Hello TH Forum community.... I want to pick up a Radeon HD 7950 so I headed over to NewEgg and started my search. I really like the look of the XFX line and have heard really good things about their warranty / support. However I ran into a problem that has really caused me to question a few things:
1. If you go to newegg and search "XFX Radeon HD 7950" you get a return of 5 items
I think my biggest concern is that while I love dealing with NewEgg I don't trust there spec list and compare because I have found a number of issues with them in the past.
The idea that the "TDFC" model is $30.00 more for a slightly smaller card and 1 less Dual Link DVI connect is very strange to me
As for the feature list I find it very hard to think they would sell a card without the standard feature set of all current Radeon HD cards so it has to be an oversight from NewEgg
Then add in the fact that the Black Edition OC card is less than the "TDFC" model really doesn't add up at all... unless this OC card has been out longer and had a ton of issues so they are trying to clear out their stock.
• Has any one heard of negative issues with the XFX Black Edition 7950 cards?
• What are your thoughts on which of these cards should be purchased?
Sorry, my bad again ; i've been looking for maybe an hour now if i could find a reason for the price difference ( can't stand not finding it ) and got some cards mixed up in the process i'm afraid, the 2 year is for the one with 1 fan
OK boys and girls... I finally think I got my head around this question.
All XFX 7950 cards on Neweggs site are CURRENT but they DO NOT make sense for price points so it might be a great time to buy if you are in the market.
This is a Factory Clocked 7950 @ 800MHz - Double D Cooled @ $319.99
It has 2 DVI connections and is 10.8" Long
This is a Factory Clocked 7950 @ 800 MHz - Double D Cooled @ 349.99
It has 1 DVI connection and is 10.5" Long
Let's stop right there for a moment... Both cards are current and the only difference is an extra DVI Connection and .3" in length.
For me it is simple... pay $30.00 less for more with the FX-795A-TDJC (THERE IS NO OTHER DIFFERENCE)
I went line by line on XFX's website and saw no difference at all - because none is listed with the exception of an extra DVI for a .3" longer card (SAVE THE $30 bucks)
OK let's move on
Now this is the Black Edition Card - Factory Clocked at 900 MHz with the 10.5" length and single DVI connection. It is the more expensive non black edition card (listed above) but Over Clocked... nothing else is different @ - $339.99
All 3 are Lifetime Warranty with Registration within 30 Days of purchase...
So which card to get?
If you want 2 DVI Connections then your choice is simple = The FX-795A-TDJC which is less than either of the other two Double D Cards out.
If you don't care about 2 DVI Connections but care more about power then it is simple = The FX-795A-TDBC Black Edition for only $339.99 (still cheaper than the non Black Edition single DVI card - WoW)
Then there are the two Single Fan (Non Double D) 7950 Cards from XFX... personally I wouldn't buy them cause the Double D is nice to have and really does matter for cooling but anyway...at least they make sense in price point...
This is a standard 7950 @ 800 MHz from the factory with only 1 DVI and 1 Cooling
fan - it cost $319.99
This is a Black Edition Single Fan 7950 @ 900 MHz with 1 DVI and 1 Cooling Fan
it cost $329.99
Both of the Single Fan (NON DOUBLE D) Cards come with ONLY a 2 year warranty... SO NOT ALL BLACK EDITION CARDS COME WITH LIFETIME WARRANTY
So why else would I never buy the FX-795A-TNFC Single Cooling Fan Card?
How about because I can get the DOUBLE D VERSION WITH AN EXTRA DVI CONNECT for the SAME PRICE... man my head is spinning
I hope this helps all that were involved in this post... lol