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I personally have the Gigabyte Windforce 3 7950 and love it. Granted it is my first build but I am absolutely amazed at the quality of the graphics. I am running BF3 on a 23" 1080 LG monitor without a hiccup. I highly recommend it.
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That may have been the way it was years ago, but today, drivers from both camps are virtually the same quality, and the image quality is virtually identical.
At this point, the companies compete on price alone. They are that close. thumb.gif

Uhh....no. That is the way it is NOW.
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I refer you to this site.
http://www.hwcompare.com
Very helpful indeed. THEN you need to take drivers into consideration. For example Radeons are better in picture quality but the drivers are flaky at best. GeForce cards are a little behind Radeons in picture quality but the drivers are VERY solid.
Just an example.

that site is useless its all theoretical.... look at this
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This list is ordered by fastest to slowest (according to memory bandwidth - so it won't be totally accurate). Click on one to view its specifications, and to find cards of similar performance to compare it to.

then what the hell good is it even having listed???
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um i am reading that some 7950's are voltage locked mad.gif


Do your homework and don't buy a voltage locked one. And while you're at it don't buy from a vendor that punishes you for returning a product that is voltage locked.
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If you want to do your homework/reserach (figuring out which model is voltage locked, manually OC for yourself) and get the best price/performance and high resolution(1440p and/or 8XMSAA) performance you should get the 7950.


If you want a plug-in and play, simpler OC(you have to do far less to OC a Kepler than a Tahiti, however you won't OC as far %wise), and 3D with no plans for resolution beyond 1080p, pay the extra $$ and get the 670.

Don't get swayed by benchmarks, Benchmarks show a 800mhz 7950 against a 1050mhz+ 670, when in reality 7950 OCs to 1100Mhz+( 37.5%+ OC) and 670 OCs are stuck at 1300 ish( 24% OC)

As far as specific brand goes, I used both the Gigabyte Windforce3X 670(used a month then sold to buy a 7950) as well as the Gigabyte 7950 WF3(currently) and both are great cards. You can't go wrong with MSI's version for these card's either.

I have had no issue with the latest Catalyst 12.11 beta(I am on beta 6) drivers nor did I have any issue with Forceware 300+ drivers, so don't worry about the driver problem form either side.
Edited by sherlock - 11/27/12 at 9:42pm
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Uhh....no. That is the way it is NOW.

Got some proof to back up those claims? I'm hearing a lot of talk, but absolutely no chalk. proof.gif

The last time that image quality was compared was around the HD 4xxx series when AMD perfected it's angle-independent AF technique, basically putting an end to the image wars. Nvidia followed suit with their next generation of cards. Beyond that, base image quality is EXACTLY the same on cards from both camps. Sure you can add a few different AA techniques or some fancy shader algorithm that isn't supported by their competitor, but those are few a far between and can usually be synthesized by software.

As far as drivers go, both camps have had missteps over the last generation, but in the end, both camps also have really REALLY good drivers now that things are sorted out. Also, as of about 4 years ago when I purchased an HD 4870 for my wife, I have never had a major driver issue out of ATI/AMD ever. Nvidia, on the other hand, crashed constantly in XP when I had the 8800 GTX and 9800 GTX+. Certain games didn't play right either... and don't even get me started on the Geforce FX series of cards. When those things first came out, the original Far Cry looked and ran WORSE on a Geforce FX 5900 than it did on an older and less powerful Geforce 4 Ti 4200. It took Nvidia 4 months to fix that driver glitch. So yes, drivers out of both camps right now are phenomenal compared to what they were several years ago.

I challenge you to prove me wrong on this. Go ahead and try. wink.gif
Edited by Mad Pistol - 11/28/12 at 12:20am
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Nvidia, on the other hand, crashed constantly in XP when I had the 8800 GTX and 9800 GTX+. Certain games didn't play right either

+1 on that, my girlfriend is still running at 9800GTX and she gets crashes ALL the time, even after a fresh reinstall.
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That may have been the way it was years ago, but today, drivers from both camps are virtually the same quality, and the image quality is virtually identical.
At this point, the companies compete on price alone. They are that close. thumb.gif

Uhh....no. That is the way it is NOW.


Have ppl really forgotten how Nvidia killed countless customer cards with their drivers, on more than one occasion?
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hey i just purcharsed a msi 7950 twin frozr III card factory OC'd to 960mhz and ive overclock to 1150mhz clock and 1500mhz memory with ease @ 72.C on load. FTW!!!!

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hey i just purcharsed a msi 7950 twin frozr III card factory OC'd to 960mhz and ive overclock to 1150mhz clock and 1500mhz memory with ease @ 72.C on load. FTW!!!!

post in the HD 7900 users thread. you can share your experience with other users - benchmarks, core OC clocks, core voltage, core and VRM temps, fan speed / noise.
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