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6970 vs the 7000 series

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March 11, 2012 6:45:49 PM

I was looking at doing a video card upgrade and I really dont know what I want to get. I was looking at the 6970's because they are cheaper then the new 7950's and 7970's. Of course the 7950's and 7970's are newer and a smaller chip then the 6970's but at pretty good price increase. So I have three questions:

How does the 6970 compare to the 7950?

How does the 6970 compare to the 7970?

How does the 7950 compare to the 7970?

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a b U Graphics card
March 11, 2012 7:03:43 PM

AMD stopped production on the HD6970. None are available on Newegg right now. The HD7950 makes the most sense as there is not $100 more worth of performance between the HD7950 and HD7970.
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March 11, 2012 7:27:27 PM

I knew AMD stopped making the 6900 video cards but I didn't know that there were none left. The last time I checked a few weeks ago pretty much all the ones still listed on their website was still in stock. I guess that makes the first two questions useless. So then it becomes a question of is the 7970 worth the extra 100 dollars. It seems like at 1920 x 1200 the 7970 gets atleast 10 FPS better then the 7950.
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a b U Graphics card
March 11, 2012 9:40:49 PM

If you aren't in a hurry, I would pick up two HD7850s or two HD7870s and crossfire them in a week or so.
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March 11, 2012 10:45:07 PM

iknowhowtofixit said:
AMD stopped production on the HD6970. None are available on Newegg right now. The HD7950 makes the most sense as there is not $100 more worth of performance between the HD7950 and HD7970.



7950 is 100 more than 6970, 7970 is 100 more 7950.

FPS wise in most games the 7970 is a bigger jump over 7950 than 7950 is over 6970, of course that is FPS wise. I am not taking into account the fact that the 7000s runs much more power efficient (thus OCing will widen the gap)

Honestly if we WAS interested in the 6970 than the 6870 is the most logical choice, it is the same price and is a good 15% more power with 33% less power.

OP-If I was still in the market to build I would do one of 2 things.

1. Get an I5 2500k and 1x 7870 (with plans to get a 2nd one after kepler and likely pricedrops)
2. Would wait til april to see what Keplar and IB brings to the table, most likely getting a 2550k for 235, and a 7870 (possible at a lower price) unless kepler really blows off the barn doors (then I would go with a 600s Nvidia)

Personally with IB being focused on graphics and 2500k being such a lush cpu, and with 7870/50 right around the corner I would go with option one, unless my current rig was still doing the job, then maybe I would show some patentience

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a b U Graphics card
March 11, 2012 10:47:26 PM

Grab an HD 7870 next week. Best bang for your buck at that price.
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March 11, 2012 11:11:37 PM

jjack339 said:
7950 is 100 more than 6970, 7970 is 100 more 7950.

FPS wise in most games the 7970 is a bigger jump over 7950 than 7950 is over 6970, of course that is FPS wise. I am not taking into account the fact that the 7000s runs much more power efficient (thus OCing will widen the gap)

Honestly if we WAS interested in the 6970 than the 6870 is the most logical choice, it is the same price and is a good 15% more power with 33% less power.

OP-If I was still in the market to build I would do one of 2 things.

1. Get an I5 2500k and 1x 7870 (with plans to get a 2nd one after kepler and likely pricedrops)
2. Would wait til april to see what Keplar and IB brings to the table, most likely getting a 2550k for 235, and a 7870 (possible at a lower price) unless kepler really blows off the barn doors (then I would go with a 600s Nvidia)

Personally with IB being focused on graphics and 2500k being such a lush cpu, and with 7870/50 right around the corner I would go with option one, unless my current rig was still doing the job, then maybe I would show some patentience


Thanks thats what I was looking for. I think I'll wait until Keplar comes out. When is Keplar suppose to be released and how are they going to be released? Are they going to do high-end cards first or lower end first? Also either way I'm going to do SLI or Crossfire.
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