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7970 CF or gtx 690?

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April 29, 2012 5:08:14 PM

well after staying up and watching the release of the new gtx card i got to wondering what would be my best approach to upgrading the pc. I was orriginally going to buy 2 xfx 7970's black DD and run them in CF. after seeing some of the benchmarks 7970 vs 680 i see that they are preety darn close to being equal on all front ( except for a few variables) and when i seen the 690 it would enable my mobo to go essentially 4-way sli later down the road vs the amd side where i could only go max a 3-way config with single 7970's. also i plan on using a 3 monitor setup...... i plan on buying the rest of my pc upgrades in the next week any insight to this would be greatly helpfull

my PC Specs:
asus crosshair v mobo, AMD FX-8150, 16 gbs corsair vengence, 1300watt rosewill lightning psu, gtx 580 SC, 120gb SSD, 1tb WD HDD, EK Watercooling Setup (CPU only), Coolermaster HAF-x

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a b U Graphics card
April 29, 2012 5:10:55 PM

Do you already have the 8150?

I would get the 690, just to say you have the 690.
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a b U Graphics card
April 29, 2012 5:16:06 PM

Gaming? buy 2 GTX 680 because it performs better than GTx 690 by cooling and performance also beat 2 7970 in CFx but the cause will be electricity bill and heat inside the case... I would prefer 2 GTx 680 in SLI...
Get GTx 690 if you are planning to add another GTx 690 and that you have only 2 PCIe 3.0 slot other wise get 4 GTx 680 in SLI if you have 4 slot with at least x8...
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April 29, 2012 5:23:15 PM

my 8150 comes in the mail tommrow from newegg, and about the other comment my mobo only support 3-way sli or cf its the asus crosshair v formula
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a b U Graphics card
April 29, 2012 5:25:45 PM

Your 8150 won't be able to keep up with 2 cards so 3way or 4way SLI is pointless.
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April 29, 2012 5:35:55 PM

As i can see in your signature you already have a i3 2100. The i3 will be equal or better dans the 8150. No offence but a Phenom II X6 1100T Beats the 8150 in most situation. If you can get your money back i would buy a i5 3570K with a Z77 Mobo. You won't experience any bottleneck even with 2x680 or 2x7970 or GTX690. The advantage of Z77 mobo is that they are PCI-E 3.0 ready so when you have a graphics card on a PCI-E 3.0 8x you have the same bandwith as PCI-E 2.0 16x. The Radeon 7000 series and Nvidia 600 series both support PCI-E 3.0.
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a b U Graphics card
April 29, 2012 6:29:42 PM

xxyougotownedzz said:
As i can see in your signature you already have a i3 2100. The i3 will be equal or better dans the 8150. No offence but a Phenom II X6 1100T Beats the 8150 in most situation. If you can get your money back i would buy a i5 3570K with a Z77 Mobo. You won't experience any bottleneck even with 2x680 or 2x7970 or GTX690. The advantage of Z77 mobo is that they are PCI-E 3.0 ready so when you have a graphics card on a PCI-E 3.0 8x you have the same bandwith as PCI-E 2.0 16x. The Radeon 7000 series and Nvidia 600 series both support PCI-E 3.0.


There are $110 Z68 boards that are PCI-E 3.0 ready, you don't need Z77. Just sayin


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April 29, 2012 6:48:01 PM

arcticchill360 said:
well after staying up and watching the release of the new gtx card i got to wondering what would be my best approach to upgrading the pc. I was orriginally going to buy 2 xfx 7970's black DD and run them in CF. after seeing some of the benchmarks 7970 vs 680 i see that they are preety darn close to being equal on all front ( except for a few variables) and when i seen the 690 it would enable my mobo to go essentially 4-way sli later down the road vs the amd side where i could only go max a 3-way config with single 7970's. also i plan on using a 3 monitor setup...... i plan on buying the rest of my pc upgrades in the next week any insight to this would be greatly helpfull

my PC Specs:
asus crosshair v mobo, AMD FX-8150, 16 gbs corsair vengence, 1300watt rosewill lightning psu, gtx 580 SC, 120gb SSD, 1tb WD HDD, EK Watercooling Setup (CPU only), Coolermaster HAF-x



if u want to spend around 1000 dollars for a graphics card you might as splurge on a top end processor.


http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i7-3960x-x79-s...

"If anything, this serves as a reminder why gamers shouldn’t skimp on a processor and load up on GPUs. In a title like Battlefield 3, there are environments that tax graphics (the campaign) and others that exact a more demanding load on the CPU (multi-player). Balancing the two is critical. So, if you’re willing to splurge on three-way SLI, be prepared to also spend generously on a complementary platform. Today, Sandy Bridge-E, by virtue of its per-clock performance and six-core configuration, is unquestionably the best you can present to a trio of potent GTX 580s."
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April 29, 2012 6:59:23 PM

A few thoughts:

-Your 8150 is going to bottleneck any GPU setup that powerful in many games. I wouldn't pair that with anything more than a single 7970 or 680.

-We have no reviews on the 690, so while it is good to assume it will be equivalent to 680 SLI, we have to wait for reviews to say anything for sure.

-Depending on how much stock you put in a few people like the HardOCP reviewer complaining about 7970 CF setups, 7970 CF and 680 SLI are just about as even as their single card config counterparts, so just pick whichever card suits you better and go for it!
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a b U Graphics card
July 5, 2012 4:34:30 PM

Go with the HD 7970 CF.I dont know why but Nvidia cards were always more CPU Dependent than AMD/ATi ones.And i mean the difference is HUGE.I cant find the Article on HARDOCP that compared HD 6970 Trifire vs GTX 580 3-way SLI.When they used an OC'd Core i7 920 the AMD Cards were noticably quicker than the nvidia ones,but when they switched to an overclocked 2500K the Nvidia cards recieved a big boost in performance and outperformet the HD 6970's.
Bottom line get the HD 7970's they are going to be less bottlenecked by your CPU.

http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-7970-cpu-scalin...

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-690-review/12
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