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musicman February 24, 2012 01:33 PM

7970 or 7950?
Ok so I'm going to be upgrading my GPU in the next couple days and I'm not sure what to get. I'm indecided between a 7970 and 7950. I like the performance of the 7970s but the price of the 7950s. So my question is, which will give more bang for my buck?

dandelioneater February 24, 2012 01:46 PM

7950 will be better in the performance/$ category and You can probably overclock the 7950 to rival the performance of the 7970.
I guess the question to ask yourself: "Is it worth an extra ~125-150 dollars for a ~10-15% increase in performance?.

great_big_abyss February 24, 2012 01:47 PM

The 7950 technically gives you more 'bang for your buck'. It's 90% of the performance at 80% of the price. But really, the difference is marginal. If you can afford it, go with the 7970. If you can only afford the 7950, go that route instead.

Dragonstongue February 24, 2012 04:05 PM

A good 7950 such as the Sapphire ones, or XFX ones, can overclock like crazy easily besting a 7970, though, 7970 can overclock even moreso, so it really depends on your $. I owuld just go a 7950, find the ones that have on average a really nice overclock, and go from there. the $/performance especially taking into account the overclocking headroom is just better with a 7950, the best of them will get within just a couple % of a very overclocked 7970 as well :)

Course, if you wait a few days, the 7890/7870/7850 will also be out,, and they should be the best $/performance with some very significant gains from overclocking as well.

Bond007 February 24, 2012 06:11 PM

Better performance/$ is 7950 hands down. The 7970 is just better performance. Unless you have a need for that extra bit of FPS, or have some extra disposable income, then the 7950 is the way to go.

flopper February 25, 2012 05:29 AM

with the same clocks, its about a 3% difference in performance.
Overclocking a 7950 then makes a lot of sense.
a 7970 tends to OC higher, around 100mhz.

Normally in a game, you wont notice any difference between the cards.

Luay79 February 25, 2012 06:43 AM

I think if your monitor resolution is lower than 1080P, then neither. If it is 1080P and the refresh rate is 60hz, go for the 7950. If it's 120hz, then HD 7970, or even 7950 CF.


great_big_abyss February 25, 2012 08:47 PM

Hardly what I'd call a POS...


aLife February 25, 2012 09:23 PM

it depends on your resolution i guess. i personally would take the hd7970 if i had the money simple because i have a need to have whats best... ><

Eluder February 26, 2012 09:44 AM

I thought about this while I was waiting to get a new 7970 since my first one was defective and hard to find (non reference cooling). I stuck with the 7970 because I figure for the long run, it will do better at the res I'm playing at (2560x1440).
I even went and got another 7970, so I'll likely be going CFx after I swap this new card (too much coil whine).

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