MSI TwinFrozr III HD7950 3GB / Sapphire 7950 VideoCard + Sleeping Dogs - $318 Newegg

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  1. RussianSensation

    RussianSensation Elite Member

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    670 WF3 is still a good deal with ~ GTX680 performance for $100 less. NV cards also tend to have slightly higher resale values from my experience, at least in Toronto/Canada. Don't sweat it too much. An overclocked WF3 670 is very fast for 1080P. No matter what you buy, eventually something will be cheaper and/or faster. Hard to time it perfectly. Just enjoy your GTX670 WF3 before GTX780/HD8000 series launch and make our current cards look mid-range next year. :p
     
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    i think the difficult thing is once i heard it, i could not un-hear it. even though it is not that bad, i still try to listen for it now that i heard it lol
     
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    Found some benchmarks of MSI TwinFrozr III HD7950 OC vs. MSI Power Edition GTX670 OC.

    OCed HD7950 easily keeps up with the OCed 670. This makes it a very good deal and especially so for just $20 more over 660Ti.

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    MSI GTX670 Power Edition is $413 with shipping on Newegg, or almost $100 more expensive.
     
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    Every 670 I owned had some sort of coil whine. Its not that loud though but you can hear it if you try hard enough.
     
  5. hansmuff

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    May want to hold off AMD card purchases <= 7950

    From TR: http://techreport.com/discussions.x/23447

     
  6. RussianSensation

    RussianSensation Elite Member

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    Thanks hansmuff!

    Maybe we'll see this card under $300.
     
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    I was joking. But why is ATI duplicating nVidia model numbers from 6 years ago? Why don't they use names in combination with a numeric code?

    For example: AMD Hammerhead 50
     
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    We might be seeing $280-$290 on the 7950 soon.
     
  10. RussianSensation

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    I would have gotten 2 right away at those prices, esp. the MSI TF3s. :D If only I knew how far away HD8000 series is. Right now it's looking like H2 2013, which is too vague. I am hoping 7970 will start dropping at some point so maybe I can grab a 2nd one, but so far they are holding pretty steady > $400.
     
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    The 660 Ti has to come down a little first, and I don't think that'll happen very quickly, relatively speaking of course.

    It all gets old&slow soon enough :(
     
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    It should happen very soon. When they dropped the official price on the 7950 to $349, they were selling "on the street" for $309-$319AR. Now the official price is $319, so...
     
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    technically its Radeon HD7950

    not just 7950

    ATI had already used R7xxx, before nvidia got to it anyways
     
  14. RussianSensation

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    For anyone interested, besides the MSI TwinFrozr III 7950 and MSI Power Edition GTX670, Guru3D just tested the MSI Power Edition GTX660Ti.

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    $30 less expensive, but the performance is no competition for an overclocked 7950 at all.
     
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    I was reading that there's going to be a Radeon 8800. :p
     
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    Based 3dCenter's hypothetical approximation of HD8000 specs (but at this point it's pure guessing game based on hypothetical specs).

    HD8970 = 30-40% faster than HD7970
    HD8870 = 20% faster than HD7870
    HD8770 = 35% faster over HD7770
     
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    would the sapphire 7950 oc (950), be a better deal for $$ extra?
     
  18. RussianSensation

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    The sale on the 7950 TF3 should continue for a while. HardOCP is going to test Sapphire Dual-X 950mhz shortly against an overclocked GTX670 and overclocked GTX660Ti. You may want to wait for that review. I can imaging that the Dual-X will be quieter but not sure it'll overclock as well. The TF3 7950 is a proven overclocker.

    Also, the Sapphire 7950 OC is $350 + shipping on Newegg. Not sure it's worth the added cost to be honest. I'd wait until next week. This card should add Sleeping Dogs and hopefully we'll see how Sapphire HD7950 OC overclocks and performs in HardOCP's review.
     
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    Latest Review at HardOCP - GTX660 Ti 3GB vs. GTX670 vs. HD7950 = all overclocked to the max on air.

    1) 7950 OC trades blows with the GTX670 OC at 1080P, beats it at 1600P
    2) 7950 OC beats beats 660Ti OC at 1080P and 1600P

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    not to mention that the hd7950 is good for bit coin for the next month.
    you could make 20 to 30 bucks doing bit coin. makes the card even a little nicer.
     
  21. Ricochet

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    I finally relented and ordered one from Newegg. With shiprunner, MIR, and Chase Freedom cashback it effectively cost $293.50. It helps that I sold off a 7970 card for $400 on Ebay to offset this purchase.
     
  22. RussianSensation

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    Richochet, let us know how well yours overclocks and its ASIC level. It would help other potential purchases, also maybe comment on the noise levels at various fan speeds. :)
     
  23. Ricochet

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    That may take awhile as I don't always tinker with my toys as soon as I get them. Still have unopened merchandise laying around right now. In regards to fan noise, I'm not looking for absolute silence but if it's anything like the 6990 I will throw it out the window. Don't care how powerful a card is but noise level has to stay to a minimum.
     
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    i'm amazed with that hardocp review. i thought nvidia always saved the day in their reviews? lol
     
  25. RussianSensation

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    For anyone still shopping for an after-market 7950 card, I am changing my recommendation to the Sapphire Dual-X 950mhz card. It costs the same as the MSI TF3 version but it has a higher factory pre-overclock, similarly binned 7950 chips, ships on a HD7970 PCB w/ 6+8 pin power connector, but the DX cooler is more powerful/quieter. It also comes with Sleeping Dogs.