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2 x 7970 or one 690

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November 4, 2012 5:20:57 PM

my curent set up
http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2570036

the version of the 7970's
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and the 690
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

so money is really not an issue i just want to know wich one will give me the best performance WITH MY CURRENT SETUP for future games such as arma 3 ,gta 5,crysis 3
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........BY THIS I MEAN DONT SUGGEST ONE OR THE OTHER BECAUSE IT IS CHEAPER..........
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if someone could also search up for some graphs and stuff that would be really appreciated

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a b U Graphics card
November 4, 2012 5:24:54 PM

You'll get similar performance, but you'll save a lot of power and reduce heat consumption with a 690. That alone would negate any performance loss vs dual 7970's for me.
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a b U Graphics card
November 4, 2012 6:31:15 PM

Or if that's not a concern, save a bit and go with 2 Asus GTX 670 DirectCUII TOP cards (or overclock them yourself). I have one, with an i5 3570k at stock clocks (for now) that cranks out Battlefield 3 at 1080p at about 80 FPS on ultra.
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a c 225 U Graphics card
November 4, 2012 6:43:44 PM

Answer would be different depending on resolution (number of monitors)
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a c 185 U Graphics card
November 4, 2012 7:00:48 PM

What are you doing with the cards? Single screen gaming? Triple screen gaming? What Power supply do you have? What are your other system specs?The 690 will be more efficient, quieter, cooler.
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November 4, 2012 7:18:05 PM

get two 4gb 680 it is about the same price but for somebody like you who has this much money it is probably not as big of factor. it will also perform better than a 690 on multiple monitors because of the extra memory.
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a b U Graphics card
November 4, 2012 7:20:44 PM

690+ 3960X+ Rampage IV Extreme :) 

Money is not an issue here folks!
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November 4, 2012 7:31:35 PM

Gtx 690. At the kind of performance we're talking about here a difference of 5-10 FPS is negligible. The troubles of crossfiring e 7970 are, however, not. BTW your CPU is going to be a bottleneck.
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a b U Graphics card
November 4, 2012 7:33:18 PM

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+1 to the card recommendation own two myself they kick ass MSI's GTX 670 Power Edition uses the famous Twin Frozr IV cooler from the MSI Lightning and comes with a large clock speed boost out of the box, making its default clock speed even higher than GTX 680 stock clocks. MSI is asking $389.99 $369.99 after rebate for their card, which doesn't look unreasonable, given the improved cooling and higher clocks. Here are professional reliable reviews of the card with benchmarks:



http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...
http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-geforce-gtx-670-power...
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_670_Power_Ed...



sorry about the editing gents OP has no money issues!
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a c 185 U Graphics card
November 4, 2012 7:34:00 PM

redeemer said:
sorry about the editing gents OP has no money issues!
Oh well if money no issue i say go for Two 690 :na:  kidding!
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November 4, 2012 7:34:32 PM

bigcyco1 said:
What are you doing with the cards? Single screen gaming? Triple screen gaming? What Power supply do you have? What are your other system specs?The 690 will be more efficient, quieter, cooler.




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwqTFb6R4J4

those 690's look pretty sweet though
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November 4, 2012 7:36:15 PM

The gtx 670 SLI is actually a better ideia than the Cfx 7970, less heat, less power draw and amazing 3d vision 2 support, but I would go with the gtx 690 4 gb all the same, as the airflow of two cards always gets one of them really hot, prevents any kind of good OC without watercooling and is a general pain in the a*s.
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November 4, 2012 7:39:40 PM

redeemer said:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwqTFb6R4J4

those 690's look pretty sweet though



Damn, that looks good (envy time... :ouch:  :ouch:  ). Agreed, if money is no issue this... Just change the liquid color to red, looks cooler :sol: 
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November 4, 2012 7:44:39 PM

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/powercolor_devi...

390$ + free shipping and 370$ after rebate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

In conclusion, go with the xfire 7970's, they will provide better performance for a cheaper price (Saving you 230$). The 7970 at 390$ comes with a nice aftermarket cooler which will get you better overclocks.
Also, I'd like to add that this is WITHOUT the amd 12.11 drivers, which will further the gap.


Edit: I see that you have a 980 =\. since you already have the platform for AMD, pick up an FX 8320. But, if money really isn't an issue, change platforms and go with an i5 3570k (You wouldn't see much of a difference between a 8320 though.).

Edit#2: You also get a few good games with AMD, on top of it being cheaper/better performance.
Free 4-in-1 Game Coupon
- FarCry3
- HitMan
- Sleeping Dogs
- Medal of Honor WarFighter Limited Edition (20% off digital deluxe)

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a b U Graphics card
November 4, 2012 7:51:10 PM

bawchicawawa said:
http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/powercolor_devi...

390$ + free shipping and 370$ after rebate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The lowest 680 is 450$ and 430 after rebate.

