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December 10, 2012 11:24:08 AM

Im looking to purchase a new 7950. Not sure what to choose. What card would you go for and why?

1. SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100352VXSR Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

2. GIGABYTE GV-R795WF3-3GD Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card


Any other GPU suggestions?

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December 10, 2012 12:28:02 PM

I'd suggest saving money and grabbing a GTX660! Of those though, take the Gigabyte. I've owned three Sapphires and they all died within 6 months of the warranties expiring.
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December 10, 2012 12:35:08 PM

Avoid the GIGABYTE 7950.Three different friends of mine bought it and regret it coil whine bad sounds awful.Here example both the GIGABYTE 7950/7970 do it http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=w... Seriously cheaper is not always the same get the Vapor -X
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December 10, 2012 12:37:20 PM

i've read that the amd are outperforming
December 10, 2012 12:38:24 PM

is there any other 7950 you recommend??
December 10, 2012 12:45:04 PM

MSI's 7950, as another option, I have 2 Sapphire Vapor-x's in my build, you'll be fine.
December 10, 2012 12:45:21 PM

The 7950 does indeed deliver slightly better performance when v-sync isn't used, but it's not a massive difference on average and nVidia gives the advantage of adaptive v-sync.

V-sync (as in standard v-sync) is a technique used to manage framerates, so that if your framerate exceeds your monitor's refresh rate (typically 60Hz), you won't experience screen tearing. All cards support standard v-sync. The drawback is that if your card drops below 60fps, even just slightly, the framerate will be significantly reduced by v-sync. If your framerate drops below 60fps and you leave v-sync enabled to prevent tearing, standard v-sync (Radeon) will reduce performance, while adaptive v-sync (GeForce) will deliver smooth, fluid performance, since it won't restrict your framerate like standard v-sync does.

Check out http://www.hardocp.com/article/201 [...] y_review/3 for more details.

"With Adaptive VSync turned on, the feeling of the game felt smoother compared to regular VSync turned on. The performance felt much like the game felt with VSync turned off. This is the kind of technology we like to see which has improved the innate nature of the gameplay experience. If all you need is 60 FPS in a game for it to be playable, then why not just go ahead and cap the game there so it doesn't exceed your refresh rate. Then, if the game has to fall below that, allow the game to perform at its real-time actual framerate, and Adaptive VSync allows that. It really is the best of all worlds, with no drawbacks. We didn't find any negatives to using Adaptive VSync, and we tried it out in a handful of games."

If you go with the 7950 despite that, it would be good to grab an MSI or Asus model. Coil whine is not nice!
a c 185 U Graphics card
December 10, 2012 12:50:24 PM

absy84 said:
is there any other 7950 you recommend??
Asus or MSI ;) 
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December 10, 2012 1:41:41 PM

absy84 said:
is there any other 7950 you recommend??
XFX!
December 10, 2012 1:50:43 PM

chunkymonster said:
XFX!


I was almost gonna suggest XFX but I'm not 100% sure about the quality... I have one at the moment and I think the fan bearings are shot - pitch is constantly up and down and when the card is cold during boot, it's like a diesel engine. To be fair, it's a couple of years old now, but made me hesitate to recommend them.
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