Originally Posted by Arnotts
It does have a chance of beating a 7970 right now imo, since the majority of 7970's are all reference cards. Some of the custom cooled 7950's have reached some really good overclocked speeds, while some unfortunate people can't even reach 1125mhz on their 7970's.
Very true... I'm on the ropes right now whether to grab a dual fan 7950 or a 7970 to replace my Tri-fire 6970s ( 2 6970s atm since I just sold one, but I'm planning on getting 500 for my 2 XFX 6970s which should compensate for either buy).
Regardless though, I'm seeing that the 7950 and 7970 are SUPER close when @ equal clocks, to the point that I'm not sure if it's worth the extra ~$75 to move from a non-ref 7950 to a ref 7970 to be honest.
My take on it however is that since in the near future I'm going to be looking to grab another card so that I'll be back at least to my Tri-Fire level of power, I think perhaps the 7950 would do the job and save me close to $200 in the process. However, as I've learned in the past over the dozens of cards and 10+ 69xx series cards I've owned, when in crossfire, the single GPU overclocks go out the window, and need to be reduced substantially to remain stable at times, and to luck out TWICE and get TWO 7950s that will OC nicely isn't going to be too easy, which is why I'm still on the fence about grabbing a 7970, as $75 isnt really THAT much when you're already spending close to $500, lol.