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April 17, 2013 7:58:59 AM

Hey all,

Amazon has a great deal on this card right now, and seeing as my fan failed on my HD 4650 I'm WAAAY due for an upgrade, especially with my my old 4650 not supporting DX11 (wah wah wahhhhh). Tried Bioshock Infinite and my GPU was running at about 117 Celcius, so yeah, time to not do that ever again.

The reviews are hit or miss on this card, so I was hoping someone here would have some insight on if it's a good buy or not. Here's the deal:

$169.99 (Was $199.99)
+ a $15 Mail-In Rebate
+ You get Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, for free.

I figured for $155.99 that's a steal and from what i've seen in comparisons, it benchmarks very well at stock speeds (even though I plan on doing an OC).

Any opinions on the card? Alternatives for better performance at this price point?

Thanks everyone!!
a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2013 9:07:03 AM

At the price point that card is going to be hard to beat, Im not a huge fan of 1gb but its a good card for the price and it will overclock well.
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a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2013 9:31:14 AM

Check out gtx 660 and you get free Metro: Last Night

But if you cant go with that Sapphire. Its really cheap and good

Hope it helps!
April 17, 2013 9:34:17 AM

david cassar said:
You could also look at a gtx 660 for 13 bucks more. It has 2gb gddr5 and is faster.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Even after the rebate on the 660, it's still $30 more than the 7850, and I don't get Bioshock, Tomb Raider, and Far Cry 3....

I'm not picky about brands, but for the performance comparison + the awesome freebies, it just doesn't seem like a viable cost difference... :\

Thanks for the suggestion tho :) 
a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2013 9:36:55 AM

you actually don't get far cry 3, you get the expansion
a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2013 9:42:29 AM

never mind its a stand alone dlc so you can play it without far cry 3. Well the difference aswell is that the gtx 660 i like 10-15 frames faster and also has 2gb gddr5.
April 17, 2013 9:47:00 AM

david cassar said:
you actually don't get far cry 3, you get the expansion


Ah, I should have mentioned I already have Far Cry 3, and I would be getting the expansion ^^

Aside from that, I ran a side/side comparison of the 2 cards at GPUreview.com and from what I saw the only 2 benefits for the 2GB 660 over the HD 7850 was that the 660 had a higher Texture Fill Rate (Expected) and that it also had a higher Memory Clock (Also expected). Since I'm already planning on OCing the 7850, it kinda makes it moot I guess....

I've always gravitated to Radeons'....No idea why....They're Shiny? Who knows...
a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2013 10:04:11 AM

Loxius said:
david cassar said:
you actually don't get far cry 3, you get the expansion


Ah, I should have mentioned I already have Far Cry 3, and I would be getting the expansion ^^

Aside from that, I ran a side/side comparison of the 2 cards at GPUreview.com and from what I saw the only 2 benefits for the 2GB 660 over the HD 7850 was that the 660 had a higher Texture Fill Rate (Expected) and that it also had a higher Memory Clock (Also expected). Since I'm already planning on OCing the 7850, it kinda makes it moot I guess....

I've always gravitated to Radeons'....No idea why....They're Shiny? Who knows...


660 is better even in most of the amd favoured games. But it smites 7850 at some Nvidia favourized. Oh and have you seen 660s offering Metro: Last Night?

For shining you can check 660 msi twin frozr. Its made out of metal and if you turn it right you can make it shine. Or just take some good plastic... I might have took this shinynes too serious...
a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2013 10:05:30 AM

tadej petric said:
Loxius said:
david cassar said:
you actually don't get far cry 3, you get the expansion


Ah, I should have mentioned I already have Far Cry 3, and I would be getting the expansion ^^

Aside from that, I ran a side/side comparison of the 2 cards at GPUreview.com and from what I saw the only 2 benefits for the 2GB 660 over the HD 7850 was that the 660 had a higher Texture Fill Rate (Expected) and that it also had a higher Memory Clock (Also expected). Since I'm already planning on OCing the 7850, it kinda makes it moot I guess....

I've always gravitated to Radeons'....No idea why....They're Shiny? Who knows...


660 is better even in most of the amd favoured games. But it smites 7850 at some Nvidia favourized. Oh and have you seen 660s offering Metro: Last Night?

For shining you can check 660 msi twin frozr. Its made out of metal and if you turn it right you can make it shine. Or just take some good plastic... I might have took this shinynes too serious...

