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Why is this Radeon HD 7970 so cheap?

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February 15, 2013 4:49:11 AM

I was looking to buy a Evga GTX 670 FTW for £299 in amazon.uk but i came across Gigatybe 7970 3GB OC and its only £308 with £381 price cut. Which one should i buy and also i was just curious in why the 7970 is so cheap. cheers

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a b U Graphics card
February 15, 2013 11:45:55 AM

AMD have cut prices on all their cards and have bundled them with games...
Go for the Radeon 7970...

And also which power supply do you have?
February 15, 2013 11:58:32 AM

yeah, you'll get 120 dollars worth of games with the 7970. plus, it's generally considered the better card. (if you go multi-card, Nvidia is better cause it has less microstuttering, but we're not discussing that)

and yeah, you'll need at least a 600w bronze for a system with that card, preferably a 700w psu.
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a c 185 U Graphics card
February 15, 2013 12:04:32 PM

Lol i wouldn't say that a 7970 is cheap but "desperate times call for desperate measures" lol just kidding!I think it's because they are always out there willing to sell their product less than NV and that way they make more sells maybe.
a b U Graphics card
February 15, 2013 12:05:18 PM

a good 650 bronze should do...
a b U Graphics card
February 15, 2013 12:07:52 PM

bigcyco1 said:
Lol i wouldn't say that a 7970 is cheap but "desperate times call for desperate measures" lol just kidding!I think it's because they are always out there willing to sell their product less than NV and that way they make more sells maybe.

exactly!

i dont think anyone will buy a 670 until nvidia lower prices... Their 670 and 680 are way off... 670 should drop to $330-350 and 680 should drop to $370-400 because we are getting top end radeons for $380...

The 660 Ti is priced fine though... $270 isnt very bad...
a c 79 U Graphics card
February 15, 2013 12:08:13 PM

timarp000 said:
a good 650 bronze should do...


CarolKarine said:
600w bronze .

what does psu efficiency have to do with it? As long as the psu has robust enough 12V rail it doesn't really matter how much it draws from the wall socket...
a b U Graphics card
February 15, 2013 12:28:36 PM

Kari said:
what does psu efficiency have to do with it? As long as the psu has robust enough 12V rail it doesn't really matter how much it draws from the wall socket...

when your power supply is on full load efficiency does matter...
a b U Graphics card
February 15, 2013 12:36:35 PM

timarp000 said:
i dont think anyone will buy a 670 until nvidia lower prices...

You underestimate the power of both fanboyism, brand familiarity, and personal preference (as well as needs). I agree the 670's overpriced, but people still buy them all the time.

timarp000 said:
when your power supply is on full load efficiency does matter...

It matters for your power bill and nothing else. Efficiency has nothing to do with how much the power supply can output, only how much it needs to draw to achieve that output. On this topic, a good 500W power supply is more than enough for a 7970, but I'm sure the OP can determine his needs better than we can.

@deiidarax: As others have said, the 7970 is the better of the two cards (for the most part); it's usually priced right around that of a 670, but outclasses its performance in games. That said, you should still look up benchmarks for the games you like to play most and see what you can expect from both.
a b U Graphics card
February 15, 2013 12:38:57 PM

mousseng said:
You underestimate the power of both fanboyism, brand familiarity, and personal preference (as well as needs). I agree the 670's overpriced, but people still buy them all the time.


It matters for your power bill and nothing else. Efficiency has nothing to do with how much the power supply can output, only how much it needs to draw to achieve that output. On this topic, a good 500W power supply is more than enough for a 7970, but I'm sure the OP can determine his needs better than we can.

@deiidarax: As others have said, the 7970 is the better of the two cards (for the most part); it's usually priced right around that of a 670, but outclasses its performance in games. That said, you should still look up benchmarks for the games you like to play most and see what you can expect from both.

i bought a gtx 660 ti and here i am recommending a radeon card... im not a fanboy... the 7970 has much better value now...
February 15, 2013 1:12:43 PM

thanks for the reply guys, I'm glad i found the HD7970 because its the latest card by amd and also only £10 cheaper than GTX670. cheers:) 

@timrap, I dont yet have a psu cuz i'm building a gaming pc. I think i will got for 500w psu by OCZ.

a b U Graphics card
February 15, 2013 1:26:14 PM

deiidarax said:
@timrap, I dont yet have a psu cuz i'm building a gaming pc. I think i will got for 500w psu by OCZ.

Please don't. There are much better power supplies available - I don't have a personal vendetta against OCZ, but their PSUs are not that great (unless you want to get into their top-of-the-line models). PC Power & Cooling (which is, ironically, owned by OCZ now) has a great modular 600W unit (the 500W model isn't advisable - it is, in actuality, a 450W unit).

There are other, cheaper alternatives as well: anything from Seasonic and XFX is high-quality; Antec and Corsair have some great power supplies, too (not every one of them - just most).
February 15, 2013 1:27:35 PM

Good call, the 7970 is significantly more capable than the GTX670 and absolutely worth the extra money. Plus expect AMD to fix the micro stuttering in future driver releases should you ever want to CrossFire like I have in future.
February 15, 2013 4:06:57 PM

@mousseng thanks again, i looked into corsair and has really good reviews on amazon. cheers :D 
February 17, 2013 2:04:22 AM

where is the best place to get one of these babies. I was initially going with a 7950 in my setup but a guide had a low enough price tag but I cannot find a good seller within my desirable price range
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