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Old March 5, 2012, 12:31 AM
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Thanks for the xlnt reviews.
Soft launches somehow don't have the samesortta zing. Still, the 28nm pwr/progress is good. This puts even more pressure on Kepler - We shall see, eventually.
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Old March 5, 2012, 05:16 AM
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I'd really like to see a review that tests the 7870 in crossfire at 5760x1080. A comparison between two 7870s, two 7950s, and two 7970s would be very helpful.

Does BF3 need the extra GB of memory at 5760x1080? How much do settings need to be relaxed between the three combos to be smooth at that res?

I'm still using a single 5870 which has been a great card, but it is absolutely not powerful enough to run all three monitors in BF3...takes half an hour to get into the game, then gives a steady .01 FPS. :)

I knew adding the third monitor for eyefinity would start me down a slippery slope...now, help me figure out how much the ride is gonna cost. :)
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Great review. I actually sat down and read nearly the whole thing (I normally just read the game benchmarks, but actually skipped those and focused on what was under the hood).

Now, between the two would you say the 7870 was the better card in price per performance scenario (IE bang for the buck) or would you say the 7850. The 7850 seems it due to the cost right out of the bat, but seems to be that the 7870 had a lot more horsepower.
IMO, the HD 7850 is the better buy. However, if you have $400 to burn, I suggest you look a bit downmarket and got for the HD 7870.
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IMO, the HD 7850 is the better buy. However, if you have $400 to burn, I suggest you look a bit downmarket and got for the HD 7870.
Hmm, one 7850 card should be more than enough for my needs upon my next build. Maybe one month or so, there might be somewhere a good sale to buy one at good price. Right now, it's going be at $250-ish ... not bad but I'll wait until I see a rebate come up for it.
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Old March 5, 2012, 06:16 AM
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So, the 7850 is 250$... around 70 more than a 6870 new...

When do we see the 7850 1gb?
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Old March 5, 2012, 07:02 AM
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I'm impressed with the cards' performance. A 7870 card that almost matches a GTX580 at stock speeds? Yes Please! I guess the only thing to gripe about is the pricing, but all of AMD's new 7xxx series have been priced high, so I suppose this one is only falling in line.
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I'm impressed with the cards' performance. A 7870 card that almost matches a GTX580 at stock speeds? Yes Please! I guess the only thing to gripe about is the pricing, but all of AMD's new 7xxx series have been priced high, so I suppose this one is only falling in line.
I hate the price increase, but also felt AMD was selling their cards to low. I do think we are seeing AMD trying to recoup as much money as it can, as fast as it can, for the development of their latest chip.

I am thankful that I will be ready to buy a GPU when Kepler drops and can get a GPU that has the best bang for the buck (and hopefully with the Kepler release, 7800 and/or 7900 take a slight price drop).

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Thanks for the insight, will definately take what you say into consideration about the 7850 when I buy, and if prices remain the same, may grab one.
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Although, to put it in perspective, the 7870 is offering almost the performance of a GTX580 (upwards of 90%) for about $100 less. I suppose when you look at it that way, it's a pretty good deal!
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I'm impressed with the cards' performance. A 7870 card that almost matches a GTX580 at stock speeds? Yes Please! I guess the only thing to gripe about is the pricing, but all of AMD's new 7xxx series have been priced high, so I suppose this one is only falling in line.
nVidia better hurry because that's the only reason why AMD is pricing their cards so high. Guess its one of the reasons why being first to market works well (in the short run).
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wow, still no compelling reason to upgrade from my 5870 @ 1080p resolution. That's 3 years and going strong!!! either its a testament to how awesome the 5870 is, or shows how stagnant the video card market has become.:(
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wow, still no compelling reason to upgrade from my 5870 @ 1080p resolution. That's 3 years and going strong!!! either its a testament to how awesome the 5870 is, or shows how stagnant the video card market has become.:(

In the Defence of the 28nm process, this is a whole new ground up GPU Design. I think this is a start and once the process is streamlined and modified we will see good yeilds. Coupled with hopefully solid driver support.

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