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Before blaming drivers it is better to look the reviews in detail..

On TPU, Games that has tilted the overall performance in Nvidia's favor:

1. Batman: Crossfire not supported. It is a TWIMTBP title & Nvidia has given Rockstar enough money to ensure they don't support crossfire.
2. Battlefield 3: Strangely Crossfire works on HH review but doesn't at TPU review...

in rest of the games, mostly 7990 has won most of the higher resolution benchmarks except a few games where 690 has won but differences in the frames in these games are hardly noticable.

One more thing, in the overall performance summary. Surround & eyefinity results are not included stating that many games don't support Surround... WTH.. these cards are made for triple-screen gaming

If those results would have been included, results would have been very different.

On HH review, we can argue that they used two Gaming evolved games, Dirt Showdown & Sleeping Dogs but in both of these games, AMD has not done what Nvidia did in Batman i.e. No support for SLI but they have included compute features that make their achitecture look good.

By removing compute, Nvidia has made cards of this generation absolutely worthless for games which uses compute features
Edited by anujsetia - 8/31/12 at 7:39am
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Originally Posted by ahhell View Post

confusedsmiley.png How is a flaw like that not get caught before getting out the door??

This flaw was only on TPU card. Confirmed by reviewer at Hardware heaven
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Originally Posted by verdian3 

Finally, its worth noting that the card we received had no heatsink/thermal issues. It worked properly right out of the box.

This clearly shows that TPU had a faulty card & even how accurate the benchmarks are is doubtful as well....
post #63 of 150
Late and expensive. Now I have 2 new toys thumb.gif

Bye!
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Underwhelming how? That's not very well argumented.
I can't get my head around the BF3 and Batman stuff. Now come one mment it's just under the GTX690 and the next moment it drops 5 spots. I mean it's the benchmarks where it should shine. Having 2 GPUs and 3GB per GPU it should laugh at eyefinity setups. No one buys this to play 1080p.
Heat, drivers, engineering, overclocking head room, triple slot, possibly price as well.
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Heat, drivers, engineering, overclocking head room, triple slot, possibly price as well.

It runs much cooler than the 690 on load. If you're talking about the idle temps, then fine.

I strongly believe that TPU got a dud with their card because HH benchmarked all of their games with more proper results. I'm also wondering whether either of the review websites installed CAPs when benchmarking the cards. It might have made a difference in performance, especially in some of the games TPU tested.

I'm sure that they didn't use any voltage oc'ing this card, so this overclock is just slightly lower than the average 7970 overclock for the TPU review, and average for the HH review.

If someone has room for a triple slot cooler, then there shouldn't be any problems. Granted, most people would prefer a 2 slot card over a 3 slot one, but there needed to be an effective cooling solution to tame the 7990. The 3-slot cooling solution is one of the best ways to do that.

The main thing that I would pick on would be the noise. It's noticeably louder than the 690 on load, but you probably won't be able to hear it when you're gaming with headphones or speakers.

Also, if someone is able to spend $1000 for a graphics card, power consumption is probably the least of their worries. If you got the money, and your psu can handle the wattage, then throw that baby in biggrin.gif

The main reason for the ¬$200 premium over a 7970 crossfire setup is that this is a limited edition card. AMD cancelled the production of the 7990, and I highly doubt their reference coolers would keep the temps down while having tolerable noise levels. That's where the Devil 13, and, hopefully, the Ares II come into play. You save yourself an extra slot while having the performance of two 7970's on a single pcb (768-bit bus width eek.gif ), and epeen bragging rights, all for a $200 premium (it's actually less than that). I believe that's a reasonable compromise.
Edited by airisom2 - 8/31/12 at 10:30am
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Meh, today's flagships, tomorrow's mid-range.

The actual market segment of these dual flagship cards is insignificant, epeen enhancement.
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So the 690 is still better on average for the dollar, wattage, and overall power. Huh... I honestly didn't expect that. Plus the biggest downside and KILLER for this GPU is the mounting issue I saw. frown.gif

That needs to be addressed.
     
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Or just buy two 7950's and OC the hell out of them?

http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-7950-crossfire-review-2-and-3way/1

This.

Pay $1000 for what amounts to two 7970s on a single board, but still takes 3 slots.

Or

Pay $600 for two 7950's, OC them, and get the same results as the above card.
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Personally, I think the 690 is the most beautiful card in the world, ever. biggrin.gif

This thing looks mean tho.
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