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So... what the hell is a GHZ edition anyway ?

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September 5, 2012 7:49:30 PM

I was shopping for an upgrade to an old PC I had here for a while which I'm gonna connect to my TV to watch movies and play some games. I decided to go with a 7870, but also noticed all these Ghz edition 7870s which are priced significantly higher. What the hell is a Ghz edition and why is it that much more expensive ?

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September 5, 2012 8:06:06 PM

I don't really know about these GHz edition things, but if you tell me the specs of your PC, I can tell you if upgrading your card will actually have any affect.

It could be you have an old, but top-of-ze-range card with a crummy processor (8800GTX and a pentium 4, por ejemplo), in which case you'd see a vast improvement with buying a new CPU, Mobo and RAM.
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September 5, 2012 8:12:21 PM

ghz edition = core clock running at 1ghz
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September 5, 2012 8:12:43 PM

Had an Athlon II x3 455 paired with a Radeon 5770. The processor will eventually be upgraded to a Phenom X4 or an FX when the funds are available.
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September 5, 2012 8:40:38 PM

Current GHz edition cards are just clocked higher than the same cards were when they were originally released. If you plan to overclock, ghz edition cards are a waste of money since they don't really provide overclocking to higher frequencies.
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September 5, 2012 8:59:12 PM

I definitely intend to overclock this myself, I won't waste my money on this. Thank you very much for the answer.
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September 5, 2012 8:59:15 PM

GHZ cards have higher binned GPU cores in them. Not just factory OCed.
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September 5, 2012 8:59:33 PM

Best answer selected by Elheriel.
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September 5, 2012 9:52:02 PM

i dont remember a 7870 being released that wasnt running at 1ghz
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September 6, 2012 12:05:31 AM

vrumor said:
GHZ cards have higher binned GPU cores in them. Not just factory OCed.

Well, at Hardocp they did not find a GHz edition 7970 to overclock any higher than the regular 7970. It's like FX8150 vs. 8120, should overclock to similar frequencies overall.
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September 6, 2012 1:57:26 AM

AMD released GHz editions of cards to better match up to Nvidia offerings out of the box. They are the same silicon.
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September 6, 2012 7:49:04 AM

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