Last *light bro :p 
a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2013 10:10:30 AM

david cassar said:
tadej petric said:
Loxius said:
david cassar said:
you actually don't get far cry 3, you get the expansion


Ah, I should have mentioned I already have Far Cry 3, and I would be getting the expansion ^^

Aside from that, I ran a side/side comparison of the 2 cards at GPUreview.com and from what I saw the only 2 benefits for the 2GB 660 over the HD 7850 was that the 660 had a higher Texture Fill Rate (Expected) and that it also had a higher Memory Clock (Also expected). Since I'm already planning on OCing the 7850, it kinda makes it moot I guess....

I've always gravitated to Radeons'....No idea why....They're Shiny? Who knows...


660 is better even in most of the amd favoured games. But it smites 7850 at some Nvidia favourized. Oh and have you seen 660s offering Metro: Last Night?

For shining you can check 660 msi twin frozr. Its made out of metal and if you turn it right you can make it shine. Or just take some good plastic... I might have took this shinynes too serious...

Last *light bro :p 


:D  oops
But even that lighty thing is good.
April 17, 2013 10:29:17 AM

tadej petric said:
david cassar said:
tadej petric said:
Loxius said:
david cassar said:
you actually don't get far cry 3, you get the expansion


Ah, I should have mentioned I already have Far Cry 3, and I would be getting the expansion ^^

Aside from that, I ran a side/side comparison of the 2 cards at GPUreview.com and from what I saw the only 2 benefits for the 2GB 660 over the HD 7850 was that the 660 had a higher Texture Fill Rate (Expected) and that it also had a higher Memory Clock (Also expected). Since I'm already planning on OCing the 7850, it kinda makes it moot I guess....

I've always gravitated to Radeons'....No idea why....They're Shiny? Who knows...


660 is better even in most of the amd favoured games. But it smites 7850 at some Nvidia favourized. Oh and have you seen 660s offering Metro: Last Night?

For shining you can check 660 msi twin frozr. Its made out of metal and if you turn it right you can make it shine. Or just take some good plastic... I might have took this shinynes too serious...

Last *light bro :p 


:D  oops
But even that lighty thing is good.


LOL You guys are nuts!

Honestly for all I do, I'm just looking for smooth gaming/high FPS @ max settings... (Bioshock/Crysis/Far Cry...etc)

Oh, and it has to look sexy in my case...Don't have the plexi-panel and LED lighting for nothing ;) 
a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2013 10:31:16 AM

Loxius said:
tadej petric said:
david cassar said:
tadej petric said:
Loxius said:
david cassar said:
you actually don't get far cry 3, you get the expansion


Ah, I should have mentioned I already have Far Cry 3, and I would be getting the expansion ^^

Aside from that, I ran a side/side comparison of the 2 cards at GPUreview.com and from what I saw the only 2 benefits for the 2GB 660 over the HD 7850 was that the 660 had a higher Texture Fill Rate (Expected) and that it also had a higher Memory Clock (Also expected). Since I'm already planning on OCing the 7850, it kinda makes it moot I guess....

I've always gravitated to Radeons'....No idea why....They're Shiny? Who knows...


660 is better even in most of the amd favoured games. But it smites 7850 at some Nvidia favourized. Oh and have you seen 660s offering Metro: Last Night?

For shining you can check 660 msi twin frozr. Its made out of metal and if you turn it right you can make it shine. Or just take some good plastic... I might have took this shinynes too serious...

Last *light bro :p 


:D  oops
But even that lighty thing is good.


LOL You guys are nuts!

Honestly for all I do, I'm just looking for smooth gaming/high FPS @ max settings... (Bioshock/Crysis/Far Cry...etc)

Oh, and it has to look sexy in my case...Don't have the plexi-panel and LED lighting for nothing ;) 

What is the color of the pcb of your mobo
a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2013 10:38:02 AM

Loxius said:


LOL You guys are nuts!

Honestly for all I do, I'm just looking for smooth gaming/high FPS @ max settings... (Bioshock/Crysis/Far Cry...etc)

Oh, and it has to look sexy in my case...Don't have the plexi-panel and LED lighting for nothing ;) 


BTW nothing (I mean nothing) gets high fps at maxed crysis 3.
my favourite looking cards:


no lights


no lights


no lights


(almost) no lights

...

I might have gone a bit off course
a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2013 10:39:31 AM

tadej petric said:
Loxius said:


LOL You guys are nuts!

Honestly for all I do, I'm just looking for smooth gaming/high FPS @ max settings... (Bioshock/Crysis/Far Cry...etc)

Oh, and it has to look sexy in my case...Don't have the plexi-panel and LED lighting for nothing ;) 


BTW nothing (I mean nothing) gets high fps at maxed crysis 3.
my favourite looking cards:


no lights


no lights


no lights


(almost) no lights

...

