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Hi gents

Need some advice please, as I've been out of the game for quite some time.

I'm still rocking two 4890's.

My rig:

i7 920 @ 3.8Ghz
6gb OCZ Platinums
Corsair HX 620
and a few other bits and pieces not worth mentioning or that would affect performance.

So, from my point of view the only thing holding me back atm are my gpu's.

I'd be willing to spend in the region of $300, but will stretch it if it's REALLY worth it. Keep in mind I'll be buy in South Africa and prices are between 1.3-1.5 times more than in USA.

I'm obviously looking for MOAR power, however I don't want it to be power hungry as these two 4890's are thristy as hell (even on idle) not even mentioning the heat. Looking for single gpu, does not matter whether it be AMD or Nvidia, I'm looking for bang for buck. Will be used 99% for gaming.

Thanks peeps!
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post #2 of 10
Sapphire 7950 OC $269 @newegg is the best bang for the buck single card right now. It will exceed your budget after factoring in the 1.3 times the US price thing, but it will definitely be worth it if you can get it.

The card has unlocked voltage and a custom cooler which helps a lot to overclock it to 1.0-1.1GHz on the core, which will give you performance parallel to 7970s. Plus, it will be a lot smoother experience with a single card coming from your crossfire setup. It will also significantly reduce power consumption of your system.
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post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies gents, much appreciated.

It's not that I'm on a budget, I just don't get much time to game these days so it's more like I don't want to waste money, however when I do game I notice that it is time to upgrade now.

Would there be a big difference to my 4890 setup? Anything worthwhile waiting that should be released in the near future?
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post #5 of 10
The MSI HD 7850 2GB runs at 900 mhz stock. you can easily overclock to 1.15 ghz with voltage tweaking. At 1.05 Ghz it will match GTX 660 and at 1.15 Ghz it can easily match a GTX 580 or HD 7870. would be a very nice upgrade from HD 4890 CF. Also a single GPU would provide consistent performance without any CF scaling issues or microstuttering. the card will draw less than 10w at idle and at load even when overclocked less than one of your HD 4890 cards.

If you want you can wait for a month and see. the update to AMD pitcairn chip which powers HD 7870 and HD 7850 is expected soon. Its called Hainan. 1792 and 1536 stream processors for Hainan XT and Hainan Pro.

http://videocardz.com/39041/meet-aruba-curacao-hainan-and-bonaire-the-codenames-radeon-hd-8000-series
http://videocardz.com/34981/amd-radeon-hd-8870-and-hd-8850-specifiation-leaked
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post #6 of 10
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I think I'll rather go for the 7950 either the MSI Twin frozr or Sapphire OC, even though its close to $470 here its still within reason (considering the price of other cards here) and should be a nice upgrade.
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post #7 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wadkiller View Post

I think I'll rather go for the 7950 either the MSI Twin frozr or Sapphire OC, even though its close to $470 here its still within reason (considering the price of other cards here) and should be a nice upgrade.

good decision. the best price perf high end GPU in the market. without a doubt. at the same clocks HD 7950 is 5% slower than HD 7970. you should be able to easily overclock to 1100 - 1150 mhz and match a HD 7970 Ghz(1050 mhz).
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To Wadkiller that Corsair HX620 you have you might want to replace that if you are buying new video cards
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post #9 of 10
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Twin Frozr or VaporX?

Shilka, why? I'm replacing two power hungry cards with one? If my HX620 could cope with a decent clocked 920 and two 4890's I'm sure it could cope with one 7950.
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post #10 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wadkiller View Post

Twin Frozr or VaporX?

Shilka, why? I'm replacing two power hungry cards with one? If my HX620 could cope with a decent clocked 920 and two 4890's I'm sure it could cope with one 7950.
Oh tought you wanted 2 cards

Anyway you might what to replace it if its more then 3-4 years old it is not very power efficient anymore
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