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Hello smile.gif So my signature has my current PC specs and I am thinking about changing the cards to a single one. I was wondering between the 7870 or 7950 from MSI but I don't know if the 7870 will give a big performance boost.

A good from just got his new CPU today, a AMD FX 8350 and he also has the MSI 7950. He gets like 70fps in bf3 on Ultra at 1050p.

How does a 7870 compare to this? Will I get a lot more fps then I get from a single HD6870? Most of the time (80%) I have CFX disabled.
My friend also told that my PC might also be botttlenecked as my CPU is more powerful then my GPU.

Or should I take option 2 and wait a bit till I have the money for a MSI 7950? The MSI 7950 will cost me 274 euros where a 7850 will only cost me 202 euros.

7850: http://www.alternate.nl/html/product/MSI/R7850_Power_Edition_2GD5-OC/1008490/
7950: http://www.alternate.nl/html/product/MSI/R7950_Twin_Frozr_3GD5_V2/1053685/

This website is Dutch as I am dutch and it's the only website I order stuff from smile.gif Great service.

I also took a look at Nvidea and came with the 660ti Power Edition from MSI but from what my friend told me, his 7950 would beat that card at stock and even more when you OC the 7950?

Seeing the 660ti PE cost like 242 and the 7950 274 euros it would make sense to spend a bit more on the 7950 but I don't know what you guys suggest?

Do KNOW! I don't want to pay 300 euros on a single GPU. 250 / 280 or maybe under those prices are fine for me.
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a 7950 is the better choice between that and the 660ti. The 7950s GENERALLY overclock extremely well, however, there are no guarantee. You can not go wrong getting the 7950. I believe you will be super happy about that card.
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so I hear about this alot

the 660ti I dont like because of the small memory bus, which would limit it especially with Anti Aliasing

But I keep hearing of people leavign ATi because of Drivers, going from those same cards to the 660ti

Honeslty I cant say either way, because the ATi guys say, no there sno problem, and some ati guys say there s a problem, and damn near every nvidia guy says there is no problem on 660ti

so its up to you, it seems that those who overclock the 7950 are happy and do not complain about drivers. so I would take the shot simply because it has a better Memory bit interface
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I just checked Alternate and did find a HD7870 ( I started this topic with a 7870 in mind but lost the link from the website so I took 7850, hope you dont mind this mistake).

http://www.alternate.nl/html/product/MSI/R7870_Twin_Frozr_2GD5-OC/996354/

It is a 7870, can someone show me some graphs that shows me performance between the 7870 and 7950 ? Doesn't depend what for game! Bf3 graph, Crysis 2 etc
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Most of the time 7950's will overclock way past 7970 and past GTX670 performance, I would 100% recommend the MSI and Saphire versions as they have the best reviews around the web
     
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http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/548?vs=550

here you go

I would get the 7950 , yummy bandwidth

but not a huge difference, processor will make BF3 better
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Heck, ive seen someone with tri-fire 7970 still have problems in BF3, and they had a 4.1GHz 3770k, shows how much its intensive init
     
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so I hear about this alot

the 660ti I dont like because of the small memory bus, which would limit it especially with Anti Aliasing

But I keep hearing of people leavign ATi because of Drivers, going from those same cards to the 660ti

Honeslty I cant say either way, because the ATi guys say, no there sno problem, and some ati guys say there s a problem, and damn near every nvidia guy says there is no problem on 660ti

so its up to you, it seems that those who overclock the 7950 are happy and do not complain about drivers. so I would take the shot simply because it has a better Memory bit interface

At your current resolution (1680x1050) I don't believe the 192 bit bus of the 660ti would be a limiting factor. I suspect, and this is just a guess of course, that it should perform on par with my 670 at 1080.
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A 7950 Would be the better buy, It will be a side grade but you don't need to worry about crossfire issues/heat/power and the 7950 OC like a beast.thumb.gif
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I am interested now in the 7950 smile.gif

How does the 7950 compare too two HD6870 that I have now? Does a single card beat my two cards?
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