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Well it's not like I don't have the money, I most certainly do. It is just hard to justify the cost. I just wish the performance jump was larger. That being said. the 7970 would be worth quite a bit more down the road... I hate this game.

personally if you wanna overclock, get the 7970. 7970's overclock really good, 30+% overclock is pretty achievable. That alone put the 7970 pretty close to the gtx590.

Though you can go with a 7950 now and get another later, card already has 3gb of v-ram so your fine on that department for awhile.
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personally if you wanna overclock, get the 7970. 7970's overclock really good, 30+% overclock is pretty achievable. That alone put the 7970 pretty close to the gtx590.
Though you can go with a 7950 now and get another later, card already has 3gb of v-ram so your fine on that department for awhile.

I was planning to cfx in the future, but then with the 7970 it would be that much better later. What are your thoughts on HIS?
     
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I was planning to cfx in the future, but then with the 7970 it would be that much better later. What are your thoughts on HIS?

I once had a sapphire and HIS 4870 in CF, both cards worked great. So far HIS is alright in my book, but Sapphire is still King of all AMD branded cards.
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What are the words on "unlockability" is that a no at this point? also which one do I buy? i'm not really an AMD guy so I dont have any idea which is best

I started a thread before the release of the AMD 7950 while I did some reviwing of the specs. There is an ASUS 7970 BIOS flash but it's not a shader unlock at all, more of a performance increases to near 7970 levels.

One could simply OC the 7950 and get same results without a BIOS flash that will void your warranty.

The Radeon HD 7950 is based on the same Tahiti core used in the higher-end 7970 except that four of the card's GCN (Graphics Core Next) compute units have been disabled.

The Radeon HD 7970 packs 2048 Stream Processors with a 384-bit memory interface, the Radeon HD 7950 will feature 1792 Streaming processors on a 384-bit interface as well.

Wondering if a 7970 BIOS flash would open four of the card's GCN (Graphics Core Next) compute units on the 7950 that have been disabled to 7970 performance?

The source that first discovered the result of this BIOS flash at Overclockers.co.UK

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The thread I posted found here.

Looks like this time around no BIOS flash to unlock GCN units in this case. Have to resort to doing it the old fashioned way and earn it by over clocking the OCN style.
     
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I've been waiting since late November, so i'm going to take the plunge in a few minutes, So whats the overall consensus? I'm hoping for at least a solid 60+ fps in BF3 with my sig rig at 1080, may not use AA depending.
     
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I was planning to cfx in the future, but then with the 7970 it would be that much better later. What are your thoughts on HIS?

If you do have the money then just get the absolutely best one which is the 7970. HIS is pretty ok as long as you keep the receipt. I RMA'ed a HIS 6950 before and they sent me a brand new in sealed retail box 1 day after they received my card (but of course the result may vary with different situation). You could avoid Newegg's restocking fee if you could come up with a valid reason, and also talk nicely with the rep while chat with them online.

I think you will definitely get solid 60+ with a 7970 at 1080p.
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I'd personally get the 7950 and pocket the extra $100.
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I've been waiting since late November, so i'm going to take the plunge in a few minutes, So whats the overall consensus? I'm hoping for at least a solid 60+ fps in BF3 with my sig rig at 1080, may not use AA depending.

with a 7970/50 you will have no problem maxing the game out with AA. really if it wasnt for your 460's lack of v-ram, then even your cards would run BF3 maxed with AA with no frame drops. Sadly I think the 7900 series will be short lived and that AMD will be releasing 8900 series near the end of the year or early next year to take the crown back from nvidia. GCN with XDR2 memory and a high core clock seems like a simple win to me, hopefully they be coming out when Ivy Bridge E comes out.
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I've been waiting since late November, so i'm going to take the plunge in a few minutes, So whats the overall consensus? I'm hoping for at least a solid 60+ fps in BF3 with my sig rig at 1080, may not use AA depending.

Well a reference card is a reference card. All the same specs. Difference in the quality of vendor varies.

Sapphire, ASUS, MSI or HIS are all good AMD vendors. Pick a poison and pull the trigger.

Kepler is rumored next month but the silent hard launch as everyone guessing what's going to go down when they finally release.

Some notes - look at the PCB before purchase. The PCB on the MSI is red I believe and if color of the PCB starring at you is a determining factor. It is for me.
Good luck Papa Smurf.

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I've been waiting since late November, so i'm going to take the plunge in a few minutes, So whats the overall consensus? I'm hoping for at least a solid 60+ fps in BF3 with my sig rig at 1080, may not use AA depending.

If you choose not to use AA you'll be sitting at a solid 60fps+.

AA changes things a bit but a day without AA and you won't miss it. Buy what you can afford. The 7970 is the better card but an overclock on the 7950 and you're pretty close to a stock 7970 anyway.

After looking at reviews, probably buy the Sapphire. Just don't get the XFX Double D, Anandtech reviewed it and the cooler is a piece of crap (for both the 7950 and the 7970)
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