Color3D 7950 (CGAX-7957O2) or GigaByte R9 270X Overclock

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Color3D 7950 (CGAX-7957O2) or GigaByte R9 270X Overclock

Postposted on Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:30 pm

Hello everyone!
I have to choose between either of the Color3D 7950 (CGAX-7957O2 - King) or GigaByte R9 270X Overclock GPUs. Mainly I'll be playing Battlefield 4, preferably on highest possible (and playable) settings at 1080p. I've heard that 270X consumes lesser power and is a rebranded 7870 XT, and that Color3D's 7950 is capable of OC'ing to 680 OC levels. Is it true?
Kindly guide!
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Re: Color3D 7950 (CGAX-7957O2) or GigaByte R9 270X Overclock

Postposted on Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:46 pm

The Radeon HD7950 is more capable than the Radeon R9-270X. It comes with 3 GiB of memory vs. 2 GiB for the R9-270X / R9-270 / HD7870. It's also more expensive.
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Re: Color3D 7950 (CGAX-7957O2) or GigaByte R9 270X Overclock

Postposted on Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:03 pm

For me, the Color3D 7950 is about 1.17 times (around 50$) more expensive than the Gigabyte 270X. So, I was wondering that is it worth spending that extra money for 1 GB more VRAM and maybe a bit more FPS in games?
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Re: Color3D 7950 (CGAX-7957O2) or GigaByte R9 270X Overclock

Postposted on Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:25 pm

At your current monitor's 1600x900 resolution, either of these graphics cards (or the R9-270 that you originally selected) would be more than sufficient. If you upgrade to 2560x1440, the Radeon HD7950 will still be adequate but the R9-270X / R9-270 / HD7870 will be over-taxed.
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Re: Color3D 7950 (CGAX-7957O2) or GigaByte R9 270X Overclock

Postposted on Sun Feb 02, 2014 6:27 pm

It's absolutely disgusting what's going right now with the video cards and it's the reason that I haven't built yet even though I though I would be. You used to be able to get 7950s for less than what a 270x is going for now. Ridiculous. Disgusting. but I will refrain from the rant right now. I just want to say a couple things, first is it is helpful if you list price when you ask a comparative question like this, comparing one card to another, because then the guys with experience can weigh in on it.

The next thing I will say is that the 270X is not a 7870 XT, but a more efficient, faster 7870 that's been improved by improvements with process technology and presumably improvements in the power managing firmware. Perhaps a little bit of AMD's improvements in the firmware of the new kind (on the 260X and 290 290X) have made for some better tweaking of the old stuff. The 7870 and 270X are based on the Pitcairn variant of GCN. The 7870 XT was a trimmed down 7950, which is Tahiti. The 7870 XT was Tahiti LE. Presumably it was done to compete with nVidia at some price war at some pricepoint at that point in time. The 7950 will be better at 2560x1600 and higher and will do AA and higher res textures better. Generally speaking at 1080p the 270X nips at the 7950's heels, or even just surpasses it in some games but not too many, any higher and the 7950 will pull ahead. Metro LL is a game that favours the 7950. I can't tell you whether or not it's worth the $50 at this point. Any price you see right now though (unless you know it's cheaper) is likely to be complete **** except, seemingly, for some versions of the geforce 660.

guru3d took a good look at battlefield 4, a whole article to it. I suggest you go check on it if you have not. sorry I can't give any advice about the 7950s OC levels.
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