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Crossfire 7970ghz's or Wait for Amd 8000 series?

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April 23, 2013 11:23:51 AM

I have some extra cash right now and I was wondering whether I should add another Gigabyte 7970ghz edition to my system or if I should wait for the next gen of Amd cards. Also does anyone know when those cards will come out this year? thanks
April 23, 2013 11:38:06 AM

They're not released until next year apparently. This can change at some point however.
a c 156 À AMD
April 23, 2013 11:53:47 AM

I could make a living re-posting this review...
http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/Frame-Ratin...

Quote:
"In half of our tested games, the pair of Radeon HD 7970s in CrossFire showed no appreciable measured or observed increase in performance compared to a single HD 7970. I cannot overstate that point more precisely: our results showed that in Battlefield 3, Crysis 3 and Sleeping Dogs, adding in another $400+ Radeon HD 7970 did nothing to improve your gaming experience, and in some cases made it worse by introducing frame time variances that lead to stutter."
http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/Frame-Ratin...


On the other hand, it looks like the GTX 780/770/760 Ti should be out towards the end of next month.
http://www.guru3d.com/news_story/nvidia_geforce_gtx_780...
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April 23, 2013 12:04:18 PM

17seconds said:
I could make a living re-posting this review...
http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/Frame-Ratin...

Quote:
"In half of our tested games, the pair of Radeon HD 7970s in CrossFire showed no appreciable measured or observed increase in performance compared to a single HD 7970. I cannot overstate that point more precisely: our results showed that in Battlefield 3, Crysis 3 and Sleeping Dogs, adding in another $400+ Radeon HD 7970 did nothing to improve your gaming experience, and in some cases made it worse by introducing frame time variances that lead to stutter."
http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/Frame-Ratin...


On the other hand, it looks like the GTX 780/770/760 Ti should be out towards the end of next month.
http://www.guru3d.com/news_story/nvidia_geforce_gtx_780...


Thanks for the link, in your opinion would it be worth upgrading from the 7970ghz to the gtx 770 or 780 in a few months?
April 23, 2013 12:06:10 PM

17seconds said:
I could make a living re-posting this review...
http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/Frame-Ratin...

Quote:
"In half of our tested games, the pair of Radeon HD 7970s in CrossFire showed no appreciable measured or observed increase in performance compared to a single HD 7970. I cannot overstate that point more precisely: our results showed that in Battlefield 3, Crysis 3 and Sleeping Dogs, adding in another $400+ Radeon HD 7970 did nothing to improve your gaming experience, and in some cases made it worse by introducing frame time variances that lead to stutter."
http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/Frame-Ratin...


On the other hand, it looks like the GTX 780/770/760 Ti should be out towards the end of next month.
http://www.guru3d.com/news_story/nvidia_geforce_gtx_780...


Thanks for the link, in your opinion would it be worth upgrading from the 7970ghz to the gtx 770 or 780 in a few months?
a c 156 À AMD
April 23, 2013 12:07:55 PM

AMOOS said:
Thanks for the link, in your opinion would it be worth upgrading from the 7970ghz to the gtx 770 or 780 in a few months?

I'm thinking the answer is "no". There will be an improvement, but you have to ask if your current card isn't already enough. I guess it depends on your budget and whether you are someone that likes to stay on top with the latest hardware.

Now, most reports have the HD8000 series coming out in 2014, but it's possible they may be forced to come out in time for the holiday shopping season. It would be a disaster to let Nvidia run wild as the only one with a refreshed lineup for the entire second half of 2013. So if you prefer AMD, then it might be a good idea to hold off and see what happens. But definitely avoid Crossfire until the issues are definitively addressed.
April 23, 2013 12:17:08 PM

The newly announced "700 series" cards is a 600 series refresh. Meaning that they are not new cards, just new versions of the old ones.
April 24, 2013 6:50:08 PM

And also if you look at AMD site those 8000 series are different than whats to be released. IMO I'd wait it out dont xfire if you're playing todays game a single 7970 ghz can handle most game 1080p no problem unless you gots a 1440p Monitor :D 
I planned on getting a 7970 ghz sapphire but decided to wait for 8000 series to see if the prices will be similar.
a b À AMD
April 24, 2013 7:26:10 PM

don't xfire, xfire is bad, read the latest FCAT reviews, although it produces more fps measured by fraps and the game engine, it fails to produce smooth animation by the time the frames hit the monitor. This is something most people have known for a long time, but now we have the means to test with FCAT and frame times. theres nothing wrong with a single 7970 if your running one monitor anyway. Maybe look at the rest of your rig, there might be something else you could upgrade to get better performance.
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