I might have gone a bit off course


There are things which can max crysis a gtx titan. ;) 
a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2013 10:48:12 AM

david cassar said:
tadej petric said:
Loxius said:


LOL You guys are nuts!

Honestly for all I do, I'm just looking for smooth gaming/high FPS @ max settings... (Bioshock/Crysis/Far Cry...etc)

Oh, and it has to look sexy in my case...Don't have the plexi-panel and LED lighting for nothing ;) 


BTW nothing (I mean nothing) gets high fps at maxed crysis 3.
my favourite looking cards:


no lights


no lights


no lights


(almost) no lights

...

I might have gone a bit off course


There are things which can max crysis a gtx titan. ;) 


If you want to spend 2k for titan sli to run crysis 3 then just go ahead.

Oh and I would put pamela anderson up there but I would be banned/muted.
a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2013 10:50:12 AM

tadej petric said:
david cassar said:
tadej petric said:
Loxius said:


LOL You guys are nuts!

Honestly for all I do, I'm just looking for smooth gaming/high FPS @ max settings... (Bioshock/Crysis/Far Cry...etc)

Oh, and it has to look sexy in my case...Don't have the plexi-panel and LED lighting for nothing ;) 


BTW nothing (I mean nothing) gets high fps at maxed crysis 3.
my favourite looking cards:


no lights


no lights


no lights


(almost) no lights

...

I might have gone a bit off course


There are things which can max crysis a gtx titan. ;) 


If you want to spend 2k for titan sli to run crysis 3 then just go ahead.

Oh and I would put pamela anderson up there but I would be banned/muted.


A man can dream for that money
April 17, 2013 10:56:45 AM

Lol yeah a little off course. I think I'm going to stick with the 7850... I get good freebies and decent bang for the buck.

What can I expect in crysis 3 FPS wise with the 7850 and a basic OC?
a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2013 10:56:53 AM

david cassar said:
tadej petric said:
david cassar said:
tadej petric said:
Loxius said:


LOL You guys are nuts!

Honestly for all I do, I'm just looking for smooth gaming/high FPS @ max settings... (Bioshock/Crysis/Far Cry...etc)

Oh, and it has to look sexy in my case...Don't have the plexi-panel and LED lighting for nothing ;) 


BTW nothing (I mean nothing) gets high fps at maxed crysis 3.
my favourite looking cards:


no lights


no lights


no lights


(almost) no lights

...

I might have gone a bit off course


There are things which can max crysis a gtx titan. ;) 


If you want to spend 2k for titan sli to run crysis 3 then just go ahead.

Oh and I would put pamela anderson up there but I would be banned/muted.


A man can dream for that money


Challenge accepted!
a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2013 10:59:23 AM

Loxius said:
Lol yeah a little off course. I think I'm going to stick with the 7850... I get good freebies and decent bang for the buck.

What can I expect in crysis 3 FPS wise with the 7850 and a basic OC?


Crysis 3 high settings you will be looking at around 45-50 fps
Here is the link: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/03/26/nvidia_geforc...
April 17, 2013 11:04:51 AM

david cassar said:
Loxius said:
Lol yeah a little off course. I think I'm going to stick with the 7850... I get good freebies and decent bang for the buck.

What can I expect in crysis 3 FPS wise with the 7850 and a basic OC?


Crysis 3 high settings you will be looking at around 45-50 fps
Here is the link: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/03/26/nvidia_geforc...


That sounds more than playable :D 
a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2013 11:06:20 AM

Loxius said:
david cassar said:
Loxius said:
Lol yeah a little off course. I think I'm going to stick with the 7850... I get good freebies and decent bang for the buck.

What can I expect in crysis 3 FPS wise with the 7850 and a basic OC?


Crysis 3 high settings you will be looking at around 45-50 fps
Here is the link: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/03/26/nvidia_geforc...


That sounds more than playable :D 


Enjoy your new graphics card :D 
a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2013 11:16:29 AM

david cassar said:
Loxius said:
Lol yeah a little off course. I think I'm going to stick with the 7850... I get good freebies and decent bang for the buck.

What can I expect in crysis 3 FPS wise with the 7850 and a basic OC?


Crysis 3 high settings you will be looking at around 45-50 fps
Here is the link: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/03/26/nvidia_geforc...


http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/crysis-3-performance-benc...
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/crysis-3-performance-benc... - 7870 is laggy at very high
bit more reliable.
a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2013 11:19:45 AM

david cassar said:
tadej petric said:
Loxius said:


LOL You guys are nuts!

