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Old 12-22-11, 12:40 AM   #13
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Unless 580's drop $100 because of this then 7970 all the way. I'm impressed enough and will be buying one come jan. Newer drivers will make it even better I'm sure.
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Old 12-22-11, 12:45 AM   #14
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Unless 580's drop $100 because of this then 7970 all the way. I'm impressed enough and will be buying one come jan. Newer drivers will make it even better I'm sure.
It's a pretty big jump in performance over what you have now.
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The 7970 maybe a good option for you pare.
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Old 12-22-11, 12:56 AM   #17
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Moving past 1GB frame buffer will be very beneficial, but 2x6870's is a very powerful setup as long as you don't hit those VRAM limits.

For me it's a no-brainer over the 5870 that has served me well for 2 years. I'm sure a 7970 will do the same.
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Old 12-22-11, 12:56 AM   #18
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Just wait a little bit longer and see what price the 7970 comes in at. I have heard $550US, but hopefully cheaper. It looks to be a pretty descent performer.
Anandtech said $549, you are on target.

I don't see this as disappointing at all. It beats the 580 handily, all while remaining cooler, lower noise levels, and lower power consumption. The only exemption is noise under load for Metro 2033. It's about 4db louder is that test only.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5261/a...7970-review/24

I'm curious as to how well the new architecture will behave with the drivers.
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Old 12-22-11, 01:22 AM   #19
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Unless 580's drop $100 because of this then 7970 all the way. I'm impressed enough and will be buying one come jan. Newer drivers will make it even better I'm sure.
+1. defiantly getting one myself when it comes out..hope it wont be marked up a lot in australia tho :/...
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Old 12-22-11, 01:28 AM   #20
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The big question of course is why are we only seeing such a limited lead from the 7970 here? BF3 implements a wide array of technologies so it’s hard to say for sure, but there is one thing we know they implement in the engine that only NVIDIA can use: Driver Command Lists, the same “secret sauce” that boosted NVIDIA’s Civilization V performance by so much last year. So it may be that NVIDIA’s DCL support is helping their performance here in BF3, much like it was in Civ V.
ATi need to get this sorted out though..
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Old 12-22-11, 02:00 AM   #21
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Old 12-22-11, 02:03 AM   #22
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I was hoping for much more and I'm kind of disapointed! I understand that its a new architecture and it might need a couple driver revisions but I'll wait a few months to see what nvidia has to offer.
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Old 12-22-11, 07:22 AM   #23
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Wow, the Crossfire performance is rather insane. The min fps in bf3 is the same as the 580 sli avg fps...

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Old 12-22-11, 08:48 AM   #24
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You know, I just thought of something...

Windows 8 is just around the corner. I'm not under the impression the next version of DX will be released with it but you've got to think it isn't to far away. I wonder when exactly it will be out? I'm asking because I would hate to spend a bunch of money on this card, or Nvidia's Keplar, and it be rendered obsolete by a new DX release shortly after the purchase since the cards wouldn't be designed for DX 12 or whatever it will be.

Then again, if DX12 were to come out it will be out towards the end of 2012. Taking into account it will be at least a year later until a game comes out to properly take advantage of it, maybe this isn't such a huge deal as that is basically two years.

I was kicking around getting one of these cards, or perhaps wait for Keplar, to replace my GTX580. But now that I think about, I think I'll wait. After all, BF3 is really the only game I play and my 580 plays the game fine with everything maxed out. I'm not even overclocking or anything and it still runs fine. So why bother?

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