Which cards should I pick?

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#1 Posted by Jobesky123 (1046 posts) -
2 of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130824 Or 2 of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161431 I dunno.
#2 Posted by ShadowDeathX (10575 posts) -

You can't really go wrong with either or.

  • Crossfire tends to scale better than SLI but SLI is pretty good regardless.
  • The 7970Ghz Ed. Crossfire will beat the GTX 670 SLI in most cases, but it's not a big beating. Just slight.
  • GTX 670 SLI will net you 4GBs of vRAM but it's on a 256-bit bus while the 7970's 3GB will be on a 386-bit one.
  • Power consumption will be lower on the GTX 670.
  • You will get two copies of Borderlands 2 if you go Nvidia.

What I would do is get two of these cards; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131468 and you use the $100 saved on something else.

:) - A normal 7970 will be able to overclock to Ghz levels just fine.

ALSO****

AMD and Nvidia drivers are pretty equal now a days in quality.

Don't listen to the AMD haters and the suppose crappy drivers. We don't live in 2006 anymore.

#3 Posted by 04dcarraher (19216 posts) -
Do you play on playing at 1440p, 3D or multi monitor resolutions? Because if not, getting two cards will sort of a waste. the 7970 would be better buy for sheer performance for those higher resolutions.
#4 Posted by hartsickdiscipl (14787 posts) -

You can't really go wrong with either or.

  • Crossfire tends to scale better than SLI but SLI is pretty good regardless.
  • The 7970Ghz Ed. Crossfire will beat the GTX 670 SLI in most cases, but it's not a big beating. Just slight.
  • GTX 670 SLI will net you 4GBs of vRAM but it's on a 256-bit bus while the 7970's 3GB will be on a 386-bit one.
  • Power consumption will be lower on the GTX 670.
  • You will get two copies of Borderlands 2 if you go Nvidia.

What I would do is get two of these cards; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131468 and you use the $100 saved on something else.

:) - A normal 7970 will be able to overclock to Ghz levels just fine.

ALSO****

AMD and Nvidia drivers are pretty equal now a days in quality.

Don't listen to the AMD haters and the suppose crappy drivers. We don't live in 2006 anymore.

ShadowDeathX

AMD drivers for their recent cards are pretty good. Just don't try using any of their recent drivers with a 4890. My friend just had to roll all the way back to 11.6 to keep his games from crashing and freezing. Yeah, it's a bit of an older card, but not THAT old. Nvidia's recent drivers are better for their older cards, which are still relevant for newer games in many cases. There are still plenty of people out there with 4800 series cards, since they still perform pretty well.

#5 Posted by Bikouchu35 (7344 posts) -

^Das true, the last time I used the x1950xt I had a fresh install and the drivers sucked while the one I had during its prime was near flawless.

The Keplers support 3/4 monitors btw and uses less power, but I wont be le fanboy and pressure you otherwise, they are both beast.

#6 Posted by Elann2008 (32953 posts) -

^Das true, the last time I used the x1950xt I had a fresh install and the drivers sucked while the one I had during its prime was near flawless.

The Keplers support 3/4 monitors btw and uses less power, but I wont be le fanboy and pressure you otherwise, they are both beast.

Bikouchu35

Haha x1950xt.. I still have it in its box and everything. In its prime it was great.. but then again.. all I played was World of Warcraft lol. ATI crappy drivers existed until the HD4870's. I would know, I owned them, even the HD 4870x2, which is expected with dual-gpu's. Never again! AMD is much better now..

#7 Posted by Jobesky123 (1046 posts) -
So they're about the same power wise (by that I mean they are pretty neck and neck in terms of performance)? I hear there's ALOT of microstutter with Crossfire cards...
#8 Posted by _SKatEDiRt_ (2570 posts) -

You can't really go wrong with either or.

