Topic Title: Is the HD 7950 Overkill for My system?
Topic Summary: Is this card worth buying for the other parts in my system
Created On: 05/21/2013 05:04 PM
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 05/21/2013 05:04 PM
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fyfey96
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Okay, so i just got a pretty sweet bonus from work and i wanna buy a new card and i was looking at the Asus HD7950 3GB, I currently have a HD6770 1GB. My system specs are AMD FX 4100, 8GB G.skills 1600MHz RAM , Asus M5A97 Pro Mobo. I was wondering if it was worth the money at the moment. I play some of the latest DX11 games at 1920 x 1080. I want to have AA and Anistropic Filtering as high as possibe and i beive this requies more RAM in the GPU hence the 3GB. I plan to upgrade to the AMD FX 8350 CPU with a H100i but the now is it worth getting the 7950. and if i do get it will the upgrade to cpu also increase performance.

 

Thanks alot in advance

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 05/21/2013 05:24 PM
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Eydee
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I'd say it's worth buying it. Your system is OK, especially if you'll upgrade the CPU later. Still, the 7950 might be moved to legacy status anytime. Maybe next month, maybe next year. AMD has no official lifecycle plan for these cards, they get rid of them whenever they need extra money. I'd wait for the 8k series or check out the other side of the force.



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 05/21/2013 05:27 PM
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fyfey96
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Yes i am aware that the new 8000 series may be coming out soon. But i think that the cards that are there now will be 100% efficient by now but when the new cards come out there may be compatibility and driver issues to start but the older cards are already full comaptible. and i wouldnt go nvidea 

 05/21/2013 06:06 PM
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Not really any such thing as "100% efficient", most of it depends on the game programmers actually coding the game correctly vs a straight console port, and the engine that they choose to use. If you want to upgrade for the long haul, you should spend the extra $100 or so and get a HD 7970 Ghz Edition. The HD 7000 series shouldn't be moved to legacy status anytime soon, not until the HD 7970 is only as powerful as the midrange version of whatever generation it is. But if you can wait I would suggest you do as well for the HD 9000 series (Volcanic Islands), but they are waiting until Q4 to release them (the HD 8000 series is an OEM rebadge of the HD 7000 series). Memorial day is coming up so keep an eye out for some good sales.

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 05/22/2013 01:05 PM
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The 7000 series won't be legacy for at least another two years, going by history.  The 5000 series is going on four years old and it's still not legacy.

 

 05/22/2013 02:21 PM
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And even when they put them in legacy support they still get updates, just not as frequently. You might not be able to play new release games on day 1, but very few new release games these days are actually playable on day 1. Thankfully Windows XP support should be dropped in less than a year which should free up developer time and speed up releases as Windows Vista/7/8 are all based on Windows Kernel 6 (hence the unified driver packages). I don't like how they put the HD 4000 series in legacy as soon as they did, but it makes a bit of sense when you compare the HD 4870 to the HD 5770. The next cards to enter legacy will be the HD 5000 and HD 6000 series given they are basically the same cards and use the older VLIW5 and VLIW4 cores, but that shouldn't happen at least until the Volcanic Islands GPU's get pretty mature sometime in 2015. Pirate Islands (Tortuga anyone?) should let the HD 7000 series lapse into legacy no sooner than 2016. Of course this is speculation but it is pretty logical. Much will depend on how the GCN 2.0 Volcanic Island cards perform compared to the HD 7000 series.

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 05/23/2013 02:36 PM
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Good to know Black_Zion I just Bought this one.

 

 

 

 



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