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Should i upgrade to 7950 or should i xfire my 7850?

Poll Results: 7850 xfire or 7950

 
  • 16% (2)
    7850 xfire
  • 66% (8)
    7950
  • 16% (2)
    Leave it and upgrade somthing else (please specify)
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post #1 of 19
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If you were in my situation which would you pick?

Here are my scenarios.

Im on a budget, i dont have money to waste
i currently own a nicely overclocked 7850
i plan to upgrade my monitor to 1080p 120hz
i belive my mobo only supports x16 and x4 pcie (i think, im not 100% sure, would it matter that much anyways?)
Im thinking about adding my gpu to my water loop, be it 7950 or xfire 7850.. is it worth it?

lemme know what you think.
Edited by AlaskaFox - 1/28/13 at 3:28pm
post #2 of 19
I would say go for the 7950. It will be easier and cheaper to add to your loop, you will have more VRAM, and I would be worried about bottlenecking the two 7850s with the x16/x4 slots on your mobo. Especially with 1440x900, a 7950 will be more than enough power, with less heat and less power usage than two 7850s.
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post #3 of 19
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Originally Posted by estabya View Post

I would say go for the 7950. It will be easier and cheaper to add to your loop, you will have more VRAM, and I would be worried about bottlenecking the two 7850s with the x16/x4 slots on your mobo. Especially with 1440x900, a 7950 will be more than enough power, with less heat and less power usage than two 7850s.

i guess i should start by specifying, i dont plan to stick with this monitor.
I want a 1080p 120hz in the future.


Also i honesty dont think i will be reselling this card if i happen to get a 7950, i will likely end up upgrading my build to an intel platform sometime down the road, and this one will end up being my overkill HTPC lol.

On the note of putting my VGA under water, what benifits would i be looking at???

i cant speak for the 7950 but i think im hitting the voltage wall on my 7850 for overclocking without going over my thermal max.
So would extra cooling be nessisary? how about on the 7950? is it commonly able to reach its max OC before overheating? At what point do they stop giving decent performance returns per clock.
post #4 of 19
Upgrade your monitor instead. If youve got a decent OC on your 7850 itll last until next generation AMD cards come out, which will be pretty soon.
post #5 of 19
People really need to learn what the op posts hes already planning to upgrade his lcd i say go with a 7950 Sence your board will limit the 2nd 7850 to 4x only.
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post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by RX7-2nr View Post

Upgrade your monitor instead. If youve got a decent OC on your 7850 itll last until next generation AMD cards come out, which will be pretty soon.

i was thinking about it, here is my crazy theory.

while a monitor upgrade (1080p 120hz) would be a more signifigant upgrade, i was thinking that for um... WOW factor, it would be better for me to upgrade to an overkill card so that when i upgrade my monitor i get the full force of the upgrade all in one blow.
i dont think that my 7850 would keep up with 1080p 120hz in most scenarios like a 7950 would (i even sometimes still get drops below 60 on this screen...) so if i upgrade my videocard first, i will notice more of a difference when i switch monitors.


im probly full of hooey >.>



also, PS, i dont know if i plan to buy next gen cards. Release prices scare the crap outta me... and like i said, im on a budget.
so lets say i got a 7950, with the release of 8xxx on the horizon, the prices for these will drop dramaticly. (just look what happened to the 350$ 6950)
xfire upgrade for THAT would be extraordinarily cheap.


the price of the 7950 as it is is very tempting
even more so the price of the 7850 (100$ less than i paid initialy for this one...) hence my inquiry about xfiring my 7850


TL;DR

Im a psycho, my monitor sucks, im a poor sucka
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Originally Posted by Bal3Wolf View Post

People really need to learn what the op posts hes already planning to upgrade his lcd i say go with a 7950 Sence your board will limit the 2nd 7850 to 4x only.

how much of a performance bottlenec would the PCIe slot at 4x cause do you think?
post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by Bal3Wolf View Post

People really need to learn what the op posts hes already planning to upgrade his lcd i say go with a 7950 Sence your board will limit the 2nd 7850 to 4x only.

