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Need new Graphic Card as old Graphic Card (RADEON HD5970) is spoilt

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June 13, 2012 11:59:12 AM

Hi guys,

My old graphic card, a ATI RADEON HD5970 is now dead and I need a new one. Could anyone suggest what graphic ard or combination of graphic cards I should go for to get similar performance?

Here are my system specs:

My system specs:

Motherboard: ASUS P6T SE
Processor: Intel Core i7 920
GPU: HIS ATI Radeon HD 5970
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro M 850W
RAM: Corsair XMS3 3x2GB
HD: 1x 500GB Western Digital Caviar Black and 1x 2TB Western Digital Caviar Green
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

I dont have a budget, I just want similar performance.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
June 13, 2012 12:11:50 PM

I am willing to pay more than $500
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June 13, 2012 12:32:33 PM

I would like to at least match the performance of my 5970, but if you could recommend something better thats not that much more expensive, I'm all for it!
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June 13, 2012 1:27:02 PM

Cards (single card) with similar performance, GTX580, HD6990, HD7970
Cards (single card) with better performance, GTX680, GTX690, and HD7990 (Not released).

---- The above statements only take in consideration of 2650p or 5760 (Tri-monitor). Still somewhat true in 1080p ----

For a substantial upgrade, it would definitely be GTX680. However, GTX670 OC is also very very tempting.
GTX680s on newegg. Since you are willing to pay for a nice one, I would suggest one with an aftermarket cooler.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
GTX670s on newegg. If you are comfortable on OCing it. (The performance is similar after just a little OC...)
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June 13, 2012 2:03:25 PM

If you really want the best performance you can get i suggest you buy 2 GTX 480's.
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-GTX480-Graphics-015-...

They will perform better than a GTX 590 which will outperform a GTX 680 so thats really the best solution from a price/performance standpoint.
On the other hand 2 GTX 480's will use a LOT of power and i mean a lot.Your PSU will handle it easily but you'll see the difference in your power bill.

Another attractive option is an overclocked GTX 670 like this one
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Dual-Link-DisplayPort-Graphi...
It will perform on par with a GTX 680 while saving you some cash.

Or you could also Crossfire 2 HD7850's.They are going to cost you as much as a GTX 680 and will perform as well as a heavily overclocked GTX 680.And thats on stock.They overclock like beasts too.This version right here has a nice cooler and is also overlocked slightly.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The HD 7970 and GTX 680 arent really the best performing cards for that price so im going to skip them.
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June 13, 2012 2:24:23 PM

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it's about time for you to go GREEN...

Ha - my card is still less than 6 months old :na: 

As soon as something like a GTX 660ti drops to the $150 range, I'll go green :kaola: 
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June 14, 2012 4:51:48 AM

I don't think I'll go for the 2 GTX 480's. Is there any drawback to the overclocked GTX 670 compared to the 680? The AMD options are tempting but I've had serious problems with Catalyst drivers. Ever since 10.2 I have not been able to open Catalyst Control Centre in order to increase the fan speed to stop my 5970 from overheating. I did fix that problem by reinstalling my default driver, but ended up updating again so I wouldnt face graphical issues. Will any of the graphic cards being suggested have similar overheating problems?

FYI: I use a HAF 922 case with one 200m front fan, one 200mm top fan, one 120mm rear fan and two 120mm side fans.
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June 14, 2012 4:57:55 AM

Dude I suggest an ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU II Top, it got the only 10/10 on Techpowerup ever!! Beats a GTX 680 stock, and easily overclocks a bunch past it!!


http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670...
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June 14, 2012 4:58:24 AM

Pst, I am waiting for these to come in stock! :) 
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June 14, 2012 2:57:59 PM

Best answer selected by elcirith.
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June 14, 2012 2:58:44 PM

Thanks for all your input guys! I have decided to go for the ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU II Top, its too good to resist!
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