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 Post subject: Ghz Edition vs XT edition
PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 12:09 pm 
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GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD Radeon HD 7870 GHz
SAPPHIRE 100354XTL Radeon HD 7870 XT



Confused: GIGABYTE Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition vs. SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7870 XT


It seems that that the Gigabyte has faster clock speed at a lower price.

Im not sure what Im missing... I dont know enough about video cards to know anything.


Are the "Ghz" editions the faster cards?


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 Post subject: Re: Ghz Edition vs XT edition
PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 11:43 pm 
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anyone ?


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 Post subject: Re: Ghz Edition vs XT edition
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 12:42 am 
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The 7870XT has more shader units and the memory is clocked faster, so it wins by default.


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 Post subject: Re: Ghz Edition vs XT edition
PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:28 pm 
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More kind than I would be dude.

Newegg has comparison check boxes to utilize, click compare, see the difference, and given the prices are the same...the question ends there. Would it be faster in your machine? Probably yes, probably no; But is the XT a more equipped card given the same money spent? Yup.

7870 vs 7870, which has better specs? The one with the better specs. Both are good brands.


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 Post subject: Re: Ghz Edition vs XT edition
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:54 am 
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Of course newegg has comparison boxes. If you didn't notice that's the basis of the question.


Some of us don't know what all the "specs" mean... and Certainly just because something has a higher (or lower) number does not mean its better. That is why those of us who don't know what we are looking at come to a place like this and ask "dumb" (apparently) questions.

Then there of some of you who turn some people away by acting like an arse when someone just wants to know something they are confused about.


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 Post subject: Re: Ghz Edition vs XT edition
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:20 am 
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Well, OP, if you want to become informed so you can avoid such arseholes, here's what to look for regarding video card specs.

Core clock: How fast the GPU is running. Usually the faster this is, the better.
Shader Clock: How fast the shaders are running. This only applies to NVIDIA cards from GeForce 8 to GeForce 500, otherwise the shader clock is the same as the core clock.
Shader Units: These guys do all the real graphical work, so the more you have, the better.
Memory capacity: How much memory the GPU has. Memory capacity limits texture quality, how much you can crank up MSAA, and other post-processing effects. The last two are resolution dependent, so if you have a 1080p monitor and you're already doing fine with max texture quality, adding more memory won't necessarily help with performance.
Memory speed: How fast the memory operates. Faster is better, but I cannot say what it does to improve performance
Memory interface: How many bits the memory can transfer at once. More does not necessarily mean better (GDDR3 for instance, needs 384-bits at the minimum before it can compete with GDDR5 at 256-bits). Related to memory speed.
Power connectors: Useful to know so you can check if your power supply has these or not. Comes in a combination of 6-pin and 8-pin.

Note: GPU specific specs are not cross-architecture comparable! i.e., you cannot use them to compare a GeForce GTX 600 to a Radeon HD 7000, or even a Radeon HD7000 to a Radeon HD6000.


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 Post subject: Re: Ghz Edition vs XT edition
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 3:41 pm 
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thanks


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