A new GFX card please...

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Re: A new GFX card please...

Postby Sly Boots » Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:46 pm

Prey wrote:For the last time Sly stop spreading your Nvidia based propoganda crap on my forum!!! :x



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Re: A new GFX card please...

Postby Quietman » Wed Sep 05, 2012 6:23 pm

Prey wrote:For the last time Sly stop spreading your Nvidia based propoganda crap on my forum!!! :x

I have but two words for you Ian mate.

ATI. SAPPHIRE.

How about a 3GB Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 for £240? Not sure where you buy from exactly but that price is from Scan.co.uk and includes VAT.

Review...

Pros:

Great overclocking
High performance
Eyefinity gaming
New architecture
Zero Core power
Noise improvement
Cooling Performance
Power Consumption

Cons:
Pricing


http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews ... d7950_3gb/


Ooh shiny.. I'm quite tempted by one of those as my HD5870 is getting a bit long in the tooth...
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Re: A new GFX card please...

Postby JohnyHumf » Wed Sep 05, 2012 7:16 pm

They do 3Gb card now? :shock:

I was thinking of upgrading as well, figured a 2.8Ghz quad core would last a few more years, but a new graphics card and bumping the RAM from 4Gb to 12Gb should do the trick.

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Re: A new GFX card please...

Postby Gibby » Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:06 pm

My graphics card died so I'm back on my shitty 7900 :lol:

I need to upgrade anyway as my PC is getting on a bit, but this is killing me. Snowy, once you get your new card, fancy selling your current one?

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Re: A new GFX card please...

Postby Snowy » Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:44 pm

Don't see why not mate
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Re: A new GFX card please...

Postby Gibby » Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:12 pm

Rockin' :D

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Re: A new GFX card please...

Postby Nethlyn » Fri Sep 07, 2012 11:39 am

I wish it was as simple as just going with ATi, Nvidia's driver as far as I know, you load it up and Nvidia lets the community figure out when certain Detonator versions stop making any difference to performance.

I can't remember any time when ATi formally stated "we no longer support cards X, Y and Z" but left you to comb through their website for the bad news if you had one of their cards, then watch as future Catalysts no longer even loaded and worked properly, sandbagging you with the "legacy" driver three months after your installation messed up and you had to reinstall.

If Nvidia drivers still work the way they always did, get a 560ti unless you earn stacks and aren't worried about changing Radeons when AMD stops the music. Otherwise don't get the card ending in --50 if you're still buying ATi when the --70s will give you that little bit of extra power for the premium which could let you coast a year, even 18 months, before you need to upgrade again.

[EDIT] and for at least your next card you need more system RAM than memory on the card, 1GB is still enough so don't spend on a 2Gb GPU unless you're thinking about trying to hold resale value.
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Re: A new GFX card please...

Postby Snowy » Fri Sep 07, 2012 2:56 pm

For a smallish addition in price (£30-40) I can hop from 560ti to 660ti.

Worth the hike?
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Re: A new GFX card please...

Postby Quietman » Fri Sep 07, 2012 4:43 pm

well on http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html

the 550 comes in at 2988, the 660 at 3,271... make of that what you will!

For more realistic and meaningful numbers we look to BF3 benchmarks.

The 560Ti looks ok at 1920x1080 ultra settings - http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2011/1 ... analysis/4 - averaging 41 FPS

The 660Ti however is a tad better - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gef ... 279-4.html - Giving 49.5 FPS at the same settings.

EDIT: oops misread

Also, for comparison against the Radeon 7950 - http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xswwk6 ... -tips_tech

if you can't stand to watch, basically they did an MP benchmark and the 660Ti came out slightly in front, but I'm not sure if that was the 3Gb version of the 7950 (or if there even are other versions...) because THIS benchmark (http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/rad ... 123-4.html) shows the 7950 doing a fair amount better...
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Re: A new GFX card please...

Postby Nethlyn » Sat Sep 08, 2012 9:28 am

Snowy wrote:For a smallish addition in price (£30-40) I can hop from 560ti to 660ti.

Worth the hike?


If it's 2Gb of memory on the 660ti as standard, yes - used to be £100 more expensive, that must have been the RRP before Scan etc got hold of it.
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Re: A new GFX card please...

Postby Quietman » Sat Sep 08, 2012 12:16 pm

You better read my posts Snowy ¬_¬ Takes me hours to compile them

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Re: A new GFX card please...

Postby Snowy » Sat Sep 08, 2012 5:00 pm

I read all of them Phil, yours included. From here in I will read yours twice ;)

The thing that made me sit up and take note of Ken's comments was the ATi habit of discarding cards from their catalyst suite, which is a shite habit.

Your benchmark comparisons are also very useful mate
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Re: A new GFX card please...

Postby Mantis » Sat Sep 08, 2012 5:09 pm

You aren't in much danger of having support for your card discontinued. The card has to be very old for the drivers to stop supporting it, easily five years. I tend to keep my latest card for no longer than four before I pick up something more up to date.

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Re: A new GFX card please...

Postby Jez » Sat Sep 08, 2012 5:34 pm

There ya go Snowers :) Fixed it!!


Snowy wrote:
The thing that made me sit up and take note was the ATi habit of discarding cards from their catalyst suite, which is shite habit.

Your benchmark comparisons are also very useful mate

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Re: A new GFX card please...

Postby Prey » Sat Sep 08, 2012 7:06 pm

Jez and Sly hate...building...

As Dave said though discontinued cards are very far and few between because we're talking a long leg of newer series cards released before that ever happens. AMD aren't going to continue older supporting cards when newer driver releases simply no longer cater for the architecture involved but they are now supporting far more mobile based machines as laptop gaming becomes ever more popular.

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