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May 21, 2012 5:45:28 PM

Right now, I have a reference GIGABYTE 7970. I am thinking either of Crossfiring it or selling it and upgrading to 680 GTX/690 GTX. The only thing I am suspicious about is only 2GB of RAM on current 680 GTXs, not sure if it's gonna last that long even for 1080p resolution, especially with 3D on. I need a VGA strictly for gaming that will last me long enough to game at 1920x1080 resolution with 3D on, and maybe at 2560x1600 as well, if 30" LCD monitors will ever get cheaper, but I am definitely not looking to play games at multiple monitors.

And I guess I am bonded to Nvidia video cards, since it feels too awkward for me to play Batman without PhysX...
May 21, 2012 5:47:26 PM

I wouldn't worry too much about the memory. My cards are fine at 1080p with 1gb, haha. Unless you do go to 2560x1600. That might be an issue but I still don't really think it will be.

I might be more inclined to go with a GTX680. Performance wise, the GTX680 is better than the 7970. The 7970 is a tiny bit better than the GTX670. I hate crossfire, it has caused me so many problems in the past, and so have amd cards. I used to love them but now.. now I'm not so sure.

EDIT: Also, the GTX690 will not perform as well as 2 GTX680's in SLI. It'll be pretty close, a lot better than the 590 was to 2 580's, but not quite as good.
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May 21, 2012 6:09:42 PM

With all the video card issues that Nvidia and AMD are having with their top of the line video cards I would wait a while to get anything above a 500 series Nvidia card.
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May 21, 2012 6:13:45 PM

ahnilated said:
With all the video card issues that Nvidia and AMD are having with their top of the line video cards I would wait a while to get anything about a 500 series Nvidia card.


Assuming you mean the 600 series, I agree.

Newegg doesn't have 600 series cards stocked and I don't think Nvidia is making them right now. In fact, there are recall rumors for people who already have 6xx cards. Still, if you can live with the 7970 for a while, and all the 6xx problems get fixed, I'd probably look at the GTX680 still.
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May 21, 2012 7:03:14 PM

Abyssalx said:
Assuming you mean the 600 series, I agree.

Newegg doesn't have 600 series cards stocked and I don't think Nvidia is making them right now. In fact, there are recall rumors for people who already have 6xx cards. Still, if you can live with the 7970 for a while, and all the 6xx problems get fixed, I'd probably look at the GTX680 still.

That's what I thought too, I also have a feeling that Nvidia is recalling their 680 GTXs, it is just a guess thou...

Maybe I will keep my 7970 for now, but the thing is the earlier I sell it, the more money I get for it.

I also have an idea in mind to wait for big Kepler (685/780 GTX), if it's ever gonna be released, and then get rid of 7970.
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May 21, 2012 7:05:35 PM

That'll be a while I think. But the HD8XXX series will probably be out this year.
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May 22, 2012 11:38:26 PM

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May 23, 2012 12:57:30 AM

Veirtimid, Hello. If you did not get rid of your 7970 and want to, how much would you sell it for?(I need to upgrade.)
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