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I'm considering getting a Radeon HD 7950; very good choice?

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October 9, 2012 1:21:12 AM

I'm considering getting a Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 with 3 GB of RAM on the GPU. Here is the product: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Is the 7950 model of cards a real good way to go with AMD GPUs? Is this Gigabyte 7950 one of the best 7950 cards out there? Is this card significantly quieter than the Radeon 7950 that served as a model to manufacturers who developed their own 7950 GPUs? Do I have to worry about issues with heat? Also, I will make sure to buy a case that can fit this card well.
October 9, 2012 10:06:30 AM

Dubnoman said:
I'm considering getting a Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 with 3 GB of RAM on the GPU. Here is the product: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Is the 7950 model of cards a real good way to go with AMD GPUs? Is this Gigabyte 7950 one of the best 7950 cards out there? Is this card significantly quieter than the Radeon 7950 that served as a model to manufacturers who developed their own 7950 GPUs? Do I have to worry about issues with heat? Also, I will make sure to buy a case that can fit this card well.


2 weeks back i have bought Asus HD 7970. If money is not the constraint then go for the best in the market. Not much reviews to share about AMD GPUS as from the begining i am an Intel fan.
Gigabyte , sapphire, asus. Buy any of these.
About the heat issues i prefer a card which which force the heated air outside the cabinet like the 1 i have Asus HD 7970. Unless u have good air flow management inside your cainet.
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October 9, 2012 10:35:52 AM

A good product. Good cooling and pretty decent features.

7950 is a way to go. It's just $20 and for some models it's even just $300 more compared to a 660 Ti and it is pretty much faster.
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October 9, 2012 9:35:06 PM

HIS 7950 IceQ Turbo is the Best choice if you want a card that pushes hot air out the back of your case.
Disregarding that fact, it is still a top choice of the 7950's available for cooling performance and noise levels.

Check out this :

Tom's 7950 Noise Comparison

But I hear in the US the top end HIS version is not available... but the normal one could still be OC'd of course ;) 
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October 9, 2012 11:33:02 PM

hotskots said:
2 weeks back i have bought Asus HD 7970. If money is not the constraint then go for the best in the market. Not much reviews to share about AMD GPUS as from the begining i am an Intel fan.
Gigabyte , sapphire, asus. Buy any of these.
About the heat issues i prefer a card which which force the heated air outside the cabinet like the 1 i have Asus HD 7970. Unless u have good air flow management inside your cainet.



What is the price difference between a 7970 and a 7950? How much better is a 7970 compared to a 7950? Does the extra cost justify the performance gain?

I am under the impression that a 7970 is about $200 more.

Edit: Ah, I was wrong. It turns out it is about $85 more.
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October 10, 2012 1:22:07 AM

I would be more concerned with what the rest of your system is like.whether or not you will be holding that card back.
Whats your system specs?
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October 10, 2012 3:17:03 AM

Dubnoman said:
What is the price difference between a 7970 and a 7950? How much better is a 7970 compared to a 7950? Does the extra cost justify the performance gain?

I am under the impression that a 7970 is about $200 more.

Edit: Ah, I was wrong. It turns out it is about $85 more.


Ofcource there would be performance difference. Thats why we have 2 seperate cards ;) 

In my case as well, before buying 7970 i have considered 7950 DC2T but after much research and all i found out that factory overclocked is not always stable . so i prefered to buy unOC version of card as currently i can play any game without any CPU/GPU OC, In future if required i can do requisite OC.
Also in this money difference (85$) i have preferred to buy the simplest/best in the market.
If money is a constraint then go for 7950 DC2 (unOC version) not DC2T.

MyConfiguration:

Asus HD 7970
Intel i5 2500k - Stock HSF
Asus P8Z68 V LE
Cosair SSD 120 GB + 1TB WD
8 GB Cosair Vengence RAM
Elite 430 black
2 intake fans (CM extra flow 120 mm) - Front and at the side
3 exhaust (CM 120 mm) - 2 Up and 1 at the back
Rockman Deepcool Fan controller
Cosair TX 750 PSU

Share your Specs as well.
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October 10, 2012 3:48:37 AM

hotskots said:
Ofcource there would be performance difference. Thats why we have 2 seperate cards ;) 

In my case as well, before buying 7970 i have considered 7950 DC2T but after much research and all i found out that factory overclocked is not always stable . so i prefered to buy unOC version of card as currently i can play any game without any CPU/GPU OC, In future if required i can do requisite OC.
Also in this money difference (85$) i have preferred to buy the simplest/best in the market.
If money is a constraint then go for 7950 DC2 (unOC version) not DC2T.

MyConfiguration:

Asus HD 7970
Intel i5 2500k - Stock HSF
Asus P8Z68 V LE
Cosair SSD 120 GB + 1TB WD
8 GB Cosair Vengence RAM
Elite 430 black
2 intake fans (CM extra flow 120 mm) - Front and at the side
3 exhaust (CM 120 mm) - 2 Up and 1 at the back
Rockman Deepcool Fan controller
Cosair TX 750 PSU

Share your Specs as well.



I'll post some of the specs of the system I'm planning to have.

Does anyone know offhand if this Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 from the OP is factory Overclocked? I'd rather just get one that is not overclocked. Here is the link again: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Specs of the system I want:

Intel i5 3570K
Asus P8Z77-V LGA 1155 motherboard
Seasonic X-Series 850W PSU 80 Plus Gold
8 GB DDR3 1600 RAM Corsair Vengeance
Corsair Obsidian Series 550D case
A Blu-ray drive
A DVD drive (capable of writing data on dual layer DVDs)
Samsung 830 Series 256 GB SSD
Samsung Spinpoint 1 TB HDD
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler

So, should I go with that Gigabyte 7950 or should I choose the Gigabyte 7970? I'd choose this 7970 from Gigabyte: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'll probably upgrade two AMD GPU generations later, maybe three. Btw, that Gigabyte 7970 isn't factory overclocked, is it?
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October 10, 2012 8:14:04 AM

Dubnoman said:
I'll post some of the specs of the system I'm planning to have.

Does anyone know offhand if this Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 from the OP is factory Overclocked? I'd rather just get one that is not overclocked. Here is the link again: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Specs of the system I want:

Intel i5 3570K
Asus P8Z77-V LGA 1155 motherboard
Seasonic X-Series 850W PSU 80 Plus Gold
8 GB DDR3 1600 RAM Corsair Vengeance
Corsair Obsidian Series 550D case
A Blu-ray drive
A DVD drive (capable of writing data on dual layer DVDs)
Samsung 830 Series 256 GB SSD
Samsung Spinpoint 1 TB HDD
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler

So, should I go with that Gigabyte 7950 or should I choose the Gigabyte 7970? I'd choose this 7970 from Gigabyte: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'll probably upgrade two AMD GPU generations later, maybe three. Btw, that Gigabyte 7970 isn't factory overclocked, is it?


This is an OC version. Please read the reviews under feeback tab in newegg. A litle dissapointing.
Why dont you go with Asus..
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