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OP: Why in gods name would you buy a GPU with 6GB Vram for a Single 1080p display? Seems a little bit.....pointless to say the least...

Great card none the less, enjoy!
Edited by Mhill2029 - 7/31/12 at 5:34pm
 
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OP: Why in gods name would you buy a GPU with 6GB Vram for a Single 1080p display? Seems a little bit.....pointless to say the least...
Great card none the less, enjoy!
"I love the latest and greatest so I had to dig deep." I believe that answer your question right there xD
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Yes it takes up 3 slots. Overkill on my part. Looking at going to a 3 monitor setup though. I am a ATE (Test Engineer) with a major Medical device company, so I love Hardware, sometimes get carried away. Been watching for these to come out for two months and jumped on it when Newegg got there hands on 5 or 6. They sold out last night. Been playing around and found my core voltage was too high at 1300Mhz. Dropped from 1.225 to 1.187. Also bumped the memory to 1900Mhz (7600Mhz eff.) Ran two passses of 3dmark11 and 2 Heaven. Would like the card to run in 2 or 3 days before I stress it more. These cards are for sure using cherry picked GPU's and Memory. for the price I hope so.
My past 7970 Lightning wouldnt even hit 1250 core in 3Dmark11. Was a solid card, but not the best overclocker.
post #14 of 48
eh-smiley.gif...... Congrats on the purchase.
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Coolmike - does it look like it can be pushed past 1300MHz?
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I believe I can push it past 1300. Letting her run in overnight. Tried 1310 but got a few artifacts during the first graphics test in 3Dmark11, the remaining graphics test were fine. Not sure why that specific test had artifacts and the other didnt. Temps are not an issue with this card, so I hope to push a small amount higher...
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"I love the latest and greatest so I had to dig deep." I believe that answer your question right there xD

$700 though for extra VRAM that will never ever be utilised, the 7990 is dropping in Aug so it's an odd thing to buy at this time.
 
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$700 though for extra VRAM that will never ever be utilised, the 7990 is dropping in Aug so it's an odd thing to buy at this time.

The 3GB version is going for about $450 right now, I believe it was on SuperBiz, I am eyeing one of those for September. Hoping the price does drop a few bucks on the 7970 when the 660 Ti releases later this month. It would be nice to snag a 3GB version mid September for under $450.
    
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The 3GB version is going for about $450 right now, I believe it was on SuperBiz, I am eyeing one of those for September. Hoping the price does drop a few bucks on the 7970 when the 660 Ti releases later this month. It would be nice to snag a 3GB version mid September for under $450.

Why would the price drop when the 660-Ti releases?

OP what's your ambient temp? I'm looking at getting one of these cards in the future.
 
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Why would the price drop when the 660-Ti releases?
OP what's your ambient temp? I'm looking at getting one of these cards in the future.

Nvidia just released the 660 Ti specs, Tweaktown even did a review (withholding photos) and it is only about 10% off in performance from the 670! The most significant difference between the 660 Ti and 670 is the memory bus going from 256-bit to 192-bit, everything else is pretty much the same and with a price point of $299, approximately. In the test results shown by Tweaktown, and based off the spec sheet, the 660Ti threatens the 7950 and in some cases the 7970 in terms of raw performance, and crushes them in the performance to price figure. It really puts the boot to the 7850, which is a great card for the money.

Here is the review: http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4869/nvidia_geforce_gtx_660_ti_2gb_reference_video_card_review/index1.html

So, with the fact that the 660 Ti is as high performing as it is, AMD is going to have to respond to keep their products attractive. Right now you have some versions of the 7970 still pushing over $515 USD, for a few bucks more you will (in theory) be able to grab 2 660 Ti's and go SLi, surpassing the performance of the 7970. Even surpassing, for less, the performance of the 7970 Ghz edition cards on the market right now.

Heck, up until I read the specs and seen the review at Tweaktown I was fully on board with AMD again, at this point they are going to have to further drop their price, or do something else to make the purchase worthwhile. I would almost feel bad about having just ordered, about a week ago, a 7850 for my brother, but it was on sale for about $215, so that is a solid deal. My own purchase in September? Well, it can go either way right now, it just depends on what AMD does.
    
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