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Effect of Core Clock- 7950

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December 28, 2012 6:32:37 PM

I am in the market for a radeon 7950 and on newegg, there are many different ones.
I am only looking at the lower priced end of them and they all have different clock speeds but cost around the same... Which one is be for gaming?

I shouldn't be doing too much extreme overclocking on it because it so powerful already.

Which card is best?

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December 28, 2012 7:43:13 PM

I have the msi twin frozr one. It's in the cheaper bracket but I believe it has got the best overclocking ability and easier to overclock without any dangers. It has 2 fans which keep it cool. It's still great not overclocked. I also like the gigabyte one with 3 fans but they were not needed and take up too much room.
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December 28, 2012 8:09:18 PM

Thanks guys! iceclock- I don't think I will go for anything more that the 7950. It's not really matter of the extra $40 as much as it is that I really don't even need a 7950. I'm planning for my build and I wont be doing any more than one screen gaming on ultra at high/normal resolutions. I'm sure the 7950 could do that for years to come. Just future proofing. :) 

liverpoolf- I will take that into account

Anyone else have a vote?
December 28, 2012 8:12:17 PM

Twin Frozr is pretty much the best one there.
December 28, 2012 8:37:47 PM

I like the twin frozer for $320 or the HIS IceQ Boost for $300
December 28, 2012 8:42:13 PM

why is the 660 ti is ranked higher in all of Tom's charts than the 7950 and a lot of times even the 670 and 7970? Do I need anymore the the 7950 for normal gaming for a while?
a c 214 U Graphics card
December 28, 2012 8:47:57 PM

My vote is for the GTX670 but they don't have any good deals going on right now.That being the case I am also a fan of the Twin Frozr series.The cheapest option is the Sapphire but the cooler is still very good on it.Can't really go wrong with either.
a b U Graphics card
December 28, 2012 8:58:48 PM

yes the game bundle is worth it, but when overclocked the 7950 can equalize and beat the gtx 660ti depends on what card u get and how good the cooler is,

also the gtx 660ti is only really interesting if u get a better deal and the adaptive vsync, but i dont use vsync tbh and dont feel the need to use it :p 

December 28, 2012 9:01:20 PM

purple stank said:
Actually after reviewing some benchmarks the GTX660ti is most often slightly faster than the 7950.But it's cheaper.But I guess where your getting the big deal is with the AMD cards because of the game bundle.

That review looks like it is based on 1 game, with overclocked 660 Ti's agains stock AMD cards from back in August using old AMD drivers.
a b U Graphics card
December 28, 2012 9:02:25 PM

well the new nvidia drivers does increase the performance on the 600s nvidia line,

also the vsync is better on nvidia but i never use vsync so its not useful at all. well its useful to avoid screen tearing but i use ati vsync and works fine to me.

if you wanna know more about adaptive v-sync heres a good article:

i also just found this radeonpro, utility that gives u adaptive vsync on ati interesting.

December 28, 2012 10:26:57 PM

So the 660 ti is actually better? I think it might depend on monitor size and resolution because of the 3gb in the 7950 compared to the 660 ti's 2gb. Should I get a 660 ti instead?

Edit: After looking at purplestinks' links, it seems the 2 cards trade blows depending on the game..... Still is the 660 ti better? Most people would say the 7950 I would think.
a b U Graphics card
December 28, 2012 10:36:08 PM

both are good, depending on how much ur 7950 or 660gtx ti is overclocked and in what games, some games favour amd and some nvidia.

as stated before get whatevers cheaper where u live.

a c 214 U Graphics card
December 28, 2012 10:40:29 PM

I forgot the VRAM differences.That's probably the only reason why they are priced differently then.Seriously though that game bundle is really good.FarCry3 and Medal of Honor WarFighter make it totally worth it.Even if the GTX660ti is faster I would still go with the 7950 just cause of that bundle.
December 28, 2012 10:41:45 PM

So they both perform the same? What will new games favor?

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a b U Graphics card
December 28, 2012 10:58:37 PM

there both good caltiger, like ive said before, get whatevers cheaper tbh u wont be dissapointed.

December 28, 2012 11:06:14 PM

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