XFX dual fan 7950 3GB with Free Crysis 3, Bioshock Infinite, Far Cry 3, Hitman Absolution and Sleeping Dogs £216.97 @ Dabs
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XFX dual fan 7950 3GB with Free Crysis 3, Bioshock Infinite, Far Cry 3, Hitman Absolution and Sleeping Dogs £216.97 @ Dabs

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Found 12th Feb 2013
Good price for the 7950 anyway but the 5 free games makes this a great deal. Also, they have the same game offering on the other models of the 7950's if you don't like XFX and want to spend a little more.

The AMD Radeon HD 7950 graphics processor harnesses the visionary GCN Architecture. As the 28 nm GPU, this chip is primed to enable astonishing performance and breathtaking image quality, making it the only solution for gamers who expect the best.

XFX's unique dual fan design allows air to cool everything including the thermal, GPU, heatsinks, components and the PCB board.

Features

PCI Express 3.0 x16 bus interface
DirectX® 11-capable graphics
9th generation programmable hardware tessellation units
Shader Model 5.0
DirectCompute 11
Accelerated multi-threading
HDR texture compression
Order-independent transparency
OpenGL 4.2 support
Image quality enhancement technology
Up to 24x multi-sample and super-sample anti-aliasing modes
Adaptive anti-aliasing
Morphological Anti-Aliasing (MLAA)
DirectX® 10/11 Super-Sample Anti-Aliasing (SSAA)
16x angle independent anisotropic texture filtering
128-bit floating point HDR rendering
1x 8-Pin Connector & 1x 6-Pin PCI-E Connector
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if you seriously will get games with FULL Crysis 3 and Bioshock Infinite, it is a real deal who have no clue how to get all these games for free and play offline.
2% quidco on all sales

Edited by: "artcheezzz" 12th Feb 2013
Yet another amd card deal
Any news on gtx card deals
Good deal hot
Cack cooler I'm afraid. Evaluated one a while back and the temps/noise were dreadful.

Given that you can pick up a decent 7870 for ~160 quid and (unless you are very unlucky) overclock it to at least 1150MHz , a 7950 has to be sub £200 to offer reasonable value.
yup, really bad cooler. I bought one for £205 from dabs before christmas and returned it shortly after. the idle temps were 60-65C! outrageous.
So if the cooler for this is terrible, i'm guessing it's better to get one which isn't an XFX than replace the existing cooler yes?
artcheezzz

if you seriously will get games with FULL Crysis 3 and Bioshock Infinite, … if you seriously will get games with FULL Crysis 3 and Bioshock Infinite, it is a real deal who have no clue how to get all these games for free and play offline.2% quidco on all sales



Don't expect to get the Quidco payment from Dabs (or any technology retailer for that matter) though. I know I never did.
Crosshash

So if the cooler for this is terrible, i'm guessing it's better to get … So if the cooler for this is terrible, i'm guessing it's better to get one which isn't an XFX than replace the existing cooler yes?



Yeah, replacing the cooler on a GPU is a huge PITA and isn't that cheap either. Just get a Gigabyte Windforce, MSI Twin Frozr, Asus DirectCU II etc. model.
fishingcat

Don't expect to get the Quidco payment from Dabs (or any technology … Don't expect to get the Quidco payment from Dabs (or any technology retailer for that matter) though. I know I never did.



Hi fishingcat,

Sorry if you feel you've not been getting your cashback. We track and pay out on hundreds of sales a week through Quidco and aren't aware of any issues.
If you've got a specific order that you feel hasn't tracked, you can fire me over the order number and I can look into it for you.

Thanks
Matt
DabsDotCom

Hi fishingcat, Sorry if you feel you've not been getting your cashback. … Hi fishingcat, Sorry if you feel you've not been getting your cashback. We track and pay out on hundreds of sales a week through Quidco and aren't aware of any issues. If you've got a specific order that you feel hasn't tracked, you can fire me over the order number and I can look into it for you.ThanksMatt


That was nice answer yes, CLEAR THE COOKIES>>>
Good deal but a poor cooler and terrible aftermarket support from XFX if you ever need to RMA

OK price really. It was £205 on Scan last week, I was going to post it but thought people would vote cold due to XFX. Plus I believe they've run out of the Far Cry 3, Hitman Absolution and Sleeping Dogs games

I have this card personally and would only recommend it if you are OK with just running at stock speeds. It really doesn't like being overclocked beyond 1 GHz. I vaguely recall reading it's voltage locked (even if o/c software lets you up the voltage).

I think the main problem is a) the design of the fan has barely changed since the 6870 and b) they apply way too little thermal paste on the chip. Even worse is removing the fan will void the warranty so you can't do a thing about it.

crazypearce

yup, really bad cooler. I bought one for £205 from dabs before christmas … yup, really bad cooler. I bought one for £205 from dabs before christmas and returned it shortly after. the idle temps were 60-65C! outrageous.


