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Poll Results: Which GPU should I pick?

 
  • 25% (1)
    2GB 6990M (15% faster)
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    2GB 7970M (100% faster)
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Alright, so... it's for a laptop but fear not, compatibility is not the issue. I know it'll work in the machine however justifying the price is difficult and I want to know from the rest of you if I should just go for a lesser GPU.

I currently possess a 6970M which is right on par with a GTX 465, but I play at 1920x1200 and it tends to cause a few slowdowns in several of my games. (scores 11k in vantage)


I found out that I can upgrade to a 7970M in my M17x R2, it's got around the firepower of a desktop HD6970 (Scores 20k in Vantage). However the 7970M costs around $600, so I'd have to drop a sizable amount.

The other option is to snag a 6990M instead. It's got about the power of a desktop HD6850 at stock, which is a decent 15% boost from my current GPU, and would only run me a max of $300. (Scores 13.5k in Vantage)


I can put up the 6970M for $250 and get a buyer within 48 hours, so that's where the first part of my cash would come from. 6990M for a small boost in performance (even out the odd framerates), OR double my firepower with the 7970M instead and spend a bit more. (It's equal to 6970M Crossfire.)


So what's everyone else think? I'm literally 50/50 right now because I could go either way. redface.gif I just don't want to be disappointed a while down the road, either from lack of money or lack of performance. redface.gif
     
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I would strongly recommend a 7970m over a 6990m. First of all you don't have crossfire issues and top of that (as you've stated) it's just faster. Then there's the issue of battery and power draw. a 6990m would consumes more power than a 7970m and won't justify its power draw considering its performance.

The 6990m isn't worth it for $300 IMO.


EDIT:

I'm very silly. I assumed the 6990m was dual GPU.
Edited by Edge Of Pain - 8/27/12 at 10:50am
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As it turns out, the 680M is compatible too... the 4GB model mind you. I could snag that for $750...
     
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As it turns out, the 680M is compatible too... the 4GB model mind you. I could snag that for $750...

The GTX 680M is a good option. Since its a more powerful GPU and clocked at 720 Mhz , a slight overclock on the GTX 680M to 850 Mhz would allow you to reach performance unachievable on the HD 7970M even if its overclocked.
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The GTX 680M is a good option. Since its a more powerful GPU and clocked at 720 Mhz , a slight overclock on the GTX 680M to 850 Mhz would allow you to reach performance unachievable on the HD 7970M even if its overclocked.

Indeed. Since the 680m is effectively an underclocked GTX 670 and a 7970m is effectively a 7870. If you can, get the 680m.
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If your gonna spend 600 or 750 on a new gpu sell your entire laptop and buy a new one. Probably get a 3rd gen i7 I was looking at these

http://www.ibuypower.com/IbpPages/Laptop.aspx they also doing free ram upgrade to gskill 1600 the CZ-17 looks promising...
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If your gonna spend 600 or 750 on a new gpu sell your entire laptop and buy a new one. Probably get a 3rd gen i7 I was looking at these
http://www.ibuypower.com/IbpPages/Laptop.aspx they also doing free ram upgrade to gskill 1600 the CZ-17 looks promising...

I'd have to get the 3720QM with the laptop because I use a virtual machine on a daily basis. The stock 3610QM doesn't support virtualization, however the 920XM I use DOES support it and runs what I need it to run. The "wanted" specs for my next laptop purchase will run me around two grand, so buying a new machine is out for a bit.

Anyway, The 680M is extremely tempting... And it seems the 4GB model is the only one I could purchase, but I've dealt with the driver problems and all that from going red to green and green to red before. frown.gif I'm so torn between these choices. I just need someone to flip a coin for me. cryingsmiley.gif

2GB 6990M for $50 more (GTX 460-level)

2GB 7970M for $350 more (GTX 570-level)

4GB GTX 680M for $500 more (GTX 580-level)

>.< Halp...
     
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in fact 7870 = 580GTX and = 7970M

so 680M GTX would be more than 580 GTX


http://forum.notebookreview.com/gaming-software-graphics-cards/675454-new-gtx-680m-review-truth.html
Edited by PontiacGTX - 8/28/12 at 10:42am
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Well after laying out everything on the table I'm going with the 7970M. I can't really overclock and the 680M requires a modded driver to work. frown.gif But oh well, still getting HD6970 performance for 100w. biggrin.gif

Staying with the red team after all... devil.gif
     
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