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I have a friend that is interested in upgrading his gpu. Is there much difference between what he has now and the 7970 card i have seen some reviews online but i would like to know how they compare with people that are using more up to date drivers.

All in all is it worth the upgrade?
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even the 7870 will be worth an upgrade.
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tell him not to wastte his money, his 580 should hold him for a couple of more months.
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Originally Posted by daman246 View Post

tell him not to wastte his money, his 580 should hold him for a couple of more months.

Agreed, The new GPU's won't be released until Q4 of this year so hang on and pick up the 7970 cheaper then smile.gif or spend that bit extra on the new cards coming out smile.gif
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post #5 of 12
It's easily worth the upgrade by a long shot but unless he can't play the games he wants at the settings he wants smoothly, there really isn't a reason to upgrade. thumb.gif
post #6 of 12
I agree with everyone here. It's not really worth the Upgrade, considering there will soon be new GPU's released this year. My Gtx 660 is on par with a gtx 580, and single 660 is okay for me in many games, so i imagine the same for him/her.
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post #7 of 12
I would hold out for the next gen which is out this year.
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Originally Posted by StayFrosty View Post

It's easily worth the upgrade by a long shot but unless he can't play the games he wants at the settings he wants smoothly, there really isn't a reason to upgrade. thumb.gif

well said. if the person is not getting the performance he wants in the latest games a HD 7950 or HD 7970 will be an upgrade. best bang for buck is with HD 7950.

a GTX 580 can be sold for 150 - 175 bucks. spend another 125 - 150 bucks and get a HD 7950

PCS+ HD 7950 Boost - 900 mhz core , 950 mhz boost
http://www.powercolor.com/us/products_features.asp?id=425#Specification
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1311&products_id=21965

Sapphire HD 7950 boost - 850 mhz core, 925 mhz boost
http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1157&lid=1&pid=1713&leg=0
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1311&products_id=20405

HD 7950 boost is 25 - 30% faster at stock and the perf increase goes up to 35 - 40% with voltage overclocking even when compared against an overclocked GTX 580 OC. the OC headroom on HD 7950 boost is more than GTX 580. getting a GTX 580 to 950 mhz (from 772 mhz) is more difficult than getting a HD 7950 boost to 1200 mhz (from 950 mhz) .

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/HD_7950_X2_Boost/31.html

GTX 580 - 52.6
HD 7950 iceq x2 boost - 67.5
HD 7970 Ghz - 78.9
HD 7950 iceq x2 boost (1210 mhz) - 82.9

if you want to spend more

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1309&products_id=20826
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1309&products_id=21322
Edited by raghu78 - 2/3/13 at 4:36am
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post #9 of 12
I've made that change, I bought a HD 7970 Vapor-X one week ago and I adored the change ... much more powerful than the GTX 580. Audio DTS-HD and Dolby True HD is incredible, and music, tv series and other movies gained life. The audio distribution is infinitely better now, with HD 7970. The audio from HD 7970 is more rich, powerful and fully of details. My Onkyo receiver thanks me for HD 7970.

Not even a regret with this change.

And on BF 3, well, much more fps, more stability and much more smoother now playing with a BenQ XL2420T.
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by rdr09 View Post

even the 7870 will be worth an upgrade.

Not even close. Without taking the power consumption and VRAM into mind. Going from a GTX 580 to an HD7870 is a very unwise side-grade.
7950/ GTX 670 are minimum cards from a single GTX 580.
Also if your friend can hold up for next generation, that is even better.
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