Honestly for all I do, I'm just looking for smooth gaming/high FPS @ max settings... (Bioshock/Crysis/Far Cry...etc)

Oh, and it has to look sexy in my case...Don't have the plexi-panel and LED lighting for nothing ;) 


BTW nothing (I mean nothing) gets high fps at maxed crysis 3.
my favourite looking cards:


no lights


no lights


no lights


(almost) no lights

...

I might have gone a bit off course


There are things which can max crysis a gtx titan. ;) 


http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/crysis-3-performance-benc...
a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2013 11:23:49 AM

tadej petric said:
david cassar said:
tadej petric said:
Loxius said:


LOL You guys are nuts!

Honestly for all I do, I'm just looking for smooth gaming/high FPS @ max settings... (Bioshock/Crysis/Far Cry...etc)

Oh, and it has to look sexy in my case...Don't have the plexi-panel and LED lighting for nothing ;) 


BTW nothing (I mean nothing) gets high fps at maxed crysis 3.
my favourite looking cards:


no lights


no lights


no lights


(almost) no lights

...

I might have gone a bit off course


There are things which can max crysis a gtx titan. ;) 


http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/crysis-3-performance-benc...


God damn:ouch: 
April 17, 2013 12:26:22 PM

david cassar said:
tadej petric said:
david cassar said:
tadej petric said:
Loxius said:


LOL You guys are nuts!

Honestly for all I do, I'm just looking for smooth gaming/high FPS @ max settings... (Bioshock/Crysis/Far Cry...etc)

Oh, and it has to look sexy in my case...Don't have the plexi-panel and LED lighting for nothing ;) 


BTW nothing (I mean nothing) gets high fps at maxed crysis 3.
my favourite looking cards:


no lights


no lights


no lights


(almost) no lights

...

I might have gone a bit off course


There are things which can max crysis a gtx titan. ;) 


http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/crysis-3-performance-benc...


God damn:ouch: 


I think I'm going to like it here. You guys are fun. :) 
a b U Graphics card
April 20, 2013 3:45:47 AM

Loxius said:
david cassar said:
tadej petric said:
david cassar said:
tadej petric said:
Loxius said:


LOL You guys are nuts!

Honestly for all I do, I'm just looking for smooth gaming/high FPS @ max settings... (Bioshock/Crysis/Far Cry...etc)

Oh, and it has to look sexy in my case...Don't have the plexi-panel and LED lighting for nothing ;) 


BTW nothing (I mean nothing) gets high fps at maxed crysis 3.
my favourite looking cards:


no lights


no lights


no lights


(almost) no lights

...

I might have gone a bit off course


There are things which can max crysis a gtx titan. ;) 


http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/crysis-3-performance-benc...


God damn:ouch: 


I think I'm going to like it here. You guys are fun. :) 


A bit of a heads up there is an asus hd 7850 2gb gddr5 for 169 bucks on amazon
a b U Graphics card
April 20, 2013 10:15:42 AM

Quote:
david cassar said:


I think I'm going to like it here. You guys are fun. :) 


A bit of a heads up there is an asus hd 7850 2gb gddr5 for 169 bucks on amazon


Go with it! Veryvery good card for low price!
April 20, 2013 10:45:17 AM

tadej petric said:
david cassar said:


I think I'm going to like it here. You guys are fun. :) 


A bit of a heads up there is an asus hd 7850 2gb gddr5 for 169 bucks on amazon


Go with it! Veryvery good card for low price![/quotemsg]

Ill check it out! I won't be buying till payday on the 29th though :( 
April 20, 2013 10:49:22 AM

tadej petric said:
david cassar said:


I think I'm going to like it here. You guys are fun. :) 


A bit of a heads up there is an asus hd 7850 2gb gddr5 for 169 bucks on amazon


Go with it! Veryvery good card for low price![/quotemsg]

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00AAF0ANC/ref=mp_s_a_1?q...

Sadly, I think it's price jumped... Unless you can post the link to it!
a b U Graphics card
April 20, 2013 10:55:06 AM

Loxius said:
tadej petric said:
david cassar said:


I think I'm going to like it here. You guys are fun. :) 


A bit of a heads up there is an asus hd 7850 2gb gddr5 for 169 bucks on amazon


Go with it! Veryvery good card for low price!


http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00AAF0ANC/ref=mp_s_a_1?q...

Sadly, I think it's price jumped... Unless you can post the link to it![/quotemsg]

Here you go : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008FSBJKE/ref=s9_simh...
April 20, 2013 11:23:38 AM

david cassar said:
Loxius said:
tadej petric said:
david cassar said:


I think I'm going to like it here. You guys are fun. :) 


A bit of a heads up there is an asus hd 7850 2gb gddr5 for 169 bucks on amazon


Go with it! Veryvery good card for low price!


http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00AAF0ANC/ref=mp_s_a_1?q...

