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Just placed my order. Can't beat $299 + a $20 MIR AND that bundle of games.

Almost spent the extra $25 for the MSI Twin Frozr III but couldn't justify it. Especially since I'm already going above and beyond what I was originally planning on. Thanks again. I was literally 50/50 before posting this thread on getting the 7950 or a 7870. I think I'm going to be happy with the future proofing of the 7950 in the end. Worth the extra $$$.

it is worth it in the end you will be very happy you made that decision... smile.gif
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Well got my card in yesterday. This thing is pretty sweet. Haven't had a chance to OC or stress it too much but the one thing I've noticed is that the cooler rocks. I was going to get a waterblock for it but doubt that's even necessary. When it clocks up to 925 playing Skyrim, it doesn't go over 53°C with 65%fan. Compared that to the 80°C my 4890 was hitting.

So far.. VERY satisfied.
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Well got my card in yesterday. This thing is pretty sweet. Haven't had a chance to OC or stress it too much but the one thing I've noticed is that the cooler rocks. I was going to get a waterblock for it but doubt that's even necessary. When it clocks up to 925 playing Skyrim, it doesn't go over 53°C with 65%fan. Compared that to the 80°C my 4890 was hitting.
So far.. VERY satisfied.

the temps are very good. monitor both core and VRM temps using gpu-z or HWinfo32. test using heaven 3.0, 3D Mark 11 , BF3. atleast check for half an hour to see how it does when ambient temps increase. you could easily hit 1 Ghz. just max out power option to +20% . that will ensure it runs at 1 Ghz without throttling. congrats thumb.gif
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post #24 of 27
IMO. 7870 is a great price right now. Theres not a huge difference in performance. However they are bundling games with the 7950. Either card will last you a while.
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In the end, that's why I went for the 7950. Selling the 3 game bundle should mitigate the cost some.
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In the end, that's why I went for the 7950. Selling the 3 game bundle should mitigate the cost some.

This is exactly what I did. I sold mine on eBay for $53, and am going to try to sell my golden 570 for about $200, which will mean upgrading for a mere $50! Wonderful strategy in the end.
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This is exactly what I did. I sold mine on eBay for $53, and am going to try to sell my golden 570 for about $200, which will mean upgrading for a mere $50! Wonderful strategy in the end.

I'm ebaying my old 4890 and the game coupon. The original cost of the card was $299 so add the $20 MIR, the coupon and selling my 4890... It won't be as good a deal as you got, obviously but it makes for a nice little incentive for the upgrade.

Just browsed eBay and one of these 4-1 coupons was at $100(!!).. crazy.
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