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690, 5970 or 7970

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a b U Graphics card
November 10, 2012 9:03:56 PM

Which card would you choose??

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a b U Graphics card
November 10, 2012 9:10:25 PM

Just curious to see which card others would choose out of these 3.
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a c 185 U Graphics card
November 10, 2012 9:22:04 PM

Out those three i would pick a 690
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a c 106 U Graphics card
November 10, 2012 9:24:35 PM

depends on resolution each 3 probably are aimed at different resolutions.
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a b U Graphics card
November 10, 2012 9:24:46 PM

5970 is antic. 690 is dual GPU card like 5970 and is the fastest, but costs $1,000. 7970 is a single GPU card and costs way less than 690.
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a b U Graphics card
November 10, 2012 9:24:56 PM

if they were all free? 690
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November 10, 2012 9:38:49 PM

If they were all free then 690 all the way. As for the 5970 it is a good card but it is two generatons old.
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a b U Graphics card
November 10, 2012 9:41:55 PM

its still dx11 though :) 
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November 10, 2012 9:43:23 PM

upgrade your cpu+mobo first. then get a HD7970
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a b U Graphics card
November 10, 2012 9:59:26 PM

690 is the best with very good energy efficiency for a dual card and a beast when it comes to performance though for a price...
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November 10, 2012 10:04:39 PM

I'd take a 690 for free but if i was paying for it i'd "settle" for a 7970 :p 
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November 10, 2012 10:07:09 PM

shoot i'd settle for a 7850 if i had some monies, now i'm stuck using my integrated hd4000 :(  i guess i'll wait for the HD 8xxx cards to come out, maybe then my bank account wont be at DEFCON 2
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a b U Graphics card
November 10, 2012 10:25:02 PM

After the 12.11 drivers, a 7970 GHz is about equal to a 590. However a 7970 GHz can OC far more. So really a 7970 GHz is stronger than a all dual cards except the 7990 and 690. Though in some games at super high resolutions the 7970 GHz comes very close to a 690.
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a b U Graphics card
November 10, 2012 10:46:42 PM

Honestly i would take either or, but i think im goin to go with the 7970. The 690 is great, but im not spending 1000 on just one card. I could build a decent little system for that. I seen the 7990 and it looks potent but yet again 1000 dollars lol
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a b U Graphics card
November 10, 2012 10:49:00 PM

Or the 7950 and oc the crap out of it XD
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a b U Graphics card
November 10, 2012 11:59:39 PM

Best answer selected by zpwslayer.
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a b U Graphics card
November 11, 2012 12:49:39 AM

The new nvidia beta drives gave me a 10% increase in performance on my 680, so wonder how the 7970 GHz and 680 compare now...
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a c 106 U Graphics card
November 11, 2012 1:25:53 AM

Derza10 said:
The new nvidia beta drives gave me a 10% increase in performance on my 680, so wonder how the 7970 GHz and 680 compare now...



the latest drivers didnt do much for most people. some saw a performance increase, others had it in reverse, as the new drivers decreased the maximum clock their card could go at when overclocked. Not many tech sites did a revamp on the new drivers as it was more of a marketing move against amd rather than an actual major performance boost.

example of MoH warfighter(frostbite 2 engine game) with 12.11 vs 310.33



though what nvidia still has is sli vs crossfire fps stability in general through more titles


more or less sources im refering to
source 1
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Small example of what happened to people with the 310.33 drivers

Basically, the drivers benefitted people who used stock or slight overclocks, and hurt users who were benchers/heavy overclockers(the minority)
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a b U Graphics card
November 11, 2012 1:32:59 AM

C'mon guys, can't we just settle on a good old HD 3450? :) 
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a c 106 U Graphics card
November 11, 2012 1:37:00 AM

calumconroy said:
C'mon guys, can't we just settle on a good old HD 3450? :) 



its hard to recommend low end gpus because you can get a cheap a4 llano apu that would out perform it =X.
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a b U Graphics card
November 11, 2012 4:16:53 AM

dudewitbow said:
the latest drivers didnt do much for most people. some saw a performance increase, others had it in reverse, as the new drivers decreased the maximum clock their card could go at when overclocked. Not many tech sites did a revamp on the new drivers as it was more of a marketing move against amd rather than an actual major performance boost.

example of MoH warfighter(frostbite 2 engine game) with 12.11 vs 310.33

http://www.hardocp.com/images/articles/1352242694lIkKba3wQX_5_1.jpg

though what nvidia still has is sli vs crossfire fps stability in general through more titles


more or less sources im refering to
source 1
Source 2


Small example of what happened to people with the 310.33 drivers


Basically, the drivers benefitted people who used stock or slight overclocks, and hurt users who were benchers/heavy overclockers(the minority)



Wierd I'm still able to get 1280 mhz on my 680..and at those clocks I'm seeing 5-10% increases.
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a c 106 U Graphics card
November 11, 2012 4:34:33 AM

Derza10 said:
Wierd I'm still able to get 1280 mhz on my 680..and at those clocks I'm seeing 5-10% increases.



its more or less sporadic when it comes to performance gain for people. some people had to revert as it was unstable for them. It'll probably be better when it becomes official rather than beta.
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