Choosing a new Graphics card has never been so difficult.
This seems extremely competitive when pitted against the £70 - 90 extra I would be paying on a DCUII or Twin Frozr III 7950.
It also seems viable when taken into account that Overclocking one of these will keep it higher than a stock 7950 and get it on par with the £450 7970.
It makes the 7870 almost completely redundant as despite its excellent performance and OCability, an OC'd 7870 wouldn't stand up to an OC'd GTX580.
This creates a Dilemma for me.
Do I want the GTX580 - an older card from an older generation with performance comparable to this gens highest end when overclocked. - with revised price/performance that is amazing.
Do I want a 7950 - an excellent card with huge memory in case I want to go Eyefinity and performance (when OC'd) that has previously been impossible - with an equally huge price tag
Do I want a 7870 - Another excellent card with insane OCability that gives it an edge over the stock GTX580. If it is cheaper than the GTX580 I may retract my statement AMD would be stupid to price it the same. The question is, How much cheaper is it going to be? £10? £30? £50? If its the latter, I would probably go for it - if its the former, I'd be silly to go for it, if its the middle...my brain will explode.
Your price comparison is a 1.5GB 580GTX versus a 3GB 7950 and 7970.
You need to compare the 3GB 580GTX which using that site is 20 - 50 less than those other cards.
If you are gaming at 1920x1200 or lower then the 580GTX is plenty. Higher resolutions and multi monitor setups will have issues with games such as BF3 which can use a lot of vram.
If you OC the 580GTX yeah it should perform better than a stock 7950 but you can easily OC the 7950 which has a much larger OC head room.
The 7870 is interesting because in recent benchmarks it is quite comparable to the 580GTX in every test. When OC'ed it beats the 580 stock. Many reports list this card at or around the $350 mark with the 580 retailing still around $500 here in the states.
If you want performance and save some money it appears the 7870 is a great choice. 7870 is suppose to come out in a week or 2.
P.S. - That particular 580 you linked takes up 3 slots, keep that in mind.
Unless there are time constraints and you MUST purchase now, you should honestly wait for the Kepler price announcements and see where everything ends up priced based on that. Rumors are that these will be announced within the month and that they will challenge the AMD cards on both price and performance. Every other card in this segment of the market should be realigned based on price once the Kepler cards come out.
Ive been holding out for a month and a half now for a new GFX card and I had my mind set on a 7950 Twin Frozr and then slowly going up to 3 Displays.
Since then the market has been torn up by Pitcairn and price cuts on Fermi 5xx, its making me unsure again. UK Pricing for the 78xx series hasn't even been announced yet and there are only 2 non-reference reviews of it out there. I DON'T buy reference cards, I never will, not since my 8800GTs and their screaming single fan...
I understand the frustration. It's just bad timing with all the market changes right now. I don't think you'd be disappointed with any of the suggestions above if you couldn't hold out anymore and pulled the trigger.
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