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Best $250 GPU?

#11TheFeshPincePosted 8/26/2013 8:52:44 PM
MichaelWStevens posted...
Panzer_Squid posted...
The Sapphire is probably the best. Wait for the Sapphire card that's out of stock to be restocked. It's around $210 AR or something and it should be the best.

The MSI one has a reference cooler (which are crap) and the others are unnecessarily expensive. Here, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202026

I don't recommend the XFX Double D either. The fans are crap


I didn't know Twin Frozr IV was reference. O_o

Thought it was special or something.


The one you posted earlier was the reference cooler.
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#12Panzer_SquidPosted 8/26/2013 8:55:02 PM
MichaelWStevens posted...
Panzer_Squid posted...
The Sapphire is probably the best. Wait for the Sapphire card that's out of stock to be restocked. It's around $210 AR or something and it should be the best.

The MSI one has a reference cooler (which are crap) and the others are unnecessarily expensive. Here, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202026

I don't recommend the XFX Double D either. The fans are crap


I didn't know Twin Frozr IV was reference. O_o

Thought it was special or something.


The one you posted isn't the TFIV (no such thing on a 7950 anyway), it's a reference 7950. By the way, avoid the TF3 on the 7950. I had one for a short time and it had severe coil whine and the fans were very annoying. They're higher pitched than most fans and while they may not be too loud it's annoying. The Sapphire cards generally have the best fans; fairly quiet and they have a mild pitch so it's not irritating.
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#13MichaelWStevens(Topic Creator)Posted 8/26/2013 9:47:00 PM
Panzer_Squid posted...
MichaelWStevens posted...
Panzer_Squid posted...
The Sapphire is probably the best. Wait for the Sapphire card that's out of stock to be restocked. It's around $210 AR or something and it should be the best.

The MSI one has a reference cooler (which are crap) and the others are unnecessarily expensive. Here, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202026

I don't recommend the XFX Double D either. The fans are crap


I didn't know Twin Frozr IV was reference. O_o

Thought it was special or something.


The one you posted isn't the TFIV (no such thing on a 7950 anyway), it's a reference 7950. By the way, avoid the TF3 on the 7950. I had one for a short time and it had severe coil whine and the fans were very annoying. They're higher pitched than most fans and while they may not be too loud it's annoying. The Sapphire cards generally have the best fans; fairly quiet and they have a mild pitch so it's not irritating.


Oh, you're talking about the 7950. I was talking about the GTX 760 with Twin Frozr IV. Yeah, the 7950 with DUAL-X (the one that is out of stock) is looking like an interesting option as well, now.

Still will very likely go with the GTX 760. Doing more research.
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#14DarkZV2BetaPosted 8/26/2013 11:42:45 PM
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#15DarkZV2BetaPosted 8/26/2013 11:50:17 PM(edited)
760 would likely be your best bet.
Also, see if you can get a non-reference PCB in your price range if you go Kepler. If you can, Kepler cards are totally power bound because of the way GeForce Boost works. The better the power design, the higher the power target, and the more consistently the card stays boosted.
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#16rareware101Posted 8/26/2013 11:48:19 PM(edited)
See if you can find an end of line 670 as they should be as cheap as a 760 if you can find one and are arguably better.
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#17chrono625Posted 8/26/2013 11:52:03 PM
7950 is the only logical answer.
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#18Chrono1205Posted 8/27/2013 12:34:40 AM
rareware101 posted...
See if you can find an end of line 670 as they should be as cheap as a 760 if you can find one and are arguably better.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0g4CHq11fk

not by much......see how it turns out in after a few driver update.
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#19Marioface5Posted 8/27/2013 2:21:39 AM
I'm considering upgrading to a 760 from my 560 Ti, but my only concern is if the increase in power will really be worth it or not. According to Fraps I've only been getting around 30-45fps as my average in games like Borderlands 2 and Saints Row IV. I always thought I was getting 60fps, though in Borderlands 2 I would notice when there was a drop.
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#20NicodimusPosted 8/27/2013 2:34:48 AM
At the moment, the 760 is the best for around $250. The 7870 is still a great deal too, although it's a little cheaper and a little less powerful. Currently running a 760 here myself. It struggles a little with 1440p gaming at times, but for 1080p I think it's awesome for the price, looking at the benchmarks done on 1080p systems.
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