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I am really needed to upgrade my 4890 1GB. It is obviously the the weak link in my rig (see below). So I've been shopping around. I want to stick with AMD and was looking at getting a used 6950 2GB. But even on eBay they are going for $150-180 used. So forget that. I'll pony up a little extra and get a current gen card. So far I am looking at a 7870 and a 7950. Probably about a $40-$60 difference in price after all is said and done. So what should I do? Obviously the 7950 is a better card but will I notice a difference in medium-heavy gaming? Would like to max out Skyrim (with a ton of mods) at 1080p. I know thats not a tall task since my 4890 almost does that now. Key word, almost. I can't run the texture pack or have too many foliage mods without it beginning to noticeably strain. I also was planning on picking up Dishonored in the near future and have a steam list that includes Metro 2033 and the Batman games that I want to get around to playing sometime. Plus if I was to pickup a 7xxx series card new, I'll definitely be playing FarCry 3.

So with that limited info, will I notice a $60 difference between the 2 cards. It'll probably have to last me a couple years.
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You can't really beat the performance per dollar you can get out of a 7950. Especially with the new drivers it's one hell of a card at the given price point. Not to mention the serious overclocking potential gives you so much more room to push the card and squeeze every drop of performance out of it. Definitely could see it lasting you 2 years, and even after that another one for CFX would save you even more cash when/if you need a second.

So the 7950 gets my vote. I believe you'll notice the difference, especially when overclocked.
 
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post #3 of 27
The 7950 is coming with 3 games at the moment and you can find it at 280$.
I think this is a pretty good deal.
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post #4 of 27
Right now you might not notice as much of a tangible difference, but if the card needs to last 2 years, then you'll REALLY want to spend the extra on the 7950, as it'll show its age less as time passes.
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It will be a noticeable difference. Wait and catch a sale and you can pick up an HD 7950 for the price of an HD 7870. thumb.gif
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It will be a noticeable difference. Wait and catch a sale and you can pick up an HD 7950 for the price of an HD 7870. thumb.gif

BLACK FRIDAY!! thumb.gif
 
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post #7 of 27
you will probably notice a difference. the 7950 will run pretty much anything you throw at it, at the highest settings. and as state above it should come with 3 games right now (not sure if they are still doing that promotion), but that alone is a nice bonus. i went from a 6870 to a 7950 and then added a second, and there was a huge margin of difference.

also the 7800 series seems to have a common issue with black screens, and loss of video output, and as far as i know the 7950s have been pretty problem free.
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Thanks all for the replies. I think you've swayed me. And Black Friday is definitely why I am looking right now. Hopefully newegg has something good going on.

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Usually you won't get price reduction on high-end stuff on black friday... Unless you are really lucky of course wink.gif
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post #10 of 27
Get the HD 7950. You will see a significant performance improvement in demanding games like Skyrim with mods, Metro 2033. here is an example of a demanding title like Hitman Absolution running close to 30% faster on HD 7950 .

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/hitman_absolution_graphics_vga_performance_review_benchmark,6.html

Get the Gigabyte HD 7950 OC. good cooler. nice game bundle

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125414
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