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Hey,

I've been reading the forums and I was set to purchase a 660ti, but after reading the posts on the forum the HD 7950 is a much better card when overclocked. Would you agree with this? Also, I've been looking at some cards and don't really know which brand is best for performance/overclocking for the 7950 (apart from XFX which is apparently terrible). I have a budget of around £250 and can order from any retailer.

Preferably would like the 4 free games deal if possible tongue.gif
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post #2 of 31
I highly suggest that you get a Club 3D 7950 if you can. Those things are absolute monsters.
Edited by Roadkill95 - 11/26/12 at 10:46am
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These are quite possibly one of the best 7950s. (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127667&Tpk=msi%207950) and (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006). Look for one of these cards in the stores. Aside from that, you get 3 free games and one coupon for another game.
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I'd recommend the Gigabyte WF3 7950 as well.
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Would you guys definitely recommend a 7950 over a 660ti? I game at 1920x1080 and will be overclocking.
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post #6 of 31
OP the HD 7950 OC and HD 7950 boost matches GTX 670. so its definitely faster than GTX 660 Ti. here are a couple of good options. both cards come with never settle game bundle.

Gigabyte HD 7950 OC (900 Mhz) - 240
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-098-GI

HIS ICEQ HD 7950 boost (850 core / 925 boost) - 240
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-065-HS

in fact clock for clock HD 7950 is 3 - 5% slower than HD 7970. a HD 7950 overclocked to 1.15 Ghz can match or exceed GTX 680(1.25 Ghz). the GTX 660 Ti is no competition.
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post #7 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lukeovcas View Post

Would you guys definitely recommend a 7950 over a 660ti? I game at 1920x1080 and will be overclocking.


If you Overclock 7950 will pull ahead of 660 Ti significantly since 7950 can OC further than 660Ti, especially with the new 12.11 beta driver. 660 Ti have a very limited 192 bit Memory Bus, whereas 7950 have a 384 bit Memory Bus, which means at higher AA its edge of 660Ti will get larger.

Here is a Tom's Hardware review on how 660Ti's limited memory interface set it back against AMD competition, benches were done before AMD's new driver came out and boosted 7950 performance by 7% across the board at 1080p.



The clock profile for these tests:

7950 run at 800mhz stock, in actual usage they can be overclocked to 1050-1100(31.5-37.5%) mhz easily.

660Ti run at at least 1050 mhz boost clock out of the box(980 stated on the box, but in fact they run 70mhz faster at least), however they can't get past 1300mhz(24%) OC due to voltage locks.
Edited by sherlock - 11/26/12 at 11:19am
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Looking into Gigabyte and MSI versions
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post #9 of 31
Gigabyte cards are voltage locked, So i went ahead and returned gigabyte 7950 windforce and got me a Sapphire Vapor -x HD 7950 OC which is unlocked

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009MML1UA/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00
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Originally Posted by PainKiller89 View Post

Gigabyte cards are voltage locked, So i went ahead and returned gigabyte 7950 windforce and got me a Sapphire Vapor -x HD 7950 OC which is unlocked
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009MML1UA/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00

http://www.overclock.net/t/1303929/7950-vapor-x-voltage-locked

http://www.overclock.net/t/1319851/is-there-a-way-to-get-a-gigabyte-7950-past-1100mhz-core-in-ab

There are voltage locked Vapor-X out there, probably more so than WF3. OP just buy the one with the lowest price, I picked Gigabyte because they offer 3 year warranty, Sapphire gives 2.
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