models with the aftermarket coolers. So I would only overclock if it would give me considerably better fps and if those extra frames would make a real, observable difference. :)  Will look into the Gigabyte Sapphire overclock thing though!
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August 28, 2012 4:07:42 PM

bigbasedrum said:
Really? :o  I was under the impression that the MSI model was the best for overclocking? BTW I'm not interested in overclocking from an academic viewpoint. I'm looking for a card that would preferably give me about 100+ fps out of the box in Dirt 3 on Ultra settings and 1920x1080. Would also like a good cooler to keep the temps down so that the reason for going for these models with the aftermarket coolers. So I would only overclock if it would give me considerably better fps and if those extra frames would make a real, observable difference. :)  Will look into the Gigabyte Sapphire overclock thing though!


Haha yes :)  Afaik, Sapphire is the best for over clocking. I have a Sapphire 6950 2GB and it over clocks CRAZY! And its so quiet too! My personal opinion would be to go with the Sapphire. I've tried MSI cards but nope, I find Sapphire the best Radeon manufacturer.

The best cooler you can get is the Noctua D14 or DH14 whatever it is.

If you want a budget cooler which is nice too, then CM Hyper 212+ is a good choice :) 
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August 28, 2012 4:09:58 PM

haha check my pc specs i already have a Noctua...I was referrring to the GPU cooler :D 
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August 28, 2012 4:12:49 PM

bigbasedrum said:
haha check my pc specs i already have a Noctua...I was referrring to the GPU cooler :D 


Ooooooooops! haha sorry! You won't need a GPU cooler :) 
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August 28, 2012 4:17:47 PM

If you're willing to spend $300 on a graphics card, you might as well go with HD 7950/GTX 660 Ti!
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August 28, 2012 4:49:00 PM

I had the same argument 2 weeks ago. Then, I bought a MSI 660. I realized the 7870 just could not match the 660 and I didn't want buyers remorse.
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August 28, 2012 5:01:12 PM

Naah. 660 didn't turn out as expected. The 7950 is a BEAST though.
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August 28, 2012 5:19:56 PM

Well, it turned out exactly as I expected though.
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August 28, 2012 6:29:47 PM

I like the gigabyte you linked or the MSI HAWK 7870. both great coolers and build quality
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