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Considering 7970 to replace dead GTX 460 but worried about CPU limits

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January 3, 2012 6:58:44 PM

The GTX 460 on my HTPC is starting to exhibit artifacts and I've done all I could to fix it (various driver versions and underclocking), I decided now to replace the card and upgrade.

The AMD 7970 results look really promising, but I'm not concerned with my CPU bottle necking it.

I have a Phenom II X4 965 at stock 3.4GHz. I run it 24/7 and would therefore rather not overclock.

The maximum resolution I will ever run on this is 1920x1080.

The GTX 460 is definitely not limited by my CPU, but I think I may need to worry if upgrading to a 7970.

I'd rather go with a 6970 or 6950 if the CPU is going to significantly limit the performance of the 7970. I'm willing to wait a week for the 7970, but would rather not wait more than a month for the other 7000 series cards unless it is really worth it.

Here are my system specs:
Phenom II X4 965 @ 3.4GHz
4GB DDR3 1600
Biostar TA785G3 uATX MB
OCZ Fata1ity 550W PSU
Mitsubishi 73" DLP @ 1824x1026

Let me know which of the following options would be your preference for this setup:
1. AMD 7970
2. AMD 6970
3. AMD 6950
4. Wait for the other ATI 7000 series cards

Thanks in advance.
a b à CPUs
January 3, 2012 7:04:37 PM

Option 4 - With the new 7xxx series being so close to release its worth waiting to see which card is the best option for you, also the 6xxx prices will drop so you will have more options to choose from.
a b à CPUs
January 3, 2012 10:43:03 PM

anything from the 6950 to the 7970 will run anything fine at that resolution, but like monsta said i would rather wait to see the other part of the 7xxx series line up before buying, and if the prices of the 6xxx series drop
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