Sadly, I think it's price jumped... Unless you can post the link to it!


Here you go : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008FSBJKE/ref=s9_simh...[/quotemsg]

Nice!! I think that made up my mind hahaha! Good lookin out peeps!
April 24, 2013 7:57:30 AM

david cassar said:
Loxius said:
tadej petric said:
david cassar said:


I think I'm going to like it here. You guys are fun. :) 


A bit of a heads up there is an asus hd 7850 2gb gddr5 for 169 bucks on amazon


Go with it! Veryvery good card for low price!


http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00AAF0ANC/ref=mp_s_a_1?q...

Sadly, I think it's price jumped... Unless you can post the link to it!


Here you go : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008FSBJKE/ref=s9_simh...[/quotemsg]

Ok, so, I know I keep flip-flopping. The closer the day gets, the more I don't know what I want. Here are my options, PLEASE tell me your technical advice:

Sapphire Radeon HD7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 (OC Edition) - $184.99 after rebate
MSI R7850 Twin Frozr 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 (OC Edition) - $180 after rebate
GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Edition (SuperClocked) - $169.99 after rebate

After looking at benchmarks.... the GTX 650 Ti Boost is looking pretty damn good...

Thoughts?
a b U Graphics card
April 24, 2013 8:14:48 AM

Loxius said:


Ok, so, I know I keep flip-flopping. The closer the day gets, the more I don't know what I want. Here are my options, PLEASE tell me your technical advice:

Sapphire Radeon HD7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 (OC Edition) - $184.99 after rebate
MSI R7850 Twin Frozr 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 (OC Edition) - $180 after rebate
GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Edition (SuperClocked) - $169.99 after rebate

After looking at benchmarks.... the GTX 650 Ti Boost is looking pretty damn good...

Thoughts?


7850 is better. 7870s are just a bit more expensive (usually) so it would be better.
But out of this cards I think that MSI would be better beacuse of better cooling.
April 24, 2013 8:20:38 AM

tadej petric said:
Loxius said:


Ok, so, I know I keep flip-flopping. The closer the day gets, the more I don't know what I want. Here are my options, PLEASE tell me your technical advice:

Sapphire Radeon HD7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 (OC Edition) - $184.99 after rebate
MSI R7850 Twin Frozr 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 (OC Edition) - $180 after rebate
GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Edition (SuperClocked) - $169.99 after rebate

After looking at benchmarks.... the GTX 650 Ti Boost is looking pretty damn good...

Thoughts?


7850 is better. 7870s are just a bit more expensive (usually) so it would be better.
But out of this cards I think that MSI would be better beacuse of better cooling.


Any reason to shy away from the SuperClocked 650 Ti Boost?
a b U Graphics card
April 24, 2013 8:34:43 AM

Loxius said:
tadej petric said:
Loxius said:


Ok, so, I know I keep flip-flopping. The closer the day gets, the more I don't know what I want. Here are my options, PLEASE tell me your technical advice:

Sapphire Radeon HD7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 (OC Edition) - $184.99 after rebate
MSI R7850 Twin Frozr 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 (OC Edition) - $180 after rebate
GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Edition (SuperClocked) - $169.99 after rebate

After looking at benchmarks.... the GTX 650 Ti Boost is looking pretty damn good...

Thoughts?


7850 is better. 7870s are just a bit more expensive (usually) so it would be better.
But out of this cards I think that MSI would be better beacuse of better cooling.


Any reason to shy away from the SuperClocked 650 Ti Boost?


Theyre good
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GTX_650_Ti_Boos...
But OCed 7850 will poop it.
April 24, 2013 8:47:42 AM

tadej petric said:
Loxius said:
tadej petric said:
Loxius said:


Ok, so, I know I keep flip-flopping. The closer the day gets, the more I don't know what I want. Here are my options, PLEASE tell me your technical advice:

Sapphire Radeon HD7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 (OC Edition) - $184.99 after rebate
MSI R7850 Twin Frozr 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 (OC Edition) - $180 after rebate
GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Edition (SuperClocked) - $169.99 after rebate

After looking at benchmarks.... the GTX 650 Ti Boost is looking pretty damn good...

Thoughts?


7850 is better. 7870s are just a bit more expensive (usually) so it would be better.
But out of this cards I think that MSI would be better beacuse of better cooling.


Any reason to shy away from the SuperClocked 650 Ti Boost?


Theyre good
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GTX_650_Ti_Boos...
But OCed 7850 will poop it.


I'm seeing a pretty big gap on those benchmarks @ stock clocking on the 7850. Do you have a benchmark chart for an OC'd 7850?
!