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December 14, 2012 4:05:31 PM

7850 or 7950
The website I use is overclockers.co.uk and the difference between these cards is about 100 pounds.

I will be upgrading from a 4870.

I plan to run the latest games on ultra settings @1080p

Will a 7850 suffice for that or will I need a 7950, I can afford a 7950 but I dont want to waste my if I dont have to.

I'll be looking to overclock the card too whichever I get.

Thanks in advance.

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December 14, 2012 4:12:00 PM

K1ash3r said:
7850 or 7950
The website I use is overclockers.co.uk and the difference between these cards is about 100 pounds.

I will be upgrading from a 4870.

I plan to run the latest games on ultra settings @1080p

Will a 7850 suffice for that or will I need a 7950, I can afford a 7950 but I dont want to waste my if I dont have to.

I'll be looking to overclock the card too whichever I get.

Thanks in advance.


Hi, the 7950 its famous for being VERY overclock friendly, so yeah, if you want to play everything on ultra go for the 7950 it's worth it, also if you are willing to spend around $30+ maybe you should consider the gtx 670, hope it helps you n.n
December 14, 2012 9:56:56 PM

Dnx said:
Hi, the 7950 its famous for being VERY overclock friendly, so yeah, if you want to play everything on ultra go for the 7950 it's worth it, also if you are willing to spend around $30+ maybe you should consider the gtx 670, hope it helps you n.n


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December 14, 2012 11:09:51 PM

7950 is way better than 7850.
In 7850 you'll not be able to play all new games on Ultra 1080p.
But in 7950 you'll easily crank them all.

But I recommend you to get GTX 660 Ti
December 15, 2012 12:48:51 AM

Sumukh_Bhagat said:
7950 is way better than 7850.
In 7850 you'll not be able to play all new games on Ultra 1080p.
But in 7950 you'll easily crank them all.

But I recommend you to get GTX 660 Ti


Why do you say GTX 660 Ti is better, btw If I get the 7950 I'll overclock it
December 15, 2012 1:48:21 AM

K1ash3r said:
Why do you say GTX 660 Ti is better, btw If I get the 7950 I'll overclock it


the 7950 its better than the gtx 660ti, and like i said spend some more and get the 670 with oc it will perform at the level of a 680.
December 15, 2012 2:31:59 AM

K1ash3r said:
Why do you say GTX 660 Ti is better, btw If I get the 7950 I'll overclock it


First of all, I'm not a fanboy of Nvidia or AMD.

I'll just choose GTX 660 Ti over 7950 to ensure a smooth gameplay. I'm not Saying that 7950 runs crappy.

Why GTX 660 Ti will run smooth in any case?
Because Nvidia offers Features like TXAA, Adaptive V-sync and much more.
These features actually enhance your gameplay. It ensures that your Game doesn't lags at all.


I myself own a Nvidia card (GTX 660) with these Features.
I really enjoy the card and now don't regret of getting a 7870. ;) 
December 15, 2012 3:04:58 AM

Yup, it don't.
But fps is not the perfect way to measure a Card.

The smoothness is the key.
fps doesn't tell you the smoothness.
December 15, 2012 3:08:25 AM

Sumukh_Bhagat said:
Yup, it don't.
But fps is not the perfect way to measure a Card.

The smoothness is the key.
fps doesn't tell you the smoothness.


Well FPS (Frames Per Second) is a measurement of how many frames is displayed every 1000 ms so it would be the biggest factor in wether or not the application would be 'smooth' or not.
December 15, 2012 3:09:36 AM

The people recommending the 660Ti are mostly referring to Techspot's recent review with a frametime graph. The 660Ti supposedly delivers more consistent framerates, and by more consistent we are talking about spikes of 10 milliseconds for the 660Ti vs. spikes of 20 milliseconds for the 7950. Truth be told, you likely won't see the difference in the real world between the two cards.

As for Nvidia exclusive features, TXAA is only supported by a grand total of three games (The Secret World, Assassin's Creed 3, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2) All TXAA does is reduce the performance hit that AA exacts, which the 660 and 660Ti really need because they don't perform well if you crank up the AA. Problem is, only 3 games support TXAA, so in most games you are left out in the lurch when it comes to AA if you want lots of it.

PhysX isn't supported by many games either (though it at least has more than 3 games supporting it). Basically you have two major titles each year plus a couple of obscure indie games each year that adopt the feature. The vast majority of games don't support it. You can find a list of games that do support PhysX here.

As for Adaptive Vsync, you can use utilties like D3DOverrider or RadeonPro to force triple buffering, which greatly improves vsync performance on the Radeon cards. Or just use MSI Afterburner to cap your framerate at 60FPS if you don't mind tearing, and really, really don't want lag from Vsync.
December 15, 2012 3:14:58 AM

V-sync isn't just Limiting fps to 60. It prevents game from tearing or lagging.
That ensures its smoothness.

Radeon cards just don't give better V-sync than the Nvidia. Those 3rd party Softwares won't perform like Nvidia cards.
December 15, 2012 3:24:31 AM

Yeah, and slightly better vsync performance does not make up for Nvidia's poorer AA performance, and the 660Ti's overinflated asking price IMO. For $300 you get a card that performs closer to the 7870 than the 7950. I don't think it's worth effectively paying a $50 premium just for the privilege of slightly improved Vsync. If the OP really wanted an Nvidia card, I'd recommend the plain GTX 660 and recommend he spend the extra $60 to 80 on something else.
December 15, 2012 3:32:10 AM

Thats something related to Place.
Here (India) GTX 660 Ti is even cheaper than 7870 & 7950.
And GTX 660 is a little more costly than the 7850 2GB Cards.

7870 is a little cheaper than 7950 (Making it totally useless to buy).

But I'm not saying that 7870 or any other Radeon card suck.
Just telling you my opinion. I'd rather be on the safe side when buying a costly Card.


December 15, 2012 9:06:28 AM

+1 to Sumukh there - I'd be happy to discuss/argue the case for frame latency benchmarking if necessary. +1 also to Supernova that the GTX660 and GTX670 are stronger price/performance points in nVidia's lineup, though I'd personally be very happy to own a 660 Ti.
December 15, 2012 11:02:29 AM

I ended up getting a sapphire 7950 vapor x, planing on ocing it to 1100mhz+, prices for me are about the same for both cards, England.
December 15, 2012 11:48:52 AM

Please share your experience here. Like fps and lag, if any.
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