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Upgrading from GeForce 550 Ti to Radeon 7870 Ghz edition
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Default Upgrading from GeForce 550 Ti to Radeon 7870 Ghz edition - 04-07-2013, 05:37 | posts: 210 | Location: Chicago

How much performance gain can I expect?
   
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Default 04-07-2013, 05:52 | posts: 19,054 | Location: Toronto, Canada

Well, here's Anandtech's comparison:
http://anandtech.com/bench/Product/541?vs=549

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Default 04-07-2013, 06:08 | posts: 210 | Location: Chicago

Thanks man! Looks like I am going to be seeing quite a bit of performance gain! especially when I get 2nd one of these 7870s and run them in a crossfire.
   
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Default 04-07-2013, 06:21 | posts: 19,054 | Location: Toronto, Canada

You're better off just getting a Radeon HD 7970 and forget about CrossFiring them. Having a multi-GPU setup is just asking for trouble.

Plus, your board is not properly equipped for multi-GPU setups anyways (you have a typo in your specs list since there is no board named "M5A94", the closest is "M5A97" which is an AMD 970-chipset based board).

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Default 04-07-2013, 10:48 | posts: 26,818 | Location: Hampshire, UK

big boost going from 550 to 7870, but don't crossfire them, get one powerful gpu instead (7970). basically what deltatux said
   
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Default 04-07-2013, 11:01 | posts: 24,427 | Location: NZ

79xx will be less problematic.
   
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Default 04-07-2013, 12:06 | posts: 4,964 | Location: London

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79xx will be less problematic.
This, and more futureproof. 3GB of VRAM, better performance than a 680 for 80% of the price. Little bit thirstier, but big deal.
   
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Default 04-07-2013, 12:38 | posts: 3,360 | Location: Lebanon

Instead of CrossFiring two midrange cards, it might be a more sensible option to go for a single high-end card. This ensures consistent, smooth performance even if it is worse for the money.

Then, later on, you could maybe CrossFire that high-end card, if you like. This would be more sensible.
   
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Default 04-07-2013, 23:24 | posts: 210 | Location: Chicago

Okay so here is the deal. I already purchased the 7870 yesterday. Luckily I got it at Tigerdirect down the street from my house.

I am going to be exchanging it for 9750.

another reason as to why I'm gonna exchange it, is this terrible rattling noise it makes when fan speed set anywhere above 60%....

Now I dont want my 7950 making this noise, so should I still go with XFX or maybe I should go with MSI or VisionTech


This one in particular I'm interested in..http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...845&CatId=7387
.Go or no Go, i can probably still make it to Tigerdirect before they close tn.

   
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Default 04-07-2013, 23:30 | posts: 19,054 | Location: Toronto, Canada

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Okay so here is the deal. I already purchased the 7870 yesterday. Luckily I got it at Tigerdirect down the street from my house.

I am going to be exchanging it for 9750.

another reason as to why I'm gonna exchange it, is this terrible rattling noise it makes when fan speed set anywhere above 60%....

Now I dont want my 7950 making this noise, so should I still go with XFX or maybe I should go with MSI or VisionTech


This one in particular I'm interested in..http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...845&CatId=7387
.Go or no Go, i can probably still make it to Tigerdirect before they close tn.

I would go with XFX and their dual fan variant, it's dead quiet. I have the double fan version for my 6870, sometimes I need to look inside my case to make sure the fans are spinning.

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Default 04-07-2013, 23:32 | posts: 210 | Location: Chicago

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...611&CatId=7387

This one your talking about right?
   
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Default 04-07-2013, 23:33 | posts: 19,054 | Location: Toronto, Canada

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Yup, that's the one.

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Default 04-07-2013, 23:34 | posts: 210 | Location: Chicago

ok thanks a lot Deltatux!
   
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Default 04-08-2013, 01:53 | posts: 210 | Location: Chicago



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Now we're talking gaming!

I think I might have an issue with the drivers because windows rates my video performance at 6.0 when it should be 7.9.

I might do a fresh install of the system..



@deltatux Your right I do have a typo in my mobo specs. Lol it sure as hell is M5A97 R2.0 not 4*****


   
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Default 04-08-2013, 02:15 | posts: 6,067 | Location: Wolverhampton/United Kingdom

That XFX 7950 you got there is one hell of a deal.

Did you also get your free games?

Also, have you tried any overclocking yet, check out the ASIC quality in GPU-Z, it should give you a nice idea of how to overclock your card and what you can expect out of it. Great buy again.
   
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Default 04-08-2013, 02:46 | posts: 210 | Location: Chicago

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That XFX 7950 you got there is one hell of a deal.

Did you also get your free games?

Also, have you tried any overclocking yet, check out the ASIC quality in GPU-Z, it should give you a nice idea of how to overclock your card and what you can expect out of it. Great buy again.
Yes sir, I paid 299$ + tax and I get 30 mail in rebate. I did get those games as well. Plus tigerdirect e-mailed me a code for 2 more games(bioshock tombraider) from yesterdays 7870 purchase. LOL Ree up! .

I haven't tried overclocking it yet I literally just got it from the local tiget direct outlet. I'm finishing installing fresh system and maybe tomorrow after work I can really play around with it.

Thank you for the advice, I will definitely chek out the ASIC in GPU-Z.

Now, im thinking if I get another one of these and crossfire them, will my computer grow wings and fly?
   
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Default 04-08-2013, 02:55 | posts: 19,054 | Location: Toronto, Canada

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Now, im thinking if I get another one of these and crossfire them, will my computer grow wings and fly?
No, your motherboard does NOT support CrossFire/SLi, your motherboard has a PCI Express x16/x4 configuration, only the x16 is connected to the northbridge while the x4 is connected to the southbridge. You'll be so bottlenecked, it won't be funny.

Even if you had a 990X/FX chipset motherboard, not all games would see benefits of CrossFire. In fact, for many games, multi-GPU setups cause a lot of headaches. I've already repeated this many times in this thread alone lol.

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Default 04-08-2013, 03:04 | posts: 210 | Location: Chicago

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No, your motherboard does NOT support CrossFire/SLi, your motherboard has a PCI Express x16/x4 configuration, only the x16 is connected to the northbridge while the x4 is connected to the southbridge. You'll be so bottlenecked, it won't be funny.

Even if you had a 990X/FX chipset motherboard, not all games would see benefits of CrossFire. In fact, for many games, multi-GPU setups cause a lot of headaches. I've already repeated this many times in this thread alone lol.

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No I understand, I was just sarcastic. I took your advice and went
and got the 7950.

And thank you for explaining it to me as to why my motherboard doesnt support crossfire, I see your point. With this single GPU I am still solid. Next upgrade from this will be the TITAN, single GPU, on my intel i7 system I am going to build this summer.
   
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Default 04-10-2013, 02:10 | posts: 210 | Location: Chicago

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Also, have you tried any overclocking yet, check out the ASIC quality in GPU-Z, it should give you a nice idea of how to overclock your card and what you can expect out of it. Great buy again.

My ASIC quality in 60.7%, any good?

anyways I got it running at 1000mhz gpu clock and 1350mhz memory both oc'ed 11%.


Full load max temp 60c @ 60% fan speed. idle 29 @ 25% fan speed. stock cooling.


This thing is really loud tho...and the 2nd fan that suppose to cool PCB heatsink and components seems to make a weird noise, like almost if its scratching at the heatsink at speeds above 40%...

At 80% fan speed it clearly sounds like its rubbing off on heatsink.....hmm
   
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Default 04-10-2013, 02:20 | posts: 210 | Location: Chicago

http://www.techpowerup.com/gpuz/hpqyu/
   
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