  • Crossfire tends to scale better than SLI but SLI is pretty good regardless.
  • The 7970Ghz Ed. Crossfire will beat the GTX 670 SLI in most cases, but it's not a big beating. Just slight.
  • GTX 670 SLI will net you 4GBs of vRAM but it's on a 256-bit bus while the 7970's 3GB will be on a 386-bit one.
  • Power consumption will be lower on the GTX 670.
  • You will get two copies of Borderlands 2 if you go Nvidia.

What I would do is get two of these cards; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131468 and you use the $100 saved on something else.

:) - A normal 7970 will be able to overclock to Ghz levels just fine.

ALSO****

AMD and Nvidia drivers are pretty equal now a days in quality.

Don't listen to the AMD haters and the suppose crappy drivers. We don't live in 2006 anymore.

ShadowDeathX

HATE HATE HATE

#9 Posted by Jobesky123 (1046 posts) -
What do I do? Or 2 680's?
#10 Posted by 04dcarraher (19216 posts) -
[QUOTE="Jobesky123"]What do I do? Or 2 680's?

Not two 680's, price to performance is not good. Get the twoGTX 670 4gb's You wont see the microstutter as you do with Crossfire.
#11 Posted by Jobesky123 (1046 posts) -
[QUOTE="04dcarraher"][QUOTE="Jobesky123"]What do I do? Or 2 680's?

Not two 680's, price to performance is not good. Get the twoGTX 670 4gb's You wont see the microstutter as you do with Crossfire.

So they're pretty neck and neck performance wise?
#12 Posted by 04dcarraher (19216 posts) -
[QUOTE="Jobesky123"][QUOTE="04dcarraher"][QUOTE="Jobesky123"]What do I do? Or 2 680's?

Not two 680's, price to performance is not good. Get the twoGTX 670 4gb's You wont see the microstutter as you do with Crossfire.

So they're pretty neck and neck performance wise?

A slightly overclocked 670 will perform equal to a 680 and normal 7970. So yes their very close.
#13 Posted by Jobesky123 (1046 posts) -
So stick with the 670's then? How well do they OC?
#14 Posted by 04dcarraher (19216 posts) -

So stick with the 670's then? How well do they OC?Jobesky123
Well the one you selected is already overclocked enough to match the 680/7970. But if you find ones with custom coolers you can get them up to 1200-1300 mhz. This will do better for overclocking http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162118

#15 Posted by Jobesky123 (1046 posts) -
Well damn that looks enticing. I dunno what to do :/
#16 Posted by Jobesky123 (1046 posts) -
bump
#17 Posted by WastelandArcher (80 posts) -
what processor do you have? if you're bottlenecking at the CPU and not the GPU this isn't gonna help anyway, just make it worse. Unless you're running an unlocked i7 you're probably just best off getting a nice single card.
#18 Posted by Jobesky123 (1046 posts) -
what processor do you have? if you're bottlenecking at the CPU and not the GPU this isn't gonna help anyway, just make it worse. Unless you're running an unlocked i7 you're probably just best off getting a nice single card.WastelandArcher
I have an i5 2500k OC'd to 4.8ghz. With 2 GTX 580 Classy Ultras.
#19 Posted by 04dcarraher (19216 posts) -
[QUOTE="WastelandArcher"]what processor do you have? if you're bottlenecking at the CPU and not the GPU this isn't gonna help anyway, just make it worse. Unless you're running an unlocked i7 you're probably just best off getting a nice single card.Jobesky123
I have an i5 2500k OC'd to 4.8ghz. With 2 GTX 580 Classy Ultras.

If you have two 580's wait it out until the next line of cards
#20 Posted by Jobesky123 (1046 posts) -
[QUOTE="Jobesky123"][QUOTE="WastelandArcher"]what processor do you have? if you're bottlenecking at the CPU and not the GPU this isn't gonna help anyway, just make it worse. Unless you're running an unlocked i7 you're probably just best off getting a nice single card.04dcarraher
I have an i5 2500k OC'd to 4.8ghz. With 2 GTX 580 Classy Ultras.

