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Graphics 7790 vs 7850?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Gunnzie, 30 Jul 2013.

  1. Gunnzie

    Gunnzie What's a Dremel?

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    I bought a Gigabyte 7790 2Gb GPU but a friend reckons I would have been better off spending the same on a secondhand 7850. I am still within the 7 days to return the 7790 so just wondered if I should return it.

    The rest of my spec is AMD 955 BE, ASUS M3N78-VM MB, and 8Gb DDR2 1066 ram. Nothing is overclocked as I don't know how to and prefer the peace and quiet anyway ;)
     
  2. Harlequin

    Harlequin Modder

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    how much was it?

    new 7850`s are about £110 on special and you can get a 7870LE (7950 light) for under £160
     
  3. Gunnzie

    Gunnzie What's a Dremel?

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    I paid £118 for the 7790 from Amazon. Really? You can get new 7850 2Gbs for £110?

    I tend to only buy MSI, Gigabyte or Asus though.
     
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  5. Gunnzie

    Gunnzie What's a Dremel?

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    How much better is it though? I am not sure I can bothered with the hassle now.
     
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    AlienwareAndy What's a Dremel?

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    It's much better. I would send it back that sounds really expensive for a 7790.
     
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    spolsh Multimodder

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    Reviews show it to be a lot better. If I were you, I'd get it sent back and get the better card. (I made a similar mistake a couple of years ago with a 6790).
     
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    Gunnzie What's a Dremel?

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    Thanks for all the info then. I am going to get it replaced.

    Will 1Gb be enough? I originally went with a 2Gb card as I only had 4Gb memory but I've now added another 4 anyway.
     
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    what screen res are you running? anything really below 1080P and it should be fine
     
  11. Gunnzie

    Gunnzie What's a Dremel?

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    1400x900
     
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    You can get 7790s for £80. They're great cards for the money, but not good next to a 7850.
     
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    Same res as my kids machine. 1gb will be fine
     
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    Elton Officially a Whisky Nerd

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    Do 2GB. Might as well. VRAM usage gets intense quicker nowadays.

    AT 1600x1200 (which is actually a surprisingly dense resolution) I hit +1GB of VRAM easily.
     
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  17. Gunnzie

    Gunnzie What's a Dremel?

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    Thanks everyone. It is clear that I have made a poor choice when it comes to cost/performance ratio.

    By all accounts I should return it but I am leaning towards not bothering. I know it is the wrong choice but I am very busy and I do love that this card is completely silent and uses less power as my PSU is very old. I know 7850s are very quiet too and are not exactly power hungry by any means but I have had so many problems with my PC when changing components in the past that I think I might just live it it.

    I've definitely learnt my lesson though and will do more research in the future before purchasing anything. Thanks.
     
  18. Harlequin

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    dude! just start the return and order the enw one - you`ll be all sorted in no time!

    request a return then wander off to the post office (or collectplus) and send the 7790 off - order the 7850 and voila all good!
     
  19. Gunnzie

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    Thing is I really want a 2Gb. I haven't got a really good reason for that but I have 2Gb now so want to stick with it. I can't find a 2Gb 7850 for much less than £150 which means finding another £32. Not a huge amount but £118 was already above my original budget.

    Thanks though mate. I know you are right.
     
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    my kids have an acer 1400x900 19" screen with a 1 gb 6670 - even with 4x AA pretty much all of there games don't use all of the ram available
     

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