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Guess the title says it all.

I decided to try my hand at dual-gpu cards. Frankly, I hated it. I had both the gtx 590 and hd 6990 (the lesser evil, imo)

The ammount of time waiting/looking for drivers/caps etc. The games with negative scaling... argh. Skyrim left a bad taste I'll never forget, for example.

Then there's the fact I don't like 3d, nor eyefinity... I play on 1080p (maybe, in the future, 1440p, but not now). Also, I don't care for 120hz.
( I do like highest settings and 60fps, though).
And the microstuttering... God, it drives me mad.

In the end, I think I'd be happy with a 1 card, 1 gpu solution. The most powerful around is the 7970, right? Should I go for it, or wait kepler, whatever? thoughts please...
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With the fact that you dont eyefinity or play at 1080 it not a downgrade. I think you will be happy with your choice. You should get similar performance with no studdering and crossfire problems. Not to mention the 7970 seem to be beastly cards.
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Guess the title says it all.

I decided to try my hand at dual-gpu cards. Frankly, I hated it. I had both the gtx 590 and hd 6990 (the lesser evil, imo)

The ammount of time waiting/looking for drivers/caps etc. The games with negative scaling... argh. Skyrim left a bad taste I'll never forget, for example.

Then there's the fact I don't like 3d, nor eyefinity... I play on 1080p (maybe, in the future, 1440p, but not now). Also, I don't care for 120hz.
( I do like highest settings and 60fps, though).
And the microstuttering... God, it drives me mad.

In the end, I think I'd be happy with a 1 card, 1 gpu solution. The most powerful around is the 7970, right? Should I go for it, or wait kepler, whatever? thoughts please...


Sounds like you need an excuse to upgrade. Just do it lol

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I think it's an upgrade going to a 7970 from a 6990 just because of the drivers. I think you should go for it also.thumb.gif
    
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If you can afford it, and it seems like you have no issue in that regard, I would say go for it! Why play with something you're unhappy about. Buy the 7970 and whenever it's time to upgrade by the fastest single GPU at the time.
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Clock a 7970 to 1.2Ghz and you'll really struggle to notice the difference between the two cards...
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Originally Posted by alexmaia_br View Post

Guess the title says it all.
I decided to try my hand at dual-gpu cards. Frankly, I hated it. I had both the gtx 590 and hd 6990 (the lesser evil, imo)
The ammount of time waiting/looking for drivers/caps etc. The games with negative scaling... argh. Skyrim left a bad taste I'll never forget, for example.
Then there's the fact I don't like 3d, nor eyefinity... I play on 1080p (maybe, in the future, 1440p, but not now). Also, I don't care for 120hz.
( I do like highest settings and 60fps, though).
And the microstuttering... God, it drives me mad.
In the end, I think I'd be happy with a 1 card, 1 gpu solution. The most powerful around is the 7970, right? Should I go for it, or wait kepler, whatever? thoughts please...

I had the same experience as you. I went from a highly-overclocked GTX 580 (930MHz/2100MHz) to the HD 6990, then to the GTX 590 and back to the HD 6990 (and now the 590). I felt the 580 offered a better, smoother playable gaming experience than either the 590 or 6990. Since I've sold the 580 and the 6990 already, I'm "downgrading" to a GTX 480 (was only $200) and selling the 590 though realistically my performance and gaming experience will probably jump up.

The 7970 should max out any game at 1080P with ease. I went with the 480 simply because I couldn't say no at only $200, especially when I already lost so much money reselling all of the other cards.
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dooo eet! 7970!
 
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I personally love Dual GPUs. 1 game that i have had problems was Skyrim and thats about it. Did not need CF to begin with. I would get HD 7970 but at the price i would not. I would personally wait for Kepler. Also @ 1080p its hard to tell the difference between these 3 cards. As far as drivers do HD 7970 doesn't really have mature driver.
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I wouldn't consider it a downgrade as all games will play nicely on the 7970 with no CAPs needed. You can get close to the same performance also
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