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Which AMD (XFX) card to buy?

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Hi buddies!

So I've isolated these card within my price range. I like XFX because of their LIFETIME warranties and outstanding support and performance.
What is the best bang for my buck? Methinks a...7850? I plan on OCing over water. Maybe getting a custom ramsink. Def gonna explore vmods/firmware flashes.

I've been out of the game for a while so I do have some Q's right off the bat:
  1. PCIe 2.1 (6 series) vs 3.0 (7 series)? Any realistic difference in transfer rate? (my board is a Z68, SandyBridge).
  2. Same sort of q as the one above, but, OpenGL 4.1 vs 4.2?
  3. This card is very appealing, granted the rebates and games (which I could sell for additional savings biggrin.gif). But..its a 6950. Old tech right? Why so expensive vs other Series 6 cards? How come its # stream processors blow series 7 cards out of the water?
  4. Anything substantially better about (lower end) Series 7 GPU's vs (top end) Series 6? Smaller diode? Less heat? Better OCers?
  5. If you can make a convincing argument, I'll consider a trade/different retailer/different GPU brand.


And, specifically, what is the difference between these two units? Just the stock HSF? ("double D" version?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150609
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150608


Help me out...and I will return the favor wink.gif THANKS!!
-d3d
Edited by d3daiM - 8/12/12 at 3:56pm
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So the cheaper of the two in my last Q apparently only has a 2-year warranty. For shame, XFX!
But the 6950 still has a Lifetime warranty..making it still the most appealing at this point.
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Gigabyte HD 7950 OC (900 Mhz) selling for USD 309 after rebate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125414

If you are watercooling with a GPU only block like Swiftech MWC82-7900 get some decent VRM and RAM heatsinks.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1265136/swiftech-releases-mcw82-7900-waterblock-for-radeon-hd7900-series-hd7970-and-hd7950

IMO get the gigabyte HD 7950. its a far more capable card. Think about it and make a good decision. thumb.gif
Edited by raghu78 - 8/13/12 at 9:16pm
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