I think the airflow in your case might play a part in that as well? Either that or a bad card. Mine runs at 40c idle with fans at 20% and barely audible over other components.

ScoobyStoo

Cack cooler I'm afraid. Evaluated one a while back and the temps/noise … Cack cooler I'm afraid. Evaluated one a while back and the temps/noise were dreadful.Given that you can pick up a decent 7870 for ~160 quid and (unless you are very unlucky) overclock it to at least 1150MHz , a 7950 has to be sub £200 to offer reasonable value.


Clock speed isn't everything. The 7770 runs at 1 GHz but is completely destroyed by a 7950 @ 800 MHz.

7870 has 1280 cores vs 1792 in a 7950. Also a 3GB 7870 aren't made any more as far as I can tell? so it's worth the extra for a 7950 IMO. 3GB VRAM is very important when it comes to games with HD texture packs.

Edited by: "mamboboy" 16th Feb 2013
Decent price but i would avoid XFX with this particular card as i found the later versions are voltage locked which limits your overclocking somewhat. I've just returned an XFX 7970 and that was one of my reasons that and it fried after connecting a second display oO. Personally im keeping a look out for a good gtx 680 deal.
So what games actually come with it?
Hot. But if I was spending this much on a GPU (which I am soon) I would want the OC MSI or something like that for the cooling.
Nice! Shame its AMD...
Tpbarratt

Nice! Shame its AMD...



Why shame ? I've always bought AMD. The HD4870 which I still currently use in my system was bought 5 years ago. I tend to buy just one off the top of the range and they last me a long time.
I bought this card for about that price from scan first it's a 8 pin + 6 pin as opposed to two 6 pins and secondly it's so noisy it actually hurts my ears. There are also warrenty stickers on the back to stop you changing the cooler. It is very fast but the noise is unbearable from the fans.
DabsDotCom

Hi fishingcat, Sorry if you feel you've not been getting your cashback. … Hi fishingcat, Sorry if you feel you've not been getting your cashback. We track and pay out on hundreds of sales a week through Quidco and aren't aware of any issues. If you've got a specific order that you feel hasn't tracked, you can fire me over the order number and I can look into it for you.ThanksMatt



Wow, thanks for going to the effort of contacting me about this. My last two orders from your website, a GTX 570 in August (Order No: SO02937676) and a CPU + Mobo back in November 2011 (Order No: SO02432121) were both made through Quidco.

I'm honestly not that bothered about the cashback, and it appears that your customer service is apparently fantastic. After having some poor experiences with Ebuyer (where they lied to my face) it looks like you'll be getting more of my business soon.
I purchased the Gigabyte Winforce 7950 3gb from OCUK the other week for £229 when it was on this week only and they gave me Crysis 3 and Bioshock Infinite codes for free as its an AMD promotion at the moment
The cooling on the Gigabyte is superb..... and you cant even hear the 3 fans....
Edited by: "DRAMBUI" 16th Feb 2013
DRAMBUI

I purchased the Gigabyte Winforce 7950 3gb from OCUK the other week for … I purchased the Gigabyte Winforce 7950 3gb from OCUK the other week for £229 when it was on this week only and they gave me Crysis 3 and Bioshock Infinite codes for free as its an AMD promotion at the momentThe cooling on the Gigabyte is superb..... and you cant even hear the 3 fans....



I had the Windforce 7950 when it first came out, and I was absolutely thrilled with the cooler. That's coming from someone who normally uses aftermarket GPU coolers (for example I fitted an Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus II to my GTX580). I'll never buy cards with bad coolers again, well worth paying £30 on top of a basic card to get one with a good cooler - after all, my Accelro Xtreme Plus II cost me £55 and I invalidated the warranty fitting it.

However, what I will say is that people considering non-standard coolers (designs which don't exhaust straight out of the back of the case) is to make sure you have the airflow in your case sorted out. No point getting a nice 3 fan cooler if you don't have good airflow, or you are just dumping the same amount of hot air into your case until you basically 'saturate' it, for want of a better word.
Cooling isn't great and warranty is voided if you remove the cooler.

Voltage locked which sucks.

I'd have sent mine back but left it too late as I was away.
just bought the asus 7950 direct cu. nice quiet card and powerful! this looks like a good deal. heeeeat
I've just bought the Gigabyte Windforce HD7950 from DABS and I'm thrilled with it. It never goes above 60 degrees with Far Cry 3 on ultra settings, and I can hardly hear the fans. Also, it was shipped with a stock core clock of 1GHz! (Gigabyte advertise the card with a core clock of 900Mhz, standard HD7950 is 800Mhz)
A number of positive comments about the Gigabyte HD7950 alternative which I have to add to. The cooler is great, near-silent at idle and not obtrusive when gaming, with temps generally kept around 60 degrees.

