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Old 06-27-2013, 03:31 PM   #1
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Default 7970 vs 7950 vs 760 vs 670.

Hi.

I just sold my 7870 XT(wasn't gaming much, and thought I'd wait till Q4), and recently upgraded to haswell. However, I realize now that I can't wait anymore.. I really do need to game lol. Hence, I need some recommendations on what gpu to get next. I'm looking for something a tad more powerful than that 7870xt tho.

I was considering a eVGA 760 ACX for $260 (SC is out of stock) or a Powercolor 7950 for $270 ($30 MIR)
or a 7970 (nonGHz sapphire) for $335. Last option would be to get a DCU 670 for $320. Thoughts?

I will be overclocking, but am quite a bit of a noob so most likely ill only manage a 1100MHz on the 7950. Hoping for a 1200MHz boost clock on the 760 and maybe GHz level perf from the 7970.

Which would you recommend?

I'm gaming at 1080p btw.

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EDIT: Would the 7970 be worth getting over the 7950 (if i go that route) if OCing both? ie is the $65 or so diff justified?
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:35 PM   #2
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I just ordered 2 eVGA GTX 760 2GB SLI to replace my old 2 GTX 460 1GB SLI. The GTX 760 is almost as fast as a GTX 670 and is faster than a GTX 7870 at around the Radeon HD 7950-level performance. I'd go the GTX 760 route.
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:45 PM   #3
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This is also an interesting choice

EVGA GTX 760 4GB $279.99
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:47 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. That 4GB one comes with the poor reference cooler. It hits like 85C on load or around about there.

Also I dont think more than 2/3GB would be important anytime soon.

I'm leaning towards the 7970 tbh. I just wanna know if its really worth the $65 more than the 7950. If I OC both that is.
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:51 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. That 4GB one comes with the poor reference cooler. It hits like 85C on load or around about there.

Also I dont think more than 2/3GB would be important anytime soon.

I'm leaning towards the 7970 tbh. I just wanna know if its really worth the $65 more than the 7950. If I OC both that is.
EDIT - Well I didn't see this one - Elfear - found a great buy

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I'd go with the $250 Sapphire 7950. It has the voltage unlocked, a great cooler, and comes with 4 free games. The 760 is a good card too but if you're going to overclock the 7950 is the best bet IMO. It would only be 5-7% slower than a comparatively clocked 7970.
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This is also an interesting choice

EVGA GTX 760 4GB $279.99
This would be a good priced card for Modded Skyrim
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:54 PM   #6
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I'd go with the $250 Sapphire 7950. It has the voltage unlocked, a great cooler, and comes with 4 free games. The 760 is a good card too but if you're going to overclock the 7950 is the best bet IMO. It would only be 5-7% slower than a comparatively clocked 7970.
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:25 PM   #7
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Unfortunately it's $310 at newegg.ca
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Old 06-27-2013, 06:31 PM   #8
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Unfortunately it's $310 at newegg.ca
With actual next gen cards coming in early 2014, ie, using newer manufacturing technology, I wouldn't spend more than 150-200 now because you'll want those new cards in 6-7 months. Grants, thats still a ways off and you'd probably get your money's worth from a 400 dollar card, but you do sound like you're on a budget. Get something 'good enough' for now and save for the Radeon 8xx0 series and Geforce GTX 800 series.


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Old 06-27-2013, 07:12 PM   #9
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I went with the 7950. Good enough to play games at 1080p with great settings where I don't feel I was getting my moneys worth to up just a handful of settings for a 200+ price increase.

GTX 760 isn't bad either.

I'd probably do the GTX 760 though.
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:15 PM   #10
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Right now, the 670 is not a viable option, given the 7970 at $310AR. I'd go with that or the 760. The 7950 just isn't that impressive with the 760 available for the same amount without a rebate.
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:24 PM   #11
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I'd probably opt for the 760 if you won't be OC'ing at all. The 7950 is worth it if you want the games. Also now some vanilla 7970's are getting very cheap. Also the 670 is still like 360$+ CDN don't really see that as a viable option.
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:32 PM   #12
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Alright. I bought the 7970 for $335. The 760 SC was sold out and the Gigabyte version was $270 (only $65 away from 7970 which comes with more vram and is faster).

Thanks guys.

EDIT: Nothing good enough in the $150-200 range.
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:38 PM   #13
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Alright. I bought the 7970 for $335. The 760 SC was sold out and the Gigabyte version was $270 (only $65 away from 7970 which comes with more vram and is faster).

Thanks guys.

EDIT: Nothing good enough in the $150-200 range.
7970 for $335 with the bundle is the beast deal of the lot.

You want to get back into gaming- now you have some new games.
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:43 PM   #14
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Enjoy your new card. And try running it stock for few days
(if you can )
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Old 06-30-2013, 06:52 AM   #15
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Thanks. Will see if i can resist lol
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Old 06-30-2013, 02:35 PM   #16
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7970 is a great card! And if you are budget conscious around the next big GPU refresh, just crossfire that 7970 with a cheap used one and you will get a nice boost of performance!
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