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Radeon 7950

Postposted on Sun Dec 29, 2013 4:41 pm

Would it be worth it to swap out the stock twin fan cooler on a Sapphire 7950 with a 3 fan, or even a waterblock solution? I normally don't overclock graphic cards, but it would be nice to be able to push it a little, when then new batch of games roll out in 2014/2015, to give it a little longevity. It doesn't run exactly hot now, but I'd love to be able to push it under a really heavy load without frying the chip. If Maya 2013, and any good renderers get OpenCL support, I'd like to throw as much work onto the GPU as possible.
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Re: Radeon 7950

Postposted on Sun Dec 29, 2013 7:01 pm

I wouldn't bother putting custom cooling to get a boost out of a 7950. They don't run that hot and there is headroom to overclock.

Any money you would spend on aftermarket cooling for a 7950 would better be used to buy a non-reference R9-290, combined with any money you can make selling your 7950 second-hand. That will actually give you more performance than overclocking ever could.
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Re: Radeon 7950

Postposted on Sun Dec 29, 2013 7:06 pm

Ah. Good point! Thanks!
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Re: Radeon 7950

Postposted on Mon Dec 30, 2013 7:51 am

Hz so good wrote:Would it be worth it to swap out the stock twin fan cooler on a Sapphire 7950 with a 3 fan, or even a waterblock solution?
Definitely not. Sapphire's Vapor-X cooler is an excellent performer. You wouldn't get much more from an aftermarket cooler.

That money would be better saved for a future GPU upgrade (like the R9-290 that Prestige Worldwide suggested - or waiting for significantly-upgraded GPUs to arrive with TSMC's new manufacturing process next summer).
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