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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 experience no microstutter in every recent major release aside from Skyrim where the microstutter is honestly horrendous. That title doesn't seem to like multi-GPU setups though.

Outside of the long idle bug mentioned before I haven't had any problems in any of the games I usually play and scaling seems to be quite good. As long as you understand how to properly clean a system of old drivers and you keep your Windows install clean (honestly I feel those two things are why people have issues) you shouldn't have many problems at all.
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I experience no microstutter in every recent major release aside from Skyrim where the microstutter is honestly horrendous. That title doesn't seem to like multi-GPU setups though.
Outside of the long idle bug mentioned before I haven't had any problems in any of the games I usually play and scaling seems to be quite good. As long as you understand how to properly clean a system of old drivers and you keep your Windows install clean (honestly I feel those two things are why people have issues) you shouldn't have many problems at all.

Bizarre. Skyrim for me is silky smooth.

Could these issues be caused by the way people are installing drivers? Perhaps in diffierent orders (driver, OC software, CAPs etc) or maybe the way the drivers are updated locally (uninstalling, rebooting, installing over the top etc).
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Getting ready to order my Block. Cant want to clock it higher.
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Getting ready to order my Block. Cant want to clock it higher.

I want to watercool my entire rig but I have only set a budget of ~£300 ($470) for the moment. I'm tempted to wait a couple of months and put some cash aside for more radiators biggrin.gif

I'd like 2x360's ideally and a case swap from the Raven to a Switch 810.
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I run a 360 and 240 in my Phantom and it keeps my max temps @ 42-45C max loads on overclocks. This is with CPU + 2 GPU (7950). Ambient is around 34C for idle temps on the devices (75-80F temps in room). I had the windows opened this morning and ran a burn test, I was getting a max of 35-38C.
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I experience no microstutter in every recent major release aside from Skyrim where the microstutter is honestly horrendous. That title doesn't seem to like multi-GPU setups though.
Outside of the long idle bug mentioned before I haven't had any problems in any of the games I usually play and scaling seems to be quite good. As long as you understand how to properly clean a system of old drivers and you keep your Windows install clean (honestly I feel those two things are why people have issues) you shouldn't have many problems at all.

Is this vital with AMD drivers because with Nvidia's I can just install the new drivers and the old ones are automatically deleted. I've never had a problem with this method before and I don't really feel like running driver-sweeper, running in safe mode, and all that other BS just to update my drivers...
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I experience no microstutter in every recent major release aside from Skyrim where the microstutter is honestly horrendous. That title doesn't seem to like multi-GPU setups though.
Outside of the long idle bug mentioned before I haven't had any problems in any of the games I usually play and scaling seems to be quite good. As long as you understand how to properly clean a system of old drivers and you keep your Windows install clean (honestly I feel those two things are why people have issues) you shouldn't have many problems at all.

Is this vital with AMD drivers because with Nvidia's I can just install the new drivers and the old ones are automatically deleted. I've never had a problem with this method before and I don't really feel like running driver-sweeper, running in safe mode, and all that other BS just to update my drivers...

Driver Sweeper isn't necessary. I uninstall CAPS, reboot, uninstall drivers, delete any ATI folders left over in \Program Files\ and under the AppData folder in your user directory, then I reboot and install fresh.

I also keep a clean Windows install which is probably very important.
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Bizarre. Skyrim for me is silky smooth.

Its fine outdoors but in caves etc I actually warp back and forward its that bad. I just run Skyrim in fullscreen-windowed as its fine with just a single card
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Driver Sweeper isn't necessary. I uninstall CAPS, reboot, uninstall drivers, delete any ATI folders left over in \Program Files\ and under the AppData folder in your user directory, then I reboot and install fresh.
I also keep a clean Windows install which is probably very important.
Its fine outdoors but in caves etc I actually warp back and forward its that bad. I just run Skyrim in fullscreen-windowed as its fine with just a single card

That still sounds like a lot more trouble to go through than just clicking "Install" like with new Nvidia drivers. Just something to get used to I guess...
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Is this vital with AMD drivers because with Nvidia's I can just install the new drivers and the old ones are automatically deleted. I've never had a problem with this method before and I don't really feel like running driver-sweeper, running in safe mode, and all that other BS just to update my drivers...

Takes me 5 minutes total to do it. Never had any problems doing it.

I have more problems with my high-end Asus gaming laptop with an Nvidia card in it... They force me to use old Asus drivers, and if I want to use the newest Nvidia drivers, when they are coming out, I'm not ''allowed'' to do it... I need to modify a .inf in the install directory each time, or else Nvidia drivers won't install. Stupid and complicated for no reason.

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figured id bump this post in case others needed the info. 1 question though. what is the difference between using user mode vs kernel mode?

That's not the proper way to overclock. You're not supposed to use xcl with UOM.
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