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I can't see why I would need the 3rd 7950, but is the best idea here to get two 7950's then and run those and if I decide I need a 3rd then get one?

Now since I will be running at least two cards, and honestly knowing me ill probably end up doing 3 7950's if the two work out, should I try and get some sort of reference setup for the back of case cooling or will something like the sapphires or any other cooling system be ok?

What 7950's are recommend? Should I stay away from the XFX DD 7950's? I have seen a few negative comments about them and their vram cooling (such as the one above).


BTW thanks everyone for the help thus far.
Edited by JinxyJ08 - 3/1/13 at 10:18pm
post #22 of 41
If you end up stacking three of them, reference is probably your best bet. This HIS is rated very high, it's a boost edition, and it has about the best reference design cooler, but its OOS on newegg, and that's the only place to get it in the US. If you can wait till that's in stock I'd recommend it.

If you'd rather not wait, I'd say grab either the HIS reference card, or the Power Color one. They are the only other reference cards on newegg, but either should be fine IMO.
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post #23 of 41
get the sapphire HD 7950 boost. amazing price. good cooler. unlocked voltage. reference AMD PCB design. also if you buy 2 HD 7950 cards you should get 6 game coupons.

http://sites.amd.com/us/promo/never-settle/Pages/nsreloaded.aspx#3

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006

http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1157&pid=1713&psn=&lid=1&leg=0
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post #24 of 41
From what I see, the 7950/7970 is much like the 670/680. The lower cards are extremely close in performance to the higher cards, yet usually run around $100 less. 2 7950s or 670s will give you great performance. The only reason nobody wants to recommend a 690 is because it costs more than 2 670s but only gives around the same performance as two 670s. AMDs cards are the best in bang for your buck category right now. If you are going to be playing Crysis 3 you will need two cards anyway.
In terms of a triple crossfire setup from what I have seen in multiple tests is that the third card doesn't give you any higher fps, but simply tightens the gap of fps. For example, in a two card setup your fps is between lets say 100-140 fps, a triple card setup would be more like 115-140. It really did not make much of a difference in the reviews I saw, but Crysis 3 was not out then either.
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do you have an i7?
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post #26 of 41
I went for 2 7970, but i play on watercooling them so i thought i could squeeze more OC of the 7970...
post #27 of 41
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Originally Posted by JinxyJ08 View Post

I have read so many reviews and there are so many conflicting ideas on which to pick regarding AMD and NVidia that when it comes to two GPU's it is mind bottling (lol).

The plan: run games at highest specs ..... I am not wanting something to last 8 years but also now 3 moths so Ill just buy new hardware when I need it if this outfit becomes sub-par to my expectations.

Any help would be spectacular and thanks in advance!.

I was in a similar situation re GPU choices...I ended up going for SLI GTX 670ies (Asus Direct CUii) and just recently added a 3rd for tri-SLI. Below are some SLI and tri-SLI 3DM 11 results, though to be fair, the cards have a mildly modified BIOS...the system it was running in is a i7 3770K @ 5+ GHz. Whatever your choice, good luck and good gaming thumb.gifsmile.gif

Intel(R) IPP JPEG encoder 7.0.1041 - Jul 19 2011;

post #28 of 41
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Totallt right about the 6 games! Nice! So should I just go ahead and buy the three sapphire HD 7950 boost? It will cost me $810 after rebates and the newegg gift card I have, or do I only get two at a cost of around $520? I will have to run them pretty close to each other so I hope the coolers dont starve for air.
Edited by JinxyJ08 - 3/2/13 at 4:34am
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Yes of course I do. Its a 3820.
Edited by JinxyJ08 - 3/2/13 at 8:15am
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Originally Posted by rdr09 View Post

do you have an i7?

Yea of course I do. Its a 3820.
Edited by JinxyJ08 - 3/2/13 at 8:14am
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