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Thread: PowerColor HD7950 PCS+ Review
01-31-12, 12:35 AM #1
Powercolor HD7950 PCS+ ReviewOh, what a glorious day it is here in Tahiti...no, you didn't just jump in to my vacation blog. We are here today to review the PowerColor HD 7950 PCS+. If this card is anything like its big brother, the HD 7970, this card should be another monster. Let's see how it compares against that and other high-end GPUs.
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01-31-12, 03:23 AM #2
I was really waiting for cheaper version of 7970 and now I don't know what to think. It's still too expensive and after looking at some benchmarks ( especially older ) I can compare it to my GTX470 after higher oc ... wait this card is 2 yo ... cpu limit it seems.
I live in Poland and here we have retail prices about 2000zł for 7950 and 2300zł for 7970. 1zł = ~3.3$ now so ~600$ for 7950 and ~700$ for 7970 including our 23% tax. I doubt that anyone will even look at 7950 here. What happend with ~300$ cards that weren't much slower than top versions
01-31-12, 03:32 AM #3
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ya was dissapointed at the price point with it as well but great review even tho the tests show this card slightly behind the 7970 i dont think itd be worth the drop if 7970 isnt much more then this card i assume after the excitement drops and nvidia starts releasing there cards we will see price adjustments worth to jump on these cards
01-31-12, 07:33 AM #4
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01-31-12, 07:42 AM #5
I do have a question about your opinion on the value of a 7950 though EarthDog. Just like you originally said in your article, I was expecting the 7950's to land at $400, up to $450 for the non reference ones. Not start at $460, and go up to $500 for non reference ones. Sure the card is a top performer, and can overclock like a beast, but I feel for $90 more dollars, a 7970 is a better buy.Gigabyte Sniper M3 - i7 2700K - Corsair H80Heatware
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01-31-12, 08:13 AM #6
We were told, after publishing, the proper msrp for this card is 469. I would assume the reference ones are less. The pricing you are seeing now is new card inflation. Also, my expectation was up to $450 for the reference cards really. Wait until non reference 7970's hit newegg at $550+... note this Gigabyte non reference 7970 is $610, still keeping the $100+ between aftermarket solutions.
There are other reviews which show 7970 scaling. It should not be any different with the 7950.
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01-31-12, 08:36 AM #7
PowerColor HD7950 PCS+ Review
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01-31-12, 09:29 AM #8
01-31-12, 10:24 AM #9
Hey ED, didn't you try any 7970 BIOS flash?
EDIT: And, of course, nice review, as usual! But no need to say
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01-31-12, 10:37 AM #10
The card looks to be a solid performer, although it mostly looks to trade blows with the GTX580 (depending on the game/review/settings/resolution) - for better or worse. Had the card launched at $400 it would give people a serious thought of not buying a 580, but at this moment there isn't much reason to upgrade (unless it is to a 7970) for someone who already owns a 580 (or two, in my case). I will be interested to see if the performance increases along with new drivers.
To note - 10% increase over a 580 isn't too shabby, but a 580 is also over a year old at this point.
With all that said - Nice review Joe, I can't wait to see what it can do when it is frozen solid
01-31-12, 10:43 AM #11
01-31-12, 11:41 AM #12
Nice review! Looking like a nice option.. Still going to wait for kepler details before I make a decision..\m/ OverClockers mATX L33T Club \m/ >>>JOIN NOW<<<
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