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I have a single 1920x1200 screen and my res won't be changing anytime soon. I am trying to decide which would be better for me, a 690 or a pair of 7970's. I have owned plenty of sli and crossfire configs. 560ti sli, 580 sli, 5870 crossfire and 6970 tri fire. I've never experienced stutter, or enough to notice anyway. I've also never had bad experiences with drivers from either camp. Maybe I'm lucky, but I think it's because I do a fresh install when I change camps. I know 79xx really outshines Kepler at super high resolutions and voltage unlock ability is a huge plus. But I also know a 690 is gonna hold its resale much better and consume less power. I know it's overkill, but I don't care, so no need for those type comments. I have a 2500k that will clock to 5.0 with ease, an HX750 so power and any type of CPU bottleneck I'm not concerned with. I play Borderlands 2, all the Crysis titles and CS:GO. CS, yeah I know, I can run that with my 9500gt. I'm looking to smash Crysis 3 on release. So, higher resale and epeen or more VRAM, memory bus and voltage unlock ability ? Give me your thoughts please ?
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Snag a 7990 off of Newegg, it's 2 7970's slapped onto one PCB just like a 690, but it's cheaper and it stays cooler. The card is huge as **** though, so you'll need a big case either way for a 7990 or a 690
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Not really into the Devil. I'm pretty sure they're all sold out anyway. I have plenty of room in my case. Thanks for your reply.

Lets go ahead and leave the 7990 out of the discussion. 7970 x 2 vs 690. Money is not an issue. Strictly the better performance of crossfire vs the resale and epeen of a 690. biggrin.gif
Edited by King Who Dat - 12/6/12 at 10:20pm
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I would go with 7970 3gb crossfire. Im ready for crysis! I think you shouldnt have an issue at all! Your cpu and PSU can handle it!
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I have that resolution and a gtx 690, can't be happier.

The air cooler does a great job, well enough that you can get the same overclock as if you were to use a waterblock.

Most gtx 690s overclock to 1150MHz boost that I've noticed. If you get one that does >1200MHz, you're golden.
    
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If the 690 wasn't so overpriced and VRAM I would say go for it but honestly, I couldn't suggest it over CF 7970.
 
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I'd go for the crossfire 7970's.

Not only do they looks awesome is Crossfire, but those new Drivers thumb.gif
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OP don't buy a GTX 690. buy yourself a card which will allow you to enjoy the latest games very well for 6 months. a single HD 7950 overclocked to 1.1 Ghz matches HD 7970 Ghz and can max any game out there including Farcry 3 at 1200p with Ultra , HDAO, Enhanced A2C, MSAA 4x. Get yourself a Sapphire HD 7950 boost (925 mhz boost) for 300 bucks and overclock it. after 6 months sell this card for around 200 and go for the next gen Nvidia beast GTX 780. By that time prices on GTX 780 would also have stabilized. thumb.gif
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^ exactly. and kepler rev 2 is around the corner, and its the worst feeling buying an expensive card to see it become outdated pretty quickly. this is from personal experience; i bought a 580 right before kepler frown.gif
    
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post #10 of 29
Except either option will last him quite a long time at his resolution...

That being said, a 7950 single or CF would be the better choice. Next gen is meh...get something now that will hold you over until the next architecture.

So excited for Maxwell, lol.
 
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