I may be looking for new graphics card

Discussion in 'AMD Graphics Cards' started by Robert McClelland, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. Robert McClelland

    Robert McClelland I'm An Uncle for 2nd time Staff Member

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    Around my B-day in End of April my question is Can I run new 7000 series on my gigabyte 890FX UD 5? Since only 2.0 with 3.0 bus speed?
     
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    Stuart_Davidson Well-Known Member

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    Yes, thats fine.
     
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    CDsDontBurn AMD & Petrol Heads Mod

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    Perfectly fine.

    What kind of HD7000 series you looking into getting?
     
  4. Robert McClelland

    Robert McClelland I'm An Uncle for 2nd time Staff Member

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    7850 Something around 150 bucks maybe :). Going cancel my DC U game for while so I can save up for new card.
     
  5. Dyre Straits

    Dyre Straits 10 Grandkids -1 Great-grandson-and one in the oven

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    Robert, you'll be very happy with a HD 7000 series card. Be sure, however, to check that the new card has a full-size DisplayPort and not a mini-DP or, if you're using any DisplayPort option now, you'll be needing to change that cable and/or adapter when you get the new card. From what I'm seeing, the HD 7000 series went back to full-size DP so you should be good to go.
     
  6. Robert McClelland

    Robert McClelland I'm An Uncle for 2nd time Staff Member

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    I have gigibate 5850 right now warranty ends of May 2013 lol.
     
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    CDsDontBurn AMD & Petrol Heads Mod

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    The full sized DisplayPort is only really available in the lower to solid mid range video cards. Think 7750 - some 7850. The Mini-DisplayPort is available between the mid range to high end cards. Think the remaining 7850s - 7970.
     
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    steves6403 Active Member

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    I can vouch for the sapphire 7850 oc .Ive got the 1st edition with only 1 dvi.The 2nd edition has Output 2 x Dual-Link DVI so heed what dyre is saying.
     
  9. Dyre Straits

    Dyre Straits 10 Grandkids -1 Great-grandson-and one in the oven

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    I'm not at all unhappy with my HD 6950 2GB GDDR5 card. Yet, since AMD won't be releasing the HD 8000 series this year, I may do a GPU upgrade myself in a month or so. And, it will be to one that uses the mini-DP like my present card.

    The one thing, though, that does bother me is that it appears they have reduced the overall number of ports, period, on the newer cards. Since I now have 3 Viewsonic 24 inch screens, 1 Sony 3D screen, and a 36 inch HDTV, reducing overall number of ports would create a plug/unplug/plug headache/nightmare for me.
     
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    CDsDontBurn AMD & Petrol Heads Mod

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    Since you have a 6950, picking up a worthwhile upgrade would be a 7970 and all of those have 5 display output options available.

    2x MDP
    2x DVI
    1x HDMI

    You would be fine if you got such a 7000 series card.
     
  11. Dyre Straits

    Dyre Straits 10 Grandkids -1 Great-grandson-and one in the oven

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    I believe you're mistaken. So far, nearly all the HD 7970 series with 3 GB GDDR5 have only 4 ports: 1 DVI, 1 HDMI, and 2x MiniDP.

    If I were to do an upgrade it would be from the 2 GB card I have now to a 3 GB 384 bit card. Anything else I wouldn't really consider an "upgrade".

    Example: http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1157&lid=1&pid=1443&leg=0


    XFX, on the other hand, does have the full 5 ports....

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150586
     
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    blibbax nahm8

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    I wonder whether you wouldn't be better sticking with the 5850 for the time being. The 7850 is not a colossal upgrade, and given that you only play at 1080p, it wouldn't surprise me if you're CPU bottlenecked in quite a few games anyway - what do you play?

    You might find this useful btw: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/512?vs=549
     
  13. Robert McClelland

    Robert McClelland I'm An Uncle for 2nd time Staff Member

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    Well any for nvidia side? around 200 bucks it be nice upgrade with new warranty card ;). Well AMD 7850 is faster card then I have now. amazon they have gigabyte 7850 for 195 bucks :).
     
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    blibbax nahm8

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    I'm not sure it makes sense to replace a card just because the warranty has run out - it probably won't break for years, and if it does break before you've replaced it for some other reason, you can always replace it then. Thing is, sooner you buy a new card, the less you'll get for your money.

    Regarding the Nvidia side, they don't have anything that competes especially well with the 7850 imo, but I suppose technically the Nvidia equivalent is the (faster but typically somewhat more expensive) GTX660.

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=660

    If it was me and I wanted to spend that kind of cash on a video card, I'd look for a used or ex-display GTX580, but obviously that wouldn't have a warranty.

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=517
     
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    Bah! You've got me. Not sure why I was thinking that all 7970 cards have 5x display output ports. Perhaps I was looking at a non-reference model right then and there when I made that post. I guess, it doesn't even have to be a reference version, as even some of the non-reference versions also have 4 display output ports.

    While the 7850 may not be a colossal upgrade, the performance difference is still there. Additionally, it does offer other benefits that are not present on the 5850. One of which is the power consumption being dramatically reduced. Another feature that can be taken advantage of is the higher resolution support of the 7850 over HDMI and DisplayPort than the 5850, etc.

    Even with the performance being marginally better, 10% ish, in favor of the 7850, there are still other reasons why to go for it.

    This, I can agree with.
     
  16. Robert McClelland

    Robert McClelland I'm An Uncle for 2nd time Staff Member

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    I,m glad yr looking at the 7850.I was at the sapphire site, the 7870 is having problems with crashing, black sreens.I'm not sure if its just sapphire.
     
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    It might just be more people complaining about it than what is actually being problematic.
     
  19. SeaWulf

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    For what it is worth

    I have the sapphire 7870 OC edition 2GB and never experienced a crash. (installed in March 2012). CPU is not overclocked..Games played are mainly Civ V and Dragon Age II.. plus normal excel and power point etc
     
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    Didnt mean to offend the 7870 uses its just what i notice at the sapphire site
     

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