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Hey,

I'm looking at purchasing a ASUS 6970 DCUII. But, I know the 7xxx series release approaches, although I've lost track of what's happening with it. So, I'm wondering, does anyone know an approx. release? Is it still likely a year away, a few months? Six?

I just don't want to buy my shiny little card now and then it be outdated in a month or two because I didn't wait.

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What is your current card? Is it holding well? If it is. the the wiser is to wait for the 7000 series.
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What is your current card? Is it holding well? If it is. the the wiser is to wait for the 7000 series.
I don't have one, actually. This will be my first rig. I could use an 8800 GT I have, but... I'm not sure how I'd cope with that, and for how long. I might not upgrade straight away either, I'll wait for a DCUII version. Thanks.
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Get a HD 6950 1Gb for $200 and save the money for the next upgrade. 8800GT is to slow for todays games.
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I'd take a gamble at a few months away, we haven't even seen much about it yet, I'd think around the end of the year there would be some engineering samples but retail HD7000 cards might be out by Q1 or Q2 of 2012. That's just my best guess, based off what I've read. Don't quote me on any of that.
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I was hoping for 28nm Kepler in time for BF3, TSMC screwed that up though.

If you're getting decent framerates for whatever resolution you're running then try to wait it out, probably be early 2012 before you can buy next gen cards from ATI and a little while after for Nvidia's next gen.
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Get a HD 6950 1Gb for $200 and save the money for the next upgrade. 8800GT is to slow for todays games.
I thought of that. In Australia, the cheapest 6950 DCUII 1GB I can get is $280 AU but for only another $120 I can get a 6970 DCUII 2GB. I figure once I'm that close I may as well spend the extra money.
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I'd take a gamble at a few months away, we haven't even seen much about it yet, I'd think around the end of the year there would be some engineering samples but retail HD7000 cards might be out by Q1 or Q2 of 2012. That's just my best guess, based off what I've read. Don't quote me on any of that.
Mmm, all right thanks. Haha, no I won't

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I was hoping for 28nm Kepler in time for BF3, TSMC screwed that up though.

If you're getting decent framerates for whatever resolution you're running then try to wait it out, probably be early 2012 before you can buy next gen cards from ATI and a little while after for Nvidia's next gen.
Yeah, I see. Thanks. I'll probably get something now rather than waiting. The rig I'll be building with this card will be my first, so I don't really have any gaming machine right now.
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I don't have one, actually. This will be my first rig. I could use an 8800 GT I have, but... I'm not sure how I'd cope with that, and for how long. I might not upgrade straight away either, I'll wait for a DCUII version. Thanks.
Dude, if the 8800 GT plays your current games well you can hold it up until the newer generation of cards appear. AMD seems to me will release their cards before Nvidia though. Or if you are hurting for an upgrade HD6950 2 GB is the best bang for the buck. if it is reference it can unlock to HD6970.
HD6970 is not that much faster anywayz.
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I almost bought a 6950 1gb for 200 the other day. But I thought my 4850 can hold me off and its only 3 or 4 months. I will be in school too and wont have much time for games during that time anyway. That 8800GT should have enough power to play modern games at medium to low settings, I remember maxing out games like Oblivion on it.

Really the next cards will be a big improvement but they will be priced accordingly. Still you will be able to get a card with the power of a 6970 for much cheaper (probably a 7850 or 7870).

The 7000 series will be 28nm and have PCI Express 3. It should be a real jump and not what the current gen was. Which imo was really just optimised cards to milk some money before releasing the real tech.
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Thanks for your replies everyone!
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Dude, if the 8800 GT plays your current games well you can hold it up until the newer generation of cards appear. AMD seems to me will release their cards before Nvidia though. Or if you are hurting for an upgrade HD6950 2 GB is the best bang for the buck. if it is reference it can unlock to HD6970.
HD6970 is not that much faster anywayz.
Actually, the 8800 GT is in storage. The 2GB 6950 DCUII is $340 AU and the 6970 DCUII is only $392, so out of the two I'd get the latter. I don't really want a reference card as I'd like to be able to OC it and also have it quiet.
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