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Posted 07 December 2012 - 23:06

Here ya go:
http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/5157868


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Posted 07 December 2012 - 23:10

Here ya go:
http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/5157868


Ah well, the results speak for themselves

550Ti graphics score: 2451
7870 graphics score: 7721


I'd say you would have a substantial boost upgrading to a 7870 :)

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 23:11

Ah well, the results speak for themselves

550Ti graphics score: 2451
7870 graphics score: 7721


I'd say you would have a substantial boost upgrading to a 7870 :)



The scores I got suck. I couldn't even set it to 1920x1080. I get better FPS in Skyrim on ultra.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 23:13

The scores I got suck. I couldn't even set it to 1920x1080. I get better FPS in Skyrim on ultra.


So long as you hit the Performance check box then the scores are genuine (1280x720 is performance, same as I used), these tests are meant to stress the cards to their limits and yep you`ll definitely get better FPS in games

Benchmarks are hardcore on hardware :)


Heres another one you can play with
https://unigine.com/products/heaven/

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 23:31

So long as you hit the Performance check box then the scores are genuine (1280x720 is performance, same as I used), these tests are meant to stress the cards to their limits and yep you`ll definitely get better FPS in games

Benchmarks are hardcore on hardware :)


Heres another one you can play with
https://unigine.com/products/heaven/


Getting that one now. I just can't believe the crap numbers I got. In Skyrim, I even use the 4096x4096 HD textures and I can still get 20+fps even when I'm in a heavy graphic situation.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 23:38

Being this close to boxing day, just a few weeks away, i would just hang onto your money an get something just after christmas. Alot of sales for hardware go on sale around that time.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 23:42

Getting that one now. I just can't believe the crap numbers I got. In Skyrim, I even use the 4096x4096 HD textures and I can still get 20+fps even when I'm in a heavy graphic situation.


I'd say the 2GB VRAM on the 7870 has a good hand in helping the scores (1GB vs 2GB) but all in all there are a load of differences between the two cards which in the end make up a big difference in performance

Such as Texture Fill Rate, 550Ti = 28.8, - 7870 = 84.0


Like I say though, benchmarks vs real life gaming = sometimes a big difference, for example with my old setup of 2 x 6850s, I got amazing benchmarks and really poor gaming due to CFX

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 23:51

I'd say the 2GB VRAM on the 7870 has a good hand in helping the scores (1GB vs 2GB) but all in all there are a load of differences between the two cards which in the end make up a big difference in performance

Such as Texture Fill Rate, 550Ti = 28.8, - 7870 = 84.0


Like I say though, benchmarks vs real life gaming = sometimes a big difference, for example with my old setup of 2 x 6850s, I got amazing benchmarks and really poor gaming due to CFX


I guess that's true. But I have ordered the Radeon. Should be here in about a week.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 23:55

I guess that's true. But I have ordered the Radeon. Should be here in about a week.


The 7870 ?

If so, good choice :)

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 23:59

The 7870 ?

If so, good choice :)


Yup. The 7870. But I went with this one instead

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 00:03

Yup. The 7870. But I went with this one instead


Ooh, very nice :)

And you get Sleeping Dogs with it too

You'll enjoy the temps, with 2 x fans I get about 19-21c idle and not much over 60c full load

With 3 x fans I'd imagine you`ll crush that depending on your ambient temps

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 00:07

Ooh, very nice :)

And you get Sleeping Dogs with it too

You'll enjoy the temps, with 2 x fans I get about 19-21c idle and not much over 60c full load

With 3 x fans I'd imagine you`ll crush that depending on your ambient temps


I also got my wife to agree to this.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 00:09

I also got my wife to agree to this.


haha! :laugh: Yea I have to get the missus to agree on hardware too lol (That made me laugh)

Looks like you`re gonna have some flying machine once you have it all installed, I`m yet to get an SSD :p

Here is a nice review and benchmark for your new card (bear in mind as I said earlier, these benchmarks were with very infant drivers and much has improved since then)

http://www.guru3d.co...c_review,1.html

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 00:15

haha! :laugh: Yea I have to get the missus to agree on hardware too lol (That made me laugh)

Looks like you`re gonna have some flying machine once you have it all installed, I`m yet to get an SSD :p

Here is a nice review and benchmark for your new card (bear in mind as I said earlier, these benchmarks were with very infant drivers and much has improved since then)

http://www.guru3d.co...c_review,1.html


Yea. Wifey has the final say on money being spent. I had an SSD before and posted about it here. But my nephew wanted it back. It was a working pull and he installed a diff SSD into the clients system. Well, I guess they actually wanted it back, so I returned it to him.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 00:20

Yea. Wifey has the final say on money being spent. I had an SSD before and posted about it here. But my nephew wanted it back. It was a working pull and he installed a diff SSD into the clients system. Well, I guess they actually wanted it back, so I returned it to him.


Bad luck! I'm waiting on prices dropping and capacity increasing, I would want a 1TB minimum for my main drive, having fibre internet I seem to fill my drives very quickly with a load of stuff I don't need, and even having a 2TB normal HDD now I still run out of space after a few months and hate having to sort through it all working out what I want and what I don't

And then having to find somewhere to copy it to before I wipe and reinstall :s


I've since learned that partitioning is a good idea


EDIT - Keep an eye either on this thread
http://forums.guru3d...ad.php?t=371951

or this page
http://support.amd.c...betadriver.aspx

For the latest AMD Beta drivers for your card, generally the forum link will find them before they are officially released


And for final versions of AMD drivers, they're here
http://sites.amd.com.../downloads.aspx