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Help Me Pick a 7950 / 7970!

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Okay guys. I originally planned to run a couple of 670's in my system. However, after asking others' opinions on the matter, they all pointed towards AMD's cards being much better for my needs.

So, now I've got a few questions:
1. How well does 3gb of VRAM handle dual 2560 x 1440 displays?
2. What card would you pick? (7950 or 7970)
3. What brand / model of card would you pick? I will eventually be watercooling (so I need reference cards), but for now, I still want it to be (relatively) quiet. (Budget here is right around $450, which should be enough for just about any AMD card out there right now.
4. Does Sony Vegas Pro 11 support GPU assist for AMD cards? Or whatever they call it... As in where the GPU helps you render your video faster.

Also, I need (not prefer, need) a black PCB. If I put a blue PCB in this rig, I will hurt myself.
Edited by Jeremy1998 - 9/15/12 at 4:27pm
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I'm running an MSI 7950 TFIII on a Shimian 27" display and it runs flawless.

Overclocked to 1150 core 1650 memory -- Rocks! thumb.gif
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Sapphire 7970 OC, now $400, or $380 with MIR.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102982
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I'm also a little curious... When is newegg gonna drop the prices more? Didn't AMD cut their prices way down?
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I am also waiting for that. To be honest the after market cooled cards probably will not drop any more. I read that news article says Amd is planning to cut more on the 7970 series since the last cut was one on the 7950/7870 cards.

I want to get the Ghz 7970 Saphire but was thinking the same thing. Since I am waiting to see if the refund from my last card clears this week, maybe the prices will drop too by then. Newegg is out of stock for that Ghz model too.
    
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Originally Posted by spinejam View Post

I'm running an MSI 7950 TFIII on a Shimian 27" display and it runs flawless.
Overclocked to 1150 core 1650 memory -- Rocks! thumb.gif
Wait, the first time I read this, I though "great".

But now that I take a second look, I notice you said "a Shimian 27" display". As in one. I want to run 2. Even though I will have 2 cards, I still only get 3gb of usable VRAM... So, will that 3gb of vram be able to handle dual 2560 x 1440?
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Okay... I know I set the budget at $450... But when I think about it, I was about to buy that 670 for $500... So why not spend $500 on an AMD card? And with that new budget, I am opened up to this beast:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150632
And according to my research, it is completely reference... Which means easily watercoolable. And the Dual fans on it are supposed to be very quiet... And come on... It's XFX. So, how well do you think that would do for me?
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Okay... I know I set the budget at $450... But when I think about it, I was about to buy that 670 for $500... So why not spend $500 on an AMD card? And with that new budget, I am opened up to this beast:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150632
And according to my research, it is completely reference... Which means easily watercoolable. And the Dual fans on it are supposed to be very quiet... And come on... It's XFX. So, how well do you think that would do for me?

That card, the xfx is fine for what you want to do, Amd is better at running multiple monitors anyway. I saw some reviews on newegg about that card having coil whine. Not sure if you care about that. The Saphire Ghz 7970 is known to use better components.
    
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post #9 of 38
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That card, the xfx is fine for what you want to do, Amd is better at running multiple monitors anyway. I saw some reviews on newegg about that card having coil whine. Not sure if you care about that. The Saphire Ghz 7970 is known to use better components.
Coil whine? I always get that confused... Is that when the fans make a buzzing noise, or is that when the card hisses under load?

Edit: Yeah, coil whine would make me put a gun in my mouth... And unfortunately, the Sapphire 7970 GHZ edition (non toxic) has a blue PCB.

So, I still need suggestions from you all.
Edited by Jeremy1998 - 9/15/12 at 8:17pm
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Alrighty people. I just found this card... Okay, truth be told, it's been in my favorites for a while. But anyways, I found this card, and I'm wondering how it will fare? The reviews seem pretty positive, and they pretty much all conclude it's a nice card. It also comes stock overclocked, so I would think these are higher binned.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814103210
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