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My GTX 570 died last week unexpected after 2 years. My original plan was to wait for the Gtx 770 because the Gtx 570 was absolutly fine yet.
Now i have to buy a new one mad.gif

Budget: 300 - 400 euro (better less)
Games: Starcraft 2, Planetside 2, Crysis 3, Tomb Raider, everything a little bit mixed up and soon Star citizens
Resolution: 1080p - will upgrade to 1440p soon
sli is possible
More Informations that could help:
- I own an Arctic VGA cooler from my Gtx 570 which is really good

The card should be silent and run cool even if OCed (if possible).

I had very good experience with Nvidia (drivers) so far. But i would say i´m very open to both companys. Nvidia or AMD. I searched already a little and need now more informations to decide.
The AMD 7950 seems an absolutly amazing card which can compete which a Gtx 680 when OCed.

Should i go for the 7950? I have models like the Gigabyte windforce or the one from saphire / MSI in mind. Which one would be the best option? The Asus version is to big.
Or would you suggest to spend more for the 7970 or the GTX 670? How good is a Nvidia card from Palit? They were the cheapest ones i could find.
Is there something i could miss with AMD? I dont need 3D and physics seems not really important.
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post #2 of 32
For 1440P in the future you sould go with 7950 then

Either Saphire or Gigabyte
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For 1440P in the future you sould go with 7950 then

Either Saphire or Gigabyte

thanks so far. Is there a difference between these cards as for noise, temp and overclocking? How much can i expect in performance?
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thanks so far. Is there a difference between these cards as for noise, temp and overclocking? How much can i expect in performance?

I have no experience with either Saphire or Gigabyte myself i have only heard feedback form the rest of OCN that those 2 are among the best

The only thing i can tell you first hand is to stay away from the XFX 7950 DD card i had that one and was forced to get rid of it because of how horrible it was
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a HD 7950 boost is the best bang for buck card. HD 7950 is 5% slower than HD 7970 at the same clocks . the average overclock on these HD 7950 boost chips is 1150 mhz and matches or slightly exceeds a HD 7970 Ghz (1050 Mhz).

Sapphire HD 7950 Flex OC boost (11196-07-40G) - 925 mhz boost. reference PCB design, unlocked voltage, good cooler.

http://www.mindfactory.de/product_info.php/info/p812956_3072MB-Sapphire-Radeon-HD-7950-FleX-OC-Boost-Aktiv-PCIe-3-0-x16--Full-Retail-.html

gigabyte has HD 7950 cards with 1 ghz boost clocks and locked voltage.
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So the sapphire is the choice.
But is the SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 7950 OC VAPOR-X a different one? And by meaning "good" cooler do you mean its a very strong and silent cooler? biggrin.gif

And with that card its possible to push it up to a Gtx 670 / 680 niveau right? Found only 1-2 good reviews out there.
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Originally Posted by Pandora51 View Post

So the sapphire is the choice.
But is the SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 7950 OC VAPOR-X a different one? And by meaning "good" cooler do you mean its a very strong and silent cooler? biggrin.gif

And with that card its possible to push it up to a Gtx 670 / 680 niveau right? Found only 1-2 good reviews out there.

7950 cards can when overclocked trade blows with GTX 670 and GTX 680 cards in some games it all depens on a lot of factors

When i say good cooler the Sapphire cards are by many regared to be both good and quiet at the same time i really wish i knew that first hand but i dont can only say what other has said
Edited by shilka - 3/24/13 at 11:06am
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post #8 of 32
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7950 cards can when overclocked trade blows with GTX 670 and GTX 680 cards in some games it all depens on a lot of factors

When i say good cooler the Sapphire cards are by many regared by many to be both good and quiet at the same time i really wish i knew that first hand but i dont can only say what other has said

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The important point for me is to save money without losing performance because a 1440p screen would be an very good upgrade and if the sapphire can compete with a 400 euro Gpu its very good.

I would like to know now if the Vapor- X is good as the Flex boost because then i could pick it up in a shop in my area tomorrow and dont need to purchase it.
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yes definitely go 7950 if you ever plan on achieving a 1440p monitor, hence why I went 7950 as well thumb.gif
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The important point for me is to save money without losing performance because a 1440p screen would be an very good upgrade and if the sapphire can compete with a 400 euro Gpu its very good.

I would like to know now if the Vapor- X is good as the Flex boost because then i could pick it up in a shop in my area tomorrow and dont need to purchase it.
I can never remember which of the sapphire 7950 cards that is the better one you could ask over at the 7950-7970-7990-owners club

http://www.overclock.net/t/1196856/official-amd-radeon-hd-7950-7970-7990-owners-thread

Last if you want to know more about 1440P monitors ask over at the 1440P club

http://www.overclock.net/t/1291882/1440p-and-above-gaming-club-1440p-screenshot-section-updated
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