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2 6970s or 1 7970

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December 28, 2011 4:29:16 AM

im building a rig and cant decide the 2 6970s outperform the 7970 from benchmarks but should i just get a 7970 and upgrade to another down the road?

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December 28, 2011 4:32:42 AM

I think a single 7970 is a good choice, and in CFx it will be awesome
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December 28, 2011 4:44:38 AM

2 x 6950 > 1 x 7970

Both in performance and value...
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December 28, 2011 4:46:07 AM

7970xt and then xfire it later!
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December 28, 2011 4:53:55 AM

2x 6950 is like the same price as the 7970 if you want the 2 gb models which would be much more useful when you need higher resolutions which would be a main reason for xfire.

also the 7970 is just as powerful as 2 6950s with less heat and power consumption.
6970 < 2x 6950 < 6990
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December 28, 2011 5:35:04 AM

I like the 6970's here. i am wondering about the true performance of the 7970 though.
The early review show it behind the 6990 in all benches and the 6970's are a lil more powerful than that.
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December 28, 2011 5:41:04 AM

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Then add the drawbacks of CFX..
Drivers are up and down every time, and it will cost more on power consumption.
However i am one of those who does not care for consumption, but i am an enthusiast, some other are not ;) 

They did power consumption tests and I am sure people can afford an additional $2 per year that a dual card config will cost LOLOLOLOLOLOl LOL MOOT point.
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December 28, 2011 5:49:27 AM

While the 7970 is the new king, it really doesn't bring anything really new to the table that has me chomping at the bit. The 5000-7000 series are all DX11 cards. The 7970 being DX11.1 doesn't really get me excited like the difference between DX9 and DX11.

I skip generations. So the 7970 is out for me, can't wait for DX12 and the 8990 one day.
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December 28, 2011 6:01:40 AM

I would go 7970:
1-Awesome overclockers. Seems to be able to overclock at least 200mhz without a voltage increase.
2-Up to 4 times better tessellation performance over 6970.
3-Zero core power shutdown when used in Crossfire.
4-Will be available for purchase in a couple of weeks (Jan.9).
5-Will scale up massively when used in crossfire(Just a hopeful guess!)
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December 28, 2011 6:29:52 AM

Single 7970 will bring you better experience even though the 6970 is faster.
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December 28, 2011 6:57:25 AM

Here we go again...........
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December 28, 2011 7:00:38 AM

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+1.
He trolls every thread.


He just can't help himself.....his posts are full of false information and bad advice!
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December 28, 2011 7:03:49 AM

Honest advice stay away from AMD gpus right now. Trust me, you're gonna be sour about life if you go AMD.
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December 28, 2011 7:06:21 AM

intel4eva said:
Honest advice stay away from AMD gpus right now. Trust me, you're gonna be sour about life if you go AMD.

How come Radeon GPUs are becoming more and more common place now in days if they have so many problems I mean after Christmas I could not find a 6850 for sale.
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December 28, 2011 7:14:01 AM

intel4eva said:
Honest advice stay away from AMD gpus right now. Trust me, you're gonna be sour about life if you go AMD.

this guy is blatant fanboy. Trusting someone with a name like that is just asking to be screwed.
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December 28, 2011 7:24:06 AM

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His rig:
Phenom II x2 555 @ 3.8ghz, GTX 275, single stick 4gb Corsair DDR3, WD Black x3 in RAID 0, Antec One Hundred Mid tower case, Samsung SyncMaster 226BW Monitor, Win 7 64bit

He is a troll through and through.

Hey I noticed that you got your B55 CPU up to 4.2ghz on you rig my question to you is how did you do it because I cant get mine stable past 3.68ghz PEACE.
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December 28, 2011 7:38:40 AM

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His rig:
Phenom II x2 555 @ 3.8ghz, GTX 275, single stick 4gb Corsair DDR3, WD Black x3 in RAID 0, Antec One Hundred Mid tower case, Samsung SyncMaster 226BW Monitor, Win 7 64bit

He is a troll through and through.
We shall see what the mods make of his futile ways.

Cool Dawg Happy New Year to you and I wish you to be happy, Healthy, and Wealthy in 2012 PEACE ;-)
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December 28, 2011 7:39:07 AM

Most of the moderation needed in this thread was from name calling. Let's keep it civil people. Supporting your argument with references makes you look a lot smarter than calling someone a name. Or even criticizing a particular post.
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December 28, 2011 7:50:30 AM

Proximon said:
Most of the moderation needed in this thread was from name calling. Let's keep it civil people. Supporting your argument with references makes you look a lot smarter than calling someone a name. Or even criticizing a particular post.

There is only a few people that have a problem processing the facts and I was labeled a troll and singled out and picked on by a few members simply because I stated the facts with referents to back up my claims in another thread and I am still being persecuted today for it however as time passes so will the air become clear once again PEACE and Happy New Year all the best to ya ;-) PS I forgot about this character that continues to troll on me but I can see some people just cant let the water under the bridge be.
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December 28, 2011 7:54:04 AM

Another thread ruined
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December 28, 2011 7:58:42 AM

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I have no problem with you.
The problem i do have is the way you talk to a given member in a thread, and how you portray yourself.
As i stated from a previous post here you sound like a child, but then you soon change when i add the words "mod" to the sentence.
Happy new year to you too and lets move on ;) 

Off topic....
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December 28, 2011 8:01:57 AM

+ 1 for 7970 - Single GPU options are always king - Ive been an SLI user since 2007 - not been single GPU since then. I cant wait drop one of these in my rig - No longer will I have driver support issues and games that simply do not understand that I have 2 GPUs.
On another note - If you fancy going Xfire with these in the future, say hello to
acceptable framerates @ 5670x1080 with AF+AA :D  - something that has previously been impossible without Tri or Quadfire 6970s (imo)
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December 28, 2011 8:03:05 AM

^agreed and 1up
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December 28, 2011 8:07:40 AM

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The 7970 is the better choice at it simply removes the bother of a dual card CFX setup.
Aswell as the power consumption being lower, and performance being ahead of a GTX 580 by a fair margin.
I personally am getting the 7970 as a gift from my brother, and cannot wait :D 

Can I marry your Bro I am not gay but I hope he is because I will highly considering converting if he gives gifts like a brand new $500+ 7970 LOL JK and +1 the 7970 even on pre release is already a tangible margin ahead in performance over the GTX 580 and even approaching the GTX 590 in some games and it will just get better with drivers that are more mature like it always has done.
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December 28, 2011 8:16:16 AM

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January 3, 2012 11:23:29 PM

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