Originally Posted by Joa3d43
I own both AMD/ATI and NVIDIA products. 7970ies are nice cards, but they use almost 100 Watts MORE
than comparable NVidia products (in this day and age?)...or put differently, EVEN
the new TITAN uses slightly less power than the 7970.
The driver problems on multi-GPUs are far worse with the AMD/ATI, incl. micro-stutter- I ran AMD /ATI in my main machine until last October.
AMD/ATI is loosing in the marketplace, unlike NVidia which is gaining - what are the reasons ? I don't want to see AMD/ATI disappear because it is bad for choice and pricing
I will have to compare power use of the 680 & 7970. I think the 7970 does use a bit more, but bet the 680 isn't far behind overclocked.
A lot of people automatically go nvidia for performance, this is the first time in quite a while that AMD cards came out ahead in performance & many still don't believe it.
Originally Posted by Swag
I was actually a fanboy for ATI because I've never really owned a Nvidia card myself.
If I go for the 680, this will be my first Nvidia card.
Haha! I remember when Eyefinity first became slightly big, I jumped on the wagon and bought everything. Then I learned you needed DP to DVI Active Adapters and at that time, they were around $140 a piece!
I love how you know when he gets up in the morning... Suspicious...
They work pretty well with three monitors, they also look beautiful. The question is, can your system sustain all that power needs!
Lol, I was always an nvidia fanboy, the 7970 was my first AMD card!
Originally Posted by ivanlabrie
Get a 680 Lightning then, other models require hard mods...You would only need to get the special AB 2.2.3 (nda) and voila, voltage control.
If you get to 1400mhz core and 7800mhz ram that should be enough to max anything at 1440p.
With sli you have good chances of having enough horsepower for 3x1440p too, with a hefty cpu oc and some luck.
It adds cost and most included fans suck anyway...but you need some kind of fan there. Regular casual gamers won't be bothered with replacing case fans or doing cable management or fancy stuff like that. No fans would mean lots of burnt down gamer rigs lol
I'd get a no fan case, with a discounted price...could be an option/sku
He actually cheaped out a lot on fans...I would have gotten Gentle Typhoon ap 15's really
Or Silent Wings...
Agreed, the lightning & unlocked bios is really the only 680 available new that can almost keep up without hardmodding. If benchies make a difference for you at least, they're all good for gaming.
Originally Posted by lilchronic
damn thats sick! i want a world record
Semi world record, I have the highest accepted validation, there are 2 chips above mine at hwbot, but they got the big red X in the validation so they don't count for the cpu-z hall of fame.
That was my very first AMD chip.
Very good! #1 for hardware isn't easy!
Originally Posted by Joa3d43
...after all those discussions
that's exactly the right way
to do it ! Go Swag
.and may be throw in $15 to $20 for a kill-a-watt meter to measure differences, then do a new thread about the whole thing...
...and you still have your brother (for now
, Titans for $1500 / pop on eBay)
That is the right way to do it, as long as it isn't a reference cooler on that 7970. I don't mind fan noise, but even I don't like to turn that thing up to 100%...