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Hello guys.

Today, my GTX460 decided to die. I'm running a cheap backup card, meanwhile.

I'm looking for a new card, buget is between 200 and 250 euro. Most likely will buy from amazon.it (I'm italian). Suggestions? There's some good deal of gaming done from my computer, at 1920x1200. I was thinking to go for a gtx 660, perhaps a MSi one with good OC capabilities. Ideas? what should I buy at this price tag today? I didn't follow much the vga market last year...
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Sapphire HD 7950 Vapor-X : EUR 249,90 (Voltage locked)
http://www.amazon.it/SAPPHIRE-11196-09-40G-Sapphire-Scheda-video/dp/B0091MFBZC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376744152&sr=8-1&keywords=hd+7950

Or if you prefer green, then this.
Asus GTX 670 DirectCU II : EUR 251,39
http://www.amazon.it/Asus-GTX670-DC2-2GD5-90-C1CS30-S0UAY0BZ-Scheda-video/dp/B0082FIW96/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1376744315&sr=8-2&keywords=GTX+670

But the 7950 IMO is the better choice since it has 3 GB VRAM compared to GTX 670s 2 GB only.
Edited by HeadlessKnight - 8/17/13 at 5:59am
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no doubts. go with a HD 7950. the fastest card within your budget. average overclock of 1100 - 1150 mhz. the sapphire hd 7950 boost has a good dual x cooler. unlocked voltage.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/07/02/msi_n760_tf_2gd5oc_gtx_760_overclocking_review/5

www.amazon.it/Sapphire-Graphics-Express-Display-Technology/dp/B00BBKO65S/
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Well, I'm tempted now.

TPU made a good review of Sapphire's 7950. It has a good 20-25% more performance than what I originally considered (a msi GTX660, ~200€), but also it has also a quite remarkably overall power consumption (movie mode / bluray also). What makes me really drool is the overclocking margin, which did hit over 30% on the card TPU tested... sounds amazing.

Now, choices fall on:

MSi N660 Twin Frozer III /2GB (Amazon - TPU Review - G3D Review - Price Tag 200€)
MSI N670Ti PE Twin Frozer IV / 2GB (Amazon - TPU Review - G3D Review - Price Tag 280€)
Sapphire HD 7950 OC Vapor X 3GB (Amazon - TPU Review - Price Tag 250€)


I'm really tempted by the 7950... 250€ is a hell of a price, even if I'll pay some more electricity... Overclocking room for the future is a good thing also.
Edited by Andrea87 - 8/17/13 at 7:44am
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Well, I'm tempted now.
Now, choices fall on:
...
why pay extra money for vapor-x. the dual x cooler is better.

www.amazon.it/Sapphire-Graphics-Express-Display-Technology/dp/B00BBKO65S/

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I'm really tempted by the 7950... 250€ is a hell of a price, even if I'll pay some more electricity... Overclocking room for the future is a good thing also.

As for performance here is HIS HD 7950(950 Mhz) review

http://www.legionhardware.com/articles_pages/his_7970_iceq_xsup2_ghz_edition_7950_iceq_xsup2_boost_clock,13.html
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/HD_7950_X2_Boost/28.html
http://www.overclockers.com/his-hd-7950-iceq-x2-boost-clock-graphics-card-review

HD 7950(950 Mhz) = GTX 670 , HD 7950(1000 Mhz) = HD 7970, HD 7950(1125 mhz) = HD 7970 Ghz . HD 7950 OC competes well with GTX 670 OC. this is well known information.

here are the card pics
http://www.overclock.net/t/1367119/sapphire-100352-3l-hd7950-stripped-for-your-viewing-pleasure
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Sadly, I didnt consider those card's size. They are all at least 27 cm long, which is the absolute maximum length my case can fit in (CM Centurion 5). I've got a few hard drives, so the card would hit the drives / cables. Gonna check length also for the 660/670 cards.
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Sadly, I didnt consider those card's size. They are all at least 27 cm long, which is the absolute maximum length my case can fit in (CM Centurion 5). I've got a few hard drives, so the card would hit the drives / cables. Gonna check length also for the 660/670 cards.

the sapphire card i listed is 27 cm long.

http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1157&pid=1841&psn=&lid=1&leg=0
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I just took my pc open, rearranged some hard drives, and made some clearance on cables. I printed an 1:1 image of the card you suggested, and, it fits, a little tightly, but it fits well.

Sounds like I'll go for it.

Thanks for the help smile.gif
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