Nice upgrade? A few questions as well.

So I just ordered this GPU http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=70088. (MSI Twin Frozer III 7950 3gb) Do you guys think I'll see a decent increase in performance over my current HD5870? Keep in mind that I am running a PHII X6 1090t @ 4.0ghz, 24/7. If I really need too I could push to 4.2ghz, but I don't like going over 1.5v on my v-core. lol. I kinda figure I will see a slight bottleneck, but will that be on the low end of FPS in games? I know the average and highs of FPS will probally be lowered slightly, but not so sure about the lowest points of FPS where it really matters.

So I've also been hearing about a bios update that came out back in August for HD7950 cards, that was supposed to add another 10% performance. Anyone know if this card has that bios, or will take that bios if I want to apply it? If so, then could you provide the link for the bios I would need to get. I tried looking for it but couldn't find it, so I'm thinking that the card may allready have the updated bios.

Any insight would be appreciated, thanks.
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  1. rolli59 said:



    Ya I know about he driver and am running it now on my 5870.(no difference on 5000 series cards though) I found out after that the 7950 is allready updated. It's the one that comes with the "boost" feature that was added by the newer bios. I also came across a cpu scaling artical that shows at 1080p I will only see about a 3-7% bottleneck at most, but that was on a phII x4 3.4ghz chip so it may be only a very minor bottleneck with me being at 4.0ghz at that resolution.

    Thanks for the responses though, I was just too lazy this morning to take the time to do more research.

    PS: For anyone that may of been asking the same questions about cpu bottlenecks on the 7900 series cards, here is the article I came across: http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/radeon_hd_7970_cpu_scaling_performance_review,1.html
  2. sincreator said:
    Ya I know about he driver and am running it now on my 5870.(no difference on 5000 series cards though) I found out after that the 7950 is allready updated. It's the one that comes with the "boost" feature that was added by the newer bios. I also came across a cpu scaling artical that shows at 1080p I will only see about a 3-7% bottleneck at most, but that was on a phII x4 3.4ghz chip so it may be only a very minor bottleneck with me being at 4.0ghz at that resolution.

    Thanks for the responses though, I was just too lazy this morning to take the time to do more research.

    PS: For anyone that may of been asking the same questions about cpu bottlenecks on the 7900 series cards, here is the article I came across: http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/radeon_hd_7970_cpu_scaling_performance_review,1.html

    Yep that article proves that the higher the resolution the more the games become GPU bound.
  3. edit: wrong thread will reply soon


    edit 2: yes, there will be a significant increase in gpu performance from a 5870( somewhere inbetween a 7770 and 7850's performance) and a 7950. its a pretty large jump in my opinion. as for the cpu issue, I would think you'd be fine for the most part. You wont have as good as FPS compared to 2nd/3rd gen i5 based systems, but it should still work.
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