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Poll Results: Which GPU?

 
  • 16% (2)
    Sapphire 7970 OC @ $399 (also w/game coupons)
  • 66% (8)
    Sapphire 7950 w/Boost @ $289 (also w/game coupons)
  • 16% (2)
    Used Gigabyte 7970 @ $315 (no box or game coupon codes)
12 Total Votes  
post #1 of 15
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Alright, so I have debated this a while and with OCN's help and a lot of research I bought one card (Sapphire 7950 w/Boost) for my wife's rig and now I need to purchase one for my rig. The monitor this card will be powering is a Dell U2713HM (1440p resolution).

With the two new cards I get the Bioshock Infinite and Crysis 3 codes of which I can sell off for $30 a piece should I choose to (already getting a copy of each with the 7950 I just bought from Superbiize yesterday). Also, they both have MIR (mail in rebates).

OPTION 1

So obviously the first option is to buy another Sapphire 7950 Boost as it is $289 (w/$10 off code meltdown), and $269 after MIR.

What seems to be the case is that the Sapphire 7950 w/boost sports unlocked voltage and can easily attain 7970 clock settings which at that point the card is ~ 5% slower. Without a doubt it is the best bang for buck as it is $100 cheaper than the 7970. But, I also don't want to have someone come back and say I should have gotten the 7970 to power my setup because the extra 5% performance would make the difference for smooth gameplay. But, most people say they can max 80% of their games out on this card on a 1440p and have great fps (more than 60).

OPTION 2

The Sapphire 7970 OC (Ghz) is also a decent buy - $399 (w/ meltdown code), and $379 after MIR.

Obviously a good buy for a 7970 new and the new game coupons, etc. And it is unlocked.

OPTION 3

The last option is a Gigabyte 7970 which has locked voltage and is a month used, but $315 shipped via a reputable OCN member.

Runs fine @ 1050 core 1600 memory and is a very cool running card.

My first thought is that is a good deal, but I would like to have the box (doesn't come with this) because I am anal about keeping the packaging, etc. Also, I feel like if I can get $60 from those game codes then I will be spending around the same price in the end for a new card that is unlocked with the Sapphire 7970 OC. But, then again it has nearly 3 years of warranty left.


In the end I figure the 7950 is going to be the best deal, esp. if I sell the codes as that will make it ~ $210, and if not it is still $110 less than the 7970 which only gives 5% increased performance. If I am not going to notice that 5% then why spend all that extra money?
Edited by RoddimusPrime - 2/22/13 at 4:42pm
post #2 of 15
IMO I would go for the 7950 as it is much cheaper, if 5% is going to make that much of a difference than the games were likely not going to be playable anyway and thus a pair of cards would have been the solution.
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post #3 of 15
From a price/ performance perspective the used 7970 gets my vote as long as you can make sure that's in perfect working order. I understand about keeping the box as a trophy cuz I am the same way, but in this case you should be looking at the product more than the packaging. On a side note I'd try to negotiate the price closer to 300.

From a 'best deal' point of view the Sapphire 7950B gets my vote, IF you can sell them for $60.

From a 'money is not an issue' perspective go for the Sapphire 7970 and try selling the games.
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voted for sapphire HD 7950 boost. thumb.gif
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post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by raghu78 View Post

voted for sapphire HD 7950 boost. thumb.gif

Thought you might. biggrin.gif

The other thing I have in the back of my head is such a decently priced card will probably hold better value when the new series comes out. Thus I will take less of a loss on a 7950 boost than I would on 7970 OC. And then I would have more money in pocket (ratio to initial spending) to go towards a new card should I choose. Wouldn't you agree or does the value comparison not hold water (they would both drop the same amount)?
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by RoddimusPrime View Post

Thought you might. biggrin.gif

The other thing I have in the back of my head is such a decently priced card will probably hold better value when the new series comes out. Thus I will take less of a loss on a 7950 boost than I would on 7970 OC. And then I would have more money in pocket (ratio to initial spending) to go towards a new card should I choose. Wouldn't you agree or does the value comparison not hold water (they would both drop the same amount)?

yes your logic is correct. people know the performance at same clocks is very close with HD 7970 being 5% faster. so there is no reason for a HD 7970 to fetch a lot more price should you choose to sell in the future.
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post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by raghu78 View Post

yes your logic is correct. people know the performance at same clocks is very close with HD 7970 being 5% faster. so there is no reason for a HD 7970 to fetch a lot more price should you choose to sell in the future.


I keep hearing the 7970 is only 5% faster than the 7950. What specifically are people comparing? An overclocked 7950 w/boost versus a stock 7970? Or versus a 7970 Ghz/OC edition?

I didn't see any actual specifics or data to back this up one way or the other.
post #8 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by RoddimusPrime View Post

I keep hearing the 7970 is only 5% faster than the 7950. What specifically are people comparing? An overclocked 7950 w/boost versus a stock 7970? Or versus a 7970 Ghz/OC edition?

I didn't see any actual specifics or data to back this up one way or the other.

this is at same clocks. for instance 1 ghz HD 7950 vs 1 ghz HD 7970 or 1.1 ghz HD 7950 vs 1.1 ghz HD 7970
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post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by raghu78 View Post

this is at same clocks. for instance 1 ghz HD 7950 vs 1 ghz HD 7970 or 1.1 ghz HD 7950 vs 1.1 ghz HD 7970

Should I be able to OC the 7950 boost to the same ghz/clock as the 7970 OC?
post #10 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by RoddimusPrime View Post

Should I be able to OC the 7950 boost to the same ghz/clock as the 7970 OC?

mostly overclocking is a silicon lottery. so it depends a bit on the chip with voltage overclocking 1150 - 1200 mhz is quite common on HD 7950 boost. HD 7950(1150 mhz) will match HD 7970(1100 Mhz).
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