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the 6990 is obnoxiously loud the 590 is both quieter.
the 7970 is a better choice than both so get that. or wait for 680 or a price drop
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Definitely go with the 7970. You can always add another for Crossfire later.

7990 (when released) will be 3GB per GPU, meaning 3GB useable. Same as 7970 crossfire.
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post #13 of 22
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Two 580's work much better than a 590.
Personally, I'd get another 6870 and tri-fire them... cheaper solution.

Not possible unless you buy a dual GPU 6870 2GB card.

On topic: I would take the 6990 over a 590. Or go with a 7970, though it will be a downgrade from 2x 6870 on single display setup.
Edited by Shaded War - 2/5/12 at 10:19pm
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Definitely go with the 7970. You can always add another for Crossfire later.
7990 (when released) will be 3GB per GPU, meaning 3GB useable. Same as 7970 crossfire.

@pioneerisloud thanks this is exactly what I was curious about wasnt sure if i was wording it right but would this also mean that the 6990 although has 2gpus of 2gigs for 4gigs of vram only has an effective vram of 2gigs? And I know it isnt out yet but Is it likely that a 7990 and a 7970 would be compatible in xfire? much like the 6970 and the 6990?
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Two 580's work much better than a 590.
Personally, I'd get another 6870 and tri-fire them... cheaper solution.

Not possible unless you buy a dual GPU 6870 2GB card.

On topic: I would take the 6990 over a 590. Or go with a 7970, though it will be a downgrade from 2x 6870 on single display setup.

Single 7970's overclocked tend to be about as fast as 6950's overclocked in crossfire (roughly). A single 7970 would be an upgrade not only in raw performance, but in being fluid as well, since multi GPU setups always tend to have issues with tearing, stuttering, etc.
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Definitely go with the 7970. You can always add another for Crossfire later.
7990 (when released) will be 3GB per GPU, meaning 3GB useable. Same as 7970 crossfire.

@pioneerisloud thanks this is exactly what I was curious about wasnt sure if i was wording it right but would this also mean that the 6990 although has 2gpus of 2gigs for 4gigs of vram only has an effective vram of 2gigs? And I know it isnt out yet but Is it likely that a 7990 and a 7970 would be compatible in xfire? much like the 6970 and the 6990?

Yes that's correct. 6990 = Two 6970 2GB cards in one. 2GB per GPU, means 2GB useable total. Same rule applies to Nvidia's SLI (single or dual cards).

And yes, any 7900 series card should crossfire with any other 7900 series card.

I've just got one single measely 7970, and I'm at 2560x1600. I have yet to find a game that I can't max out except GTA IV (I can play near maxed though).
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I do not sadly. The 7970 performs better than a GTX580 in BF3 though, and a single 580 can handle BF3 at 1080p maxed out. So I would assume my 7970 can handle it fine at 2560x1600.
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I would stick with the 7970.
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Currently running xfired HD6870s and in the market for more power! After reading several reviews im still up in arms as to witch card is better. Figured i'd get your opinion as to witch card is better? also curious about the 7970 but from what i gather its not as good as the 6990. Another question I had is it possible to put a 6990 in xfire with one of my current 6870s or any other card thats not as expensive as another 6990?

Or get an unlovable 6950 reference for like >250 and pair it with the 6990. That's cheaper and has the same performance.

Honestly though 2 unlocked 6950s will perform better than 1 6990 due to overlooking headroom and are cheaper.

go with 2 6950 2gb such as the sapphire dirt3 edition (it unlocks to a full 6970 with no bios flash needed)
it will be cheaper than a 6990 and you have room to get another for a trifire setup for barely more than 1 6990.
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