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Hey guys so I bought a 7870 a couple days ago which I am happy with... however I have a korean 2560x1440 monitor coming very soon. Plus I want to eventually have a eyefinity setup soon. Right now my 7870 is overclocked to 1200 core and 1450 memory. What is this comparable to? It is the non OC version of the Sapphire 7870 on amazon for 350.

So what do you guys recommend... keep it and forget the hassle of sending it back plus the extra cash or go for the 7950?
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Currently with your overclock I would say your card is comparable to a stock 7950 judging by a few benchies I just scanned through. If you are getting a 2560x1440 monitor I would pay the extra for the 7950, once you overclock it you should get a nice jump in fps which will make the world of difference.
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The extra 1GB of VRAM will come in handy down the road, plus 7950s can be overclocked too if you have the proper cooling.
btw I am selling a BNIB XFX 7950 Core Edition below the retail price if you are interested.
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Currently with your overclock I would say your card is comparable to a stock 7950 judging by a few benchies I just scanned through. If you are getting a 2560x1440 monitor I would pay the extra for the 7950, once you overclock it you should get a nice jump in fps which will make the world of difference.

ok so I just ran battlefield 3 on everything ultra include the 4x AA except I have the motion blur and AA post off because I don't like the look.
My ram usuage was mostly ~1350mb with 55-60 FPS most of the time
temp about 73 C
Resolution 1920x1080
So now I will have to see what I get with the 2560x1440 res... will it really be a huge difference?

Also my GPU usuage would be at around 80-90% a lot but really never 100... should It be?
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Going from the above results if you do get a 7950 and get a nice OC (who knows you might get better than above) you will get a nice increase in performance. IMHO if I was forking out for a nice high res monitor I would throw an extra few bob into the GPU department to compliment it smile.gif
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Going from the above results if you do get a 7950 and get a nice OC (who knows you might get better than above) you will get a nice increase in performance. IMHO if I was forking out for a nice high res monitor I would throw an extra few bob into the GPU department to compliment it smile.gif

very true

arg such a hard decision even with the results I feel like they are so minimal. I am going to have to see how it is with my new monitor (hopefully tomorrow)
My only thinking is right now if I went to a 7950 it is about 70-100 more but also later on if going crossfire it is another 450 dollars vs paying the 350 for another 7870
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very true
arg such a hard decision even with the results I feel like they are so minimal. I am going to have to see how it is with my new monitor (hopefully tomorrow)
My only thinking is right now if I went to a 7950 it is about 70-100 more but also later on if going crossfire it is another 450 dollars vs paying the 350 for another 7870

Well the way I see it is the extra 7-8 fps could be the difference between a buttery 60 fps and a not so enjoyable 50ish fps. Wait till you get your new monitor, see how your 7870 performs and base your judgement on that. Only you will know if you need the extra performance to provide a more enjoyable gaming experience. Let me know how you get on and hope the info helped smile.gif
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Well the way I see it is the extra 7-8 fps could be the difference between a buttery 60 fps and a not so enjoyable 50ish fps. Wait till you get your new monitor, see how your 7870 performs and base your judgement on that. Only you will know if you need the extra performance to provide a more enjoyable gaming experience. Let me know how you get on and hope the info helped smile.gif

it did a lot! thank you..
I'll post on here as soon as I get it
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This is about the best I've found so far for 7950 v 7870cf vs 7850 cf. It's the only 7850 cf tests I've been avle to find
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BeKb9M5zV0
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You aim to have an eyefinity setup of 2560x1440s? Yes, you should get the fastest GPU you can get your hands on... That's over 4.5x as many pixels as 1080p. I can't even imagine the performance hit of hardware AA with a setup like that 0_o. At least FXAA/MLAA is coming along very well smile.gif
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