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7970 or 590 or 6990 or 2x 580 SLI??

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
March 2, 2012 6:42:39 PM

Hi everybody,

So I'm thinking of buying a new motherboard and in doing so I need a new GPU.

So the cards I'll have the money for and are what I would probably want would be the 7970 or 590 or 6990 or 2x 580's SLI, so any ideas what I should get??
Btw I will be getting a ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z Gen3 Motherboard which has PCIe 3.0 support.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!


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March 2, 2012 7:16:04 PM

7970 SLI, same price as GTX 580 SLI. You will only get benefits from PCIe 3.0 if you compute with your GPU, otherwise u have no benefit.
March 2, 2012 7:52:27 PM

I would say GTX 580's SLI imo
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March 2, 2012 8:34:50 PM

Go For a 7970 , it's the fastest Single GPU Card out , it's faster than a single 580 and a little slower that 2 of them and keep in mind that games usually work better with single Gpus ( 590 and 6990 both beeing Dual GPU cards )
and if u really find yourself in need of more 3D "HorsePower" u can alway Crossfire it with another 7970
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a b V Motherboard
March 2, 2012 8:44:25 PM

Whatever you do, don't get the has underclocked parts and outputs extreme heat, due to the dual GPU design.
a b U Graphics card
March 2, 2012 9:29:01 PM

What resolution will you be using ?
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a b V Motherboard
March 2, 2012 9:49:33 PM

7970 SLI is a no brainer, and still very early in its life cycle so you can expect more performance with each driver release.
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March 2, 2012 9:51:05 PM

First off, 7970 can't SLI, it crossfires, just so there is no confusion.

I also noticed in your question you were comparing a single 7970 vs 2 580's. Is there a reason for this or was there a typo in there?
March 2, 2012 10:22:51 PM

always the option of the 7950 too....

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a b U Graphics card
March 2, 2012 10:23:38 PM

2 * 580 will cost a lot more that a single 7970 , and also have more power consumption ( and to be honest sounds a little Outdated , since new nvidia Gpus are around the corner ... )
if u want to buy "Right now" and can't w8 to see what nvidia new Gpus have to offer , then i think , as i already said , that the 7970 is the way to go ...
( 7970 is a PciE 3.0 Card so plugged into the right MB will be more efficient and with drivers beeing release by AMD it's performance will increase . )
March 2, 2012 10:36:13 PM

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