Originally Posted by 4LC4PON3
I know you see 6870 crossfire in my list but thats not the case as of today. A good friend if mine build a PC last month and was waiting till this month to get a video card so we could play together. Well this month came and he got laid off with 70 other people. I decided since hes done a ton for me that I would just give him one 6870. Anyways I did not like Crossfire much as it was and 1 6870 just is not really cutting it.
Should I buy a 7870 now or wait for the 660 TI next month. I have 350 ATM lets say you had a 7870 would it be worth going to a 7950?
HD 7950 OC cards are going for as low as USD 320 after rebate. HD 7950 OC is going to blow the HD 7870 OC away when both cards are overclocked. HD 7950 OC cards do 1 - 1.05 Ghz at stock voltage and 1.1 - 1.15 Ghz with voltage tweaking. You can expect 20 - 30% better performance from HD 7950 OC. clock for clock HD 7950 is close to HD 7970 perf. IMO HD 7950 is the best card in the market
BF3 2560 X 1600 Ultra 2x AA
HD 7950 (1195) - avg 54.2 min 35 fps
HD 7870 (1270) - avg 44.3 min 28 fps
Skyrim 2560 x 1600 Ultra 8XAA + FXAA
HD 7950 (1195) - avg 79.4 min 30
HD 7870 (1270) - avg 61.3 min 33
Metro 2033 Very High (DOF with AAA)
HD 7950 (1150) - 50 fps
HD 7870 (1200) - 34 fps
In bandwidth demanding games like Metro 2033 the HD 7950 will trample the HD 7870. HD 7950 cannot be compared with a HD 7870. It belongs to the high end category and can be compared with HD 7970, GTX 670 and GTX 680. When compared across a wide range of games HD 7950 OC (1150) would be faster than GTX 670 OC (1250).
Here are the best options for USD 350 and below
GIGABYTE HD 7950 Windforce (900 Mhz) - USD 340
MSI HD 7950 Twin Frozr (880 Mhz) - USD 340 (USD 320 after rebate)
IMO Gigabyte is the better option. It has probably the best cooler of all HD 7900 cards.Edited by raghu78 - 7/15/12 at 11:24pm