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September 19, 2012 5:43:27 AM

I've been waiting for 7990 to come but it has not yet and 690 is a real beast BUT would it be worth to wait and see what 7990 has to offer? I run a 7970 and pretty happy with it the only thing is the game i play the most has flickering issue that i just can not fix and the idea of getting a highest end card seems good for me since it's going to last at least 2 years w/o having the need to upgrade. What are your thoughts? How close is the 7990 to being here? and ive seen the 6GB 7970 and dont really like the way it looks and im not running multiple monitors either.

Thanks in advance

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September 19, 2012 6:00:21 AM

but the devil 7990 6gb is not official 7990? or would it be the same?
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September 19, 2012 6:10:23 AM

shakal said:
I've been waiting for 7990 to come but it has not yet and 690 is a real beast BUT would it be worth to wait and see what 7990 has to offer? I run a 7970 and pretty happy with it the only thing is the game i play the most has flickering issue that i just can not fix and the idea of getting a highest end card seems good for me since it's going to last at least 2 years w/o having the need to upgrade. What are your thoughts? How close is the 7990 to being here? and ive seen the 6GB 7970 and dont really like the way it looks and im not running multiple monitors either.

Thanks in advance

So you're having a flickering issue with the 7970, and you would consider getting a card with two 7970 chips? Do you not learn from your mistakes, or do you just like to double down on them?

I think if you look at those 7990 Devil benchmarks and consider that the 7990 has been delayed by several months is a pretty clear indicator that it's not going to be the great card you're hoping it to be. If it could beat the 690, it would have been released by now.
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September 19, 2012 6:24:25 AM

you make a good point and thats what i was thinking but you never know what if amd whips out something completley amazing.
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September 19, 2012 9:29:03 AM

AMD decides not to make reference 7990. they give the board partner freedom to create their owned version of 7990.
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September 19, 2012 11:34:58 AM

If I were you I would get 2x GTX 670 or 2x HD 7970 GE but if you gonna only choose between the two then go for GTX 690
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September 20, 2012 6:57:56 AM

thanks for the input guys. I think i will sit and wait maybe for new series of cards? like 790? i might just put up with the flickering until black ops 2 comes out.
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September 20, 2012 6:58:18 AM

Best answer selected by shakal.
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September 20, 2012 7:00:25 AM

also how is the gtx 690 water cooled vs air?
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a c 144 U Graphics card
September 20, 2012 9:29:55 AM

shakal said:
thanks for the input guys. I think i will sit and wait maybe for new series of cards? like 790? i might just put up with the flickering until black ops 2 comes out.


shakal said:
also how is the gtx 690 water cooled vs air?


not sure about 790 yet but the next big thing should be 780 which is based on big K? :D . btw i haven't seen any water cooled 690 benchmark yet but i believe those with 690 might find it such a waste to replace the reference cooler on 690 lol.
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September 20, 2012 7:14:41 PM

Some more info from Hardware Canucks:

"In order to properly set the stage here, it is important to discuss why AMD seems to have failed in their efforts to create a bona fide “official” dual GPU product in spite of an initial lead over NVIDIA. The issue here isn’t a lack of intent, strategy or focus but rather technological limitations that caused some insurmountable roadblocks during development. Despite being fabricated on a relatively efficient manufacturing process, AMD’s Tahiti cores tend to run quite hot and require a significant amount of power. Careful binning, judicious application of voltage constraints and lower clock speeds could have allowed a dual HD 7970 card to come to fruition but the competition’s Kepler architecture prevented that. The quick release of NVIDIA’s GTX 690 delivered a crushing blow to AMD’s exclusive claim over the performance crown and shattered the performance per watt ratio for dual GPU products. Competing against it wasn’t impossible but even after numerous delays the effort would have required a massive investment for a limited return. We’re guessing the ROI ratio didn’t sit quite well since those resources could have been –and will likely be- put towards upcoming architectural developments instead.

Naturally, some still held hope for the mythical HD 7990 and everyone wanted to avoid a GPU generation without a halo Radeon product. From what we have heard, AMD finally dropped the project a few months ago and handed off the hot potato to board partners, basically giving out the baseline specs and naming rights while deferring the financial burden. Given the market conditions, there weren’t many takers but PowerColor did step up to the plate and the end result is their HD 7990 Devil 13."
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...
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September 21, 2012 1:30:14 AM

honestly i think amd was almost if not already done making 7990 even before nvidia were to release their 600 series. IMO they were waiting for nvidia to release their dual flagship and then adjust their deck so they can take both single and dual gpu crown this time.
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November 9, 2012 6:48:51 PM

the 680 is a lot better than the 7970 as for the dual gpu card i think they can't get it to be better than the gtx 690 that's the only reason they won't lunch until now so for the throne in both single and dual gpu
it defiantly goes to Nvidia
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