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SupremeLeader_KimJongUn #1 Posted 03 January 2014 - 02:30 PM


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This is a written version of my review, a video version is on youtube https://www.youtube....ser/theyughify/    and you can check out how well the game looks.

The MSI HD 7870 is a very good card for that price. It enables gamers to play all current games on the highest graphics. To give you an idea, the current top end graphics cards are just below a thousand pounds so the HD7870 does very well in tat price category. So for people that don't know much about graphics cards. Basically there are two major graphics card companies, AMD and Nvidia. The other companies like ASUS or MSI or Gigabyte are all makes like for example Dell, Zoostorm, Acer. They make the computer but they all use intel proccessors. The intel is basically AMD and Nvidia in this case. The make doesn't really matter that much, it is really the way the card looks e.t.c as long as they are a big company, you can trust them. 

Nvidia or AMD? 

Well, this is the toughest choice. Nvidia is more popular and there is no competition between Nvidia and Amd in the high end market so people often believes Nvidia is better than AMD. But if you are looking into cards below £300 then AMD can be a choice. Since Nvidia is more famous, it doesn't really bother about lowering the price or wining the price battle so naturally Amd will be better in the lower market. Of course, if you do come across a special offer the go ahead and get it.
So let's talk about the HD 7870. Depending on your budget, if you have trouble affording it, then go for the HD 7870 1GB because that can still play games on maximum graphics, I chose 7870, it gives better FPS (frames per second), which I am happy to spend the extra money on. The better the FPS, the more smooth the screen look. By the way, don't upgrade to this sort of card if your computer has an old screen which doesn't support 1920*1080 and the computer should ideally have a minimum of 500W and quad core proccessor to make the most of the card. There is no point in spending a lot of money on a good graphics card if your computer cannot get the most out of it.


Personally, I bought a Dell XPS 8500 computer, i5 quad core at 3.10GHz 3350P . 8GB ram (2*4GB). Note that my computer's PSU (power supply) is only a 460Watts. The card still runs although it does state a "Minimum of 500W". But I know for a fact that the card manufacturer usually overrates them to guarantee the card to work. 

SO what Nvidia card is a direct comparison to this AMD card?

Well, in terms of price, it would be the GTX660, they are both around £150 but as I have mentioned AMD cards tend to give better performance at the same price. And apparently Amd 7870 overclocks better than Gtx 660. In most games, 7870 is better.

The setup and look

So I got the HD 7870 since it is a free one day delivery. The box of the MSi HD 7870 is faily good and the card is sealed in a plastics bag, in a box made of foam type of thing. Remember do check if your computer has enough space to put it in and you need to know how to fit a graphics card into the slots. It was a pain for me to put it in my rig (computer case/ box) because the wires were in the way and my hard drive cables were in the way. So in order to put the card in, I recommend you to check or plan where the wires are gonna go. I shoved my hard drive cables underneath the card and the other cables moved to the sides. The setup should be quite easy and should take less than an hour at the most, for people that haven't done it before, never rush it!!! Take your time!!!
The computer will be in weird resolution but after you installed the softwares / drivers, re-start your computer and you might have to manually adjust your resolution. Right click in the screen, and it should say screen resolution or something. 
I recommend 1920*1080 above.


I have to say there is one problem wit the card, when my computer automatically goes into sleep mode after a wile and the graphics card wouldn't start up again. But I went around the problem by disable sleep mode after a certain time and left it on never.  For Windows users go to control panels, then find systems and security, go to power options or something like that. Change the settings there.  It is a very small problem , just means that my computer cannot auto switch to sleep mode and whenever I leave my computer for a while I have to manually turn the computer into sleep mode. Find it next to the shut down button.

The look is great, it feels beast with a good weight on it. 

I have tried Battlefield 3 and 4 on Ultra, they run about high 40s to the low 70s. But stables around 58fps. That is really good! I normally play World of Tanks and it sometimes drops to the low 30s and sometimes goes to the high 80s, though mainly achieved on sniper view. 
I did notice a massive drop in FPS if you watch a Hd video in the background so never watch livestreams or youtube videos while demanding high FPS. It states on the box OC so it should be overclocked and I never yet overclocked it myself.


I totally recommend this card, especially if oyu are looking into getting top end performance at medium price end. I am really happy about it. However do check out offers with the GTX cards, and get them if they are cheap. The other option could be the new R9 270x which my subscriber pointed out. Gl and HF hopefully you found this useful!!!

Check out the gameplay on http://www.youtube.c...ser/theyughify/  Soon I will bring out a video review. Stay tuned tankers!!!

lgfrbcsgo #2 Posted 03 January 2014 - 02:48 PM

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I personaly would go for a R9 270, since it's the same as the R9 270x at lower frequencies. Overclock it and you'll have a R9 270x for the price of a R9 270 :blinky:

The R9 270 costs about the same as a HD7870 ghz edition and is much faster once you start overclocking it (both will cost you around 150€).


My system:

i5-4570 (3,2Ghz Haswell quadcore)

Asrock H87 fatal1ty performance mainboard

2x 4GB Corsair Vengance 1600Mhz RAM in Dual Channel

XFX HD7770 DoubleD @ 1100Mhz core /1300Mhz memory

1TB WD Green HDD

powered by a BeQuiet 530W PurePower PSU

BitFenix Shinobi ATX case


I am playing WoT maxed out at 45FPS on my EIZO FS2333 Monitor @ 1080P

Considering the 85€ price tag this graphics card is able to run modern games on high at 1080P with AA off.


Regards. :honoring:

Edited by lgfrbcsgo, 03 January 2014 - 02:58 PM.

Effing_Drako #3 Posted 05 January 2014 - 05:41 AM

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I should really upgrade

SupremeLeader_KimJongUn #4 Posted 05 January 2014 - 11:53 AM


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you should consider upgrades

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