In conclusion, go with the xfire 7970's, they will provide better performance for a cheaper price. The 7970 at 390$ comes with a nice aftermarket cooler which will get you better overclocks. And, if you check out the 680s, you have to pay a nice premium for a decent cooler.

Also, I'd like to add that this is WITHOUT the amd 12.11 drivers, which will further the gap.



Definitely at those prices 7970 X-fire is a no brainer
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a c 185 U Graphics card
November 4, 2012 7:56:04 PM

bawchicawawa said:
http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/powercolor_devi...

390$ + free shipping and 370$ after rebate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

In conclusion, go with the xfire 7970's, they will provide better performance for a cheaper price (Saving you 230$). The 7970 at 390$ comes with a nice aftermarket cooler which will get you better overclocks.
Also, I'd like to add that this is WITHOUT the amd 12.11 drivers, which will further the gap.


Edit: I see that you have a 980 =\. since you already have the platform for AMD, pick up an FX 8320. But, if money really isn't an issue, change platforms and go with an i5 3570k (You wouldn't see much of a difference between a 8320 though.).

Edit#2: You also get a few good games with AMD, on top of it being cheaper/better performance.
Free 4-in-1 Game Coupon
- FarCry3
- HitMan
- Sleeping Dogs
- Medal of Honor WarFighter Limited Edition (20% off digital deluxe)
what is the top link for that is PowerColor Devil 13 HD 7990 i am confused :??: 
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November 4, 2012 7:57:44 PM

bigcyco1 said:
what is the top link for that is 7990 i am confused :??: 


It's a link that shows the performance of all the high-end crossfire/sli setups (Even the last gen as well. lol)...
690
7990
7970 xfire
680 sli
590
6990

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a c 185 U Graphics card
November 4, 2012 8:05:26 PM

bawchicawawa said:
It's a link that shows the performance of all the high-end crossfire/sli setups (Even the last gen as well. lol)...
690
7990
7970 xfire
680 sli
590
6990
facepalm thanks for explaining ;) 
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a b U Graphics card
November 4, 2012 8:08:36 PM

You guys do realize he has a Phenom 980 right?

It will 100% bottleneck a gtx 690, it bottlenecked the heck out of my Gtx 670.

If he wants a 690 he should upgrade his cpu and mobo as well.
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November 4, 2012 8:09:55 PM

maxh22 said:
You guys do realize he has a Phenom 980 right?

It will 100% bottleneck a gtx 690, it bottlenecked the heck out of my Gtx 670.

If he wants a 690 he should upgrade his cpu and mobo as well.


He has this MOBO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

All he needs to do is slap a 8320 in there and OC it.
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November 4, 2012 8:10:58 PM

maxh22 said:
You guys do realize he has a Phenom 980 right?

It will 100% bottleneck a gtx 690, it bottlenecked the heck out of my Gtx 670.

If he wants a 690 he should upgrade his cpu and mobo as well.


It has been said...
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a b U Graphics card
November 4, 2012 8:32:02 PM

670 PE that is all, his CPU is getting bottlenecked either way a 7970Ghz will make it worse!
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November 4, 2012 8:37:05 PM

redeemer said:
670 PE that is all, his CPU is getting bottlenecked either way a 7970Ghz will make it worse!



He has the cash to buy a 690. If he picks the right option (xfire 7970's), he will save 230$. He can then spend 180$ of that on a 8320 (And then OC it) to eliminate the bottleneck.
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November 5, 2012 1:22:21 PM

bawchicawawa said:
He has the cash to buy a 690. If he picks the right option (xfire 7970's), he will save 230$. He can then spend 180$ of that on a 8320 (And then OC it) to eliminate the bottleneck.

But will the 8320 be able to handle physx since the amd cards have no support for it?
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November 5, 2012 1:56:47 PM

porsht said:
But will the 8320 be able to handle physx since the amd cards have no support for it?


It will support it yes, but Intel is better at it since only one thread does PhysX and thread by thread Intel wins.
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November 5, 2012 9:48:36 PM

Caspase said:
It will support it yes, but Intel is better at it since only one thread does PhysX and thread by thread Intel wins.



He was talking about physx, which is a Nvidia exclusive feature.

Anyways, physx is a gimmick... Only a few games have it and it doesn't do much. All the physics calculations should be handled by the CPU, and that's what most games use anyways.


Just go for the 8320 + xfire 7970s, you get a lot more for a lot less cash.
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November 6, 2012 5:01:51 AM

bawchicawawa said:
He was talking about physx, which is a Nvidia exclusive feature.

Anyways, physx is a gimmick... Only a few games have it and it doesn't do much. All the physics calculations should be handled by the CPU, and that's what most games use anyways.


Just go for the 8320 + xfire 7970s, you get a lot more for a lot less cash.


The CPU can handle PhysX, just not as good as the GPU, because it is limited to one thread by the proprietary - Nvidia. And Intel can do it better than Amd also due to this limitation. About the gimmick argument, not sure I agree with you, some games are really awesome with Physx, mainly batman AC and Borderlands 2.
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