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Hi, I'm looking at buying a HD7950 (or equivalent), mainly for playing Skyrim with mods but I'm not sure which brand to go with.

Which HD7950 do you guys think would be the better buy? I'd prefer more toward £200 rather than £300.

Scan.co.uk

I've also seen a XFX HD7950 Black Edition for £225 on Amazon. Please be aware I'm in the UK so if you list a HD7950 from another site please be sure that it is available to purchase from the UK.

Thanks.

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I heard really good reviews about the gigabyte windforce 7950.

Link : http://www.scan.co.uk/products/3gb-gigabyte-radeon-hd-7950-windforce-3x-5000mhz-gddr5-900mhz-1792-cores-dual-link-dvi-i-hdmi-2x-min



Here is the card I have and it's been great since I have bought it. No regrets


http://www.scan.co.uk/products/3gb-msi-radeon-hd7950-twin-frozr-oc-be-5000mhz-gddr5-gpu-880mhz-1792-cores-dvi-hdmi-mdport-plus-free
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http://www.scan.co.uk/products/3gb-msi-radeon-hd7950-twin-frozr-oc-be-5000mhz-gddr5-gpu-880mhz-1792-cores-dvi-hdmi-mdport-plus-free

I have the same cooler on my 580 and it does great. Not sure on warranty in the UK, but here in the States MSI offers a 3 year warranty whereas a lot of other partners like Sapphire, Diamond, HIS, and PowerColor only do a 2 year warranty.
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I see all of you reccommending the MSI so far.

What's the advantages of the Sapphire that was reccommended?

 

Also what's the general opinion of XFX nowadays? My HD6870 is XFX and does great, and they have a black edition of the HD7950 that on paper looks pretty good. Is there anything I should know about it/XFX that I don't? 


Edited by Lifeshield - 3/3/13 at 9:35am
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XFX coolers haven't been too solid this series. At least from what I've read and the 7850 XFX I had ran 20C+ warmer then any other 7850 I've had. They sure look awesome though smile.gif

I've had the HIS IceQ 7950. Silent, cool and clocked decent. It's highly recommended by reviewers but it's huge!
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Sapphire has always been good to me, I have been pushing my Sapphire 6850 to the limit for a year now and it has taken it like a champ.
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I've had the HIS IceQ 7950. Silent, cool and clocked decent. It's highly recommended by reviewers but it's huge!

 

Is that the three slot card? Wouldn't be any good to me as I eventually would be looking at Crossfire again most likely and wouldn't have the space.

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post #9 of 12
here are a few good cards with unlocked voltage.

sapphire HD 7950 boost - £236 with free shipping.
http://www.ebuyer.com/454252-sapphire-hd-7950-boost-3gb-gddr5-dual-dvi-hdmi-displayport-pci-e-graphics-11196-19-20g

HIS HD 7950 iceq x2 boost - £237 + shipping.
http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/12942026/art/his/radeon-hd-7950-iceq-x2-bo.html#srcid=369&CodePromo=oui

MSI HD 7950 twin frozr - £239
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/3gb-msi-radeon-hd7950-twin-frozr-oc-be-5000mhz-gddr5-gpu-880mhz-1792-cores-dvi-hdmi-mdport-plus-free

the cards with good cooler are sapphire dual x , msi twin frozr, gigabyte windforce, his iceq x2 .gigabyte cards are now coming with FZ1 bios , 1 ghz boost clocks and locked voltage.

the HIS HD 7950 iceq x2 boost uses a reference HD 7970 PCB design. more power phases than reference HD 7950 PCB. its built for overclocking. the card is massive at 311 mm long. so check if it fits in your case.

http://www.legionhardware.com/articles_pages/his_7970_iceq_xsup2_ghz_edition_7950_iceq_xsup2_boost_clock,3.html

if you want 3 yr warranty go with msi. sapphire and his have 2 yr warranty.
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Get the sapphire Vapor-X if you can. The new model is the best cooler out there.
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