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    Re: Reviews - AMD Radeon HD 7870 and HD 7850 graphics cards

    Quote Originally Posted by Fraz View Post
    Feeling pretty underwhelmed, especially after looking at the Anandtech review that includes numbers for a 5870. I've got a 5870 that's overclocked by about 10%, and despite being a card that's two and half years old, I'm yet to see anything that's really worth upgrading to. AMD are asking similar (possibly more? Can't remember) money to what I paid ~2 years ago for something that is only marginally better in most cases.
    The 5870 was a bargain by nearly all accounts - you did well there (he says, still running a 4870 nearly four years after that was released..) but that's the nature of graphics cards, or more likely, games, these days. A 580 isn't a huge increase over your 5870, and that's still selling for ridiculous money. The 7870 is near enough the same as a 580, for significantly less money, power, heat etc.

    I wasn't expecting it to be that good, it's grabbed my attention which was otherwise on the 7950, but this seems much more lean - less compute, but more power in the areas that matter most to games. I like the sound of DX10 SSAA as well. Now they just need to get VCE working and put up a good fight to Kepler.

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    Re: Reviews - AMD Radeon HD 7870 and HD 7850 graphics cards

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    the 7850`s are near £200 than 150 ; £190 on pre order from ebuyer

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    Re: Reviews - AMD Radeon HD 7870 and HD 7850 graphics cards

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    the 7850`s are near £200 than 150 ; £190 on pre order from ebuyer
    According to Hexus the price is £185 and at that price Hexus puts it as similar value to a GTX560TI,although my statement is still true!! The cheapest GTX560TI I have found is £155 on Ebuyer not £150 too.

    There is a Palit GTX560TI 448 for around £196 which is 5.6% faster for a 3.2% increase in price over the £190 HD7850 2GB. However,the HD7850 2GB has more VRAM,lower power consumption and quite low PSU requirements too.

    I can see the GTX560TI 448 dropping in price now TBH,to tempt customers away from the HD7850.

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    Re: Reviews - AMD Radeon HD 7870 and HD 7850 graphics cards

    Wow!!

    I just looked at the HD7850 2GB power consumption figures. I knew they were decent but compared to the GTX560TI 448 there is a huge difference.


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    Re: Reviews - AMD Radeon HD 7870 and HD 7850 graphics cards

    Compare these prices to the £240 launch price of the 560 ti 448 core - http://hexus.net/tech/news/graphics/...-availability/

    Or the £200 launch price of the 560 Ti - http://hexus.net/tech/news/graphics/...-availability/

    I can't see where people are getting the idea that these cards are overpriced from.

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    Re: Reviews - AMD Radeon HD 7870 and HD 7850 graphics cards

    I think I've also been massively spoiled by the £140 I spent on a 5870, even now it's still great value for money.

    These cards do seem to have unusually low results for Batman on Hexus, compare to Anandtech where the results are comparable to other games. Are you using the built-in benchmark or running your own? Of course, it depends massively where you're standing if you're doing it yourself, frame rate can plummet if you step from a plain room to an outside area with lots of complex textures.

    Edit: Oh and the Ebuyer prices are for non-reference cards by the looks of it, I'd expect cheaper models to start appearing soon.
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    Re: Reviews - AMD Radeon HD 7870 and HD 7850 graphics cards

    Excellent review as always and it couldn't have been said better. AMD seems to be struggling at the mo but it feels like they've shat on the comsumer (can I say that here?) with the higher prices and lack of advancement, apart from lower power draw, because they're waiting on keplar.

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    Re: Reviews - AMD Radeon HD 7870 and HD 7850 graphics cards

    Well it seems my predictions weren't far off the mark...except:

    • They're charging £10-20 more for the 7870 than I expected
    • It's power consumption is lower than I expected
    • I didn't consider the two card seperately


    Seems they've set themselves the challenge of "7850 must best the 560 Ti" and "7870 must best the 570", which they do, but as others have pointed out, for a slightly higher price.

