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7950 Dying - Equivalent Replacement

roninmedia 110 26 September 14, 2015 at 06:47 AM
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I purchased the MSI Radeon HD 7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC a few years ago. It has recently acted up on me, I get random black screens in League of Legends and StarCraft II when everything else on my system is still running; I still get game audio. I ran GPU-Z for temperature logs to when it happens and it ranges from 52 to 67 degree celsius when it happens (ambient temp is 27).

I played a game of League of Legends just fine using the Intel HD3000 GPU and also on an old GTX 460.The 7950 gave me vertical stripes within 2 minutes of a game launching and it was on medium settings with a 7950!

I'm merely looking for an equivalent replacement or so because I haven't purchased a more demanding game (bought it to improve my Skyrim experience) since the time I bought the GPU. Currently running 1080p, may upgrade to 1440p but I asked around and it seems the 7950 would have been able to handle it. The rest of my system is

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K @ 4 GHZ
Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z
RAM: 2 x 4GB G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage
PSU: Seasonic X750

Looking for options <$225.

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I purchased the MSI Radeon HD 7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC a few years ago. It has recently acted up on me, I get random black screens in League of Legends and StarCraft II when everything else on my system is still running; I still get game audio. I ran GPU-Z for temperature logs to when it happens and it ranges from 52 to 67 degree celsius when it happens (ambient temp is 27).

I played a game of League of Legends just fine using the Intel HD3000 GPU and also on an old GTX 460.The 7950 gave me vertical stripes within 2 minutes of a game launching and it was on medium settings with a 7950!

I'm merely looking for an equivalent replacement or so because I haven't purchased a more demanding game (bought it to improve my Skyrim experience) since the time I bought the GPU. Currently running 1080p, may upgrade to 1440p but I asked around and it seems the 7950 would have been able to handle it. The rest of my system is

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K @ 4 GHZ
Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z
RAM: 2 x 4GB G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage
PSU: Seasonic X750

Looking for options <$225.
you might have a better chance asking anandtech.com, however my top vote is a 290x
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AMD has been rereleasing that card for 3 years.
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I purchased the MSI Radeon HD 7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC a few years ago. It has recently acted up on me...I'm merely looking for an equivalent replacement or so because I haven't purchased a more demanding game. The rest of my system is

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K @ 4 GHZ
Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z
RAM: 2 x 4GB G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage
PSU: Seasonic X750

Looking for options <$225.
I love the 7950 - much like the i5 2500K we're both still rocking it's yielded an incredibly high ROI. I love it so much I bought 2 when they were on sale for ~$150 after rebates and selling game codes, and they're still going strong years later. All of that is to say I feel certain I have a solid grasp of the situation you're in.

You can always get a direct replacement - the R9 280 = HD 7950. But you'll be paying the same price you did 2 years ago for a GPU that's still decent but not the monster it once was. If you're considering gaming at higher resolutions I think it's an opportune moment to find something a little more robust.

I agree with daneboy's assessment that your best bet is an R9 290X. Unfortunately, the universe has gotten wise to what an excellent card it is so the days of finding one for ~$250 may be gone, can't say for sure. R9 290 is an option as well but, again, it seems the fire-sale pricing is over.

Set up deal alerts for those 2 cards and see what happens, historically Amazon and Newegg sneak in some pretty good flash sales before BF; if nothing materializes and you get desperate then you can always resort to picking up a 7970/R9 280X and OCing the pants off it...
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