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alright, thanks guys, will have a look into it. cheers.
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i posted this in the other thread that was suggested i start but thought i wouldpost it here aswell, just ooking for confirmation, i just been doing some tests with the cpu and gpu usage displayed aswell and 90% of the time the cpu usage is around 60% and the gpu usage is 95-99% which is good right? but then cpu usage goes p to 80-90% and gpu usage drops to 70-80% which is the bottleneck from the cpu yeah? .. this is in bf3.
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Don't do the 7970. Regretting my decision to purchase mine, and I can't return it without paying $180 for the gaming bundle that game with it. Definitely unimpressed with it, even with the 12.11 drivers. Thing artifacts at stock clocks sometimes, if it gets any worse I'll RMA. But regardless, it can't hold a 60FPS minimum at all times in BF3 with ultra preset, even when overclocked. For a card that costs as much as it does, that's unacceptable.
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Don't do the 7970. Regretting my decision to purchase mine, and I can't return it without paying $180 for the gaming bundle that game with it. Definitely unimpressed with it, even with the 12.11 drivers. Thing artifacts at stock clocks sometimes, if it gets any worse I'll RMA. But regardless, it can't hold a 60FPS minimum at all times in BF3 with ultra preset, even when overclocked. For a card that costs as much as it does, that's unacceptable.

Hmm, sounds like you might have a bum card. My 7950 at stock clocks has yet to drop below 60 frames in BF3, and overclocked tends to hover around 70-80 fps most of the time. On another note, what CPU you running? Im assuming an i5 K series or i7, but its just as likely that your CPU is bottlenecking, which is why you arent seeing the performance. Again, I figure your CPU is fine.. but figure to cover all bases since the 7970 should be more than enough for BF3, and it stands to figure that performance issues are due to either cpu bottleneck or a dud of a card.
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Don't do the 7970. Regretting my decision to purchase mine, and I can't return it without paying $180 for the gaming bundle that game with it. Definitely unimpressed with it, even with the 12.11 drivers. Thing artifacts at stock clocks sometimes, if it gets any worse I'll RMA. But regardless, it can't hold a 60FPS minimum at all times in BF3 with ultra preset, even when overclocked. For a card that costs as much as it does, that's unacceptable.

Yeah, i think im just gonna grab a 3570k on tuesday, games just aren't enjoyable with the stutter and im much the same as you, paid 430 bucks for a 670 plus the rest, and im getting this stupid stutter? balls to that. If the 3570k doesnt fix it? well thats not the end of the world, least i will have a decent cpu that should see me through a couple of yrs. Like the other guy asked, what cpu have you got out of interest? either way i will update on here whether or not the 3570k fixes my problem. If not i will be grabbing a 7970 and overclocking the **** out of that aswell. If that doesnt work i will sell this fkn thing on ebay. not really but i will be pissed lol.
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I'm running a i5 3570K at 4.2Ghz. But when I asked around, everyone assured me it would not bottleneck a 7970, or even crossfired 7970s for that matter. If I ever do crossfire my 7970, I'll be delidding my 3570k to upgrade the thermal paste and adding a water cooling system in hopes I can get it to 5Ghz. Anyway, my 7970 really is a dud. The thing overclocks like garbage and can hardly get above stock clocks, and needs a risky amount of voltage just to do so. I'm not kidding, I see artifacts at stock clocks every once in a while. It sometimes crashes with random tasks like having GPU-Z read it, and other times it wont wake from sleep. I'm not surprised at all this because the ASIC rating is a lousy 63.4%, I don't know how they can get away with selling a customized version of the highest-end single GPU on the market with such low quality silicone.

I'm about to RMA the damn thing honestly. Any artifacts at stock clocks are just unacceptable, even if they are rare.
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yeah, i agree, you pay for a premium product you expect... a premium product. I honestly had less issues with my 560.
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I'm running a i5 3570K at 4.2Ghz. But when I asked around, everyone assured me it would not bottleneck a 7970, or even crossfired 7970s for that matter. If I ever do crossfire my 7970, I'll be delidding my 3570k to upgrade the thermal paste and adding a water cooling system in hopes I can get it to 5Ghz. Anyway, my 7970 really is a dud. The thing overclocks like garbage and can hardly get above stock clocks, and needs a risky amount of voltage just to do so. I'm not kidding, I see artifacts at stock clocks every once in a while. It sometimes crashes with random tasks like having GPU-Z read it, and other times it wont wake from sleep. I'm not surprised at all this because the ASIC rating is a lousy 63.4%, I don't know how they can get away with selling a customized version of the highest-end single GPU on the market with such low quality silicone.

I'm about to RMA the damn thing honestly. Any artifacts at stock clocks are just unacceptable, even if they are rare.

Yeah, I think an RMA is def in order; there should be no reason for the artifacts and the stutters with that card and your chip. I have the same i5 (at 4.6) and a 7950 and the only issues I have had are random lag spikes from my lousy ISP. Really sucks man.
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just thought i would update here aswell for anyone else considering the switch. I had quite a few issues which i wont go into again but i got the 7970 and finally got it installed properly and the stutter is gone, doesnt look like the cause of my issues were a cpu bottleneck. better results in vantage aswell. http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/5654345

Heres the other link where i go into the issues i had if anyone cares lol.. http://www.overclock.net/t/1349603/has-anyone-switched-from-a-670-to-a-7970-differences-better-worse/60
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What res do you play at? I don't see the CPU being the problem if he is at 1920x1080 or above. I've been running a 470 paired with a 955 @ 3.6 for God's sake and with ultra textures, everything else high, HBAO, and 2xMSAA and don't drop below 40fps. With my 7970 i don't drop below 50 on ultra with motion blur off and 2xMSAA again this is with a 955 @ 3.6.

Edit: i see the card must of been the problem, and it honestly sounded like it was. 670/680 are especially keen if all you do is play BF3 every benchmark i've seen lately they're well above the 7950 and 7970.

Iamhollywood i'd have to agree man the 7970 vendors seem to have some inconsistency in QC. My XFX 7970 wont run at the correct speeds for some odd reason and wont budge as far as overclocking goes, i get some slow load in textures and artifacting every now and then also at stock.
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