    GTX 560 Ti (original) = £155 approx. (Ebuyer / MSI Ice-Q OC)
    HD 7850 = £190 approx. (Ebuyer / Sapphire)
    GTX 570 = £252 (Scan Today Only / EVGA or MSI)
    HD 7870 = £270 (Ebuyer / Sapphire)

    I'd imagine the 7850 would be much more competitive at £170 ir less, and the 7870 at £230 or less. Wouldn't really interest me at the current prices to be honest.
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    Re: Reviews - AMD Radeon HD 7870 and HD 7850 graphics cards

    Good review and i have to say these cards are looking good, a solid release by AMD and it can only get better... its such a tiny die so yields and overall cost should be minimal in comparison to Nvidia and AMD southern islands.

    Price vs performance is OK/Good enough at the minute, its really hard to give it a beating over the price as its launched competitively, youd buy the 7000 series over every card(unless you hate drivers!) because it performs a bit better and uses alot less power, cost is similar, thats exactly what any normal business would do, its good logic .

    No point in AMD selling the 7870 at launch for £120 if they only make £20, sure it would rape in price performance but this is the best period for AMD, it beats cards in every respect and Nvidia is still months away from releasing theirs, AMD need to recoup development costs ASAP, soon as they recoup a significant amount then when Nvidia drops kepler then they can drop the price like a stone (if it needs to ) and make a reasonable year from their card.

    If they just left it at a low price then they would only be able to knock £20 off the cards when Nvidia release kepler as they still have to get those expenses back, that could make Nvidia be top again!. I hope kepler is good though, purely because it will make the cards drop in price , my gtx460 is getting a bit long in the tooth!

    (back onto the review)

    What gets me about these results though is how close it is to a 7950 in games, its had huge cuts and really it should have a bigger gap than it has, im thinking the 7950 is really sitting half idle for some games with a lack of proper optimisation. Specifically BF3, its less than 1fps difference.

    edit: Oh dear im a froob, cant think why but i thought the 7950 was at 1ghz... lol! Clearly read to much in the overclocking area . Although looking at a 7950 at 925mhz vs the stock 7870 there is about 5FPS in it, still not enough of a difference for me to feel that theres ALOT of untapped potential in drivers from AMD and possibly from DICE


    I guess overall i like this new series, if i was a new buyer (i.e no card yet) i would be happy but im not really getting lured into the "OMG MUST BUY NOW!!!" stuff, I wanted to dump £300 on a new gpu after being disapointed moving to the gtx460 sli(didnt get on with driver instability and microstutter!) i went back to my single 460, still waiting for something that can play bf3 on max at 1920 @ 60fps+, i dont think this is going to happen this generation(dont want multicards), so i guess im stuck waiting for the 8000/700 series as they should provide solid improvements. Hate waiting .
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    Re: Reviews - AMD Radeon HD 7870 and HD 7850 graphics cards

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    What gets me about these results though is how close it is to a 7950 in games, its had huge cuts and really it should have a bigger gap than it has, im thinking the 7950 is really sitting half idle for some games with a lack of proper optimisation. Specifically BF3, its less than 1fps difference.
    Yep, it's not unlike the 560ti vs 570. The former was massively smaller, but punched well in games. The latter has a lot of compute related stuff that doesn't help out in games. Same with the 7800 series vs 7900.

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    Re: Reviews - AMD Radeon HD 7870 and HD 7850 graphics cards

    Based on the feedback in this thread and having re-evaluated the value/efficiency proposition put forward by these two cards, I've upgraded the final score to 4/5.

    I still having the nagging feeling that, knowing the small-die nature of these cards, AMD will take 10-15 per cent off the price as soon as Kepler arrives. This, to me, means they're hard to recommend without reservation, though I fully concede that they would be my choice if I had to buy a £150-£250 card right now.

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    Re: Reviews - AMD Radeon HD 7870 and HD 7850 graphics cards

    Thats all you can do Tatrinder, with tech id say its hard to recommend anything if you think about whats next, simply put if the customer can wait then its always better (unless natural disasters etc).

