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Which 7970 would be a better choice?

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May 23, 2013 10:46:30 AM

So. I've seen a couple of 7970's online. I'm not sure which one to get. They have decent reviews but if I could just overclock the 7970 a little to have the same specs of an 7970 GHz edition I'll just do that.
I'm also looking to get one with 3 ports for three monitors.

Now I know this might be too much to ask of you guys but it will be really appreciated for input. I want the best of the best build I can get in my range. It will be paired with a 8350 and a 650 Watt SeaSonic.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Sapphie 7970

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Sapphie 7970 GHz Edition

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Asus 7970

Now I'm mostly an XFX fan so I decided to put them on the list;

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... XFX 7970 GHz Edition

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... XFX 7970 Black Edition

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 79790 XFX Double D

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May 23, 2013 11:12:38 AM

I have the first card on your list and I can vouch for it. It basically is a GHz edition, with the BIOS switch on it set to 2 it runs at 1GHz. Pretty good overclocker too, I got mine up to 1200/1750 MHz. Running 3 monitors off it as well so I guarantee that will work!
I'm sure you'd be happy with any of the cards on your list. Good luck!
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May 23, 2013 11:14:24 AM

socialassassin said:
I have the first card on your list and I can vouch for it. It basically is a GHz edition, with the BIOS switch on it set to 2 it runs at 1GHz. Pretty good overclocker too, I got mine up to 1200/1750 MHz. Running 3 monitors off it as well so I guarantee that will work!
I'm sure you'd be happy with any of the cards on your list. Good luck!


Alright. I appreciate it. I was thinking about going with a sapphire because they're known for their outstanding performance. :)  I'll look more into that card.

-Thanks for answering!
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May 23, 2013 12:37:48 PM

Be aware that running 3 monitors from one card will be difficult to really get good framerates. You will need to lower settings a bit for most of the recent/newer games. With that, it's not recommended to go Crossfire with 7970's until the fix their frame latency problems. It's a bit a of a conundrum with the 7970 and multiple monitors, it's not a great match right now due to the need to go Crossfire at some point.
http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/Frame-Ratin...

This is pretty much the scenario you would be looking at... the Practical FPS is the key indicator of actual performance, half of what the FPS monitor says it is. AMD is working on a fix for this, so there is some hope.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-780-per...
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May 23, 2013 12:59:56 PM

17seconds said:
Be aware that running 3 monitors from one card will be difficult to really get good framerates. You will need to lower settings a bit for most of the recent/newer games. With that, it's not recommended to go Crossfire with 7970's until the fix their frame latency problems. It's a bit a of a conundrum with the 7970 and multiple monitors, it's not a great match right now due to the need to go Crossfire at some point.
http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/Frame-Ratin...

This is pretty much the scenario you would be looking at... the Practical FPS is the key indicator of actual performance, half of what the FPS monitor says it is. AMD is working on a fix for this, so there is some hope.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-780-per...


Oh, don't worry, I'm not going to be playing on eyefinity. I'm just going to use my primary monitor leading from HDMI to my game screen and my two DVI monitors for other multitasking needs such as Skype, Twitch, or Youtube. :) 

-Thanks for your answer!
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May 23, 2013 1:50:50 PM

The Asus DirectCU cards have additional monitor hookups, since that was one of the questions you initially asked.
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May 23, 2013 5:48:48 PM

17seconds said:
The Asus DirectCU cards have additional monitor hookups, since that was one of the questions you initially asked.


Alright, I'll make sure to check that and the Sapphire out. :)  I'm mainly just going for an HDMI and 2 DVI's so the Sapphire might be my weapon of choice.

-Thanks for the answer!
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May 23, 2013 6:04:29 PM

I used to like XFX, but I tell you, sapphire makes a mean cooler. besides, you really don't need more than 2-3 years of warranty on a graphics card. so yup, I lean toward the sapphire. and personally I prefer the regular over the GHz version just because I don't think the extra cost is worth it
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