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My current rig is as follows:

Phenom II x4 965 overclocked to 3.9GHZ
16GB DDR3 @ 1600Mhz
Gigabyte am3+ 990fxa UD3 mobo
2x HD4890 with mild overclocks to 925Mhz on GPUs and 1000MHz on the memory
24" 1920x1080 display

I'm looking at upgrading the graphics cards and thinking of going for a single card solution. I'm a bit over the amount of power my setup draws - 600w under full load and 240w whilst idle! The cards are also noisy (although this doesn't bother too much as I wear headphones). My experience of crossfire has been pretty decent and I saw a big bump in frame rates when adding the second card, most of the games I play scale really well and I have only had a few problems with stuttering. I play a wide range of games, fps, driving, flight sims etc.

My question is can any one recommend an upgrade rather than a sidegrade. I was thinking of a single HD7950 but I am open to other suggestions from either AMD or Nvidia. I was thinking of spending around £300 (I'm UK based) which equates to around $480 but cards over here are a bit more expensive than in the USA. Thanks for taking the time to read this and I welcome your help. smile.gif
post #2 of 9
The 7950 is a solid choice for the money. You'll be hard pressed to find something better in its price range.

However, the rumor is that the GTX 670 is just around the corner. It may or may not be better, and it may or may not drive AMD prices down a bit more. Only time will tell, and it's up to you if you think it's worth waiting for.
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Do you think I'd see much of a performance boost with a 7950? as in would it actually be a tangible upgrade? Or am I just likely to see my electricity bill go down a bit but roughly the same gaming performance?
post #4 of 9
Crossfire X 4890s are comparable to a 6950, so the upgrade would be like going from a 6950 to a 7950, so probably around a 30% or so boost in performance, probably more with a solid overclock. smile.gif
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Thanks for your advice, can you or anyone else suggest any alternatives from nvidia? Is there anything that rivals the 7950 at the moment in terms of performance and cost or is a matter of waiting for the GTX 670(Ti) to be released and see how that compares?
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+1 for 7950
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There is currently nothing from nVidia to compare with, the 7950 beats everything from the last generation and nVidia only has the GTX 680 out in this generation. Really, the best option for you would be a 7950. They are very fast, and even more very fast with an overclock. You won't be disappointed. thumb.gif
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post #8 of 9
Why not spend a little more and get a 7970? You may even be lucky and get one that can do 1300MHz!
    
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post #9 of 9
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The 7970 is definitely out of my budget, the 7950 is pushing it to the max really. I think I may wait and see what the GTX670 does, if nothing else it might reduce the price of the 7950 a little. Besides having more choice is rarely a bad thing. Thanks for the help guys
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