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I got a PowerColor HD Radeon 7950 I got for 249$ at NCIX. From what I heard the Sapphire Vapor-X is one of the best 7950's on the market but it's also a whopping 130$ more expensive than the one I got. At this price we're looking at a 7970. Wouldn't it just better to invest that extra 130$ in a higher-tier card? I understand the reasons to get the best 7970 or 770 on the market as the next tier card is priced considerably higher but I see no reason to invest much more in the same card for more OC potential and better fans when you can just get more raw performance from a card a tier higher.

Can somebody explain?
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Yes the vapor-x is one of the best 7950s on the market. NO it is not better to buy the top tier 7950 vs a 7970. Linus has proven this in one of his videos with a 660ti and a 670 i believe. ( I could be wrong ).
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Yes the vapor-x is one of the best 7950s on the market. NO it is not better to buy the top tier 7950 vs a 7970. Linus has proven this in one of his videos with a 660ti and a 670 i believe. ( I could be wrong ).

it was actually 650 ti vs 660 wink.gif
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Certain times they charge more for a beefed up card. More power phases, higher quality caps, a superior cooling setup. What I can't get at all, is why the costs for a reference 7970 can vary by $30+.. They're all the same.

But that's probably the reason why they cost more.
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It's luck of the draw for GPU OC'ing, as non-reference coolers don't promise anything but lower temps on voltage locked settings.
 
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post #6 of 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by tx-jose View Post

it was actually 650 ti vs 660 wink.gif
Haha thanks for clearing that up smile.gif
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post #7 of 7
Dont do a sidegrade... go with.7970 or another 7950 for cfx better
Wanted: Wanted: R9 290/X/R9 390/X
$165 (USD) or best offer
  
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