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- Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 Like (1) Share






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Fragment of Chaos Aug 7, 13
It's worth noting that with a price range of $250, you can pick up a HD7870 LE/XT which is built from the Tahiti [79XX] chip series.
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Iceguy2003 Aug 7, 13
Interesting point you bring up there, Fragment of Chaos, that'd be a great bang for the buck card. The benchmarks go about how I thought they would. BF3 being an Nvidia loving game, and games like Crysis, that use massive amounts of tessellation, go towards the ATI/AMD card. The 7-series ATI/AMD cards are no joke, and really, I think they need a few more driver releases and we'll really be seeing what power they have. That is, if they haven't given up on the 7-series and moved on the the 8-series fully.

Off topic, but it's gonna be funny when they get to the 9-series. Maybe they'll make a 9800PRO again. Anyone remember those? My god, I loved my old 9800PRO. That beast lasted me quite awhile, then ATI came out with drivers that gave around 40% increase in all games when using anti-aliasing. That was the best driver update I have ever experienced.
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JohnTRIVOLTA Aug 7, 13
I had also GeCube 9800Pro , at the time was a beast
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Iceguy2003 Aug 20, 13
New 13.8 Beta drivers are out. Increased my stability a lot over the 13.6 beta's I was running. This is for AMD/ATI, btw, just an FYI to all the AMD/ATI owners out there. So far, the 13.8 beta drivers are stable and giving me higher scores in my 3DMark benchmarks. Gaming is always smooth on my 7850, so I can't tell much there.
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Casecutter Aug 21, 13
Consider the GTX660Ti trailed the 7870 by 5-1/2 months to make it to market! I’m surprised Nvidia could tailor something more… Oh, right they did and held back the 760. I see the more interesting test(s) would be OC both and see who got the headroom and really take advantage of the extra. Honestly, other than Far Cry and Hitman (fixed by the 13.3V@ Beta) there’s no true difference. In the 14 days they still are separated by $30 although AMD give a choice of two games, Nvidia with Splinter Cell.
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Bean007 Aug 24, 13
Uhmmm, why are you guys now just reviewing this? This is soo old. The 7870 is better bang for your buck.
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Iceguy2003 Oct 29, 13
Let's not forget about PowerColor brand 7870's. The use the newer Tahiti core. Less energy and more power for games all at lower clocks.

The baddest 7870 on the block is the PowerColor... and since I broke my 7850, yes, broke, haha, long story, I now have this PC 7870 on the way with the new Tahiti core (same core as the 7950).
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Iceguy2003 Oct 29, 13
I'd like to hear back from a neo staff member if they have any time. Please, what are your thoughts on the 7870's, one with the Pitcairn chip and one with the Tahiti LE cores?

I'm going to have to say, it's a steal to get a 7870 by PowerColor because they are cheaper (never have been of fan of PowerColor , no major reasons.. just bad reviews from cooling). But hey, I can get an aftermarket GPU cooler if it comes to it.

The Tahiti 7870's have somewhat notably lower clock speeds, yet perform BETTER than Pitcairn's at the 1025-1050+mhz cores they come at. I am SOOO EXCITED to get my Tahiti core 7870. I mean, I had an HD7850, running 1150mhz/1300mhz (core/mem), or (58xx mhz if u go by what they say, lol)

So, right now, I had an HD4870 512MB to tide me over. It's not fun. A highly overclocked/volterd (like mine) HD7850 is actually quite a little beast. Usually outperforming 7870 Pitcairns at stock speeds. But, the prices have been pretty close from 7850/7870/7950 cards anyways.

Can not WAIT to see how much all the shaders affect performance compared to Tahiti GPU's. I know it's not going to be twice the card... but it's going to have some real power for the price.

I'll at least post up some 3DMark11 benchies from my HD7850 (also the older Pitcairn GPU) vs this new card.

Only prob... C2D Quad. It's not MUCH of a prob at all, just rarely. Just stupid games like GTA4 would benefit from an i5/i7 since it's coded so poorly. But so far, as long as I stick a better card in, my Q6600 OC'd really chugs it along. And I'm on an old P5B and STILL to THIS DAY I destroy ALL Athlon II X4's in games, card for card, and smoke most all Phenom II X4's... if not all. Especially clock for clock.

I used to be an AMD fanboy.... when they came out with the AMD64's... my fist being a s754 3400+ @ 2.4ghz stock. What.... A... Monster. 1 whole GB of RAM lasted ages. POWA!
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Iceguy2003 Nov 1, 13
Well guys...

I got my massive HD7870 with the Tahiti LE core installed on my old Asus P5B/C2Q set up. I am definitely CPU bottle necked now. Sure... the P5B uses PCI-e x16 1.1, but that's the same power as PCI-e 2.0 @ x8, which is what most Crossfire systems have to run at. I don't think my old 1.1 slot is slowing it down, just the C2Q. I'm re-downloading 3DMark and I'll post my results.
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