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Best 7950 for overclocking?

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March 3, 2013 12:44:31 PM

Hey guys, i recently received my Achieva Shimian 1440p monitor and i now would like to upgrade my GPU.

My specs;
Phenom 965 BE 4ghz
msi twin frozr III 6950 2gb
4gb ddr 1333mhz ram
windows 7 ultimate 64
1tb barracuda 7200
asrock 970 extreme 3
600w corsair builder series C2

The games i play will consist of Crysis 3, farcry 3, BF3, BLR, Skyrim (including ENB and mods), PS2.
After a fair amount of research ive come to the conclusion that the 7950 will serve best for the price. I just want some more insight on the different versions of the card and especially which one overclocks best/easiest. I hope to hit 1200mhz so i get 680 speeds. Ive heard good things about the MSI 7950.
If anyone with there own 7950 could put how far they got the clocks to go would be a great help!

Thanks!

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March 3, 2013 12:51:05 PM

you will want to upgrade the CPU to stop bottlenecks. the psu can use a upgrade too if its older than 4 years, given the builder series are low quality compared to other offerings

this is the 7950 to go with. its the cheapest and pretty much the best
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
March 3, 2013 12:55:04 PM

My CPU wont be a bottleneck as its 4Ghz and has the NB OC to 2600mhz from 2000mhz+ that PSU is less than 1 year old and is easily enough for the 7950.
Otherwise thanks for the link.
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March 3, 2013 12:59:05 PM

Yes your CPU will bottleneck a little in CPU intensive games like Skyrim and BF3 MP. But not that much

The Sapphire HD 7950 Dual-X is the best in my opinion. Both of mine is at 1180 with no Voltage increase.

Forget the big troll... Even if your PSU is not the best. Its more than enough for the HD7950. And besides the builder series is pretty good anyway.
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March 3, 2013 12:59:28 PM

Yes your CPU will bottleneck a little in CPU intensive games like Skyrim and BF3 MP. But not that much

The Sapphire HD 7950 Dual-X is the best in my opinion. Both of mine is at 1180 with no Voltage increase.

Forget the big troll... Even if your PSU is not the best. Its more than enough for the HD7950. And besides the builder series is pretty good anyway.
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March 3, 2013 1:03:44 PM

yeah. its still going to bottleneck. overclocking mildly increases performance. doesnt get rid of bottlenecking. you are best to match the same gen of video card to the same gen of CPUs.

let say the 980 BE (3.7ghz) is compared to a 3570k from intel. the intel will perform miles better than the 980 BE. your choice if you want the upgrade or not.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/362?vs=701

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March 3, 2013 1:04:49 PM

you can get a seasonic xfx 550w for 53 bucks and it would be more efficient, more reliable, quieter, and supply steadier power
March 3, 2013 1:08:13 PM

Ye i realise there is a bottleneck but as u said its only in very CPU intensive games and negligible compared to paying for a new CPU.

Yer i always thought that PSU was good quality.

Thanks for the recommendation and nice clocks :D  Whats your memory clock at?
March 3, 2013 1:09:36 PM

TheBigTroll said:
you can get a seasonic xfx 550w for 53 bucks and it would be more efficient, more reliable, quieter, and supply steadier power


I dont need a new PSU........
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March 3, 2013 1:12:20 PM

benjanini61 said:
Ye i realise there is a bottleneck but as u said its only in very CPU intensive games and negligible compared to paying for a new CPU.

Yer i always thought that PSU was good quality.

Thanks for the recommendation and nice clocks :D  Whats your memory clock at?


1400. I can push it more but don't wanna add to much voltage voltage...
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March 3, 2013 1:18:44 PM

benjanini61 said:
I dont need a new PSU........


i was referring to a psu that you could have purchased instead
March 3, 2013 1:25:48 PM

TheBigTroll said:
i was referring to a psu that you could have purchased instead


Ahh i misunderstood sorry
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March 3, 2013 1:56:02 PM

The Gigabyte has known noise issues. It has coil whine. The XFX has a really bad cooler and will not OC near as much as you would want.

Those are LITERALLY the only HD7950s that I would not buy. LOL

MSI Lightning is great 2...
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March 3, 2013 1:57:42 PM

If you want to be able to OC well, the rule i not to go cheap. You need robust PCB and chip, the cheaper cards are cheaper for a reason...
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March 3, 2013 2:04:17 PM

my gigabyte is dead quiet but has a bit of coil whine during 100% loads

the xfx has a pretty good cooler. not sapphire level but still pretty good. the black edition is the same as the double dissipation but with a different pcb and a binned chip
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March 3, 2013 2:07:06 PM

the msi is pretty good. just a little on the louder side
March 3, 2013 2:29:05 PM

Cant find anywhere thats selling it.
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March 3, 2013 2:30:54 PM

Those 2 are the only ones I would ever consider on that site.
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March 3, 2013 2:41:03 PM

get the vapor x listed above. pretty much the best. the asus directcu is triple slot and cools about as well as a gigabyte
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March 3, 2013 2:41:13 PM

there are no lightning 7950s
March 3, 2013 2:42:09 PM

As long as the Vapox-X can overclock well than ill get that.
March 3, 2013 2:42:27 PM

is that not meant to say Vapor?
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March 3, 2013 2:43:11 PM

the vapor x will probably reach 1200mhz easily. they are binned and overclocked from the factory. the vapor x means that there is a vapour chamber inside
March 3, 2013 2:46:03 PM

Ok this card sounds great and ive decided to go with it! Cheers guys
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March 3, 2013 3:18:54 PM

benjanini61 said:
As long as the Vapox-X can overclock well than ill get that.


I wouldnt touch the vapor x not now anyways alot of people are complaining they are voltage locked.Best card for overclocking that ive seen in which ive owned quite alot of 7950's are the his ice-q 7950 followed by sapphire dual x.To whoever commented about having to buy a more expensive 7950 for it to overclock good is just flatout wrong.$289 for a his iceq when i bought mine and got it to 1175 mhz without touching voltage.oh and ya rag on xfx akk you want my reference 7970 xfx ive had close to a year 1200 mhz with no issues.All the brands are good really the one that i tend to not buy are the power color no reason really other then they seem to have alot of dead cards.
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March 3, 2013 3:45:12 PM

Yup, Vapor X are voltage locked which limits overclocks. I might be mistaken but I think that boost versions are also somewhat limited as well. I second Mikeem's suggestion of the Iceq HIS. The gigabyte one is good as well for temps. Good Luck.
March 3, 2013 3:54:21 PM

Your both wrong, if you change the bios switch on the card and then get the latest Trixx beta the voltage if fully unlocked
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March 4, 2013 12:38:52 AM

benjanini61 said:
Your both wrong, if you change the bios switch on the card and then get the latest Trixx beta the voltage if fully unlocked


Some are unlocked some arent its luck of the draw.If the voltage is locked on one bios it will be on the other to.The only difference is one is a boost bios and the other is stock.Ive owned one and the one i got was locked on both bios
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