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Old 11-14-2012, 11:30 AM   #1
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Default 7950 for i5 750 / 1680x1050

Hi there, Im torn between four models of 7950 (same price) for mi Pc (I5 750 using monitor with 1680x1050 native)


- Sapphire 7950 Boost Dual-X

- Sapphire 7950 normal Dual-X

- Sapphire 7950 Vapor-X

- Gigabyte 7950 Windforce 3


Which one would you think its the best choice?



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Old 11-14-2012, 11:33 AM   #2
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Go with "Sapphire 7950 Vapor-X"
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:41 AM   #3
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No, don't go with Vapor-X. Most if not all of them are voltage locked (there are different vapor-x versions about). Also subpar VRM cooling - my card's VRM's go into the 90's at power limit +20. And I've read the Dual-X and Windforce coolers are quieter.

My Vapor-X is not stable at stock memory clocks even though the review samples can overclock the RAM by 100+MHz. I'm going to try to get my money back and buy the Gigabyte Windforce card instead.
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:43 AM   #4
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Damn. A 7950 will last you for YEARS @ 1680x1050.

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Old 11-14-2012, 11:45 AM   #5
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Thank you both.

I agree with yo lehtv, Im also aware about the Vapor-X but not entirely sure...
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:46 AM   #6
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No, don't go with Vapor-X. Most if not all of them are voltage locked (there are different vapor-x versions about). Also subpar VRM cooling - my card's VRM's go into the 90's at power limit +20. And I've read the Dual-X and Windforce coolers are quieter.

My Vapor-X is not stable at stock memory clocks even though the review samples can overclock the RAM by 100+MHz. I'm going to try to get my money back and buy the Gigabyte Windforce card instead.
Not true at all.
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:49 AM   #7
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That is probably one of the quietest cooler there is biostud.
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:06 PM   #9
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And I've read the Dual-X and Windforce coolers are quieter.
It is the 2nd time today you say that. Where are you getting this information from? It is the opposite of all the sources I have found. For example:

Looks pretty quiet to me. I think you might just have been unlucky.
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:08 PM   #10
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With that CPU you won't be able to diff adequately btw a 7950 and 7970 leave alone two 7950s. Get whichever 7950 you want.
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:54 PM   #11
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So the Sapphire 7950 Dual-X could be the best option, isnt it?
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:58 PM   #12
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Any plans to migrate it to a new build with a more capable CPU and higher rez monitor? If not, you might as well get an HD 7870 and save the $80.
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Old 11-14-2012, 02:11 PM   #13
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You should consider MSI and Asus as they usually have the best build quality and very few issues compared to the rest.
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:03 PM   #14
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Someone has tried the HIS 7950 IceQ X2 Ghz Edition ? This one its also an option for me, and it may have not as problems as Sapphire...

Would be a good choice?


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It is the 2nd time today you say that. Where are you getting this information from?
I didn't save the links and don't know exactly where I got the info from, or should I say impression. Take it with a grain of salt
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Someone has tried the HIS 7950 IceQ X2 Ghz Edition ? This one its also an option for me, and it may have not as problems as Sapphire...
Is it cheaper than Gigabyte or Sapphire dual-x?
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Is it cheaper than Gigabyte or Sapphire dual-x?
Same price. I just read some review from it and it seems to be pretty good this 7950 HIS. And its quite new...

Review.: http://www.pureoverclock.com/Review-...-7950-iceq-x2/

Review.: http://www.overclockers.com/his-hd-7...cs-card-review

Review.: http://www.legionhardware.com/articl...t_clock,1.html


Should I venture to buy it?
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:50 PM   #18
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Hard to say, this is the first time i've ever seen that card. Reviews don't always tell the whole picture... In 7950 Vapor-X reviews, there's no mention of the voltage being locked, for instance. It could be very good too. I dunno, I'd probably get Gigabyte myself
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Games played, and will you be OCing?
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Old 11-15-2012, 03:11 AM   #20
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Games played, and will you be OCing?
RISEN 2, SKYRIM, The Witcher 2 for example.

I prefer not to do overclock.


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Without oc you will just get 80% of the performance at best.
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Without oc you will just get 80% of the performance at best.
All models referred have OC. Do you mean manual OC?
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He means manual OC, and he's also forgetting that not all 7950's OC great, some cards are duds. And while many cards do OC great, it's up to the user if the extra heat and noise is worth it
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The avg oc for a 7950 wrt reference is 30-35% or so, so about 15-25% performance depends on it.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:33 AM   #25
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No.1 thing I would do is upgrade the monitor. Would be a shame to waste a 7950 on 1680x1050. The single most dramatic impact on my gaming/PC experience was always the move to a larger, better monitor.
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