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7850 or 6970? No OC

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Have narrowed decision to these two, standard 7850, and a 6970 with core at 940mhz out of the box. Found at same price as 7850

I have no interest in OC, just standard gaming and work (BF3, COD, COH, DE:HR)

3 monitors, 2 1080p, 1 1440 x 900.

If i game I do it on one of the 1080p monitors.

Which card would be best for me?

Cheers
 
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At stock the 6970 but why wouldn't you overclock it. All you do is move two sliders to the right...
 
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If it were me I'd get the 7850, they overclock like crazy and with driver maturity they will only get better.
 
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ok paul, i wasn't sure if the utilies that you get are worth using. I presume from your post they are?

If thats the case, and I do overclock, i assume you would go 7850?
 
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If you plan to overclock then definitely get the 7850. Lots of folks will help you out if you are unsure. As Jarrod said, new drivers will improve the card even further.

Using catalyst control centre is completely safe, just be careful if you use another program and start messing about with voltages.
 
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Ok, decision made, cheers for the input.

What are people using for overclock? I assume its not out of the box software they give you? Is something like msi afterburner the right thing?

I'll be getting the VTX 7850 from ocuk.
 
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Don't use the out of the box software, download the newest drivers from the amd website.
 
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Ok, decision made, cheers for the input.

What are people using for overclock? I assume its not out of the box software they give you? Is something like msi afterburner the right thing?

I'll be getting the VTX 7850 from ocuk.

Good choice, I should get mine tomorrow from OCUK (I changed my mind from the HD6950 2GB that's on pre-order at the moment.)

The tool that you want, I believe, is here.

See this thread
 
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6970 will be a little faster at stock, but 7850 will use less power and run cooler. The 7850 is also a much smaller card. At stock, it is a hard call.

Overclocked, the 7850 is a fair bit faster.
 
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