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7970 vs GTX 680 vs CFX 6970s

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June 20, 2012 5:31:23 AM

Hey people I currently have two 6970s in Crossfire which is an amazing setup im not gonna lie and I only got it like last month, but I am having alot of problems with Crossfire drivers and such (I'm sure you know what I mean). So I just need some advice if you think I should attempt to sell them both on eBay for like 250 each (is that about right?) and get either a 7970 or a gtx 680, or just stick with the crossfire and deal with all the issues?

Also I currently get a fluent 100 fps on Ultra in bf3 @ 1920x1080, which seems to be the only game I have that likes crossfire. Will I be able to keep similar settings with a single card upgrade?

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a c 92 U Graphics card
June 20, 2012 5:39:40 AM

which other game do you even play that needs more power than one 6970?
June 20, 2012 5:42:54 AM

metro 2033 and crysis 2. and skyrim just plays like absolute **** on my system, worst optimization i have ever seen in a game
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June 20, 2012 5:48:26 AM

TERRIBLE microstuttering in skyrim and just generally bad frame rates, having issues with temperatures passing 90c. i tried afterburner but i can not get it to change fan speed on 2nd gpu i tried everything. Metro has the occasional microstutter also as well as Crysis 2. Hell I have a single GTX 550 Ti that plays skyrim about as well as cfx 6970s minus the microstutter
June 20, 2012 5:51:55 AM

The 7970? Sure why not.
June 20, 2012 5:54:52 AM

If i am OCing what?
June 20, 2012 5:59:00 AM

Am i OCing what? dual 6970s or gtx 550 ti? or do you mean if i am planning on OCing the 7970?
June 20, 2012 6:01:26 AM

nope no OC at all, the main issues are temperature, fan speeds and really bad microstutter/unstable frame rates in almost every game except bf3
a c 92 U Graphics card
June 20, 2012 6:06:29 AM

you should have no problem maxing out skyrim on 1 6970. As for the crysis 2, you can play on dx9 and not lose any graphical detail.
June 20, 2012 6:07:04 AM

I have tried that several times with each card so im sure its not that one is defective.
June 20, 2012 6:10:49 AM

Yeah Skyrim is alright maxed out on one, about 50 fps. But nonetheless I dont lose any money selling both and getting a single 7970 and then OCing it, but is it worth it is what Im asking, cuz I've heard if you OC the 7970 it performs only a few fps behind CFX 6970s
a c 185 U Graphics card
June 20, 2012 6:27:12 AM

Why wouldn't you just RMA it instead of selling it ?

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a c 99 U Graphics card
June 20, 2012 7:21:34 AM

If you plan on sticking with AMD then the single card 7970 is great option for you.

If you want just pure performance the GTX 680.
a b U Graphics card
June 20, 2012 3:32:58 PM

Get a gtx 670 it's cheaper and as good as a 7970
a b U Graphics card
June 20, 2012 3:47:35 PM

90 Degrees is extremely hot for a 6970, something sounds wrong there. If they are second hand cards you should probably clean out the heat sinks with some compressed air.

A CF 6970 combo should beat a 7970 or 680 in most instances, hell that card isn't that old.
June 20, 2012 10:06:35 PM

The 6970s I have are not second hand and the heat sinks are not dirty at all they are almost brand new. They will hit 90 in most games if i leave the fans on auto, manual its fine but not auto.
I decided I think I will sell them both and get rid of all these screen tearing, fan, and microstutter issues and get an MSI Lightning 7970 and just OC it past the performance of a GTX 680
a c 99 U Graphics card
June 21, 2012 1:40:12 AM

+1 iyzik,

Single card solution is your safest recommendation.
June 21, 2012 2:55:36 AM

Best answer selected by iyzik.
a c 271 U Graphics card
June 21, 2012 8:49:46 AM

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