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August 11, 2012 9:48:29 PM

I currently have two MSI Twin Frozr II HD6950's in crossfire and after owning them for sometime now im sick of all the heat and power usage that come with their mediocre performance.

I'm looking to upgrade by the end of the year but im stuck on what to choose as an upgrade. I game at 5760x1080 so I need a card with a large framebuffer. Ive heard great things about the new 7970's but from past experiences im leaning towards Nvidia.

These are the cards im looking at

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

From what Ive seen the gtx670's scale well and are good on heat and power for a decent price. Ill be getting another sometime next year but this is what im looking at right now

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August 11, 2012 9:59:35 PM

CG_Gamer said:
I currently have two MSI Twin Frozr II HD6950's in crossfire and after owning them for sometime now im sick of all the heat and power usage that come with their mediocre performance.

I'm looking to upgrade by the end of the year but im stuck on what to choose as an upgrade. I game at 5760x1080 so I need a card with a large framebuffer. Ive heard great things about the new 7970's but from past experiences im leaning towards Nvidia.

These are the cards im looking at

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

From what Ive seen the gtx670's scale well and are good on heat and power for a decent price. Ill be getting another sometime next year but this is what im looking at right now


Get two 7970's, they have more Vram and are better than gtx 670's!
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August 11, 2012 9:59:55 PM

These are the 4gb models, so they have more VRAM.....
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August 11, 2012 10:02:23 PM

For a triple monitor setup, AMD GPUs typically match the nvidia cards. I recommend this card...

GIGABYTE GV-R797OC-3GD Radeon HD 7970
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The 4gb gtx 670s are rather pricey. I'd just get a 7970 for now, then get another one for crossfire later.
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August 11, 2012 10:06:08 PM

If you don't mind shelling out the extra cash, get the 4gb version of the gtx 670. Two of those in SLI will destroy just about any game out there @5760x1080

Have you thought about getting a gtx 690? Or a 7990 when it's released?
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August 11, 2012 10:07:08 PM

I did think about getting a 690 but with a 2gb framebuffer the 690 lacks the breathing room of the 4gb

the 670's are on par if not faster than 7970s in the benchmarks ive seen, and I like the idea of having a driver update every few weeks instead of once every few months
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August 11, 2012 10:19:23 PM

Then I'm gonna have to side with the 4gb gtx 670 instead...especially if you plan on doing SLI. Those cards tend to scale very well. Also, with 4gb of VRAM you shouldn't have any problem.
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August 11, 2012 10:41:43 PM

CG_Gamer said:
I did think about getting a 690 but with a 2gb framebuffer the 690 lacks the breathing room of the 4gb

the 670's are on par if not faster than 7970s in the benchmarks ive seen, and I like the idea of having a driver update every few weeks instead of once every few months


They were equal until catalyst 12.7 which put the 7970 alongside the gtx 680 instead of 670 and same goes for the 7950.

I would pay $40 more for AMD's top of the line GPU rather than Nvidia's 2nd best.
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August 11, 2012 10:46:57 PM

the 7970's are good don't get me wrong, but for the 2-3 frame difference they have much more heat and power consumption, plus nobody can EVGA on customer relations
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August 11, 2012 11:18:19 PM

CG_Gamer said:
the 7970's are good don't get me wrong, but for the 2-3 frame difference they have much more heat and power consumption, plus nobody can EVGA on customer relations


Well as the drivers further improve the difference may be 10+ fps depending on the game.

EVGA is a great company but there are also great companies like MSI, ASUS,GIGABYTE.

I myself have an EVGA gtx 670 :) 
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August 12, 2012 12:17:01 AM

These two are MSI and all I have to say is never again
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August 12, 2012 12:21:37 AM

CG_Gamer said:
These two are MSI and all I have to say is never again


Why? what was wrong with them? I had a radeon 5770 twin frozr edition card and it was great :bounce: 
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August 12, 2012 12:27:28 AM

this is my second batch of twin frozr cards (msi twin frozr gtx 470) and each time they have terrible cooling and mediocre performance (no ability to overclock, even with overvolting)

every product from msi ive owned has crapped out on me, these have already had instability issues at standard settings
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August 12, 2012 12:37:13 AM

CG_Gamer said:
this is my second batch of twin frozr cards (msi twin frozr gtx 470) and each time they have terrible cooling and mediocre performance (no ability to overclock, even with overvolting)

every product from msi ive owned has crapped out on me, these have already had instability issues at standard settings


I thought you had two radeon 6950's :o 

With my old 5770 I had great overclocking performance and my temps would never exceed 62c when overclocked and overvolted :sarcastic: 
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August 12, 2012 12:42:46 AM

I wouldve loved to have gotten some reference cards, but these just kind of fell into my lap
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August 12, 2012 12:48:11 AM

Confused...you first said 6950, and then you said 470?
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August 12, 2012 2:01:09 AM

michaeljhuman said:
Confused...you first said 6950, and then you said 470?


The first twin frozr I had was a 470
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