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#1 Ishanx

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 18:04

With the release of AMD Sea Islands GPU (HD 8xxx) this month (or the next?) are the prices of GPUs (7870 XT, specifically) likely to drop?

And that of current Ivy Bridges with the release of Haswell?


#2 TheLegendOfMart

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 18:11

Doubt it, the 8xxx are just 7xxx rebrands, the 7xxx will probably just disappear once stocks dry up.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 18:12

No, because the 8000 series are a re-badge of the 7000 series with no upgrade; they're only for OEM's. AMD isn't planning on releasing a true successor to the 7000 series at least until Q4.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 18:27

They better don't. Some fanbois should learn the lesson the hard way. Several batches of 7850 and 7870 are pure shyte with their black screen problem driving people (and me) nuts.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 18:35

They better don't. Some fanbois should learn the lesson the hard way. Several batches of 7850 and 7870 are pure shyte with their black screen problem driving people (and me) nuts.


So what would you recommend instead of the 7870? The 660?

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 18:52

So what would you recommend instead of the 7870? The 660?

I would not stay away from them completely. They're decent as far as performance goes. Just dig a lot, ask around, ask retailers directly - how many RMA cases with this problem have you experienced and will you change it, if the thing happens. And if they don't answer or refuse - find someone else and tell them so.
Interestingly, AMD is not to blame. The chip itself is fine, the reference design isn't. Sapphire, Powercolor and MSI, however, didn't care to follow orders. Others, maybe.
What's worse - no official recalls have been made. Just a lot of hush-hush "yea, it might have happened". Sapphire offers replacements half-heartedly, others don't even care. Meanwhile, people are tearing their hair out, because it's random and irreproducible on any test bench.

Edit: Sorry for overreacting, too. Just that there are people that claim this problem doesn't exist at all.

#7 Crisp

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 18:54

That's the reason I only ever go XFX or AMD branded.

PowerColor are the worst brand ever, and people should know that by now since they've been around long enough.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 19:00

So what would you recommend instead of the 7870? The 660?


I have currently the 6850. I will be going to a 660 Superclocked (non ti) soon though.

#9 TheLegendOfMart

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 19:01

Nothing wrong with Powercolor, I've had 2GB Powercolor 7850 since the 7850 was released and I've had NO problems whatsoever apart from a fairly noisy reference cooler.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 19:55

Thanks for the input, much appreciated.

That's part of the problem, though. I wish you'd have stopped before declaring there's nothing wrong with that and that. There is. Especially in countries liek mine where a delivery of several pallets of such specific stuff sits in the warehouse for most of its lifecycle.

Detailed look on this: http://www.behardwar...a-solution.html

#11 TheLegendOfMart

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 20:31

That article says nothing about Powercolor.

#12 Phouchg

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 20:36

It says nothing about elephants either. Therefore, elephants aren't the problem. Posted Image

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 21:16

I have a 7850 and I have yet to have one of those "black screen" issues.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 01:43

It says nothing about elephants either. Therefore, elephants aren't the problem. Posted Image

hahaha epic! I totally understand where you are coming from

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 01:50

I just bought a 7770 ghz. Do what I do, and save $$$ ;)