Topic Title: Switch from X-Fire 6950's to Single 7970
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 12/29/2012 03:37 PM
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neo5555
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As the title says, i just recently ditched my X-Fire 6950's in favour of a single reference 7970.

So far so good..   I didn't know how much of a beast these cards are.  I may have lost some MAX FPS, but where i have gained is in the MIN FPS and AVG FPS. Also, games run smoother than ever.

I game at 1920 x 1200 and all my games run great fully maxed out with the exception of Metro 2033 which struggles at times...  nothing a little tuning can't fix.

Also, these things overclock like crazy. I have no problem running at 1125Mhz ( up from default 925 ) and i am sure that it would go higher if i could somehow increase tha max limit imposed on me by AMD. At this speed ( 1125 ) the card sits comfortably at around 50 ~ 55 C ( its water cooled ). Plenty of thermal headroom left 

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 12/29/2012 07:23 PM
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I wish I could do that, this 5970 has the on paper power, basically the same as you had with your 6950's, but having to deal with imperfect scaling (or even negligible scaling in some instances), the power consumption, heat production, and the ungodly noise of the ill designed stock 5970 cooler, as well as the drawbacks of a multiple GPU setup such as microstuttering and inconsistent performance, as you well know, all get really annoying after a while. I'm going to wait till about July and see how the HD 8000 series shakes out, but I'd sure love to move to a single GPU setup again.

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 12/29/2012 07:42 PM
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Yeah BZ, i was gonna wait for the 8000 series too, but i'm not expecting a massive performance boost over  the 7000 series...  maybe 10-15% better imo. They will come at a premium too.

The descision maker for me was that i would get better resale for my 6950's now than if i waited for the 8000 to come out, at which stage they would be 2 generations behind and would be worth a lot less...



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 12/29/2012 10:10 PM
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Aye that's what most are expecting just an efficiency upgrade similar to how the HD 6000 series was basically an efficiency upgrade to the HD 5000 series, especially since the 8600 series and below are just rebranded HD 7000 series cards. I'm not sure what I'll do with my 5970 once I upgrade, they're only selling for about $200 which isn't THAT much money, most likely just keep it as a spare. I'll wait and jump back in when the DirectX 12 cards are released most likely, I've spent about $700 or so on this computer the past couple of months plus another $500 on the computer I am going to build for my uncle (not including HDD and Windows 7 which I already had), all while saving up to pay off one student loan at a bit over $3000 to get me down to just one company (still $13,000 or so), I've gotta save some cash and put it into other things, such as my car so it can get an inspection sticker...Amazing how big of a money sink a vehicle and computer can be...

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 01/25/2013 11:26 PM
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Ok...  update.

Just finished my 12 hour Crysis 2 Campaign marathon, and i am utterly impressed by my 7970..  It performed admirably with all settings maxed out at 1920 x 1080 using Cat 13.01.

Well done AMD !!  Well done....   



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