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okay thanks buddy was curious because i read they did some were else
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Yes. All PCIE 3.0 card are backwards compatible with PCIE 2.0. I suggest getting a 7870 LE. I was able to pick mine up for $229.99 Canadian. Best bang for your buck in my opinion. My Sapphire 7870 XT is a beast. Here is a review on it.

7870 XT review from Tech Radar
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Originally Posted by coachmark2 View Post

$319.99 > $300 It's a great card but sadly out of budget. If you're going to go up there, though, I'd get this: http://us.ncix.com/products/?usaffiliateid=1000031504&sku=72414&vpn=VCGGTX670XPB&manufacture=PNY%20Technologies%20Inc&promoid=1281

GTX 670 for $329 after rebate.

Or the PowerColor posted earlier to stay in budget.

i saw this in the OP:
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i get for the best performance under 300$ well no more then 350

and no offense i would not buy THAT 670 under any circumstances*, not a fan of references coolers. pardon the pun - not as quiet as a dual fan solution and can be a little warmer.

*well if it was $75 cheaper so i can buy a third party cooler
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Myself, I would pick up a 7870 or 7870 LE card. These will give you great performance and save you a little coin. On the Nvidia side, the 600 series is nearing EOL.

The 760Ti will be out very soon. It should be basically, an overclocked 670 with better memory and at a lower cost.
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Originally Posted by coachmark2 View Post

Without starting a monumental flame war, let's say that I am of the opinion and have a good amount of evidence to support the fact that the 670:

Will trade blows with the 7950 with the 670 winning 60% of the time and the 7950 winning 40%
Has vastly better multi-card drivers/support/smoothness
Draws less power
Runs cooler
Runs quieter, therefore

And a few other reasons.

The 7950 isn't a bad card, but I wouldn't spend $300 on one.
Funny, very funny.
Where did you get your benchmarks? The last time i saw one 7950 won 80% of the time
AMD has better multi-monitor support, the only reason why anyone goes multi-monitor is also multi-GPU and with that they have good support on both unlike Nvidia's newly baked Surround which is still an infant
Draws less power - True, but has much less compute performance
Runs cooler - Now, that is wrong. Many 670 cards are warmer than 7950 cards
Runs quieter - How? GCN doesn't run much noisier than Kepler. Case in point, a XFX 7850 Core Edition (Yes, CORE!) runs cooler (full 10C!) and quieter than a 650 Ti Boost
That 670 is cheap but has a reference cooler and no free games. Not that any Nvidia cards have any games
A 7950 Dual-X costs about the same as that 670 you linked and runs much quieter and it's only 310$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202026
Edited by DaveLT - 5/26/13 at 7:02am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DaveLT View Post

Funny, very funny.
Where did you get your benchmarks? The last time i saw one 7950 won 80% of the time
AMD has better multi-monitor support, the only reason why anyone goes multi-monitor is also multi-GPU and with that they have good support on both unlike Nvidia's newly baked Surround which is still an infant
Draws less power - True, but has much less compute performance
Runs cooler - Now, that is wrong. Many 670 cards are warmer than 7950 cards
Runs quieter - How? GCN doesn't run much noisier than Kepler. Case in point, a XFX 7850 Core Edition (Yes, CORE!) runs cooler (full 10C!) and quieter than a 650 Ti Boost
That 670 is cheap but has a reference cooler and no free games. Not that any Nvidia cards have any games
A 7950 Dual-X costs about the same as that 670 you linked and runs much quieter and it's only 310$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202026


Until AMD releases new drivers, Nvidia currently has vastly superior multi gpu drivers


OP: 7950s ive seen drop on sale close to $250, for that price they are a killer deal. A 7870XT if you want to same some money though is a fine choice
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post #19 of 44
If I were to spend anything more than $250 on a card I would never pick up a 2GB one. It's at the edge of it's life even though it's standard these days but it's true for mid-end market.

The PowerColor suggested earlier is just too good of a deal to pass.

All the best.
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Originally Posted by coachmark2 View Post

Without starting a monumental flame war, let's say that I am of the opinion and have a good amount of evidence to support the fact that the 670:

Will trade blows with the 7950 with the 670 winning 60% of the time and the 7950 winning 40%
Has vastly better multi-card drivers/support/smoothness
Draws less power
Runs cooler
Runs quieter, therefore

And a few other reasons.

The 7950 isn't a bad card, but I wouldn't spend $300 on one.

The 7950 is a much better card at this price point because:

- You don't get a crappy reference cooler that'll get outperformed by the custom coolers that you get with a $300 7950.

- The whole Nvidia is better drivers/smoothness/support stuff is blown out of proportion, please don't keep playing that card, Nvidia has just as much problems with their drivers.

- Seriously? If you're spending $300+ on a GPU an additional 50W shouldn't even be a factor for you, you're really trying to sell Nvidia's cards whenever you can are you? rolleyes.gif

- Please explain how an Nvidia reference cooler will outperform MSI's Twin Frozr, Gigabyte's Wind Force 3X and Sapphire Dual-X cooler. (and many more)

- Runs quieter? Seriously if that was the case why would anyone buy a GTX 670 with an awesome custom cooler when according to you the Nvidia reference cooler is much quieter than the same cooler that manufacturers use on 7950's as they do on GTX 670s. rolleyes.gif

A few other reasons? What reasons?

The 7950 is by far a much better investment.

You'll get better overclocking potential out of the box and once overclocked to give or take 1100Mhz, you'll catch up to a $500 GTX 680 for $200 less, or you can spend $100 more to get a decent GTX 670 that is voltage unlocked which means it probably won't overclock that well (it would vary due to the silicon lottery but it's a fact that voltage unlocked cards are better for overclocking).

You'll get 3GBs of VRAM over 2GB on the GTX 670 which means it'll last longer than the GTX 670 as games are already starting to push to around 1800MBs when it comes to VRAM usage at 1080P and the next-gen console parts haven't even arrived yet, you're going to need more than 2GB of VRAM in the near future, give or take 6 months.

You'll get free AAA games! Who doesen't like free games? biggrin.gif

It's cheaper!

Sorry about this being so long and all I'm just trying to help you make a good decision which is something coachmark apparently can't do as his judgement is clouded by his love for Nvida's products.

Must be a Nvidia stockholder. rolleyes.gif
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