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Getting rid of SLI 570s for 7970 - Thoughts?

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Just built my computer last month on SLI 570s and whilst BF3 has been great, I had to turn down MSAA to 2x and even sometimes had to turn them off because I would get bad stuttering during intense firefights on MP 64-player maps. That's acceptable, but not for $700 spent on video cards. I expect to max out everything with that much money invested. I've hit a vram wall on these 1.28gb 570s and I've had enough of them. I have a chance to get rid of my 570s at almost the same price I paid for so I'm not losing too much in the exchange, I would actually be saving money.

I understand that in any other game, and or older games, SLI 570s will out perform a single 7970, but at the moment, my game is BF3 and I'm tired of stuttering. I know I will get a reduced average frames per second, but hopefully the 3GB vram will reduce my stuttering for this game, and will for sure do a better job future proofing me vs the 1.28GBs from the 570s, plus I can always CFX. Everything about this 7970 looks like a winner according to reviews. Less power consumption, less heat, quiet reference cooler, good overclock and possible future CFX for monster GPU power. This will be my first AMD card after owning NVIDIA my whole life, starting with the 32MB Riva TNT2 card. I am worried about AMD driver support, I should be fine right?
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I heard 7970 == 2xGTX 560 448Core which are also a copy paste of 570.

You will not see much improvement, but you will have a single card, without any stuttering, with less heat and much less power consumption biggrin.gif

EDIT: I've owned both AMD and NVIDIA cards and they do what they are supposed to so don't worry, it is worth it.
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I got a pair of AMD cards and never had any trouble with them tbh. You would have even less trouble given that you will only have 1.

IMO most supposed AMD driver problems are PEBKAC.

In short if you want a 7970 get it and forget anything about drivers.
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^^ this.

The drivers are fine. They might be buggy at launch but give them 1 week and they will roll a new driver to fix issues.

AMD is much faster on the updates than Nvidia.
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Cool, now I just gotta use my friend's 8800GT until I sell them and wait for 7970s to come in stock.
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Cool, now I just gotta use my friend's 8800GT until I sell them and wait for 7970s to come in stock.

8800 ---> 7970

That's like swapping from P4 to i7 3960k haha
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8800 ---> 7970
That's like swapping from P4 to i7 3960k haha

Try a Radeon 5450...thats where I'm at; till I get either Tahiti or Kepler

That's like swapping from Pentium II to i7 3960k
    
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