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As soon as FrozenCpu gets some more Ek Acetal/copper blocks in, I'm ordering another. Only 1 card is on air. The other only loads at 42c or so with it 75f in my house. I like lots of frames biggrin.gif

They work great! I have two and haven't seen them go over 45c! They idle at around 35c to low 30s, although i do have a rx 360 cool both smile.gif

EDIT: I will be posting tons of 3dm11 Performance scores at various CPU overclocks and various GPU overclocks here in the next day or so (maybe sooner) hope you all enjoy. They will be located in the OP of my build log which can be found at the link in my sig!
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I am seriously contemplating two 7970 Lightnings when they become available but I have never owned an AMD card before and the Nvidia guys have me a little worried about drivers and CF (stuttering). Somebody give me the truth about the 7970 driver situation and the microstutter issue with CF. Are the latest drivers for the 7970 really that bad and if so, in which games?
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the amd drivers can be hit or miss. It's rare that none of the drivers will work for someone. It's more usual that one version will give you some problems in this random game or that one, and you have to screw with them, or wipe them and go to a different version, to get them to work right. They're more of a pain than they should be. I don't want to understate that. But it's really rare that they're a REAL problem. As for xfire, I dunno.
 
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I am seriously contemplating two 7970 Lightnings when they become available but I have never owned an AMD card before and the Nvidia guys have me a little worried about drivers and CF (stuttering). Somebody give me the truth about the 7970 driver situation and the microstutter issue with CF. Are the latest drivers for the 7970 really that bad and if so, in which games?


I just switched from Nvidia to AMD and I can honestly say that I am quite pleased. Drivers have been a bit or or miss as someone previously stated, but I am currently using the 8.95.0 drivers and they are performing great. Regarding the CF micro-stutter issues, I cannot directly comment on how micro-stutter has been in past AMD series of GPU's, but I can say that it does not seem to be a major issue in the 7900 series. I did start to notice what one may refer to as micro-stuttering, but it was in no way or form game breaking. It was hardly if at all noticeable and was quickly fixed by simply limiting the frame rate to 60 fps, in accordance with my screens refresh rate of 60Mhz, and by enabling in game vysnc.
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the amd drivers can be hit or miss. It's rare that none of the drivers will work for someone. It's more usual that one version will give you some problems in this random game or that one, and you have to screw with them, or wipe them and go to a different version, to get them to work right. They're more of a pain than they should be. I don't want to understate that. But it's really rare that they're a REAL problem. As for xfire, I dunno.

That's the kind of thing I'm afraid of. I have yet to have any issues with any of the Nvidia drivers I have used all the way back to 266.XX (other than a flickering in Crysis 2 which was quickly fixed). It just sucks because considering the OC limitations of the 680's I seem to be forced to stay with my 580's if I want great driver support AND overclock-ability. The 7970 Lightnings seem so tempting but if I'm going to have annoying driver issues in the games I play then no thanks...
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I am seriously contemplating two 7970 Lightnings when they become available but I have never owned an AMD card before and the Nvidia guys have me a little worried about drivers and CF (stuttering). Somebody give me the truth about the 7970 driver situation and the microstutter issue with CF. Are the latest drivers for the 7970 really that bad and if so, in which games?

Honestly, they're not that bad. I installed one driver and they worked, haven't messed with them since (except when CF broke them for overclocking since I added the 2nd card later on, lmao).

As for microstutter, I've seen it in a few games, but I think that might have to also do with running 2 side monitors while gaming on the middle one.

The drivers are fine if you just read in this thread when new ones come out and see what people say thumb.gif
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I just switched from Nvidia to AMD and I can honestly say that I am quite pleased. Drivers have been a bit or or miss as someone previously stated, but I am currently using the 8.95.0 drivers and they are performing great. Regarding the CF micro-stutter issues, I cannot directly comment on how micro-stutter has been in past AMD series of GPU's, but I can say that it does not seem to be a major issue in the 7900 series. I did start to notice what one may refer to as micro-stuttering, but it was in no way or form game breaking. It was hardly if at all noticeable and was quickly fixed by simply limiting the frame rate to 60 fps, in accordance with my screens refresh rate of 60Mhz, and by enabling in game vysnc.

This has to be the first pleased person coming from Nvidia's drivers to our's rolleyes.gif
     
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Of course, the other thing is that the AMD drivers usually mature and are fantastic after that happens. Most of the people here from previous AMD generations will probably agree with that. So, if you're really worried about it, wait until the lightnings are even available (which is a good month away if you didn't preorder)...and see then how the drivers look. I think unless nvidia comes out with a nice 690 or a better answer to overclocking on their cards, AMD has a bit of an advantage for the next 8 months or so, especially at the high end that the lightnings represent. So really it comes down to how serious you are about upgrading (in my humble opinion). If you are going to want the cards for a serious step up for a good year or two, I'd say the 7970 is a pretty good investment. But if you're going to flip it 4 months from now for something else (who knows what)...the driver pains are probably not worth it.
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Lets just put it this way man, i was the owner of tri-sli MSI Lightning Extreme cards, i went with crossfire 7970s and could not have been happier, although if the 680 was just a tad more impressive i would have had no problem selling these babies for a pair, which is more than likely what i will be doing when the 780 finally drops, whenever that is....Although, until then, these are doing the job beautifully.
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This has to be the first pleased person coming from Nvidia's drivers to our's rolleyes.gif

Oh, don't get me wrong. I've done my share of complaining, but that's just me being me biggrin.gif. Overall, AMD drivers seem to be just as good as Nvidia drivers. A few things here and there that have rubbed me wrong, but nothing too bad.
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Little preview of some of the work i have been doing. Temps didn't break 47c on the cards, wish i could say the same for my CPU lol....

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