HD 6990 4GB or HD 7000 series

Hi,

I am planning to get a Killer GPU for my desktop. Please find the configuration of my machine as in my signature. I am not experiencing the best graphics as of now with my 1GB AMD HD 6950. As my 1GB memory in my graphics card is bottle necking.

I now have an option to choose between HD 6990 4GB and the future cards - HD 7000 series. I believe, HD 7970 will be available in the month of Febraury-2012. But it seems, I would have to change my mother board to accommodate the new architecture in HD 7000 series (PCI-E 3.0). Any idea whether its downward compatible with my PCI-E 2.0? If yes, will I get the same performance as in PCI-E 3.0?

Any suggestion on my upgrade plan is welcomed.

Am expecting to play all new games - in 1080p with ultra max settings.


Note: I would also have to change the PSU. But I will decide on it later on..

Cheers!


Arul
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Intel i7 2600k | Asus Sabertooth P67 | CM V6 CPU cooler | XFX HD 6950 1GB | 8G Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz DDR3
Samsung 27" LED @ 1080p | 2TB WD HDD @ 6 Gbps | Cooler master silent pro 600W| CM HAF 912 chassis
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  1. Hi Arul,

    Your configuration is looking Okay. But, since you are an enthusiastic user, I would suggest you to go for an upgrade to X79 chipset coupled with an i7 3960x processor and HD 7990 (which would be launched soon :) ). If you still need more graphics, try to cross fire it.

    Enjoy your new build.

    Cheers!
    Senthur
  2. i don't think 3960x will perform any better than 2600k when it comes to gaming
  3. nieur said:
    i don't think 3960x will perform any better than 2600k when it comes to gaming


    What should be our mobo/cpu if we need to upgrade to HD 7000 series or GTX 600 series?
  4. I wouldn't choose a 6990 personally due to micro shuttering, insane heat, and noise. If I were you I'd wait for the 7000 series, it is backwards compatible with PCI 2.0. If benchmarks show performance increases with PCI 3.0 mobo's you can just upgrade to a new mobo and continue using your 2600k, upgrading to an Ivy Bridge processor down the line.

    There's info coming out later today regarding the 7000 HD series, have patience, don't make a purchasing decision just yet!
  5. Yeah wait and see what the newer 7xxx series brings. They are using new memory configuration that is supposed to brink higher bandwidth, and some architecture tweaks as well.
  6. Cygnus x-1 said:
    Yeah wait and see what the newer 7xxx series brings. They are using new memory configuration that is supposed to brink higher bandwidth, and some architecture tweaks as well.



    Is it PCI 3 ??
  7. Yes and backward compatible if you don't have a new motherboard. http://www.techpowerup.com/149225/AMD-Radeon-HD-7000-Series-to-be-PCI-Express-3.0-Compliant.html
  8. Cygnus x-1 said:
    Yes and backward compatible if you don't have a new motherboard. http://www.techpowerup.com/149225/AMD-Radeon-HD-7000-Series-to-be-PCI-Express-3.0-Compliant.html



    Mine is pcie 2 so can able to use 7990rite in my mobo?
  9. arularasu said:
    Mine is pcie 2 so can able to use 7990rite in my mobo?


    Yes, they will be backward compatible.
  10. Cygnus x-1 said:
    Yes, they will be backward compatible.



    When 7990 will come to india... Will it come by april 2012?
  11. Not sure, yo should have release dates this month.
  12. Hi Folks as am a serious gamer I need a killer card to kill all the current and future games, my specs are below & am stuggling play all games in ultra mode @ 1080p, so please suggest me a fastest graphics card in the world and killer card, I hope 6990 and 590 wont do any magic still users facing 50fps in 1080p... So need a advice and suggestions and morething will 7990 will meet my expectations???

    Cheers! 


    Arul 
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    Intel i7 2600k | Asus Sabertooth P67 | CM V6 CPU cooler | XFX HD 6950 1GB | 8G Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz DDR3 
    Samsung 27" LED @ 1080p | 2TB WD HDD @ 6 Gbps | Cooler master silent pro 600W| CM HAF 912 chassis 
  13. This next topics has been merged by Mousemonkey
    Need a killer card to kill all current and future games suggestions pl
  14. Mousemonkey said:
    This next topics has been merged by Mousemonkey
    Need a killer card to kill all current and future games suggestions pl



    So in which thread will I get reply?
  15. if you're playing at 1080p getting a 6990 GB is useless since you cant see over 60fps (i think). the best choice would be to get another 6950 GB or a 6950 GB and crossfire them.
    i thaught you can max out any game on a 6950 , maybe something is wrong .

    what game are you playing and how many fps are you getting.
  16. 9_breaker said:
    if you're playing at 1080p getting a 6990 GB is useless since you cant see over 60fps (i think). the best choice would be to get another 6950 GB or a 6950 GB and crossfire them.
    i thaught you can max out any game on a 6950 , maybe something is wrong .

    what game are you playing and how many fps are you getting.



