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Would there be any real gains or losses in purchasing a Gigabyte 7970 Windforce 3GB over my current CrossFire'd 1GB 7770's?

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Hi all, quick question here.

I recently completed my first gaming build (around late December), featuring CrossFire'd XFX 1GB R7770's clocked at 1100MHz Base, and 1250MHz Memory. Overall, I've been pretty happy with my game performance (I can max out pretty much any game except Far Cry 3), but I have had some annoyances with my graphics. In pretty much EVERY game I play, if I leave vsync ON, I get awful microstuttering. For example... MW2, Far Cry 3, Black Ops II, Black Ops, Skyrim, etc. The only way I've been getting around the stuttering in these titles is to disable vsync, and to set the maximum frame limit to around 120, but if I do that, I get AWFUL screen tearing.

I'm so sick of the stuttering and tearing that I'm opting to sell my current CrossFire set and go with the 3GB OC'd Gigabyte Windforce 7970.

So my real question here is going from the CrossFire'd 1GB 7770's to a single OC'd 3GB 7970 going to cause any performance losses or gains? What should I be expecting?
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you would gain a couple of fps here and there but the issue with micro-stuttering would be gone for food. Hence, you should by all means possible opt for a HD 7970. Oh and the gigabyte windforce has really good coolers.
BTW, could you mention the resolution at which you are playing ??
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I primarily game at 1440x900, the resolution of the monitor on my desk, but on occasion I'll game at 1920x1080 or 1280x720 on my TV from time to time. Thanks for your feedback!
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post #4 of 11
that 7970 would not have any problem at either of those resolutions.
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Awesome. Thanks for the info. I don't mean to ask such a noob question, but... how do I get my PC build to show under my posts like yours? I feel like that would help others help me with my various PC questions and issues.
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Believe you should be seeing a huge performance increase. the 1440x900 would be buying a tank, bomber, and nuke to kill an ant.

At that resolution? get a 7870 LE or a 7950. Even a 7850 would dominate at that resolution.
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Sorry to revive this thread, but I'm going to be purchasing my new graphics card soon. Could I ask you forum-goers to tell me which of the following graphics card is better, and your reasoning behind your decision? With my budget at $325, I've narrowed it down to these two cards. I want the card that will overclock the best.

Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB WindForce
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125414

Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB with Boost
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202026
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From what I hear, hearsay, gigabytes are voltage locked. I'd go with the Sapphire assuming no one has solid proof stating otherwise. For you? Wait for more input!
post #10 of 11
I wouldn't go with either, sapphires RMA service is questionable and 3 fans on the gigabyte means more chances of failure. Go with HIS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161420

Best RMA service I've had with any video card manufacturer and they OC very nice. Really liking mine as it doesn't even break 50c in game.
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