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AMD Radeon HD 7000 series -- is it worth waiting?

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Are you waiting for the AMD Radeon HD 7000 series?

Poll closed Sep 25, 2011.
  1. Yes

    21.1%
  2. No

    47.4%
  3. Not sure

    31.6%
By Atham
Sep 5, 2011
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  1. Hello Techspot,

    I would just like to know your opinions on waiting for the Radeon HD 7000 series. It is more discussion like then a personal question.

    I would like to know if you will wait for the HD 7000 series, and why.
     
  2. davidintel

    davidintel TS Rookie

    No, the 6870 should do me if I decide to upgrade my 4870.
     
  3. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    It all depends on whether your just going to talk about purchasing it, or your actually going to purchase something.

    I personally do not see the point in waiting if you need something now. If I needed something now, as soon as the funds are available I'll be ordering it.

    If you wait for the next best thing in PC technology you'll never actually purchase anything - it moves too fast in all honesty.
     
  4. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    If it's close to release wait it its more than 5 months buy a current gen card
     
  5. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 737

    It depends on what you are upgrading from. If your current card is sufficient and you just want to upgrade it makes sense to wait, the new cards will be out if you want them and the current (HD6000 series) cards will drop in price if you want one of them, but if your current card is not capable of performing like you need it to upgrading as soon as possible makes more sense.
     
  6. SKYSTAR

    SKYSTAR TS Enthusiast Posts: 250

    if you need a graphics card faster than The HD 6990 4Gb then you need to wait the new 7000 series
     
  7. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 520

    Sorry for not replying for a while. I am in no need of something faster than the hd 6990.
     
  8. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 520

    I currently have an IGP, which isn't that good. I will be getting a new GPU for Christmas. Will the 6950 still be a good choice by then?
     
  9. SKYSTAR

    SKYSTAR TS Enthusiast Posts: 250

    yes man it is an excellent Graphics card with fast core and 2 GB of Memory crushing all games in its way
     
  10. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 520

  11. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

     
  12. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,910   +716

    @klepto12
    The charts and info are bogus. Supposition based on someones pipedream -debunked pretty much a few days after the charts originally landed on the Expreview (?) forum site.

    Here's Mr.AMD's thoughts on the matter (probably the easiest way to diffuse the rumour without AMD-fanatics jumping all over the thread at the perceived outrage).
     
  13. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 520

    So what should dividebyzero? I think waiting is my best bet, right.
     
  14. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,910   +716

    Why are you asking now?
    I really wouldn't be posting asking for advice on a purchase three months in the future.

    By the time Christmas rolls around, the graphics landscape is going to look different than it is at present. AMD should have their mainstream and performance cards out at the very least.
     
  15. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    sorry for this post then my friend thought it was a good source.
     
  16. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 520

    I think I might wait and see what is to offer for what price. Might get a new case for Christmas.

    So people that have voted yes, why are you going to wait? Are you in desperate need of a new GPU or just willing to upgrade (I belong to the desperate need of a new GPU ^_^)

    BTW, thanks dividebyzero for showing the post. I thought that was true for a while, and right now it might not be as good as it seems on the chart. I hope other people were not fooled.
     
  17. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,910   +716

    @klepto12, Atham

    A combination of a slow news period and the need to generate page views seems to be behind the viral-like spread of the XDR2 non-story. It seems to have gathered momentum even while being heavily questioned closer to it's source.....the problem when a story gets picked up ad infinitum and each successive posting only attributes the "source" as the immediately preceding version.
    Note Techspot ran the same charts a couple of days ago. Nordic Hardware did a cut and paste from an Expreview forum post nearly two weeks ago
     
  18. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 520

    So it may, or may not be true. I hope it is, and that the price isn't too high ;)

    Imagine if you could unlock the 7950 into a 7970!
     
  19. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,910   +716

    It isn't true....at least the XDR2 part
    General rule of thumb is 25-40% more performance for the same approximate price with every succeeding generation (refreshes excepted).
    Here's hoping.
     
  20. Revolution 11

    Revolution 11 TS Rookie Posts: 28

    Personal Reason for Waiting

    I will be waiting for the 7000 cards because I don't really have time for gaming until Christmas anyway. My last discrete card is from 2003 (the ancient Radeon 9800 Pro) so I am horribly outdated and might as well wait for a 28-nm card.
     
  21. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 520

    I will be getting a new PSU. I will hook up my friends 9800GT 1GB.
    Do you guys think that the hd 7000 series will be out by Christmas?
     
  22. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,910   +716

    No



    /10 chars...
     
  23. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 520

    Oh, okay. So I will get myself for Christmas a big case
     
  24. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 520

    Just had a look on this page.

    The XDR2 seems to be faster than GDDR5.
     
  25. Zilliak

    Zilliak TS Enthusiast Posts: 233

    Just wait for the next nvidia series to release.
     


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