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makes me kinda wanna hang on to these

There is no real reason to upgrade right now.
My 2 cents

I mirror this sentiment. I upgraded to 980s for the HDMI 2.0, and was drastically underwhelmed by the performance compared to my 7970s. All the good stuff will come with die shrink and HBM2, so hold your cards to your chest for another generation. Also interesting to see the early results with DX12 mixed cards. 7900 series cards may hold value for a while to come.
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I just bought a refurbished 7950 for my brother for €99. What a steal that was.
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All the good stuff will come with die shrink and HBM2, so hold your cards to your chest for another generation.

This is all your getting is a die shrink at the moment (which just equals lower power/ lower temps), your not getting ANY performance boost. Hence, they cannot fix the bridge between CPU and memory. Now when they figure out how to stack the memory on top of the CPU using the same die (with a HUGE inflation of price for sure), we will see a huge improvement on processing power. If shrinking the die improved performance, Intel wouldn't be dropping revisions of the same chip over and over and over. It would just be a complete new line of chips. AMD has just kept the same die for years. The die shrink is simply a marketing ploy to sucker people in. Your truely not saving that much power on your bill - if you even notice a real difference at all.

Its just marketing doing its job right now when it comes to upgrading your hardware. Only reason to upgrade from Ivy Bridge or equal (being the latest revision being used today with less power), is if your buying a brand new machine coming from some ancient hardware, or maybe upgrading from an APU or something. But an APU with a 280 will still make a normal gamer happy.
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This is all your getting is a die shrink at the moment (which just equals lower power/ lower temps), your not getting ANY performance boost. Hence, they cannot fix the bridge between CPU and memory. Now when they figure out how to stack the memory on top of the CPU using the same die (with a HUGE inflation of price for sure), we will see a huge improvement on processing power. If shrinking the die improved performance, Intel wouldn't be dropping revisions of the same chip over and over and over. It would just be a complete new line of chips. AMD has just kept the same die for years. The die shrink is simply a marketing ploy to sucker people in. Your truely not saving that much power on your bill - if you even notice a real difference at all.

Its just marketing doing its job right now when it comes to upgrading your hardware. Only reason to upgrade from Ivy Bridge or equal (being the latest revision being used today with less power), is if your buying a brand new machine coming from some ancient hardware, or maybe upgrading from an APU or something. But an APU with a 280 will still make a normal gamer happy.
Eh....why don't you take a look at 6970 vs 7970 ? From 40 nm to 28 nm,and now from 28 nm to 16 nm...rolleyes.gif

Too early to talk,but performance will go up for sure.
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but performance will go up for sure.

Yeah, there will be some - mostly marginal. But less power + less heat = faster processes, but still, this is only going to be marginal.

You can keep throwing all the ram you want onto a chip, but until that bandwidth gap is removed (or close), we wont see a huge jump in processing like we USED to see when P2 went to P3 then to P4 and Dual Core then so on. SATA and SSD's was the largest performance processing increase we saw in almost a complete GENERATION. The Pentium 4 would have been a work horse with SATA and not IDE. But Intel saw the opportunity to drop a 2 core chip with new SATA technology and absolutely started dominating the game.

The current problem now (and I know I have said this too many times), is the gap between CPU/GPU and the memory.

They fix that gap, we will see a new era of technology.
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Mostly true until you start pushing the res. Then the new chips (290x and fury/x ) show their increased power
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Hey again

I just copped 2 used Vapor-x 7970`s for around 300 USD.
Ive been worried about my PSU lately. I have a Corsair TX 650W powering my rig. What ive been trying to find out the last couple of weeks is if its enought to power these two. A lot of the people ive asked say go for a 850W instead, others say its just fine. So i bought an energy-meter to see how much wattage my rig is pulling. I ran heaven, valley and firestrike and the wattage peaked at 631 watts. I tested with BF4 since its the only game i play nowadays and it never passed 450W. So what do you guys think, should i upgrade my psu?
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Stay with it
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Drive that PSU like you stole it - just be prepared, the Corsair TX series are a bottom of the totem pole PSU.
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i got me one of dem fancy cards right there...... plays most games on ultra at 100fps on 21:9 smile.gif

EDIT: its a 7970
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