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HD 7970 worthy upgrade from GTX 480?

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February 17, 2013 6:48:12 PM

looking at getting the Radeon HD 7970 Black Edition 3GB

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Currently i have a GTX 480, I was going to get another for SLI, but sadly my motherboard only supports crossfire.

After selling my GTX 480 i'd end up spending around $350, my question is, is it worth the upgrade? will i see a significant boost in fps?? not to mention i'd be getting crysis 3 and bioshock for free! The gtx 480 is actually still a good card, i run most games high settings but looking for an improvement card thats worth the money.

or should i look at getting another card? More interested in a AMD card as i could corssfire them in the future. running @ 1920x1080

thanks guys
February 17, 2013 8:36:30 PM

Yes that is a nice high end card you choose there, you'll get amazing results with that and is a perfect upgrade from a GTX 480, but your specs would be nice, because switching frm the 480 to a radeon 7970 is a big jump and may require a PSU Upgrade..
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February 17, 2013 9:04:20 PM

i5 3570k, 8gb ram

psu is a corsair 850 watt

i would of liked to go with 480sli as i seen some benchmarks showing it is slightly better than a single 7970.

so should i look into other single cards, such a gtx 680? or stick with the 7970 for crossfire down the road
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February 17, 2013 9:14:45 PM

flamehead269 said:
Yes that is a nice high end card you choose there, you'll get amazing results with that and is a perfect upgrade from a GTX 480, but your specs would be nice, because switching frm the 480 to a radeon 7970 is a big jump and may require a PSU Upgrade..


Youd need a bigger PSU?
If anything hed need a smaller PSU - the 7000 series are far more efficient.
http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/7000/79... vs http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gt...

As for the upgrade, id say if youve got the cash go for it (the 7970). Youll be looking at a 30% - 50% jump in performance, and youd be using a card that modern games are built around.
Similiarly, youd need a smaller PSU to handle Crossfire.

Although... You might miss all those driver updates Nvidia has kept you happy with :) 
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