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Upgrade from $97 GTX465 unlocked to GTX470 1280m@915mhz to Radeon 7970 $608.46 shipped worth it?

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Hi I am trying to figure out if I should upgrade my GTX470 at 915mhz to Radeon 7970. The price of my gtx470 was $97 after tax/shipped and the price of the current 7970 is $608.46 after tax/shipping. Is the performance upgrade worth it with a 511.46 price difference? The 470 at 915mhz core which is about stock GTX580 performance at 1080p which is 20% slower overall from a stock 7970 for the most part. Probably about the same real world performance in bf3 @ 1080p.

The GTX470 also has a antec cooler mod so it is quieter and runs cooler than a 7970 especially at load.

I currently have added the 7970 to my newegg cart and am very tempted to submit my order. But I wanted to check here to see what you guys think. redface.gif
Edited by BigCactus - 1/24/12 at 2:59pm
    
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What games are you playing tongue.gif

If you already max them out what is the point.
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If you're not having any problems with gaming right now and can wait out to see what nVidia has to offer I would do that, however if you do really want the new HD7970 it performs really good and has a high OC headroom which comes close to 6990 speeds (note thats 1 gpu vs 2 last gen gpu). The stock cooling on the 7970 is surprisingly quiet on idle/regular loads though it does need to be increased when testing at high clocks, it also has zero core which helps reduce power usage on idle (if you're also looking for that). There is also the HD7950 coming soon which comes in between the 6970 and the 7970, priced a little lower but overall if you like the nVidia side I would wait.
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http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/508?vs=519&i=372.373.375.376.378.379.381.382.384.383.387.388.390.392.394.396.400.398.401.403.404.391.414.417.419.420.421

Took out all the irrelevant stuff.

In short, if you have a 30", 1600p or 27", 1440p screen, consider a 7970, but wait for prices to come down/competition to come out. Otherwise: no.
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which is ur cpu?
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dude wait for prices to go down and custom-made models to be released.
also the current drivers for the 7000 is crap.
just wait a while so sht calm down a bit.
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I look at the performance the same way too. A 8800GTS 640MB costs $30 while a 8800GT costs $40. Since the price is 33% higher, will I see that same amount in performance? No, then it's not worth the money, in my opinion but maybe because I'm poor. Nothing wrong with old tech.
    
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Plain and simple, NO. Only if you have a great job and have plenty of money to spend would justify buying it otherwise $500+ for 20%~ in my eyes is not worth it at all.
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post #9 of 15
Buy a second GTX 470. I've got 2 myself and I've not found a game that I cannot play on max, or nearly max (I tend to drop shadows to med anyways)
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why not sli your 470?
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