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Need to switch from my 7970's can somebody convince me to sell and buy some 680's?

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Well, title and sig rig say it all. The hardware really impresses me, but the drivers are just awful. Catalyst just doesn't work, I've spent too much of my valuable time dealing with it. The only driver that works is the one that came on the CD which is very outdated. I have a 5760x1080 monitor setup and two 7970's, and would want two GTX 680's, and need to be able to play BF3 at ultra. The only thing that concerns me is the 2GB versus the 3GB 7970, will it perform equally? Or perhaps even better? The specs don't support but these drivers are haunting me everyday. Maybe wait for some non-reference cards, or the GB editions that are coming out. If you could post some eyefinity res specs or any chart that would benefit me in anyway, what do you guys think? Thanks!
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Hmm just about to pull the trigger on a 7950 or 7970 all these bad driver posts are making me think about getting the 680 and having to put up with reference cooling instead.
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Hmm just about to pull the trigger on a 7950 or 7970 all these bad driver posts are making me think about getting the 680 and having to put up with reference cooling instead.
drivers work fine for me on a single monitor with a single card. Guess there not that great in xrossfire over massive resolutions lol :thumbdown:

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Hmm just about to pull the trigger on a 7950 or 7970 all these bad driver posts are making me think about getting the 680 and having to put up with reference cooling instead.

Wait a week or two, the non reference coolers are coming.
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Intel i7-2600k @ 4.62GHz Asrock Professional 3 Gen 3 Z68 2 Sapphire Radeon 7970's 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws X 1600 MHz 
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post #5 of 7
Its CFX and Eyefinity are the to most complex things when it come to drivers. Wait for next driver update. I think only 12.2 was the only driver for 7970 and that was not that good.
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post #6 of 7
Like post above, I say sell ur cards for as much as u can or return em obviously if u can and wait till the non reference 680's come out and get those simple. The
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post #7 of 7
I just did this myself. Went from 2x7970 to 3x580 to 3x680. Best decision I ever made. NVIDIA multi-gpu/multi-screen support is SO much better than AMD's it just hurts.
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