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Poll Results: Do you think it's still worth to buy the vapor-x 7950 which apparently has lots of issues and complaints like voltage lock, poor vrm cooling. clock flickering etc instead of the cheaper dual-x 7950?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 18% of voters (2)
    No. Just get the dual-x 7950.
  • 54% of voters (6)
    Yes. Because the complaint regarding voltage lock is not true. Mine is voltage unlocked without any bios flashing.
  • 18% of voters (2)
    Yes. Because the complaint regarding poor vrm cooling is not true, the cooling is not as bad as it's claimed in some places.
  • 36% of voters (4)
    Yes. Because my core clock doesn't flicker. With power limit at 20% It remains at 950 MHz constantly when under load
11 Total Votes  
post #21 of 25
i have this card. no coil whine no problems.

for me it makes no difference if im in boost bios or default. the core voltage is for both 1.031v and 1.600 for memory. im overclocked right now with MSI afterburner on 1100/1500 on 1.125v/1.600v.

cant hear anything while gaming with fan speed on 35%. goes up to 42% fan speed before it becomes louder then most game sounds. (case is 3m away)

if i would have to choose again, i would get either this card or Asus DC2.


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hmm okay.. Another thing suddenly coming to my mind. Is it actually the best time to buy a 7950? With 760 Ti coming within 2-3 weeks max, it will be something between 7950 and 7970 GHz edition because gtx 770 was right on par with the 7970 GHz. And considering Nvidia's very aggressive pricing that we saw in case of 770 that surprised most of the people(399$ retail from day 1) we should expect something similar for 760 Ti. Which will ultimately result in price drop for 660 Ti / 670 and hence for 7950 too. Because 660Ti /670 are 7950's real competitor placing it dangerously close between the two in terms of performance... So shouldn't I just wait for maybe one month to see how things go as 760 Ti gets released?

Now the facade against the above argument would be will the awesome AMD game bundle offer remain after 1 month? For those who want to sell the bundle can have a guaranteed 40$ by selling it in ebay. Also the 20$ Sapphire rebate program is supposed to end on 15 June. The rebate offer seems to get extended quite freely though, lol... Previously it was supposed to end on 31st May, I won't be surprised either if Sapphire extends it for further 15/30 days after June 15. However you can't be sure about these. So by buying a 7950 by 15 June, you are essentially saving yourself 40+20=60$.

So though it's a highly speculative question, what do you guys think ultimately would be the best strategy?

you could always wait for an upgrade, but like this you won"t ever get one. the 7950 right now is still "best bang for your bucks" and the extra games you get pushes the fact even further
Edited by Takla - 6/9/13 at 11:01am
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i have this card. no coil whine no problems.

for me it makes no difference if im in boost bios or default. the core voltage is for both 1.031v and 1.600 for memory. im overclocked right now with MSI afterburner on 1100/1575 on 1.125v.

cant hear anything while gaming with fan speed on 35%. goes up to 42% fan speed before it becomes louder then most game sounds. (case is 3m away)

if i would have to choose again, i would get either this card or Asus DC2.
you could always wait for an upgrade, but like this you won"t ever get one. the 7950 right now is still "best bang for your bucks" and the extra games you get pushes the fact even further

No, this is not the general case of waiting for the next big thing and stalling the upgrade and ultimately never having the guts to have one. I explicitly explained two different scenarios and the advantages and caveats of each one logically. And wanted a specific answer on the current circumstances of the market. It's totally useless to bring out the usual rhetoric about "you could always wait for an upgrade, but like this you won't get one". Rather pointing out LOGICALLY which strategy seems better to you in the current circumstances and why that is so would be much more helpful to me and others who plan to buy a 7950 or even something similar from Nvidia.

Btw thanks for your comments regarding your Vapor-x 7950.
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post #23 of 25
In my opinion get the one from Newegg for $285. It has never been cheaper and that wont change significantly after 760Ti is released.
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thanks glina. You've been of much help from the onset in helping me alleviate my confusions regarding the specific card. Although more than few of my questions went unanswered too!! However +1 to you. Cheers...

Waiting for responses from others btw...
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post #25 of 25
Glad I found this as like the OP, had a lot of questions regarding the sapphire card. I had noticed the same thing regarding differences of opinion on its capabilities and several revisions.

I don't think this was answered yet, but I looked through all the reviews on the current Vapor X and it indeed DOES have 8+8 pins. I think around March or April is when the reviewers started mentioning the fact that neweggs pictures/info was outdated.

I am still on the fence. I was thinking of just alleviating all these uncertainties and getting the HIS 7950 IceQ X², but I don't know if I can stomach a 40-50 dollar premium just for the sake of not having to worry/wonder.
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