    So knowing that i think its wise to just ignore it all and when recommending a card, compare it whats out today. As thats what it has to compare to .

    I think you're right on the money with 10 - 15% cuts, its clear it will happen as at the minute they're just milking it to recoup any costs as quick as they can, they launched it comparatively and as soon as kepler is out it will be moved to a competitive pricing instead of relying on slightly better performance and better power usage.

    And yeah Kalniel i think that would be the reason behind it , its a shame that most games can make use of these powerhouses... even BF3 which was relatively well developed! Maybe in the next few years this will happen when we have the CPU and GPU working 100% in tandem.
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    Re: Reviews - AMD Radeon HD 7870 and HD 7850 graphics cards

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarinder View Post
    Based on the feedback in this thread and having re-evaluated the value/efficiency proposition put forward by these two cards, I've upgraded the final score to 4/5.
    That's a dangerous game to play Tarinder Usually first impressions are the most accurate and you shouldn't be swayed by public opinion. Though I completely understand the time pressures of this particular review might mean you prefer to have some scope for readjustment.

    I still having the nagging feeling that, knowing the small-die nature of these cards, AMD will take 10-15 per cent off the price as soon as Kepler arrives. This, to me, means they're hard to recommend without reservation, though I fully concede that they would be my choice if I had to buy a £150-£250 card right now.
    Agree on both counts. AMD need to be able to increase margins with some of their products though - they've had years of having to provide the value argument because they've failed to win the performance one. While we customers always want more for less, the pricing is very logical across the range (something like $100, $150, $250, $350, $450 and $550), and that range has all appeared within a very short timespan (only missing the dual GPU card). We've also seen that when AMD price their products too low retailers just increase their margins anyway and customers don't get any saving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cptwhite_uk View Post
    GTX 560 Ti (original) = £155 approx. (Ebuyer / MSI Ice-Q OC)
    HD 7850 = £190 approx. (Ebuyer / Sapphire)
    Bang4buck using Hexus figures.

    GTX560TI 1GB= 143/155 = 0.923
    HD7850 2GB = 173/190 = 0.911

    Quote Originally Posted by cptwhite_uk View Post
    GTX 570 = £252 (Scan Today Only / EVGA or MSI)
    HD 7870 = £270 (Ebuyer / Sapphire)
    Bang4buck using Hexus figures.

    GTX570 = 204/252 =0.810
    HD7870 2GB = 220/270 =0.815

    GTX560TI 448 = 188/196 = 0.96

    However,the GTX560TI 448 consumes over 100W more at load when compared to an HD7850 2GB and has less VRAM too.

    TBH,since I don't like spending over £150 on a graphics card, and HD7870 2GB would be nice for that price. However,I suspect I might wait somewhat longer!!

    Quote Originally Posted by cptwhite_uk View Post
    I'd imagine the 7850 would be much more competitive at £170 ir less, and the 7870 at £230 or less.
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    Re: Reviews - AMD Radeon HD 7870 and HD 7850 graphics cards

    It's more a readjustment of personal opinion after looking at all the stats and pre-order pricing with fresh eyes, Kalniel.

    I was vacillating between 3.5 and 4, frankly, and the 'reasonable' pre-order pricing has made my mind up. Really, I was worried that partners would have these cards on pre-order for £300 and £200-plus for HD 7870 and HD 7850, respectively. It's good to see that they haven't.

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    Re: Reviews - AMD Radeon HD 7870 and HD 7850 graphics cards

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    Yep, it's not unlike the 560ti vs 570. The former was massively smaller, but punched well in games. The latter has a lot of compute related stuff that doesn't help out in games. Same with the 7800 series vs 7900.
    As pointed out by Anand, the 78xx and 79xx cards have a similar frontend and the same number of ROPs so the relatively high clockspeed of the 78xx series can really help if either of those are a bottleneck for a game.

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