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MSI 7870 OC vs. MSI 6970 Lightning

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I'm building a new rig and I can't really decide on the GPU. Currently the 7870 is faster than a stock 6970 but the OC is greater than the one on the 7870. So I'm having kinda a hard time choosing between which one. I'm currently thinking about getting the 7870 just because it's newer. LOL.

Also, anybody know when $300 Kepler's are gonna be out on the market?
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Give me a few days and I will let you know. Trading out my 6970 Lightning for 2 of those 7870's
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I'm building a new rig and I can't really decide on the GPU. Currently the 7870 is faster than a stock 6970 but the OC is greater than the one on the 7870.

Go with the 6870 if you do not own the 6970. If you have the 6970, I suggest you upgrade to the 7950 if you want to notice a nice upgrade. There's only a slight upgrade from the 6970 to the 7870 based on reviews.
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Greater than the OC on the 7870 ghz edition?
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Drivers have not matured for the 78xx series. Heck, you can only find 2 7870s on Newegg. The 7870 is an upgrade from a 6970 but slight. If you want a single card go 7970. If you want dual cards, 7870 crossfire is the way to go.
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7870 is closer to a 580 than a 6970 ever was.
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7870 is closer to a 580 than a 6970 ever was.

How well does it compare to a 580?
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7870. Lower power usage.
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How well does it compare to a 580?

About 5% behind overall but ahead in some benches. It probabally has higher OCing room though so you could probabally make it faster overall.
    
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How well does it compare to a 580?

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About 5% behind overall but ahead in some benches. It probabally has higher OCing room though so you could probabally make it faster overall.

Concur. It will clock a lot higher and in cfx scaling is excellent as well. It's a 6970, but better.
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