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CrossFireX MSI Lightning 7970 vs Gigabyte Windforce 7950

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  • 25% (2)
    MSI Lightning 7970(863$)
  • 75% (6)
    Gigabyte Windforce 7950(516$)
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post #1 of 12
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Lightning are on sale and are only 409$ after MIR. With taxes and shipping, it adds up to 863$ CAD.

7950's are on sale as well. 244$ after MIR. With taxes and shipping, it adds up to 516$ CAD.

I honestly wasn't expecting such a ridiculous price difference. 245$ vs 409$ doesn't look this bad when looking at it but JESUS. The total difference is dramatic. Would the extra performance be worth it? How much am I looking at if both are OC'd? 5,10,20%??
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post #2 of 12
7970 doesn't deliver near the value the 7950 does.
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post #3 of 12
Honestly, I'd wait for next generation which is arriving very soon. If you must have a card now get the 7950.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127734

$220 plus three games. That's hard to beat thumb.gif
post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by Bruennis View Post

Honestly, I'd wait for next generation which is arriving very soon. If you must have a card now get the 7950.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127734

$220 plus three games. That's hard to beat thumb.gif
No point in waiting for the next gen. It's doubtful they'll offer such a value and the 7900 aren't getting much cheaper in the near future. I'm located in Canada so sadly, can't get those. sadsmiley.gif

Would a 7990 at 730$ be worth it?
Edited by Juub - 8/28/13 at 6:10pm
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post #5 of 12
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No point in waiting for the next gen. It's doubtful they'll offer such a value and the 7900 aren't getting much cheaper in the near future. I'm located in Canada so sadly, can't get those. sadsmiley.gif

Would a 7990 at 730$ be worth it?
Go with 7950's. They are only 5-10% slower than 7970 clock for clock. Not worth the extra $1-200 over the 7950.
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post #6 of 12
If you decide on the Lightning and are running a high res or 3D monitor make sure it has a displayPort. The DVI ports on the Lightning are single link and only support a maximum resolution of 1920x1200.
post #7 of 12
Just an FYI that you'll only be able to redeem 1 of the MIRs from Gigabyte unless you get creative.
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post #8 of 12
the sapphire HD 7950 boost is selling for USD 247. no rebates to deal with.

http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=81127&vpn=11196-19-20G&manufacture=SAPPHIRE&promoid=1190

this sapphire card has unlocked voltage. Gigabyte HD 7950 comes clocked at 1 Ghz but locked voltage. here is user feedback on gigabyte card

http://www.overclock.net/t/1416711/gigabyte-windforce-gold-standard

HD 7950 offers the best value for money. go for it. wait till Oct to redeem the games. BF4 could be added to the list of free games.
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post #9 of 12
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the sapphire HD 7950 boost is selling for USD 247. no rebates to deal with.

http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=81127&vpn=11196-19-20G&manufacture=SAPPHIRE&promoid=1190

this sapphire card has unlocked voltage. Gigabyte HD 7950 comes clocked at 1 Ghz but locked voltage. here is user feedback on gigabyte card

http://www.overclock.net/t/1416711/gigabyte-windforce-gold-standard

HD 7950 offers the best value for money. go for it. wait till Oct to redeem the games. BF4 could be added to the list of free games.
It boils down to 4 different cards now:

Gigabyte Windforce(244$ after MIR) vs Sapphire HD Boost(246$) vs MSI Twin Frozr III(254$ after MIR) vs Sapphire Vapor-X(264$). I plan on purchasing two and CrossFireX them.
Edited by Juub - 8/29/13 at 4:29am
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post #10 of 12
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It boils down to 4 different cards now:

Gigabyte Windforce(244$ after MIR) vs Sapphire HD Boost(246$) vs MSI Twin Frozr III(254$ after MIR) vs Sapphire Vapor-X(264$). I plan on purchasing two and CrossFireX them.

sapphire HD 7950 boost. dual x cooler is quieter. . also with sapphire hd 7950 boost you don't have to deal with rebates which could sometimes not materialize.
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