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October 28, 2012 5:34:24 AM

My son wants the EVGA GTX 670 FTW $390 @Newegg and $370 after rebate. Before I buy him this card is it a good choice for 1920x1080p on ultra?

CPU: i5 3570K $170 On Sale @Micro Center
MOBO: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 $85 Bundle @Micro Center
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600Mhz $40 @Newegg
COOL: Hyper 212 Evo $27 @NCIX US
T-P: Arctic Silver 5 $10 @Newegg
OS: Windows 7 Home SP1 64-Bit $92 @Amazon
CASE: NZXT Tempest 410 $55 On Sale @Newegg
PSU: Corsair TX750 V2 $70 On Sale @Newegg
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $70 On Sale @Newegg

Total: $619

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October 28, 2012 6:11:16 AM

Uh.. I wouldn't get the overpriced EVGA.
Get the Gigabyte or ASUS if you want a 670.

Though I'd like to point out the 7970 outperforms it at about the same price as well.
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October 28, 2012 7:49:39 AM

7970 out performs gtx 680s now, in everything. even games that were better on nvidia before (like bf3.)

for the price it really is hard to suggest anything but a 7970
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October 28, 2012 1:50:10 PM

Sapphire 21197-00-40G Radeon HD 7970 3GB best card and it has 3GB more than he needs to handle a 1080P gaming and its only 10$ more than a 680 :) 
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October 28, 2012 1:58:36 PM
October 28, 2012 1:59:48 PM

That depends on how fast technology will evolve by then, but you can add another 7970 since your rig will support it.
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October 28, 2012 2:10:06 PM

Definitely not the 1st link.

All the others would perform about the same, their only differences are slight changes to stock clocks and their respective custom coolers.

Vapor-X is my personal favorite.
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October 28, 2012 2:17:44 PM

excella1221 said:
Definitely not the 1st link.

All the others would perform about the same, their only differences are slight changes to stock clocks and their respective custom coolers.

Vapor-X is my personal favorite.


Would the 7950 be just as good?
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October 28, 2012 2:34:51 PM

nsiders09 said:
Would this one be just as good as the Vapor X 7970?

ASUS HD7950-DC2T (People say thats the best for my single monitor resolution gaming)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


No it is one down from the Vapor-x HD7970, BUT can easily be overclocked well beyond the HD7970. I have the exact same card and mines performance is beyond that of a stock HD7970. THe HD7950's are IMO the best price for performance cards currently available.

My recommendation, take the HD7950 Vapor-x, it will run any game at 1920*1080 at max settings and if newer games can not, simply overclocking it by 20%.
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October 28, 2012 2:48:32 PM

Vapor-X all the way.
Was never really a fan of how ASUS overprices everything.
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October 28, 2012 2:55:06 PM

excella1221 said:
Vapor-X all the way.
Was never really a fan of how ASUS overprices everything.


Is it true that the Vapor X voltage is locked? If so would it be better to get the Sapphire FLEX 7950 or the Sapphire OC 7950?
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October 28, 2012 3:04:03 PM

I dunno hun, someone claims to have OC'd it to 1200MHz while the other claims its locked to 1000MHz.

It would be best to call Sapphire tech support.
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October 28, 2012 3:07:30 PM

excella1221 said:
I dunno hun, someone claims to have OC'd it to 1200MHz while the other claims its locked to 1000MHz.

It would be best to call Sapphire tech support.


