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HD7970 GHz Edition Good Upgrade?

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June 10, 2013 9:22:05 AM

Hey everyone normally I am on top of these kind of things, but lately I have fallen out of the loop on what the top cards out there are.

Currently I have a ATI HD 5850 and looking to upgrade to either the HD7970 or the new GTX 770. Looking at the HD7970 there are two choices that are sticking out at me the Gigabyte version and the Sapphire one. I prefer Sapphire personally but the the Gigabyte one is 100 Mhz faster on the core clock.

For reference.
Sapphire HD7970 Ghz Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte HD 7970 Ghz Edition http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA GTX 770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also I have a P5P67 Pro Motherboard with a Intel Core i5 2500k, would not having PCI Express 3.0 be a problem, I only plan on running a single graphics card no SLI or Crossfire. Let me know if you need anymore information
June 10, 2013 10:53:07 AM

Wait until the next-gen 7970 Ghz is released by AMD. Then, you can compare it to the 770. ATM, the 7970 GHz outperforms a 770; however, the 770 is a more current generation. 100 MHz faster on the core clock won't make a huge difference; if it's not cooled well, then it won't matter. I would get the best-cooled card, and then try to OC it as much as you know that you can. :) 
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June 10, 2013 11:55:24 AM

The 7970GHz would be a huge improvement over the old 5850.

Since you are going to be running single GPU, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

The GTX770 will be alittle stronger though.
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June 10, 2013 12:12:43 PM

dannyboy2233 said:
Wait until the next-gen 7970 Ghz is released by AMD. Then, you can compare it to the 770. ATM, the 7970 GHz outperforms a 770; however, the 770 is a more current generation. 100 MHz faster on the core clock won't make a huge difference; if it's not cooled well, then it won't matter. I would get the best-cooled card, and then try to OC it as much as you know that you can. :) 


Now do you mean next generation as is the 8970 Ghz Edition, or that AMD is realeasing a second more improved wave of 7970 GHz Edition cards.

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June 10, 2013 1:12:05 PM

smeezekitty said:
The 7970GHz would be a huge improvement over the old 5850.

Since you are going to be running single GPU, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

The GTX770 will be alittle stronger though.


It depends on the game.
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June 14, 2013 8:44:19 AM

Well I decided to go with the HD7970 Ghz Edition by Sapphire since it went on sale today for $370 after rebates and free shipping and the four free games. At that point the price difference was $40 dollars between the two. Thanks for you guys advice!
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June 14, 2013 9:18:29 AM

hopkiller said:
dannyboy2233 said:
Wait until the next-gen 7970 Ghz is released by AMD. Then, you can compare it to the 770. ATM, the 7970 GHz outperforms a 770; however, the 770 is a more current generation. 100 MHz faster on the core clock won't make a huge difference; if it's not cooled well, then it won't matter. I would get the best-cooled card, and then try to OC it as much as you know that you can. :) 


Now do you mean next generation as is the 8970 Ghz Edition, or that AMD is realeasing a second more improved wave of 7970 GHz Edition cards.



I wouldn't call it the 8970 GHz, but yes, that is what I mean. :) 
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