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7850 vs. 7870?

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December 5, 2012 4:23:32 AM

Alright, I still can't decide between these two cards.
I'm wondering if the 7870's performance increase is even better, or worth it.
I'm inbetween the HIS IceQ X Turbo 7850, and the HIS IceQ 7870 Ghz Edition (not IceQ X).

7850:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

7870:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or should I even bother with the Turbo edition at all (kinda has low reviews on Newegg, you can see from the link I gave), being that I can overclock it with MSI Afterburner. Or should I get the 7850 because it's already factory OC'd to the 7870's 1000MHz... even with a 1024 stream processors vs the 1280...

So, is the $25 worth the 7870? Is it that much better to spend $25 more?

CPU: AMD FX 6100 6 core OC'd to 4.1GHz. MB: ASUS M5A97 EVO RAM: 8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport mid speed GPU: HIS IceQ X 6870 PSU: Thermaltake TR2 600w

Thanks guys!

Purpose: I want to run Skyrim on Ultra with AA, BF3 on mixed high and ultra, Blacklight Retribution on Ultra/max, and want this to be full proof for Rome 2 next year!!! All at 1080p, however. Also, editing in Camtasia Studio.

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December 5, 2012 4:27:37 AM

you'd want the 7870 and OC it if you want to play bf3 ultra. I don't think that 7850 is worth the money but the 7870 is decent.
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a c 185 U Graphics card
December 5, 2012 4:39:29 AM

7870 get's my vote.I would not bother with a 7850.It's barley any faster then a 560 ti.
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December 5, 2012 4:54:36 AM

7870 is a clear winner, just get it. Its totally worth $25 extra...!!
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a b U Graphics card
December 5, 2012 10:15:17 AM

I have a GTX 660 myself and think that if here (India) the prices would be same then I would have bought a 7870 instead.

But 7870 is even costlier than GTX 660 Ti & Radeon 7950 here. :lol: 

So, I would say get a GTX 660 Ti if you can, or get that 7870.
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December 5, 2012 10:33:07 AM

Sumukh_Bhagat said:
I have a GTX 660 myself and think that if here (India) the prices would be same then I would have bought a 7870 instead.

But 7870 is even costlier than GTX 660 Ti & Radeon 7950 here. :lol: 

So, I would say get a GTX 660 Ti if you can, or get that 7870.


You shouldn't regret your purchase - you wouldn't be able to see any performance improvement without a framerate counter. If you use v-sync, you'll actually be getting noticeably smoother performance when you're below 60fps due to adaptive v-sync on your GeForce not restricting framerates.

EDIT: Don't forget to update to those 310.70 drivers, performance boosts from 5% up to 20% - worth having.
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