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New GPU needed: AMD Radeon 7950 OC Flex 3GB vs nVidia GTX 670 2GB

Discussion in 'Videocards - AMD Radeon' started by CzechKronner, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. CzechKronner

    CzechKronner New Member

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    Hey guys,
    I want to upgrade my ancient Radeon to a new GPU, but I can't decide between two cards:

    AMD Radeon 7950 OC Flex 3GB vs nVidia GTX 670 2GB

    The Radeon is about 80USD cheaper in my country.

    Which one would you recommend? It is going to be a gaming PC.
    I will be playing at 1920x1080 resolution.

    My current PC specs:
    Intel Core i7-3770K
    ASUS P8Z77-V PRO
    Corsair Vengeance Black 16GB (kit 2x 8GB) 1600MHz CL9
    Intel SSD 520 Series 120GB
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 2TB
    Radeon HD4870 512MB RAM

    Thanks for any help.
     
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  2. VladM

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    You could buy a 7970 Dual-X if you have the money for a 670. That's the best bang for the buck.
     
  3. HamsterCrispy

    HamsterCrispy Master Guru

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    Well yeah the 7950 should be a lot cheaper than the 670 since they are not in the same price level.

    The advantage I see in the 7950 is that it has 3 GB of RAM and you can overclock it to reach 7970 performance.

    But you can also overclock the 670 to reach 680 performance. Note that the 670 is only 10-15% slower than a 680 so a good overclock can overcome that.

    Well if you need 3 GB of RAM then go for the 7950 and overclock it, I hear that these cards overclock well, for 80 USD cheaper too.
     
  4. Deathchild

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    OP, if you have money for a 670 you should have the money for a 7970 as well there. Since they should be in the same price range.

    But anyways, yes, 7950 here since it's 80 USD cheaper in your country it's definitely worth going for and is the best bang for buck right now. :)

    When OC'ed properly the 7950 is slightly better than the 670 OC'ed, is also better than a GTX 680 stock and can be on par with an OC'ed 680.

    http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/5566075 Look at the graphics score.
     
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  5. CzechKronner

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    Thanks for the replies everyone.

    The GTX670 is cheaper than the Radeon 7970 with Dual-X fans here.

    It's like this:
    7950: 400USD
    GTX670: 480USD
    7970: 530USD
     
  6. army_cadet

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    both cards are really good but as you are used to ati/amd you might want to stick to the 7950/70 but if you want a change the gtx 670 they both are on par with each other some benchmarks trade blows in certain games but its always just a few fps ;) if you want physx its a no brainier you need to take that into account
     
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  7. yasamoka

    yasamoka Ancient Guru

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    Make sure that if you do go for a 7950, it is not voltage locked, as that can hamper your maximum OC potential.
     
  8. shark52

    shark52 Member Guru

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    is amd 7950HD enough for 1600*900 resolution, not planning to upgrade to a better monitor any time soon , have intel i5 4gb ddr3 ram
    thanks
     
  9. eclap

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    with those prices, hd 7950, the 7970 isn't worth the $130 premium.
     
  10. PNeV

    PNeV Ancient Guru

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    7950, especially with the Never Settle bundle
     

  11. Darkest

    Darkest Ancient Guru

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    I'd argue that the 7950 is overkill for that resolution to be honest. A 7870 might suit you better since you've no plans to upgrade your monitor. That said, I'm running the Sapphire Flex HD7950 and can personally recommend it.

    - Dual bios.
    - Slightly larger HSF than the one found on the Dual X cards.
    - Multi-monitor support without the need for displayport adapters.
    - They're usually good overclockers, I'd bet money that you'll hit 1100/1500 at the very least, probably a bit more.
     
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    shark52 Member Guru

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    Thanks guys ,will buy 7950
    just booked 7950 windforce for $299 at amazon :-D
     
  14. yasamoka

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    Would you do me a favor and not buy this card?

    It has an excellent cooler, yes, but it is voltage-locked at hardware it seems after being locked only at the BIOS level. Not only that, it's locked at a very high voltage of 1.25V which is causing many issues for many users. High temperatures, and of course higher power draw, and I would bet reduced lifespan.

    IPlayNaked, a user on these forums, has also reported missing sensor readings.

    I'd steer clear of Gigabyte cards from now on, after these fiascos, and I'd urge everyone to do the same. This is just unacceptable for such a product.
     
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    wow!
     

  16. CPC_RedDawn

    CPC_RedDawn Ancient Guru

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    100% over the 670 and even to certain extent the 7970.

    It has lower shader count, but still you can overclock it to be faster than a 670 and meet the performance of a 7970 at stock and save your self some money for other stuff. Plus find a bundle with games and good warranty and your golden.
     
  17. Deathchild

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    Yeah I agree with yasa on this one. Would be better if you could go with a Vapor-X or something else. Although that Windforce should do fine as well. Just that the latest batches haven't been that great..
     

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