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Help me choose. 7870 Tahiti vs His IceQ 7950

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edit//// Already picked a PowerColor 7950. smile.gif



Time to upgrade from my old 5870. I was looking at these two cards:

SAPPHIRE 100354XTL Radeon HD 7870 XT w/Boost
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202024

OR

HIS IceQ Boost Clock H795QC3G2M Radeon HD 7950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161420

So which one to get? Is the 7950 really worth the extra money. Most reviews only show a minor difference. I'll be gaming on a 1920x1080 monitor and I play games like Skyrim, GTA4, Dirt3, TF2, CS:S. And any new cool games that are about to come out. smile.gif
Edited by lonnie5000 - 2/19/13 at 1:12pm
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If you think you'll be doing multi-monitor gaming in the future, get the 7950, otherwise stick with the 7870 XT.
    
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I would get a 7950, you'll get more overclocking potential and the card would last you longer.
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id get the 7950 with the amd bundle and either keep the games or sell them for 80 bucks + making the card almost as cheap as the 7870 and lasting probably a year or 2 more

I got the 7950 like a month ago sold the games for like 70 but they have a new bundle worth more and the card is runnings eyefinity no problem so it would probably be overkill but my plan is since im not overclocking it now to overclock it in 2-3 years when games are more graphics heavy so i can get another 2 years out of it
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I'd get the 7950 if you have $. But what I did was buy the Powercolor 7870 Tahiti on NCIX US where they have it for $235 - $20 friend referral discount -$20 rebate = $195. That made the decision harder for me since its $195 after rebate for the 7870 LE or $280 after rebate for a 7950. I ended up ordering the 7870 LE though since it was basically a 100$ difference and new benchmarks keep surfacing for these Tahiti chips showing them matching 7950 OC numbers in some games. Links are below to the NCIX US 7870 Tahiti and a new benchmark that came out over the last few days of the VTX3D HD 7870 Black which is identical to the Powercolor 7870 Tahiti where in Crysis 2 the 7870 Tahiti is on par with the 7950 / 7970.

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=78372

http://www.cowcotland.com/articles/1280-5/carte-graphique-vtx3d-hd-7870-black.html
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That is an interesting comparison test. I'm liking that 7870.
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OP your cabinet looks like it can only support graphics cards upto 10.5 inches length (267 mm long) . could you confirm that ? both the cards you picked are longer.
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My 5870 is 11 3/4 inches long. It barely fits, but I managed to squeeze it in there. So these should fit fine.
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Originally Posted by lonnie5000 View Post

My 5870 is 11 3/4 inches long. It barely fits, but I managed to squeeze it in there. So these should fit fine.

are you sure you can fit 11.75 inches long card (298 mm long). if you can measure your card and the clearance in the cabinet again. the HIS HD 7950 iceq boost card measures 295 mm long. if you can fit the card then without a doubt go for the HIS HD 7950 iceq boost.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/HD_7950_X2_Boost/28.html
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Club_3D/HD_7870_jokerCard_Tahiti_LE/

1920 X 1200 BF3 4x AA

HD 7870 - 53.8
club3d HD 7870 Tahiti LE - 59.2
HIS HD 7950 iceq x2 boost - 67.5
club3d HD 7870 Tahiti LE (1210 mhz) - 69.8
HD 7970 Ghz - 78.9
HIS HD 7950 iceq x2 boost (1210 mhz) - 82.9

at stock the HD 7950 boost is 15% faster than HD 7870 Tahiti LE. at the same clocks that gap is closer to 20%. also the 384 bit memory on HD 7950 helps performance in bandwidth demanding games like Crysis / Crysis Warhead (MSAA 8x), Metro (DOF with MSAA 4x), Sleeping Dogs (SSAA).
Edited by raghu78 - 2/5/13 at 10:34pm
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Originally Posted by raghu78 View Post

are you sure you can fit 11.75 inches long card (298 mm long). if you can measure your card and the clearance in the cabinet again. the HIS HD 7950 iceq boost card measures 295 mm long. if you can fit the card then without a doubt go for the HIS HD 7950 iceq boost.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/HD_7950_X2_Boost/28.html
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Club_3D/HD_7870_jokerCard_Tahiti_LE/

1920 X 1200 BF3 4x AA

HD 7870 - 53.8
club3d HD 7870 Tahiti LE - 59.2
HIS HD 7950 iceq x2 boost - 67.5
club3d HD 7870 Tahiti LE (1210 mhz) - 69.8
HD 7970 Ghz - 78.9
HIS HD 7950 iceq x2 boost (1210 mhz) - 82.9

at stock the HD 7950 boost is 15% faster than HD 7870 Tahiti LE. at the same clocks that gap is closer to 20%. also the 384 bit memory on HD 7950 helps performance in bandwidth demanding games like Crysis / Crysis Warhead (MSAA 8x), Metro (DOF with MSAA 4x), Sleeping Dogs (SSAA).

You are linking him the Ice Q X2 benchmarks. He is looking at the Ice Q X1 which isn't as good.
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