If you have two 580's wait it out until the next line of cards

Nah, I hate waiting. So would two 670s/7970s bottleneck?
#21 Posted by 04dcarraher (19216 posts) -
[QUOTE="04dcarraher"][QUOTE="Jobesky123"]I have an i5 2500k OC'd to 4.8ghz. With 2 GTX 580 Classy Ultras.Jobesky123
If you have two 580's wait it out until the next line of cards

Nah, I hate waiting. So would two 670s/7970s bottleneck?

No
#22 Posted by Jobesky123 (1046 posts) -
So... still having trouble. 2 GTX 670s FTW 4gb or 2 of these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127670
#23 Posted by hartsickdiscipl (14787 posts) -

So... still having trouble. 2 GTX 670s FTW 4gb or 2 of these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127670Jobesky123

 

If you're looking at spending that much money on GPUs, I recommend that you wait until the end of February/early March for Geforce Titan to come out.  It's supposedly faster than GTX 670 SLI.  

#24 Posted by blaznwiipspman1 (6028 posts) -

[QUOTE="Jobesky123"]So... still having trouble. 2 GTX 670s FTW 4gb or 2 of these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127670hartsickdiscipl

 

If you're looking at spending that much money on GPUs, I recommend that you wait until the end of February/early March for Geforce Titan to come out.  It's supposedly faster than GTX 670 SLI.  

 

yep and the northern islands should be out by then as well, supposed to be twice the 7970 though I doubt it.

#25 Posted by Jobesky123 (1046 posts) -
Yeah, but then I'd only be able to get one. And it'll probably be some ****ty 2gb model.
#26 Posted by hartsickdiscipl (14787 posts) -

Yeah, but then I'd only be able to get one. And it'll probably be some ****ty 2gb model.Jobesky123

 

No.. Although it's ridiculous that you say that like 2GB isn't a lot of VRAM.  The Titan is supposed to have 6GB of VRAM.  What's the point of buying 2 cards in SLI that are weaker than a single card?  :?

#27 Posted by Jobesky123 (1046 posts) -
Isn't the Titan not even as powerful as a 690? If so, 2 670s are more powerful than a 690, aren't they?
#28 Posted by hartsickdiscipl (14787 posts) -

Isn't the Titan not even as powerful as a 690? If so, 2 670s are more powerful than a 690, aren't they?Jobesky123

 

We won't know for sure how strong Titan is until it's released to multiple reviewers.  However, a recent "leak" shows Titan crushing GTX 690 in 3dmark11.  

GTX 690 is equal to GTX 680 SLI-

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_690/28.html

#29 Posted by Jobesky123 (1046 posts) -
Damn, I just looked it up. I may wait for once in my life. I'll have the money but honestly people will probably buy it before me :(
#30 Posted by darksusperia (6899 posts) -

who knows dude. just have the apparent cost ($899 US) put away + a bit more for shipping and hit it day one if your worried.

#31 Posted by ShadowDeathX (10575 posts) -
Just wait 3 days and get the 7950 or 7970. You get free games!!! Crysis 3 and Bishock Infinite.
#32 Posted by Jobesky123 (1046 posts) -
[QUOTE="ShadowDeathX"]Just wait 3 days and get the 7950 or 7970. You get free games!!! Crysis 3 and Bishock Infinite.

I can't believe it, but I'm actually considering waiting! I just wish there was more info... if the Titan is for sure more powerful than the 690 I'll happily wait, but I can't believe it... otherwise I may just have to suck it up and wait for the 770/780... :(
#33 Posted by darksusperia (6899 posts) -
[QUOTE="Jobesky123"][QUOTE="ShadowDeathX"]Just wait 3 days and get the 7950 or 7970. You get free games!!! Crysis 3 and Bishock Infinite.

I can't believe it, but I'm actually considering waiting! I just wish there was more info... if the Titan is for sure more powerful than the 690 I'll happily wait, but I can't believe it... otherwise I may just have to suck it up and wait for the 770/780... :(

going of what is known of GK110 and the K20X, its very likely its all true. have to wait and see.