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What graphics card should i get? (7870 XT or 7950)

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February 7, 2013 1:37:02 AM

I would like to upgrade my graphics card to something that will be able to run all of the latest/upcoming games on max settings at 60fps. I only have one 1080p monitor and don't plan on using CrossFireX.

I was thinking about getting a Radeon HD 7870 XT card http://tinyurl.com/bab2zup but then i decided that i might spend the extra money to get a 7950. How much more performance would the 7950 have than the 7870 XT?

If i was to go with a 7950 which one should i pick? $330 Max http://tinyurl.com/akj6ue8


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February 7, 2013 1:47:08 AM

Considering your budget is 330 I'd go with the 7950 for

-Better overclockability
-384-bit bus
-3GB vs 2GB memory.

The one I'd go for is the Twin Frozr by MSi, it has a 7970 PCB for better overclocks and has a great cooler.
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February 7, 2013 4:04:21 AM

7950 all the way. The price difference from 7870 is worth it. And still in your budget range.

Regarding which 7950 from the list.. The best would probably the,
sapphire vapor x
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

the HIS Iceq x2.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But since both went over the budget.

Your best bet would be this one from sapphire.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Other brands and cards is fine though. You could check benchmarks to see if your choice performs well. But for my personal experience and reviews checked, those are fine.
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February 7, 2013 4:25:19 AM

I don't think people in this thread realize what the 7870 XT is. It's not a regular 7870 and it has almost identical performance to the 7950 at resolutions 1080p and below. I would say go for the 7870 XT.
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February 7, 2013 5:31:07 AM

7870xt is based on AMD’s Tahiti architecture with its 256-bit memory interface, and 1280 stream processors and 80 Texture units, unlike the remainder of the HD 7800 series that uses the Pitcairn architecture. Configured with 2GB of high speed GDDR5 memory running at 1500 MHz (6GHz effective) the SAPPPHIRE HD 7870 XT has a core clock of 925MHz which dynamically rises to 975MHz with PowerTune Boost, AMDs dynamic performance enhancement for games.

i think the only difference is 7950 is 3GB and 7870xt is 2GB

as nacos said you can barely measure any peformance difference at 1920x1080

but 7870xt has more powerful heatpipe and heatsinks which will give you more cooling performance, less power hungry and yes its produce less noise.

go for the 7870xt and save some money.

on newegg, they are giving free Bioshock & Tomb Raider game coupon on purchase.

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

you should go for it
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February 7, 2013 11:01:08 PM

I'm having a hard time deciding, i know that the 7870 XT is a great card but how will it compare to a 7950 (Vapor-X) in Crysis 3? (a game i plan on getting)

Will my PSU support the Vapor-X with 6pin/8pin http://tinyurl.com/2dkwmgy

*I just don't want to be disappointed with the 7870 XT*
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a b U Graphics card
February 8, 2013 1:42:06 AM

Afterall a 3 GB card is always better than a 2GB. when it comes with Vapor-x edition its really worth the price. it has a lots of room for overclocking. and yes its sexier too :p 

If you have the money then always go with the vapor-x edition.

And yes your PSU will definitely support a vapor-x 7950 card.

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February 8, 2013 2:08:14 AM

The 7800 series card will not offer Crysis 3 as the bundle, but the 7900 series will. You might as well get the 7950.

http://sites.amd.com/us/promo/never-settle/Pages/nsrelo...

Also I was watching this short documentary about Crysis 3 on youtube, there was this scene where one of the designers had the game running and said something like "this right here is already using 2.5GB of memory" .... errr now I can't remember exactly if he meant video or system memory.
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February 8, 2013 2:17:31 AM

ok, great! Thank you guys for your help! Now i will sit and wait until it becomes available, hopefully i will still be able to get the free games!

Now all i need to do is mod my case so that it will fit :??: 
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February 8, 2013 2:37:18 AM

Zergling Drone said:
The 7800 series card will not offer Crysis 3 as the bundle, but the 7900 series will. You might as well get the 7950.

http://sites.amd.com/us/promo/never-settle/Pages/nsrelo...

Also I was watching this short documentary about Crysis 3 on youtube, there was this scene where one of the designers had the game running and said something like "this right here is already using 2.5GB of memory" .... errr now I can't remember exactly if he meant video or system memory.

Hey "Zergling Drone" I found the video you mentioned.
Go to 3:50
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdGmH2AFvQo
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February 14, 2013 6:00:10 PM

Best answer selected by TheL1GHTSiDE.
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