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Poll Results: HIS 7850 or ref 660

 
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post #21 of 47
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Is the $250 7870 XT a better value than the HIS 7870 that's on sale for $220 on Newegg?'

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161404 - It looks like a really good deal, I'm really tempted to buy it. But if the 7870 XT is THAT much better, than I'll just go with the XT.

as i told you the sapphire HD 7870 XT (975 mhz) will be 8 - 10% faster than HIS HD 7870(1000 mhz) . at the same clocks it would be 10 - 12 % faster. for just 30 bucks more definitely worth it. thumb.gif

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202024

Ok I will go buy this card next week. I hope the price doesn't go up...

    
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Is the reference 660 cooler really loud? I know it's not better than the HIS cooler, but the 660 has better performance. It's only about $205 right now, but I don't want to get a screaming loud card.
 

 

For reference, my 670 use the 680 reference cooler and it is much quieter than my 580, which was using the windforce x3 cooler.

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Hey guys is there a black screen problem for the 7870? I've heard a LOT about black screens with a 7870, is it fixed now, or should I just buy a 7850?

    
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Hey guys is there a black screen problem for the 7870? I've heard a LOT about black screens with a 7870, is it fixed now, or should I just buy a 7850?

the card most affected is the Sapphire HD 7870 (pitcairn). the Sapphire HD 7870 XT with boost which uses the Tahiti LE chip is a different design and not affected.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202024

the other Tahiti LE card worth considering is Powercolor PCS+ HD 7870 MYST. currently out of stock at newegg. but you could wait for it to come back in stock and grab it.

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=PC-787_2V3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131484

the sapphire card has a much better cooler than the powercolor card. so get the sapphire card. lower temps and lower noise. the powercolor card gets loud with overclocking

sapphire hd 7870 xt
http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/zardon/sapphire-hd7870-w-boost-tahiti-le-review/15/
http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1651/pg12/sapphire-hd-7870-xt-with-boost-tahiti-le-graphics-card-review-power-temps-noise-and-overclocking.html
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/5158/sapphire_radeon_hd_7870_xt_tahiti_le_2gb_with_boost_overclocked_video_card_review/index17.html

powercolor pcs+ hd 7870 myst

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/01/01/powercolor_radeon_hd_7870_myst_edition_review/10
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/5120/powercolor_pcs_radeon_hd_7870_tahiti_le_2gb_myst_video_card_review/index17.html
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post #25 of 47
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Ok the price rose on both the PSU and the GPU so the total goes over 350. I don't have that much $$.

 

Is the black screen still present on the regular 7870? Was it just a driver problem?

    
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Get the ANTEC NEO ECO 520w. 40A on +12v rail. high quality psu made by seasonic. with the sapphire HD 7870 XT the total cost is USD 315.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371030
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202024

if you want to stay around USD 300 with psu go for the PCS+ MYST HD 7870

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=PC-787_2V3
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Is the reference 660 cooler really loud? I know it's not better than the HIS cooler, but the 660 has better performance. It's only about $205 right now, but I don't want to get a screaming loud card.


 

For reference, my 670 use the 680 reference cooler and it is much quieter than my 580, which was using the windforce x3 cooler.

I have the exact same card and having had stock cooling on it and having an aftermarket cooler i can say the difference is night and day. I guess it all depends on your preference for what 'kind' of sound it makes. On something like a GTX 660 it had might not be too bad. Especially if he were to use the Kepler Bios Editor to lower the fan profile to a minimum of something like 20% for regular usage.

As far as HD 7850s, like someone else suggested earlier, I'd definitely recommend the MSI HD 7850 Power Edition should you go that way. Mine clocked to 1200mhz easily and it ran very cool (and the sound was very good after adjusting the fan profile).
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post #28 of 47
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Get the ANTEC NEO ECO 520w. 40A on +12v rail. high quality psu made by seasonic. with the sapphire HD 7870 XT the total cost is USD 315.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371030
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202024

if you want to stay around USD 300 with psu go for the PCS+ MYST HD 7870

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=PC-787_2V3

Sorry but I want a more efficient PSU. The NEO is old, gray, ugly, and just regular 80+. I already know it's a great unit, but efficiency is, again, just 80+.

 

I think I'll just save money for the Capstone and 7870 XT. Thanks for the help.

    
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Sorry but I want a more efficient PSU. The NEO is old, gray, ugly, and just regular 80+. I already know it's a great unit, but efficiency is, again, just 80+.

I think I'll just save money for the Capstone and 7870 XT. Thanks for the help.

the capstone 450M Modular 80 PLUS GOLD psu is available for USD 70. very high quality psu. definitely worth spending the extra money. thumb.gif

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182261
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Sorry but I want a more efficient PSU. The NEO is old, gray, ugly, and just regular 80+. I already know it's a great unit, but efficiency is, again, just 80+.

I think I'll just save money for the Capstone and 7870 XT. Thanks for the help.

the capstone 450M Modular 80 PLUS GOLD psu is available for USD 70. very high quality psu. definitely worth spending the extra money. thumb.gif

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182261

I bought the 450-M and the Sapphire 7870 XT on Newegg for $360. I hope it was worth it.

    
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