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Radeon HD7870 XT VS HD7870 GHz Edition Dual-X OC

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March 1, 2013 9:35:42 AM

Just to let anyone who is wondering know I have read the *How to Ask for Advice about Choosing a New GPU* post, however I will be ignoring that format since I have already made my decisions based on those questions. What I will say however(since it might help you even if we're talking about just 2 cards) is I have a Sirtec HP-500-A12S (V2.3) power supply and a AMD Athlon II X4 630 2.8Ghz CPU(I will be changing it in the future for a AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.40GHz).

So now it's down to one final decision one which card to actually purchase:
http://www.pcgarage.ro/placi-video/sapphire/radeon-hd78...
http://www.pcgarage.ro/placi-video/sapphire/radeon-hd78...

I would like to know which one is better mostly for gaming(and watching some hd movies on ocassion). I would like to get at least 60fps on 1920x1080 rez with everything on max, hopefully for at least the next 2-3 years in my games.
The main difference I notice beetwhen the 2 cards is the first one has a better processor speed(aka 1050Mhz) but the second one has a better memory speed(aka 6000Mhz). So which is more important for runing games, how do they work and what exactly do they do?
I would like detailed answers please(even if it gets technical) I am here to learn as well not just make a purchase. Answers like "I'd go with the first one." or "The second one is better." won't help me much.

Thank you everyone very much.

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March 1, 2013 9:48:33 AM

7870XT is actually a 7900 series chip with a crappy branding. Obviously the XT is a better choice as it has 256 more shaders and when overclocked comes close to or even with a stock 7950.

7870 > 1280 shaders, Pitcairn based GPU

7870XT > 1536 shaders, Tahiti based GPU.

Seeing as the are roughly the same price, I would choose the 7870 XT. I myself have a 7870 and its a great card, but if the XT was available at the same price i would have purchased that.
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March 1, 2013 10:51:20 AM

7870 XT all the way
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March 1, 2013 11:42:09 AM

The name "7870 XT" = "7930" would make better sense...

go with XT all the way...
March 2, 2013 9:04:20 PM

Well I was expecting something a bit more detailed but thank you, the popular opinion does seem to be on the XT side, so guess I'm gonna go with it.
March 2, 2013 9:38:00 PM

VIKINGSS said:
Well I was expecting something a bit more detailed but thank you, the popular opinion does seem to be on the XT side, so guess I'm gonna go with it.


how much more detailed do you want? I gave you the specs for each card, im sure you know how to google a review or 2.....
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