    Currently playing BF3, Splinter cell conviction... Both r lagging in ultramode.. What is min fps to see whther game is running smoth r not? Mine is 1Gb XFX 6950, always my gpu usage goin 990mb if I set to ultra.. If I put 4gb will it outperform in all games?
  17. use msi afterburner to check the fps .

    http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=msi%20afterburner&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCsQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fevent.msi.com%2Fvga%2Fafterburner%2Fdownload.htm&ei=rtzdTpKDM7CTiQfWgY2oBQ&usg=AFQjCNE6etnOx2WO_lKQEEovPvm02ntt4g&sig2=p1ggOp_aRix3LWmaFQQm4g

    i think the game starts getting slow at 20fps , at 30fps it takes time for small objects to load and details to appear . you should also update your drivers to 11.9 . it could also be your connection .
  18. 9_breaker said:
    use msi afterburner to check the fps .

    http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=msi%20afterburner&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCsQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fevent.msi.com%2Fvga%2Fafterburner%2Fdownload.htm&ei=rtzdTpKDM7CTiQfWgY2oBQ&usg=AFQjCNE6etnOx2WO_lKQEEovPvm02ntt4g&sig2=p1ggOp_aRix3LWmaFQQm4g

    i think the game starts getting slow at 20fps , at 30fps it takes time for small objects to load and details to appear . you should also update your drivers to 11.9 . it could also be your connection .



    Just now updated to 11.11c is it ok?
  19. there the almost the same except 11.11c added support for two or three more games.

    have you checked the fps you get in battlefield
  20. in battlefield open the command console and type render.drawfps 1.That will give you an accurate fps,I have hd5870xfire and I get max 75fps min 30fps at 1440p resolution,Outside maps are a killer on fps also I have msaa off.
  21. shadychopper said:
    in battlefield open the command console and type render.drawfps 1.That will give you an accurate fps,I have hd5870xfire and I get max 75fps min 30fps at 1440p resolution,Outside maps are a killer on fps also I have msaa off.


    590 vs 6990 wht u prefer?

    will I get ultra mode in 590 all games..
  22. if you get another 6950 you qill get ultra in all modern games.
  23. 9_breaker said:
    if you get another 6950 you qill get ultra in all modern games.

    but my sabertooth board is only one 16x and 8x will I get performance if I put 6950 in 8x?
  24. you will lose about 3-0.5 fps compared to x16 and thats nothing to worry about . heres an article about this http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/pcie-geforce-gtx-480-x16-x8-x4,2696-13.html
  25. 9_breaker said:
    you will lose about 3-0.5 fps compared to x16 and thats nothing to worry about . heres an article about this http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/pcie-geforce-gtx-480-x16-x8-x4,2696-13.html


    Hi Breaker,

    Do we have x8 card in the market?

    Cos, in our mobo document they have suggested to install single x16 or SLI x8 card. We are really confused on this.


    Cheers!

    Senthur
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    Intel i7 2600k | Asus Sabertooth P67 | Asus GTX 570 | 8G Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz DDR3
    Samsung 23" LED @ 1080p | 2TB WD HDD @ 6 Gbps | Corsair TX 750W PSU | CM HAF 912 chassis
  26. which mobo is it (i hope its not an sli mobo) . the 6950 can run in x8 even though it says x16 , im not sure about x4
  27. 9_breaker said:
    which mobo is it (i hope its not an sli mobo) . the 6950 can run in x8 even though it says x16 , im not sure about x4



    my motherboard is ASUS SABERTOOTH P67
  28. its sli and crossfire so it will work .
  29. 9_breaker said:
    its sli and crossfire so it will work .



    It has 2 slots one 16x and one 8x, is it ok?

    Shall I get alll the games in ultra mode?

    May I knw how much fps will I get if I add 6950?

    Now am having cooler master Silent pro 600w is it ok or shall I add 1000w psu?
  30. 1) yes it will work

    2) you will definetly be able to play all current games on ultra

    3)in most reviews http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6950-crossfirex-review/6 crossfire gives you about double the single card . so you should get double what you get in bf3 now .

    4) if you're going to add another 6950 later on for 3 way crossfire then get a 900+ psu . if you aren't then get 750w psu, your 600w psu might be able to run it but it might not .
  31. 9_breaker said:
    1) yes it will work

    2) you will definetly be able to play all current games on ultra

    3)in most reviews http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6950-crossfirex-review/6 crossfire gives you about double the single card . so you should get double what you get in bf3 now .

    4) if you're going to add another 6950 later on for 3 way crossfire then get a 900+ psu . if you aren't then get 750w psu, your 600w psu might be able to run it but it might not .



