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Topic says it all. I was pretty much set on the 7950 after seeing how well it overclocked. Out of curiosity I checked out the 7970 version and saw it happens to be on sale at newegg, making it a mere $60 more. Is it worth it for a little extra?

7950 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161429

7970- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161412
Edited by Strileckifunk - 1/31/13 at 6:44pm
 
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Hell yeah. The 7970 has a higher average overclock.

The 7950 has a better price performance ratio but if anyone is really worried about the extra money spent, they have the wrong hobby.
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Hell yeah. The 7970 has a higher average overclock.

The 7950 has a better price performance ratio but if anyone is really worried about the extra money spent, they have the wrong hobby.

Amen.

*Ordered*


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Amen.

*Ordered*

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which card did you order . if you go for the HD 7970 go for the HIS HD 7970 iceq x2 Ghz. dual 8 pin power. more power phases with better stability for extreme overclocks.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161431

http://www.legionhardware.com/articles_pages/his_7970_iceq_xsup2_ghz_edition_7950_iceq_xsup2_boost_clock,2.html
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I ordered this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161412

I can still update the order. Do you think it's worth the difference?
 
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I ordered this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161412

I can still update the order. Do you think it's worth the difference?

yeah. 45 bucks is definitely worth it for a better PCB, higher stock clocks and performance. also remember overclocking is based on the silicon lottery. you might get a good one or a bad one. so definitely get the HD 7970 Ghz (1050 mhz) version because you are guaranteed better stock performance. the HD 7970 Ghz chips also have higher stock voltage of 1.25v and generally can hit 1200 Mhz more easily than the older HD 7970(925 mhz) cards.

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/59265-his-hd-7970-iceq-x-hd-7950-iceq-x-review-14.html

in most reviews this card does 1250 - 1300 mhz. there is no guarantee that you will hit those speeds. but still a good chance that you do 1250 mhz. thumb.gif
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Sounds good. Made the switch.

Anyone know if the "AMD Never Settle" bundle is still running?
 
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Sounds good. Made the switch.

Anyone know if the "AMD Never Settle" bundle is still running?

no. most of the websites have run out of the promotion. those that have it running have it only on specific cards.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7369710&CatId=7387

i would not advise a reference card because the cooler can get loud with extreme overclocking.
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