Originally Posted by chillgreg
That's true also. It depends on which games you play too. Especially with driver issues for Crossfire. Although most games are sorted out by now, some still have issues. eg Borderlands is slower with 2 cards than one (for me with 2 x 6870) Microstutter is another unfortunate fact of life for Crossfire owners.
Some modern games that make heavy use of tessellation will also benefit from the newer cards technology. There's no logic really in upgrading video cards lol. You don't need to, but do you want to?
It all comes down to numbers honestly, if he plans on getting a second 7970 then I say go for it but if this is just a jump to a single solution it's a loss in performance per dollar vs. a second of what he already has. There are about 3 games that do not run Crossfire properly now and those games are not exactly relevant anymore so I think it really comes down to price/performance ratio. Is the 7970 a step in the right direction for AMD? Sure it is, is it really worth jumping to over the last gen flagship? Not really, an 8970 would be but not this.
In terms of micro stutter I don't have a problem with it or don't even notice it, most people are just hypercritical about stuff like that rather than realistic.