    In this thread they are refereing to 2gb version but am using xfx 6950 1gb version. can u conform.
  32. arularasu said:
    590 vs 6990 wht u prefer?

    will I get ultra mode in 590 all games..

    I,m waiting on a 6990 at the moment,I excpect a 20 -30% increase in fps for bf3
  33. You will need 2gb card for ultra settings with msaa on I believe
  34. arularasu said:
    In this thread they are refereing to 2gb version but am using xfx 6950 1gb version. can u conform.


    http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/3942/amd_radeon_hd_6950_1gb_video_card_in_crossfire/index11.html

    there's a 1gb review . my point was that crossfire gives you about double the fps.its almost the same as the 6990 (sometimes better)
  35. 9_breaker said:
    http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/3942/amd_radeon_hd_6950_1gb_video_card_in_crossfire/index11.html

    there's a 1gb review . my point was that crossfire gives you about double the fps.its almost the same as the 6990 (sometimes better)



    Thanks for the link dude!! Got confident ok am going to add another 6950 1gb..

    Shall I buy saphire or asus???
  36. whatever you like the best . i would get the same card i already have just because it looks cool . but thats just me . the asus direct cuII has the best cooler and more display ports so between asus and sapphire 6950's asus is the best .
  37. will y not 4 way xfire 7970 XD they will take less power then the 6970 but u will need a new psu like 1200W something and evan today pci 3,0 mobo's wont run pci 3.0 on sli-xfire wich kinda sucks will ill go for the 7970 the price of a 580 and 25% better then it and if u boght a coustome cooler it will even OC better and if ur rich going 4 way -3 way will kill the 7990 ;) as u can see i hate dual GPU cards XD erm the memo ram gose 50% 50% :fou: so on the 7990 u get the same frame buffer on the 7970 so yah if u can buy 2 of those then 2 later i think it will give u better FPS but if ur mobo is 2 way then :( mype just go with 7990 or W8 for kapler iDK y i have the bad felleing of kepler and that maxwell will be better


    what ima do is get 1 7970 2 if needed and W8 for maxwell it is going to beat AMD trust me
  38. Maxwell ? that's like 2 years from now. i think for way xfire will bottleneck
  39. why? my friend got 6970 they are beast
  40. 7970
  41. hes resolution is 1080p so why waste so much money on gpu's
  42. still the 6990 scale better then the 7970 and yah 6990 will have same faith as the 5870 i think or 5970 XD any way the 5xxx dual gpu price drobed when the 6970 came so yah 7970 will drob the 6990 price i think u shuld W8 buy a 6990 when the price drobs they will cost as much as 7970 and will do better

    but if u can buy a 7990 it is the best card out of those and there's no prices for now ill give it 800$ :fou:
  43. 6990 is almost double the price of 6950 crossfire for almost the same performance . if youve got the money for a 7990 then go for it but 6990 is not worth it.
  44. microstuttering =6950 or else just get a 6950 flash it to 6970 will if u say the 6970 quad x fire is bad then the 6990 is better XD and BTW the price just drobed from 730 to 650 !!!! so it will cost 600 $ when the 7990 comes it will be worth it then btw im gonna upgrade to just asking should i buy 6970 like my friend and 4 way x fire them later 1 GPU per year or 6990 quad xfire or 7970 4 way x fire 550$ note the 6990 is better then the 7970 by 10-25% and what psu should i get and yas my lil cpu is at 5ghz XD on 1.45v iknow im killing it i dont care -_-''
  45. micro-stuttering is 6870 downwards . it will still be $600 while the 6950 is $240 and you will get almost the same performance at 1080p (look at the benchmark i posted at the beginning).i think you should get a 7970 holyrage
  46. holyrage said:
    microstuttering =6950 or else just get a 6950 flash it to 6970 will if u say the 6970 quad x fire is bad then the 6990 is better XD and BTW the price just drobed from 730 to 650 !!!! so it will cost 600 $ when the 7990 comes it will be worth it then btw im gonna upgrade to just asking should i buy 6970 like my friend and 4 way x fire them later 1 GPU per year or 6990 quad xfire or 7970 4 way x fire 550$ note the 6990 is better then the 7970 by 10-25% and what psu should i get and yas my lil cpu is at 5ghz XD on 1.45v iknow im killing it i dont care -_-''



    Micro sturreing means what?
  47. If a thread is merged, who is the OP and who gets to choose best answer?
  48. dont worry about micro stuttering its only on 6870 downwards .
    wernt the two threads made by the same people.
  49. 9_breaker said:
    dont worry about micro stuttering its only on 6870 downwards .
    wernt the two threads made by the same people.



    So shall I buy another 6950 1gb???

    Sure I will get double fps rite?

    Currently playing assaisns revolution fps 30 in ultr mode so if I add I will another 6905 1gb meams I will get 60fps rite sure???
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