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RIP Gigabyte 7950! Seeking advice for a replacement

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by DanScott, Mar 17, 2019.

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  1. DanScott

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    Hi all,

    So my Gigabyte 7950 3GB died today after many years of faithful overclocked service! I need to order a new GPU and I'd like some advice on the brand or even a particular GPU. Here is what I'm after:

    • £500 budget
    • Nvidia preferably (Simply because I've never had an Nvidia GPU)
    • Decent length warranty
    • Good RMA customer service
    • Gaming #1 Casual video editing #2
    • Suitable for 1080/1440 144hz AAA gaming
    I'm currently using an i7 920 but I'll be looking to upgrade my CPU/Mobo/RAM either in April or once the AMD Ryzen 3rd gen CPUs have been released.

    Thanks
    Dan
     
  2. Sin_Chase

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    With a budget of £500 nVidia won't be able to offer you anything for 1440p 144hz gaming imo.

    For 1080p you could consider a 1660ti or a 2060.

    AMD will offer better options I feel, especially if you are not locked into GSYNC.
     
  3. arc@css

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    RTX2060.

    Maybe this one (EVGA): https://www.overclockers.co.uk/evga...ddr6-pci-express-graphics-card-gx-31g-ea.html

    That's probably what I'd start with as a baseline if looking at the RTX2060.

    As mentioned, another option which will still be a big upgrade from the 7950 would be to consider the 1660Ti. Bottom line, if buying Nvidia/new, I think you're looking at the 1600 cards or RTX2060.

    https://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/AMD-HD-7950-vs-Nvidia-GTX-1660/2160vs4038

    https://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/AMD-HD-7950-vs-Nvidia-GTX-1660-Ti/2160vs4037

    https://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/AMD-HD-7950-vs-Nvidia-RTX-2060-6GB/2160vs4034
     
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  4. Beren

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    At 500 you are bang on 2070 money which would be a massive uplift on your current gpu. Certainly more than you need to utterly max 1080 and 1440.

    Just for balance... There is nothing AT your budget from AMD really, but you can get a good Vega64 for 390 which will also blow away 1440p for gaming.
    If you get the Nvidia you get BF5 or Anthem free. For AMD it is their 3 game pack.

    The 2070 is about 15ish percent fastet than the Vega64 for 110 more.

    After that it is jump to 650 and either a 2080 or Vega VII.

    For comparison, a Vega 64 is over twice as fast as your current card and the 2070 about 2.5? Plus both have heaps more Vram and features.

    Edit - as above the 2070 is overkill, but long term it would last well.

    At your budget you are looking at ultrawide and 4k capable GPUs... A 1660ti, 2060 or Vega56 would be great and cheaper alternatives
     
  5. freddie64

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  7. DanScott

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    Thank you all for taking the time to respond.

    It seems like AMD is the better option with the 2 additional free games and the value for money.

    I assume going AMD Sapphire are the best choice?
     
  8. Beren

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    Sapphire is what I have and very happy... I don't know if there is better/equal out there.
     
  9. LeMson

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    Around £500-600 will get you a sapphire vega 56 and 27inch 1440p 144hz freesync monitor, job done :)
     
  10. Panos

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    Sapphire and Powercolor are great brands for AMD.

    And follow @LeMson advice. AMD cards are bargains compared to overpriced Nvidia offerings.
     
  11. Marine-RX179

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    It is 3 free games with the Vega64 (RE2, DMC5, The Division 2).

    I have the Sapphire Vega64 Nitro+, and the thing is like a tank with probably one of the best air VGA cooler with a huge heatsink and triple fans.

    Also AMD can do Freesync over HDMI with 4K TV that support it. Although it is a niche feature, but I cannot imagine myself gaming on my Samsung NU8000 75" 4K TV without it.
     
  12. DanScott

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    After hours and hours of research, I think I've found a good value for money combination (see my basket below). After reviewing benchmarks at 1440 for the vega 56/64 I thought it would be best to stay at 1080 to get every frame out of a 144hz monitor. I was very drawn to Nvidia after reviewing benchmarks but G-Sync monitors are out of my price range. Thoughts, please?

    My basket at Overclockers UK:
    Total: £561.08 (includes shipping: £11.10) ​
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  13. dragonslayer

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    Just so you know you can also undervolt and overclock the v56 to the same performance of a v64 there is a post about how to do it on the forum somewhere you may want to check it out for even more bang for buck:)
     
  14. Ezyryder

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    Does your board support UEFI graphics cards? If not none of the new graphics cards, Nvidia or AMD will work.
     
  15. subbytna

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    He's changing his CPU/MOBO/RAM setup next month according to the OP's original post.
     
  16. Ezyryder

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    Yes, or when Ryzen 3xxx launches, but if he expects to be able to use it in the meanwhile he won't be able to.
     
  17. DanScott

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    Thanks for calling this out! I wasn't aware. I have an Asus P6T Deluxe which I assume doesn't support UEFI so I might need to get a temporary GPU if I decide to wait for Ryzen 3xxx.

    This is my mobo: https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P6T_Deluxe/
     
  18. DanScott

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    Thanks for the tip, I like bang for my buck!
     
  19. Sasahara

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    I've seem many examples of the RTX series running on LGA 775 / LGA1366 mobos. What cards won't work?

    Now there are some mobos that won't work, but that's not because of an inherent incompatibility with a bios based mobo.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmAQUsBPwPY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEaV_MjMk3E
     
  20. nutsnut

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    My old Asus P67 Pro with my 2500k and then a 3770k worked fine with modern gpus.