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So I currently have a Powercolor 6850 sitting in my spec below. It runs ok in terms of decent framerates. However it's temps hit 100'c on full load and the fan has to max itself out at 100% to keep up. Ultimately it sounds like a jet engine. Firstly I've just purchased an NZXT H2 Case (which is hopefully arriving today) to combat the noise. I've read bit-techs review of the MSI 7850 OC 1GB card currently selling at £120 on scan and also comes free with Far Cry 3 apparently. I'm really tempted to buy one but a little afraid of its future proof capabilities.

Should I wait it out for the next gen cards and save up? What the next best upgrade?
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Ideally, I wouldn't get anything less than a 7950 if you want it to last you a while but if it's out of your price range, a 7850 2GB would be great. thumb.gif
Edited by StayFrosty - 1/11/13 at 5:43am
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Ideally, I wouldn't get anything less than a 7950 if you want it to last you a while but if it's out of your price range, a 7850 2GB would be great. thumb.gif

Why spend like £40-60 more on a 2GB version when the 1GB produces the same performance at 1080p (sometimes better) than the 2GB. What will the extra 1GB memory actually do?
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post #4 of 14
I would recommand going with 2gb model.
Most of the recent games require more than 1gb of vram at max settings or high resolutions.
If you can push your budget ,i think that the best upgrade will be the hd 7870 it will double your Fps in most of the cases and Overclock very well.
    
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post #5 of 14
With the New consoles rumored to be coming out they will have more VRAM and with cards just going that direction you can count on games using more VRAM. Put it this way a 4870 with 512mb of vram wont do much now.

The 7850 won't be a huge upgrade, it sounds like your 6850 needs repasted, and the fan cleaned out.
 
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yeah get a 2GB version of 7850. you have a 1080p monitor.
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Hmmm, Conflicting opinions. I'm not sure I'm ready to drop 200 quid on a card such as the 7870 yet. Are there any cards that meet in the middle?
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go for the sapphire HD 7870 XT with the Tahiti LE chip. 1536 stream processors at 975 mhz boost. 256 bit memory at 1.5 Ghz (192 Gb/s) . 32 ROPs. excellent dual x cooler.

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-312-SP&groupid=701&catid=56&subcat=411

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1651/pg1/sapphire-hd-7870-xt-with-boost-tahiti-le-graphics-card-review-introduction.html

here are a few other Tahiti LE reviews

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/01/01/powercolor_radeon_hd_7870_myst_edition_review/
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Club_3D/HD_7870_jokerCard_Tahiti_LE/28.html

easily matches HD 7950(800 mhz) and GTX 660 Ti at stock. overclocked to 1200 mhz matches HD 7970 (925 Mhz) performance.

here is a user who has overclocked Tahiti LE compared against HD 7970

http://www.overclock.net/t/1341729/7870-tahiti-le-crossfired-with-and-compared-to-7970-ghz-edition

for £192 its an amazing card. go for it. thumb.gif
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go for the sapphire HD 7870 XT with the Tahiti LE chip. 1536 stream processors at 975 mhz boost. 256 bit memory at 1.5 Ghz (192 Gb/s) . 32 ROPs. excellent dual x cooler.

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-312-SP&groupid=701&catid=56&subcat=411

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1651/pg1/sapphire-hd-7870-xt-with-boost-tahiti-le-graphics-card-review-introduction.html

here are a few other Tahiti LE reviews

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/01/01/powercolor_radeon_hd_7870_myst_edition_review/
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Club_3D/HD_7870_jokerCard_Tahiti_LE/28.html

easily matches HD 7950(800 mhz) and GTX 660 Ti at stock. overclocked to 1200 mhz matches HD 7970 (925 Mhz) performance.

here is a user who has overclocked Tahiti LE compared against HD 7970

http://www.overclock.net/t/1341729/7870-tahiti-le-crossfired-with-and-compared-to-7970-ghz-edition

for £192 its an amazing card. go for it. thumb.gif

Pretty much any card i buy for that price is going to handle all the games i throw at it. What i want do differentiate between them all XFX/ASUS/MSi etc.... is noise level. Would love one that uses a cooler with a reputation for being quiet.
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