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November 14, 2012 5:41:07 AM

SLI or CF, took several days with doubts and with each passing day, there are people who tell me that SLI is better than CF, and others to mount a single card, but the problem for a card to play 1440p maybe come up a little short, play with my 6970 gw 2 on 40 fps and some time to time in slumps. Do you think?

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a c 90 U Graphics card
November 14, 2012 5:56:27 AM

What question are you asking exactly?

Are you looking to upgrade? If so, wait for a couple months and get the 8970/90. (If they stick to the same naming scheme.)
November 14, 2012 6:02:02 AM

I'm selling my current 6970 and if I sell it I will have to buy some, I was thinking cf 7950, 89xx and see that prices will be. my budget is about 500€
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a b U Graphics card
November 14, 2012 6:06:40 AM

joasjoas said:
I'm selling my current 6970 and if I sell it I will have to buy some, I was thinking cf 7950, 89xx and see that prices will be. my budget is about 500€


with $500 euros... you can definitely get a 8950 (or a 8970 if AMD doesn't raise prices...) when it launches...

I'd wait for the reviews on the 89xx cards first... if they're not that much of a improvement, you can probably get a 7970 ghz edition with that money.
a b U Graphics card
November 14, 2012 6:09:19 AM

Sell your card and get two 7950's you can buy them for $300 each and they can be overclocked. The new cards 8970 or 780 will cost probably $700+ dollars and won't be as powerful as crossfired 7950's.
November 14, 2012 6:15:57 AM

As DarkSable said, you need to elaborate a bit and provide some more info.

If you are in a rush and on a tight budget the easiest fix will be to look for a used 6970 to crossfire with your current card (assuming you have a powerful enough PSU).

Regardless of whether you choose to go with SLI or CF, you will run into the same problems: heat, power consumption and occasional scaling issues.

When I switched to a 2560 x 1440 monitor i picked up a used 6950 to CF with the 6950 I had currently owned. Two 6950s generally handle any game at that resolution and this option only cost me an additional $150.The only game that really gives me any problem is Battlefield 3 in multiplayer, but that is because my CPU bottlenecks the cards.

However, I have also run into a few games that are not optimized CF or SLI. Blacklight Retribution, for example. And often when a new game comes out you will need to wait for a patch for improved performance. This is where a single card solution makes things easier.

If you can, I would wait a while for the 8000 series to come out in early 2013.

Also, it would be easier for people to make recommendations for you if you provide the specs of your PC and budget.
November 14, 2012 6:18:19 AM

Sorry, it seems that there were some new posts that popped up as I was typing my reply. :??: 
a b U Graphics card
November 14, 2012 6:18:25 AM

babernet_1 said:
Sell your card and get two 7950's you can buy them for $300 each and they can be overclocked. The new cards 8970 or 780 will cost probably $700+ dollars and won't be as powerful as crossfired 7950's.


I honestly find that sort of hard to believe.

Currently, roughly a 7850 = 6950/70 (Trading blows.). So now the best of HD 69** is around the worst HD 78**.

If AMD choose to follow this path up again, then we can assume that a 8850 will roughly = 7950/70. You can see where I am going with this.

Of course this is just speculation, but there is a chance this will happen again.
November 14, 2012 6:19:18 AM

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a c 186 U Graphics card
November 14, 2012 6:23:37 AM

JJ1217 said:
I honestly find that sort of hard to believe.

Currently, roughly a 7850 = 6950/70 (Trading blows.). So now the best of HD 69** is around the worst HD 78**.

If AMD choose to follow this path up again, then we can assume that a 8850 will roughly = 7950/70. You can see where I am going with this.

