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I've gone through two RMA'd GTX 670 FTW 4GB cards in the last three weeks. I have $350 Newegg credit and I'm trying to decide if I should buy a 7950, or if I should save my money and wait for the next generation of cards.

What do you think?

If you think the 7950 is the way to go, which 7950 do you recommend for 1200p, overclocked gaming?
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Originally Posted by NeutiquamErro View Post

I've gone through two RMA'd GTX 670 FTW 4GB cards in the last three weeks. I have $350 Newegg credit and I'm trying to decide if I should buy a 7950, or if I should save my money and wait for the next generation of cards.
What do you think?
If you think the 7950 is the way to go, which 7950 do you recommend for 1200p, overclocked gaming?

Well realistically we don't have an exact date that they will even come out. I'd say get the 7950 now.
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Go with a 7950 now, don't worry about the tech report views, honestly they are at the point of bashing now. The 7950 is incredible, I am loving mine.

Now, as far as which 7950 to go with, i've heard excellent things about this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161429

If I had to buy a 7950 again, i'd go with that one. Heard it is the best 7950 for overclocking, 8+6 pin power, custom pcb, and great cooler.
     
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Go for the HD 7950. the next gen cards will be priced at higher price points. the GTX 780 can be expected to launch at 550 - 600. the GK110 is a massive chip and Nvidia is not going to sell that for cheap. Also it could be late Q1 or early Q2.

I recommend the sapphire HD 7950 boost. good speeds out of the box at 925 Mhz boost. easily overclocks to 1.1 - 1.15 Ghz at stock voltage. good dual x cooler. very positive user reviews at newegg. thumb.gif

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006
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pull it! get the sapphire others recommended even if my gigabyte has been treating me well. that HIS looks smexy. i think HIS has good customer service. gigabyte does and i am not sure about sapphire's.
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Thanks for the advice, everyone. It seems that everyone thinks I should buy a 7950, rather than waiting for the GTX 7xx series. I've received recommendations for three different 7950s:

HIS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161429
Core Clock: 850 MHz
Boost Clock: 950 MHz
Price: $349.99

GIGABYTE: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125414&Tpk=gigabyte%207950
Core Clock: 900 MHz
Boost Clock: N/A
Price: $299.99

SAPPHIRE: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006
Core Clock: 850 MHz
Boost Clock: 925 MHz
Price: $309.99

What are the pros and cons of each? If I'm going to pull the trigger on this, I want the right card in my sights.
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OP all the 3 models you have chosen have good coolers. Gigabyte has 3 year warranty while the other two have 2 yr warranty. HIS has the highest stock clocks with 950 Mhz boost and a 8 pin + 6 pin power connector. Gigabyte HD 7950 (900 mhz) and Sapphire HD 7950 boost have two 6 pin PCI-E power connectors. pick the vendor with the features you like.
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post #9 of 16
The HIS is overpriced imo, go with the Sapphire or Gigabyte.
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OP all the 3 models you have chosen have good coolers. Gigabyte has 3 year warranty while the other two have 2 yr warranty. HIS has the highest stock clocks with 950 Mhz boost and a 8 pin + 6 pin power connector. Gigabyte HD 7950 (900 mhz) and Sapphire HD 7950 boost have two 6 pin PCI-E power connectors. pick the vendor with the features you like.

This.
     
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