Thank you will do! I'll probably go for the Sapphire Vapor X. Its base clock is 800mhz and boost is 950mhz? Does that mean its 800mhz stock and when you boost its 950mhz overclocked?
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October 28, 2012 3:20:10 PM

i think boost is similar to turbo mode in cpus, kind of a natural overclocking done when the part is being worked
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October 28, 2012 4:17:17 PM

pretty sure all 7970s come with 3 free games right now
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October 28, 2012 4:20:08 PM

A 670 or a 7970 will max out most current games at that res
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October 28, 2012 4:21:28 PM

neon neophyte said:
pretty sure all 7970s come with 3 free games right now
True but allot of 7970 have coil whine :ouch: 
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October 28, 2012 4:24:22 PM

coil whine is really hit or miss with any high end card, nvidia or amd
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October 28, 2012 4:26:11 PM

neon neophyte said:
coil whine is really hit or miss with any high end card, nvidia or amd
Might be i am not sure i just know allot of my friends 7970 have coil whine
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October 28, 2012 4:55:35 PM

nsiders09 said:
I really like that Sapphire Vapor X 7970 but is it worth the extra $140? How much better is it than the Vapor X 7950 for $330?
My son has the Vapor X 7950 it's pretty good he can max out most current games @1920 x 1080 it's about 10% slower then my 670 i really like his card ;)  Sapphire's HD 7950 Vapor-X comes with a large dual-fan cooler that uses the company's famous vapor-chamber technology. On the Vapor-X you will also find a "Lethal Boost" button which switches to a second BIOS with higher clock speeds. With this BIOS, clocks are increased to 950 MHz GPU and 1250 MHz memory.
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October 28, 2012 4:55:53 PM

on the question that the vapor-x is locked, yes and no. some of the models will give you a locked one. In order to unlock voltages on those specific occurances, you will have to bios flash the vapor-x into the normal 7950 bios.
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October 28, 2012 5:07:10 PM

dudewitbow said:
on the question that the vapor-x is locked, yes and no. some of the models will give you a locked one. In order to unlock voltages on those specific occurances, you will have to bios flash the vapor-x into the normal 7950 bios.
There is locked ones?That's bs i would be pissed nothing hacks can't fix i don't put up with this locking voltage non sense :lol: 
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October 28, 2012 5:12:07 PM

nsiders09 said:
I really like that Sapphire Vapor X 7970 but is it worth the extra $140? How much better is it than the Vapor X 7950 for $330?

thank the deities some sanity!

there is no need to get a 7970 for 1080. a 7870 (depending on the card) 670 or 7950 is all you NEED.
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October 28, 2012 5:20:19 PM

Well see you just have to know what your doing they can try to lock voltage all they want on 670 but in the end you just say fu i paid good money and do like this lol

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October 28, 2012 7:10:52 PM

Anonymous said:
thank the deities some sanity!

there is no need to get a 7970 for 1080. a 7870 (depending on the card) 670 or 7950 is all you NEED.


How long would the 7870 last before I have to upgrade it? Would it be a safer bet to just get the 7950? My son wont ever use more than one monitor and will never go past 1920x1080p resolution.
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October 29, 2012 12:21:08 AM

The 7950 would be your best bet. It performs close to the 670, and it overclocks like a beast.
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October 29, 2012 12:25:11 AM

excella1221 said:
The 7950 would be your best bet. It performs close to the 670, and it overclocks like a beast.
+1 i agree with her. ;) 
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October 29, 2012 12:40:02 AM

nsiders09 said:
How long would the 7870 last before I have to upgrade it? Would it be a safer bet to just get the 7950? My son wont ever use more than one monitor and will never go past 1920x1080p resolution.

the 7870 will do fine in any game with high/ultra settings for a playable frame rate (~45fps).
getting a "vanilla" sapphireOC isn't a bad deal for the performance and an MSI twin frzR is a good overclocker; also an asus DCII is a good purchase. the latter two can overclock close to a 7950's performance.

for the length of time the card will last does depend on what games you/son are playing or how demanding games become. what is also an option with the 7870 is it does crossfire extremely well (regardless of the naysayers of mulitcard configurations) and with your asrock extreme4 motherboard and PSU it would not be a problem to get another 7870 and crossfire for the performance of any single high end GPU card, for about the same price.

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October 29, 2012 6:28:23 PM

Once again I have an HD7950 Vapor-x and LOVING IT! It was not locked and hitting 1180MHz(albeit with high temps and not running this permanently.
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