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post #1 of 3 Old 04-01-2013, 06:10 PM - Thread Starter
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I really want to ditch the SLI/CF for a while and get a single good card. I am looking for high gaming FPS. I currently have two 6870s. They are decent, but i cannot run BF3 completely maxed at a consistent 60fps and SC2 drops into the 30fps about 30% of the time. I would like a noticeable difference if I plan on spending around $500. Which is the better choice, or should I just wait a year or two?

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I dont think that any of those cards will be able to maintain a constant 60FPS at maximum graphics settings (assuming you are gaming at 1080p). However, AMD cards perform better when it comes to BF3.
If you are willing to spend the full $500, an MSI 7970 Lightning Boost Edition will be the best choice in my opinion. It has unlocked voltage and a custom cooler both of which provides a higher overclockability than other versions of the card.
But if you want to save a huge chunk of cash and still get similar performances to the 7970, get the Sapphire 7950 OC. It also has unlocked voltage and a good custom cooler and when overclocked past the 1.0GHz mark will give performance similar to a 7970. Only $289 on newegg after rebate card.

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BF3 Caspian Border 64-man server at 1080 ULTRA with 4MSAA - 7950 stock and my i7 SB at 4.5GHz. Make sure your chip is stable at that oc . . .

my gpu is at 900/1250 out the box. some have it at 1000MHz.
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