Originally Posted by rammbhat
I am upgrading my graphics card for my siggy machine. Ive been holding off on upgrading it cos of the new graphics card launch for a couple of reasons.
1)I expeced really big improvements in performance which frankly isnt there with 7xxx
2) I expected it to be dx 12 or so compatible with new features which wud make dx 11 look retarded! (this expectation was in line with expectation of new gen console releases).
So, Im looking for a card for the next two-ish years. I game on a 1080p res monitor..no eyefinity and such stuff.. I can see an OCed 6970 gets close to 60fps BF3 on ultra with FXAA. So any compelling reason to spend almost twice as much on 79xx??
1) Things must be quite different in your dimension.
2) DX12? No such thing. Not even on the horizon. Maybe 5 years away. Read the MS forums. Windows 8 will have DirectX 11.1, which is supported by the 7xxx range. Ray tracing in real time is purported for the next gen of DX, but you need a farm to do that now. Or ask Peter Jackson or George Lucas to loan you theirs... ;)
3) Over the next 2 years games will use tesselation much more extensively. The 7950, especially with it's massive O/C headroom, will be considerably better than a 6970 in those circumstances. Whjo know, you may decide to add a second monitor, and if so the 7xxx are fabulous for Eyefinity. Wouldn't you rather have something with a bit more performance than you need, rather than being just adequate? Each to their own of course.
If you need a new card now, a 7950 is a great buy, and in a few months will be quite a bit cheaper, probably. The 7870 is coming too. Or if you feel uneasy about this, as you seem to, wait for the 8xxx, rumoured for later this year to counter Kelper. Bear in mind that with O/C and driver improvements you will enjoy 30-40% more performance out of your 7950 over time too.
Edited by chillgreg - 2/14/12 at 7:52am