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Upgrading from 7950 to 7970GHz - Same Drivers?

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August 21, 2013 10:35:57 AM

Hi,

I've got the chance to upgrade from a Gigabyte 7950 Windforce 3 to a Gigabyte 7970 GHz Edition and was wondering if they will share the same drivers.

Will I be able to just swap the cards and carry on or would you recommend a full un-install of the old drivers and reinstall for the new card?

One other thing. I've recently downloaded Knights of the Old Republic and it's highest resolution is 1024x768, this is quite small on my 1080p monitor and was wondering if there was A) a way to stretch this, or B) a way to set up my PC to automatically fill as much of my screen as possible.

Thanks for any info.
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August 21, 2013 10:39:30 AM

Yes they both use the same drivers so you don't need to reinstall them. If the drivers are already there it should detect the new card and install them on first boot after adding the card. Windows might only ask you to reboot since it detected new hardware, that's all.

And if you weren't using the latest drivers by AMD it would be a good opportunity to update them. Just remove the old ones before.

But may I ask why you are changing from a 7950 to a 7970? It's not a huge improvement, there may be only a 10 or 20% performance difference between the two so you probably won't notice it. Just hope you didn't pay the full price for a 7970 and that you're just trading with a friend or something like that.
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August 21, 2013 10:39:37 AM

Why wouldn't you just crossfire another 7950? Getting a 7970 is like throwing money down the drain. 2 7950s perform much better. As for your game, its all game specific. If it physically cannot run at a higher resolution you're stuck. Even if you could stretch it, it would look terrible. Hope this helps!
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August 21, 2013 10:39:59 AM

is this upgrade for free? o.o and always just do a clean install
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August 21, 2013 10:41:04 AM

Yes, the same drivers or if you want to clean the drivers out and reinstall.
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August 21, 2013 11:37:00 AM

That upgrade was really wortheless, we're talking about literally a couple of frames per second. If you wanted to upgrade, atleast a 770 would be worth the upgrade or you could've just add another 7950 if your motherboard supports atleast x16 x8 PCI-E 2.0/3.0.
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August 21, 2013 11:41:23 AM

Best practice to avoid any potential errors is to do a clean install of the latest drivers.
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August 21, 2013 11:44:51 AM

AMDRadeonHD said:
That upgrade was really wortheless, we're talking about literally a couple of frames per second. If you wanted to upgrade, atleast a 770 would be worth the upgrade or you could've just add another 7950 if your motherboard supports atleast x16 x8 PCI-E 2.0/3.0.


It's not worthless when it's a free upgrade and I can then sell my 7950 to recoup some of the money I originally spent on it.

Thanks for all the advice guys, will do a clean install for thoroughness' sake!
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August 21, 2013 11:47:11 AM

trawetSluaP said:
AMDRadeonHD said:
That upgrade was really wortheless, we're talking about literally a couple of frames per second. If you wanted to upgrade, atleast a 770 would be worth the upgrade or you could've just add another 7950 if your motherboard supports atleast x16 x8 PCI-E 2.0/3.0.


It's not worthless when it's a free upgrade and I can then sell my 7950 to recoup some of the money I originally spent on it.
It is a free upgrade? Alright then, if it's a free upgrade, then it is worth it.
Thanks for all the advice guys, will do a clean install for thoroughness' sake!


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