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I have the MSI 7950 and it is a great card, overclocks well and runs quite cool with the double fan setup
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I was contemplating the exact same question a few days ago
I was looking at buying the Sapphire 7870XT @ £185.
In the end I ordered a MSI 7950, reference model, was £205

The way i saw it was that I can save about £20 and hope that I'm lucky and that the XT can clock high - (with locked voltage from what I could tell)
Or spend a little more money get a 7950 with unlocked voltage.
The retailer that had the 7870XT also didn't have the never settle promo

Brand wise, out of the 7870 XT range, I would only get the Sapphire. The rest are single fan and loud.
7950 I'm pretty happy with my choice (MSI), plus it came with a £10 rebate.
If more fans make the difference (lower noise) then my option is good (gigabyte). I really want to buy the gigabyte 7950- it`s got 3 fans unlike the MSI which has 2 fans.

Lil-Diabo and azrael36 are those 7950 cards of yours voltage unlocked and quiet in your opinions?
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post #12 of 28
only I would think to buy between HIS Iceq X2 HD 7950 from newegg at 330usd or Sapphire HD 7950 from TigerDirecr for 285usd AR :Dboth outperforms XFX and they are cooler
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so far there have been great concerns and hints for me. Thanks everyone.
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the MSI is voltage unlocked and overclocks like a beast, on air I run it at 1200/1500 all day long with no issues I like sapphire cards, the only problem I have with them is the plastic fan shrouds. not only does it look cheap the plastic holds heat more than the aluminum shroud on the msi cards
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post #15 of 28
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Seems like I should go with the MSI because I have been talking about the GIGABYTE for some time now but no one has accepted my idea or rejected it, instead talking about MSI. How about the gigabyte and the msi?

I don`t really fancy overcloking, any time I overclock my gpu my games sometimes lags even if the OCed were stable. For someone who does not fancy oc I think I need GTX instead of AMD (660 ti instead of 7950)... Am I right?
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no, even the 7950 at stock is great, I only overclock.... because I can, and it's OVERCLOCK.net biggrin.gif
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XFX Tahiti cards have huge issues with cooling and the cooler spins up to high RPM so it's loud
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XFX Tahiti cards have huge issues with cooling and the cooler spins up to high RPM so it's loud
I found their cards to be cheaper but didn`t know they have issues with `cooling` that is why I am here for support/ guide.
Edited by 21cage12 - 5/25/13 at 2:59am
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Still can`t decide between MSI and Gigabyte?
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Still can`t decide between MSI and Gigabyte?

You seem to be leaning towards Gigabyte, If you don't really plan to overclock then a voltage locked card is fine.
I'd say go with whatever is cheaper? Both MSI & Gigabyte are good brands, you can't go wrong with either.

Another reason why I chose MSI was because I can't stand the blue PCB of the Gigabyte. But that's just personal preference. Maybe you might like that?
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