Of course this is just speculation, but there is a chance this will happen again.
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a b U Graphics card
November 14, 2012 6:52:09 AM

joasjoas said:
not agree, the 6970 is similar to 7950, the latter is better. http://www.hwcompare.com/11465/radeon-hd-6970-vs-radeon... and somewhat lower 78xx, 7950 = 6950


Please tell me you are joking. using those sort of benchmarks is no sort of way to compare cards, they are different types of architecture, so they perform differently.
November 14, 2012 7:04:11 AM

I think 7870 or 7850 is not going to go to 40-50 fps in 2560x1440 full, or so I believe, possibly 1080 if they can be compared but I doubt 1440p
a b U Graphics card
November 14, 2012 7:43:22 AM

When new cards arrive, they will cost an arm and a leg simply because probably AMD will unveil before Nvidia again, and a HD 89** will cost extra due to no competition. Also there is the issue of new drivers being not mature enough. The OP needs a new card now. XFiring a second 6970, i don't recommend, considering the bad reputation of these cards in couples. Also it is a relatively high resolution, the OP is talking about. I'd recommend a 7970 Ghz Edition card with custom cooler. AFAIK HD 7970 Ghz is doing better than GTX 680 in higher resolutions. SLI/Xfire of GTX 670 or HD 7950 seems viable too.
November 14, 2012 7:52:45 AM

I wanted to try NVIDIA but see much extra cost for the minimal difference, but I think AMD has going for it to work better at higher resolutions
November 14, 2012 8:01:35 AM

JJ1217 said:
Please tell me you are joking. using those sort of benchmarks is no sort of way to compare cards, they are different types of architecture, so they perform differently.


Haha, it didn't even have any benchmarks. The website said it itself.
a b U Graphics card
November 14, 2012 8:39:47 AM

joasjoas said:
not agree, the 6970 is similar to 7950, the latter is better. http://www.hwcompare.com/11465/radeon-hd-6970-vs-radeon... and somewhat lower 78xx, 7950 = 6950


No no no no no! Sorry, but this is the point of benchmarking, not just comparing paper numbers. Even poor benchmarking is better. Thank you for coming here at least.

Your computer has good specs and would have no problems with modern cards. Seeing how we can't predict the future, I'd start with a single 7970, it will play GW2 @ 2560x1440 on max with 40-50 fps so say Toms.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/guild-wars-2-perfor...

Make sure you have the 12.11 drivers (they actually make a differnce) and if you are comfortable overclock it (they have a good overclocking reputation). If you are still unsatisfied buy a second and use the Radeon Pro 3rd Party Utility

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7990-devi...
a b U Graphics card
November 14, 2012 8:55:06 AM

I would stay away from dual cards as they still have issues after all these years. Go with a 7970 GHZ edition. That should power 1440 just fine.
a b U Graphics card
November 14, 2012 9:18:13 AM

Why do you wait...?

Buy your card now..

screw for any 8970/8950, they're even still doesnt exist right now..
in the future, if your card is not fast enough, sell your card, get another 500€ and buy the another fastest card available that day...


but if you have a lot patience, then you have to wait until the launch of 12870...

If you can wait a little bit longer, 999890 will thousand times better than any fastest card available today..
And good combination between this card and driver 978932.99 will blow your head, believe me..:D 

That's even better if you can wait to buy your new graphics card 1 hour before the end of the world...:D 
a b U Graphics card
November 14, 2012 10:20:52 AM

driver 978932.99? So year 978932 month 99? What sorcery is this?
a b U Graphics card
November 14, 2012 10:29:22 AM

wanderer11 said:
driver 978932.99? So year 978932 month 99? What sorcery is this?


The point is "no one can predict the future".... :lol: 
a b U Graphics card
November 14, 2012 10:41:35 AM

OP why don't you buy the monitor you want and see how well the 6970 works on it. If you aren't happy then buy something more powerful. No point in jumping the gun now.
a b U Graphics card
November 14, 2012 2:43:11 PM

there is a lot of point in jumping the gun now or even in future to a 7900 series card coz older cards get cheaper dont they ? and 7000 seriea is not even old not atleast for a year.
a lot of people are still buying 6000 series cards even today coz they offer great value.
so saying jumping gun now is ignorance coz 8xxx series cards will suffer from immature drivers, high prices and.low availability at launch ..so you are wrong
a b U Graphics card
November 14, 2012 2:48:22 PM

Whoa, easy there mohit. I was trying to prevent OP from buying something he may not need (a new graphics card). It is not going to hurt anything to get the monitor first and then a new gpu a week later if need be. I really don't understand your point anyway.
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