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I just bought a MSI R7950 Twin Frozr III for $320 - $20 MIR and the Never Settle bundle (which I will probably sell equating the final price to $240ish or less). However, that graphics card was DOA so I set up an RMA with Newegg and I'm wondering if I should just get a replacement or a refund and buy a GTX 670 instead?

At this point in time and for the foreseeable future, which card do you all think would be the better buy? I play mostly FPS and RTS titles (i.e. BF3, MW3, BLOPS2, Crysis Series, C&C Series, SC2, etc.) and I will most likely be playing at 1080p (for now) and 1440p (soon). I would like to max out most/all of my games (minus some "useless" features here and there). My system is outlined in my signature.

Thanks guys!
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Get an RMA replacement mate, 7xxx series is better. Nvidia GPU's are far too overpriced for how they perform in comparison to AMD's line up.
 
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Ok thanks guys, I was leaning for the 7950 since it's both cheaper and seems to perform on par with the 670.
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with the 12.11 beta drivers HD 7950 (1.15 Ghz) is even faster than GTX 680 (1.25 Ghz).

http://www.overclock.net/t/1318674/tpu-amd-announces-never-settle-catalyst-12-11-driver-update/150#post_18428759
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Stick with the 7950, its a better card at heart.
Getting a dud card sucks but happens to both sides, hell even my first GTX470 came as a dud. Just bad luck, you next card should be fine. Also make sure you are wiping your old drivers clean before a fresh install.
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Before the release of 12.11 beta, an overclocked 7950 edged out an overclocked 670. With 12.11 beta, expect that gap to be larger. Depending on sample, a good clocking 7950 will even match and/or exceed the performance of an overclocked 680 Lightning.

Sadly, Keplers may no longer have a place in the market. I bought the 680 Lightning for $600 and returned it for the $500 7970 Matrix that does 1320/1775 (100% game stable) and can benchmark at 1335/1800. It is truly a spectacular video card and the fastest I have owned yet and I owned a pretty fast 680 (Lightning @1372/1771). I also have a Gigabyte 7950 that does 1280/1800. Both my Tahiti cards eat Keplers.

You just got a defective sample. It happens. I would suggest exchanging it.
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Originally Posted by Bruennis View Post

Before the release of 12.11 beta, an overclocked 7950 edged out an overclocked 670. With 12.11 beta, expect that gap to be larger. Depending on sample, a good clocking 7950 will even match and/or exceed the performance of an overclocked 680 Lightning.
Sadly, Keplers may no longer have a place in the market. I bought the 680 Lightning for $600 and returned it for the $500 7970 Matrix that does 1320/1775 (100% game stable) and can benchmark at 1335/1800. It is truly a spectacular video card and the fastest I have owned yet and I owned a pretty fast 680 (Lightning @1372/1771). I also have a Gigabyte 7950 that does 1280/1800. Both my Tahiti cards eat Keplers.
You just got a defective sample. It happens. I would suggest exchanging it.

I'm about to pull the trigger on a Gigabyte 7950 myself, what voltage and temps do you get with your card at 1280?
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I have my HD7950 WF3 running at 1100/1400 currently, 1.162v. 3dmark11 graphics score 10100, temps load @ about 63-66C. Could push it nicely over 11000 graphics score as well with a bit more voltage and OC. smile.gif
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I ended up RMAing the 7950 and I'm glad I did because not only do I get 3 free games, but I also got an amazing overclocker! I am running her 24/7 at 1150MHz on the core and 1700MHz on the memory at 1.1V core (0.05V above stock) and 1.6V memory (stock). Unigen Heaven 3.0 load temps at around 75C with fans at 45%. Ambient is ~70F. This thing is a MONSTER!
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