People really need to learn what the OP posts is right. He also asked if he should upgrade something else instead. A nice new 24" monitor would be a very valid upgrade.

AMDs next generation GPUs are just around the corner. The 8870 looks good. Even if its not, the price of 7950s and 7970s is sure to go down some when the next gen comes out. The 8870 is projected to be about as powerful as a 680 just going off leaked data. If the 8000s were not coming out in a couple months Id say get the 7950, but with the launch this close its worth it to wait. Why spend $300 on a 7950 now, then in 3 months the 8870 comes out at a lower price with dramatically increased performance?
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Originally Posted by AlaskaFox View Post

i was thinking about it, here is my crazy theory.

while a monitor upgrade (1080p 120hz) would be a more signifigant upgrade, i was thinking that for um... WOW factor, it would be better for me to upgrade to an overkill card so that when i upgrade my monitor i get the full force of the upgrade all in one blow.

I see what you are saying about the wow factor, but thats gone in a week. You're going to have to live with what you buy for much longer.

I also agree about not being sure of release prices. Not much you can do here, but I dont see AMD repeating the high price fiasco that was the 7950/7970 launch.
Edited by RX7-2nr - 1/28/13 at 5:32pm
post #8 of 19
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RX7-2nr View Post

People really need to learn what the OP posts is right. He also asked if he should upgrade something else instead. A nice new 24" monitor would be a very valid upgrade.

AMDs next generation GPUs are just around the corner. The 8870 looks good. Even if its not, the price of 7950s and 7970s is sure to go down some when the next gen comes out. The 8870 is projected to be about as powerful as a 680 just going off leaked data. If the 8000s were not coming out in a couple months Id say get the 7950, but with the launch this close its worth it to wait. Why spend $300 on a 7950 now, then in 3 months the 8870 comes out at a lower price with dramatically increased performance?

so if the 8870 is better performance at less cost than the 7950, post 8xxx release.. i should get that???
The thing is, when i got the 7850, i sorta kinda regret not saving up another 100-150$ to get the 7950... im wondering if the same would happen if i chose the 8xxx lineup.
Edited by AlaskaFox - 1/28/13 at 5:41pm
post #9 of 19
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I see what you are saying about the wow factor, but thats gone in a week. You're going to have to live with what you buy for much longer.

I also agree about not being sure of release prices. Not much you can do here, but I dont see AMD repeating the high price fiasco that was the 7950/7970 launch.

i wasnt paying attention to the prices on 7xxx launch, what were they?
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by AlaskaFox View Post

i wasnt paying attention to the prices on 7xxx launch, what were they?

They were really really high. I dont remember exactly, but it was stupid high. I just googled it and found ref 7950s for $449 and ref 7970s for $549. My brother bought an MSI reference 7950 some time after launch for right around $400. My Windforce would have been $489 on newegg at launch.
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Originally Posted by AlaskaFox View Post

so if the 8870 is better performance at less cost than the 7950, post 8xxx release.. i should get that???
The thing is, when i got the 7850, i sorta kinda regret not saving up another 100-150$ to get the 7950... im wondering if the same would happen if i chose the 8xxx lineup.

As for the 8870, there really is nothing now except leaks- and the leaks make it look like its worth waiting for. They (8870) are supposed to come out in Q2 2013 at right under $300. Specs look really good and its supposed to be around GTX680 level. These are just leaks though, so you cant trust it 100%. Its close enough to release that if I were buying a card now I personally would wait to see what happens with it. I dont know if you should get it or not, I just think that with it coming out this soon its worth waiting a bit for.

When I bought my 7950 I waited for Nvidia to release the 660Ti. After they finally released it I watched for reviews, then happily bought my 7950 for $310. If I would have impulse bought the 7950, then the 660Ti turned out to stomp the 7950 for $30 less- I would have felt bad about my purchase. Same situation here.
Edited by RX7-2nr - 1/28/13 at 6:07pm
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