The XFX card is a great price for a 7950 though.
camelopardis

I've just bought the Gigabyte Windforce HD7950 from DABS and I'm thrilled … I've just bought the Gigabyte Windforce HD7950 from DABS and I'm thrilled with it. It never goes above 60 degrees with Far Cry 3 on ultra settings, and I can hardly hear the fans. Also, it was shipped with a stock core clock of 1GHz! (Gigabyte advertise the card with a core clock of 900Mhz, standard HD7950 is 800Mhz)


Luckily mine was clocked at 900Mhz so the voltage isn't locked. Got it at 1100Mhz and 1450Mhz memory currently, tested stable.
The Asus card is just too HUGE, would take up 3 slots!
Edited by: "rev6" 17th Feb 2013
Got this XFX card, and when things really get going on screen, the fans get really quite loud. When they are not being used much the fans are quite quiet, but you don't get a card like this to use it on easy going things. So expect some noise. Possible solution - turn up your volume!!!

I do wish I had got a gigabyte one or something for the quieter fans, but performance wise, this one is good enough. Played everything on ultra settings fine.
MR.G.MAN

just bought the asus 7950 direct cu. nice quiet card and powerful! this … just bought the asus 7950 direct cu. nice quiet card and powerful! this looks like a good deal. heeeeat



Have you had any problems with the Asus ? Just got rid of an xfx 7970 and im looking for something decent to replace it.
drkdeath5000

Have you had any problems with the Asus ? Just got rid of an xfx 7970 and … Have you had any problems with the Asus ? Just got rid of an xfx 7970 and im looking for something decent to replace it.



no problems after 4 days of use. super super quiet card and runs everything on max ultra uber insane settings. bf3 skyrims blah blah etc.

so far no problems... *fingers crossed*

oh and comes in a nice fancy box.

Edited by: "MR.G.MAN" 17th Feb 2013
mamboboy

3GB VRAM is very important when it comes to games with HD texture packs.



Only when playing at really high resolution or across multiple screens.
upperdecker1

Only when playing at really high resolution or across multiple screens.


I take it you haven't installed a lot of the visual Skyrim mods then?
Whats the verdict on the gigabyte version of this card, anyone have one ? I'm torn between getting the asus and the gigabyte, the gigabyte is £20 cheaper. Im also considering a GTX but there significantly more expensive at the moment.
mamboboy

I take it you haven't installed a lot of the visual Skyrim mods then?



You still dont need 3GB of VRAM to use those, it just makes use of all the available VRAM you have it will work with less.

I'm talking about getting it like this though:

cdn.overclock.net/d/d…peg

Brought mine down to ~20-25 fps @ 1080p. The biggest killer is the HD texture packs though. But then to be honest the Skyrim engine is a piece of crap.
Still, I think a 7950 with 3GB ram is better for the long-term.
Edited by: "mamboboy" 17th Feb 2013
mamboboy

I'm talking about getting it like this … I'm talking about getting it like this though:http://cdn.overclock.net/d/db/dbbe5924_8369155188_147808510d_h.jpegBrought mine down to ~20-25 fps @ 1080p. The biggest killer is the HD texture packs though. But then to be honest the Skyrim engine is a piece of crap.Still, I think a 7950 with 3GB ram is better for the long-term.



It brought your frame rate down because the GPU is having to work extra hard to render all of those HD textures into a 1920x1080 frame to output to your screen, all the VRAM is doing is storing the textures for the GPU to process. If it needs to use those textures again and they are still stored in the VRAM it saves the GPU having to fetch the textures again from your computers memory and if the texture is not in your computers anymore it grabs it from the hard drive and passes it along the chain back to the GPU.
which one is better, this or ASUS GTX660Ti?
offkey

which one is better, this or ASUS GTX660Ti?



The 7950 is the better card. Without any overclocking involved theres not much in it but as soon as you get into overclocking the 7950 pulls ahead, way a head as it overclocks so well.
drkdeath5000

The 7950 is the better card. Without any overclocking involved theres not … The 7950 is the better card. Without any overclocking involved theres not much in it but as soon as you get into overclocking the 7950 pulls ahead, way a head as it overclocks so well.


i`m Nvidia Fanboy, but yes this one is better without installing any new drivers.
just wonder the the heat, noise and power (watts) difference.
Which would be better to buy? This or the 7870 they have here?
inunicka

Which would be better to buy? This or the 7870 they have here?



The 7950 is the better card but might be overkill depending on what games you play and the resolution you play at.
This deal isn't bad but they ARE loosing value pretty quickly so expect them to drop in price fairly quickly. They already change hands in the like of hexus's "members market" kinda section for the £150 region. New cards due net quarter too.

As for power, here's this card vs current best (for single GPU vs single GPU at least):

anandtech.com/ben…555

at the (fairly) normal 1920x1200 kinda res it does ok. The 680 is clearly the better card (but generally around £150 more). As a "bang for buck" kinda thing I'd consider this the better option. Still some niggles around about AMD drivers but having used both (my last AMD/ATI card being a 5850) I don't really see much in the way of driver hassles with either.


Edited by: "mercutio98uk" 17th Feb 2013
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