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Let me start by saying that I have only owned a 6950 2GB model previously... I got rid of that GPU for a GTX 480 because I wanted to use Adobe Premier Pro's Mercury Playback Engine and it has driver issues / crashes in certain games.

I am currently running 3 GTX 480's and it is just way to hot, loud and power hungry. I just placed an order for 2 7970's... My thoughts are the performance will at least be the same if not much better with AA turned on (I run 3 displays and figure the extra 1.5GB VRAM will help.) And it will consume less power and be somewhat cooler. (would you guys agree with this?)

So are drivers for AMD these days a little more stable than I remember a year ago? What are your experiences cross-firing 2 7970's? (or any AMD cards for that matter)

Thanks for reading... just wanted some opinions from OCN
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Let me start by saying that I have only owned a 6950 2GB model previously... I got rid of that GPU for a GTX 480 because I wanted to use Adobe Premier Pro's Mercury Playback Engine and it has driver issues / crashes in certain games.
I am currently running 3 GTX 480's and it is just way to hot, loud and power hungry. I just placed an order for 2 7970's... My thoughts are the performance will at least be the same if not much better with AA turned on (I run 3 displays and figure the extra 1.5GB VRAM will help.) And it will consume less power and be somewhat cooler. (would you guys agree with this?)
So are drivers for AMD these days a little more stable than I remember a year ago? What are your experiences cross-firing 2 7970's? (or any AMD cards for that matter)
Thanks for reading... just wanted some opinions from OCN

post this question also in the HD 7900 users thread. drivers have improved a lot. since12.7 beta 12.8 whql and 12.9 beta are the latest whql and beta drivers.

Performance wise you will definitely be able to match or exceed the tri GTX 480s at eyefinity resolutions because that is HD 7970's strongest point. Power consumed will be less. for efficient cooling try and keep the cards as far apart as possible. If you can get PCI-E 2.0 8x bandwidth for the two HD 7970s thats more than enough.

which HD 7970 cards did you get ?
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post this question also in the HD 7900 users thread. drivers have improved a lot. since12.7 beta 12.8 whql and 12.9 beta are the latest whql and beta drivers.
Performance wise you will definitely be able to match or exceed the tri GTX 480s at eyefinity resolutions because that is HD 7970's strongest point. Power consumed will be less. for efficient cooling try and keep the cards as far apart as possible. If you can get PCI-E 2.0 8x bandwidth for the two HD 7970s thats more than enough.
which HD 7970 cards did you get ?

Thanks for the reply...

I will have the 2 7970's running at 2.0 x16 speeds... and my motherboard slots are far enough apart.

Edit: I purchased the Diamonds that were on special on NewEgg
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