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Meet the Radeon HD 7870 LE, a promisingly-fast card with a misleading name and an impressive value proposition. Of course, we see a number of price shifts, though most are unfortunately increases. Our recommendations do change a bit this month, though.

Detailed graphics card specifications and reviews are great—that is, if you have the time to do the research. But at the end of the day, what a gamer needs is the best graphics card within a certain budget.

So, if you don’t have the time to research the benchmarks, or if you don’t feel confident enough in your ability to pick the right card, then fear not. We at Tom’s Hardware have come to your aid with a simple list of the best gaming cards offered for the money.

Head over to Tom's Hardware for the full article
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Interesting how they list the 670 @ $370. Been seeing a lot of them on sale at $300-$320 recently.

At $320, I'd take a 670 over a 7950 all day long. Sure you might get lucky and get a 7950 that's a great overclocker and can surpass the 670 oc'd but there's just as good a chance you won't.
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Interesting how they list the 670 @ $370. Been seeing a lot of them on sale at $300-$320 recently.

At $320, I'd take a 670 over a 7950 all day long. Sure you might get lucky and get a 7950 that's a great overclocker and can surpass the 670 oc'd but there's just as good a chance you won't.

A quick search on Amazon and Newegg(likely what Tom did to get that price, the link goes to a $369.99 card on Newegg) and the lowest 670 are $360 and both are reference boards with the short pcb.

Here is a $334.99 reference 670 if the $40 Tigerdirect MIR comes through.

Here is the $320 on NCIX, can go down to $280 with rebates. Good value if you run it under water. I personally would take a $300 aftermarket cooled 7950 like the Gigabyte WF3.
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Interesting how they list the 670 @ $370. Been seeing a lot of them on sale at $300-$320 recently.

At $320, I'd take a 670 over a 7950 all day long. Sure you might get lucky and get a 7950 that's a great overclocker and can surpass the 670 oc'd but there's just as good a chance you won't.

I guess I'm lucky...
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excellent information, thanks for this:thumb:
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LE looks good on benchmarks because of the high clock speeds, it's still a 7950 with less vram and shaders. rolleyes.gif
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Or you could get 2 GTX 480s on ebay for 100-150 a piece and put them into SLI and get better performance then a GTX 680.
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Or you could get 2 GTX 480s on ebay for 100-150 a piece and put them into SLI and get better performance then a GTX 680.

That's pretty bad advice unless you already have a 480, a hefty PSU, a case with tons of airflow or water cooling, play at low res where vram isnt as much of a concern, and don't care about your power bill.

Oh yeah, you probably wouldn't get a warranty either.
Edited by Foolsmasher - 1/26/13 at 7:32pm
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