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Hello Forum,

I wanted to ask all of you informed people out there what the smartest thing is. I have a SB (2600K) rig, which I will custom water-cool in the near future and I am also upgrading my GPU (to also be water-cooled). I have 3 options, getting the current king: AMD's 7970, Nvidia's last-gen GTX 580 or wait for Nvidia's Kepler series to come out. The reason I am asking is I am not sure of how long Kepler will still take to release. In addition, I do some CAD work (besides gaming) and the software I use (Blender 2.6) only supports CUDA, which the AMD card doesn't have. Without this factor, it would be an obvious choice. My budget is around $550-650 for the GPU.

What would you guys recommend, last-gen, current-gen or wait?
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maybe HD 6950 Cfx, 560 GTX TI 448 SLI, wait for kepler or a cheap 580 GTX

which si your cou, psu, and resolution?

P.S: AMD has Ati Stream
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Originally Posted by PontiacGTX View Post

maybe HD 6950 Cfx, 560 GTX TI 448 SLI, wait for kepler or a cheap 580 GTX
which si your cou, psu, and resolution?
P.S: AMD has Ati Stream

Yes, but my software ONLY supports CUDA. My PSU will be Corsair AX850, Corsair 800d and I'm playing at 1920 * 1200. Why do you not recommend the AMD version? I actually also prefer a single card, also waterblocks for more than one card would create some other complexities. Thanks for your response, I'll consider it.
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There's lots of talk that Kepler's mid-range GK104 will be arriving sometime in March. Based on what I've heard, it's supposed to be on par (if not slightly better) in performance to the HD 7970. I would wait.
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post #5 of 14
You seriously cant choose before kepler is out on the market?

personally im waiting. i dont feel that theres a serious reason to upgrade now. Ill prolly only be playing D3, sc2 and WoW anyways.. and my pc can run all 3 games np!
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One of my good friends asked me this recently.

Kepler has been around for over a year in forums. Nvidia, still has yet to release it. They were expected to release Kepler in Q2 2011. It's now Q1 2012, and still nothing.

I told my friend, to go with the AMD Radeon HD 7950 (because he only had a max of 480$.). The AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB is well enough for anything. The performance is very well, and it's worth the money.

You can buy a cheaper Nvidia-card that has CUDA Capabilities. I would get a small GTS 450 for PhysX/CUDA. AMD & Nvidia cards, yes, are possible to use in one Single system. Many use them currently. People wanted PhysX, & Wanted to use their primary AMD card. Drivers are becoming more compatible for software changes, so there should be no issue what-so-ever.

I hope this helps. If I were you, I'd go for an AMD 7970 3GB & Get a GTS 450 For PhysX/CUDA.
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If the software you use supports or needs CUDA then you should definitely go with a Nvidia Solution. Nobody is sure when the next gen of Nvidia cards are coming out, nor how much will they be priced at. So if you need something good and urgent buy one thats not too expensive. Then maybe upgrade later when the new onces show up in the market.
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because you cant say that you can have a factor there, ATI stream must have programs to be compatible with.... now if you cant wait I´d get 560 GTX TI 448 SLI for me this is great card only for 279$, waterblock for a gpu? well 580 GTX form EVGA but Air cooled 560 GTX TI on SLI will performs much better than 580 GTX OCed and also I think than 7970 Oced...

Some reviews
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_560_Ti_448_Cores_Twin_Frozr_III/
http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/msi_n560gtx448_pe/
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4451/msi_gtx_560_ti_448_1280mb_twin_frozr_iii_power_edition_video_card_review/index.html

HD 6950 Cfx Doesn´t have anything to do Against 560 GTX TI 448 SLI

performance @1920x1200
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Here some information about ATI Stream
http://www.amd.com/US/PRODUCTS/TECHNOLOGIES/STREAM-TECHNOLOGY/Pages/stream-technology.aspx
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Originally Posted by thehybridkiwi View Post

There's lots of talk that Kepler's mid-range GK104 will be arriving sometime in March. Based on what I've heard, it's supposed to be on par (if not slightly better) in performance to the HD 7970. I would wait.

All specs up till now are made up.
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Originally Posted by PontiacGTX View Post

because you cant say that you can have a factor there, ATI stream must have programs to be compatible with.... now if you cant wait I´d get 560 GTX TI 448 SLI for me this is great card only for 279$, waterblock for a gpu? well 580 GTX form EVGA but Air cooled 560 GTX TI on SLI will performs much better than 580 GTX OCed and also I think than 7970 Oced...
Some reviews
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_560_Ti_448_Cores_Twin_Frozr_III/
http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/msi_n560gtx448_pe/
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4451/msi_gtx_560_ti_448_1280mb_twin_frozr_iii_power_edition_video_card_review/index.html
HD 6950 Cfx Doesn´t have anything to do Against 560 GTX TI 448 SLI
performance @1920x1200
700
Here some information about ATI Stream
http://www.amd.com/US/PRODUCTS/TECHNOLOGIES/STREAM-TECHNOLOGY/Pages/stream-technology.aspx

Yea if you want a Vram bottleneck. Go for a 7970. It already exists in the market and it has already show its proven performance.
    
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Originally Posted by veyron1001 View Post

All specs up till now are made up.
Yea if you want a Vram bottleneck. Go for a 7970. It already exists in the market and it has already show its proven performance.

mmm vram bottleneck with 7970? I knew CPU bottleneck, Resolution Bottleneck,and PCie Port Bottleneck biggrin.gif
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