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Hi there -- Xfire my 7850 or wait for a GTX 780/HD8970

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Hi, this is pretty much my first thread I've started, I'm new here, although I mostly post on Tom's Hardware.

I have an AX 850 at the current moment.

I'm also getting a 1440p monitor later this week, which is why I'm not sure whether I should deal with low FPS until like April when the 780's come out, and sell off my 7850 and buy that, or buy another 7850 now and live with it for awhile. Or I can buy a HD 8970 or something similar when they come out early next year (I normally go with AMD, however their money troubles are making me wary of purchasing from them again)

Another 7850 will cost me around $250.

What do you guys think?

Thanks.
post #2 of 10
It really depends on how much cash you want to dish out for performance. If you are hungry now for performance and are not satisfied with your current setup I would say get another 7850 for CF or pay $300 for a 7950.

If you can live with the current setup and performance/loss you have then wait until Q2 of next year when all the new stuff is out.

It really depends on what you feel comfortable with. Also if you got another 7850 now you probably would never be able to sell it by the time the new stuff came out.

If it was me personally I would wait until the 8970 comes, its right around the corner thumb.gif
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Thanks for your opinion. My 7850 is currently overclocked to 1.4 GHZ at the current moment (Crazy I know), although its temps get in the 95-100 degrees celcius region. Its a beast of a card. I guess it can carry me to the next generation, with the talk of the big Kepler thingy I honestly don't want to dish into a 8970, especially since they will be ridiculously priced upon release.

Thanks, I might just stick with my 7850 for now.
post #4 of 10
ye that is one beast OC, if i knew that I would have definitely said stick with your 7850 lol. Just watch those temps tongue.gif . And yes, 8970 will clean out your wallet upon release lol
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Thanks for your opinion. My 7850 is currently overclocked to 1.4 GHZ at the current moment (Crazy I know), although its temps get in the 95-100 degrees celcius region. Its a beast of a card. I guess it can carry me to the next generation, with the talk of the big Kepler thingy I honestly don't want to dish into a 8970, especially since they will be ridiculously priced upon release.
Thanks, I might just stick with my 7850 for now.

1.Temps are way too high.
2. Do you have a 1gb 7850 or a 2gb 7850?
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1.Temps are way too high.
2. Do you have a 1gb 7850 or a 2gb 7850?

1. The temps are high because its crazily overclocked, I don't run it at that all the time, only when I need to.

2. Its 2GB, its one of Sapphires older Dual X models (Not their new one)
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1.Temps are way too high.
2. Do you have a 1gb 7850 or a 2gb 7850?



Agreed. Dont run it there for any long amount of time at all or you'll really reduce your card's life....

I recommend holding the 7850 until next generation.
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Agreed. Dont run it there for any long amount of time at all or you'll really reduce your card's life....
I recommend holding the 7850 until next generation.

Yeah I never run it for more than an hour, most of the time its idling at 1.1 GHZ with no voltage change. I got one hell of a chip.
post #9 of 10
OP 1.4 Ghz is pushing your HD 7850 card a bit too much . back off to 1.3 Ghz. you could sell your HD 7850 2GB and go for a HD 7950 boost. easily overclocks to 1.1 Ghz. matches HD 7970 Ghz performance at those clock speeds. yeah the HD 8970 or GTX 780 are worth waiting for. but pricing on these cards is not going to be as good as HD 7950 boost. nothing beats the HD 7950 boost for value for your money.
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