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Default A upgrade HD 6870 to a HD 7950 - 02-25-2013, 22:25 | posts: 178 | Location: Massachusetts

Help guys, i want to upgrade my HD 6870 to a HD 7950 3GB, but i not sure if my cpu can handle that card without a problem
   
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Default 02-25-2013, 22:58 | posts: 1,751 | Location: Northampton, United Kingdom

If your CPU is overclocked, and you have a decent resolution (1080p) then you should be fine. A friend of mine has a similar setup with 2 6870 Hawks.
   
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Default 02-25-2013, 23:32 | posts: 178 | Location: Massachusetts

yes my cpu is OC to 3.81GHz, so no need to upgrade the cpu? but i think i can push the cpu a little more.
   
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Default 02-25-2013, 23:40 | posts: 185 | Location: BC, Canada

Yes your machine (and CPU) will handle a new 7950 just peachy!

You should notice a good bump in fps, don't let any intel fanboys tell you it will be limited, because it won't. (at least not in any form you should worry about).

They will say things like CPU bottleneck, blah blah blah...
don't listen to it, your CPU at 3.8Ghz will feed that 7950 more than fast enough, I'm running the 1090T at 4Ghz (not much difference from yours) and it feeds my 7970 just perfectly.

enjoy the new card if you get it, they OC great too.

There is some rare cases with very CPU dependent software where it could limit your GPU slightly, but this happens even with the fastest CPU's out there so don't worry about that at all.

Good Luck.
   
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Default 02-25-2013, 23:55 | posts: 1,546 | Location: EU, CZ, Brno

i5/i7's have advantage in gaming versus FX-8350. But only if you want to play at 120fps. And that means in games which are light on GPU itself.

If you play at 60~85Hz 1080p display. Getting new board/CPU would be big waste. Since minimal/average fps at Highly detailed games are much more affected by GPU.

And since your CPU have decent OC... even at best scenario You would get maybe 10% more fps from 500$ upgrade to intel CPU+board.
While putting such money would yield much higher frame rate from two HS7950s.
   
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Default 02-26-2013, 00:07 | posts: 178 | Location: Massachusetts

Thanks guys just to be sure, because this Friday i'll order it, cant wait to Friday on the mid time i keep playing with the HD 6870 lol
   
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Default 02-26-2013, 00:11 | posts: 24,227 | Location: NZ

Yeah your CPU is just fine...enjoy.
   
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Default 03-02-2013, 02:23 | posts: 178 | Location: Massachusetts

just to let you know guys i order this card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127667
any one know if those 2 games are activation for Steam?
   
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Default 03-02-2013, 02:34 | posts: 24,227 | Location: NZ

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just to let you know guys i order this card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127667
any one know if those 2 games are activation for Steam?
Steam & Origin.
   
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Default 03-02-2013, 02:46 | posts: 26,667 | Location: Hampshire, UK

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i5/i7's have advantage in gaming versus FX-8350. But only if you want to play at 120fps. And that means in games which are light on GPU itself.
wanting high fps doesn't equal "games which are light on gpu". i5/i7 have advantages even in gpu heavy games. it all depends though. crysis 3 performs great on amd cpus. but in general, intel is faster in games, but not only in "gpu light" ones.
   
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Default 03-02-2013, 02:47 | posts: 26,667 | Location: Hampshire, UK

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just to let you know guys i order this card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127667
any one know if those 2 games are activation for Steam?
Crysis 3 - Origin
Bioshock: Infinite - Steam

   
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Default 03-02-2013, 03:17 | posts: 24,227 | Location: NZ

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i7's have advantage in gaming versus FX-8350. But only if you want to play at 120fps.
Fixed.


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Default 03-02-2013, 04:15 | posts: 298 | Location: Kedah, Malaysia

nice upgrade...
   
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Default 03-02-2013, 06:23 | posts: 178 | Location: Massachusetts

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Crysis 3 - Origin
Bioshock: Infinite - Steam

i will have to trade Crysis 3 cuz i already have it
   
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Default 03-02-2013, 10:07 | posts: 26,667 | Location: Hampshire, UK

I sold it for 20 because I already had it too.
   
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Default 03-02-2013, 16:25 | posts: 1,134 | Location: Monmouth County, NJ

Will it work yea will you get the most out of your card in every single game no. Even my i7 gets bottle necked in DayZ causing my fps to dip below 60. Though I am sure for most other games you will be ok with a Phenom II
   
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Default 03-02-2013, 17:09 | posts: 26,667 | Location: Hampshire, UK

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Fixed.

lol, double fail.
   
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Default 03-03-2013, 01:21 | posts: 178 | Location: Massachusetts

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I sold it for 20 because I already had it too.
yeah i'm going to sell it
   
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Default 03-03-2013, 01:27 | posts: 178 | Location: Massachusetts

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Will it work yea will you get the most out of your card in every single game no. Even my i7 gets bottle necked in DayZ causing my fps to dip below 60. Though I am sure for most other games you will be ok with a Phenom II
that's crazy, you have a heavy gaming machine but i guess is how really the game is optimize be
   
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Default 03-03-2013, 01:28 | posts: 178 | Location: Massachusetts

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Default 03-03-2013, 01:56 | posts: 624 | Location: Croatia

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I had a X4 955 BE OC'ed to 4Ghz with 6870, and I went on 7950 from 6870 on that same CPU, I didnt had any bottleneck and I really saw a nice improvement in FPS.

After that I went from X4 955 BE to FX 6300 and OC'ed it to 4.5Ghz it holds up really nicely but I went from 7950 to GTX 680, which you can see on the left, and then I OC'ed the card as well, and the monitor after it.

My point is with all these FPS numbers etc. it only matters what do you find satisfying when playing the games you like to play, dont worry about bottleneck even if you do have some, not talking about your case, because you wont have it. Just enjoy your games and dont worry too much.

It wasnt necessery for me to waste the money after 7950, because I was more than happy with the card, but I am that kind of person that just goes around sees something and has to have it, if you really think you need a 7950 just go for it!
   
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Default 03-03-2013, 02:35 | posts: 18,718 | Location: New Jersey, USA

hey MRAZ I just upped my vram to 7274 you think you can do that. fps crap out at 7328mhz, not sure if its both cards or 1
   
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Default 03-03-2013, 02:47 | posts: 178 | Location: Massachusetts

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I had a X4 955 BE OC'ed to 4Ghz with 6870, and I went on 7950 from 6870 on that same CPU, I didnt had any bottleneck and I really saw a nice improvement in FPS.

After that I went from X4 955 BE to FX 6300 and OC'ed it to 4.5Ghz it holds up really nicely but I went from 7950 to GTX 680, which you can see on the left, and then I OC'ed the card as well, and the monitor after it.

My point is with all these FPS numbers etc. it only matters what do you find satisfying when playing the games you like to play, dont worry about bottleneck even if you do have some, not talking about your case, because you wont have it. Just enjoy your games and dont worry too much.

It wasnt necessery for me to waste the money after 7950, because I was more than happy with the card, but I am that kind of person that just goes around sees something and has to have it, if you really think you need a 7950 just go for it!
yeah the 7950 should be fine for for couple of years,in the mean time i will save money to upgrade Mobo and CPU, Thanks
   
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