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As a man who likes to save money (and an owner of a 7970GE) I'd have to suggest the 690 simply for the price point. Sure the lack of bandwidth and lower memory is a con, but at the price point you are getting it, and the fact that resale value on these cards is pretty high, you are in a good spot. Not only that but the res isn't going to constantly tax the lower memory.

On the other hand I run modded skyrim, and modded crysis 2 and the highest I've seen my memory usage is 2600mb used... @ 1080p - so do keep that in mind that 2gb will limit you in some cases).

If money wasn't as big of a deal, CF 7970's is hard to beat

Either way both are good options and it really comes down to how much you feel comfortable spending. CF 7970's will without a doubt outperform the 690, but it's not night and day - on a similar note though, due to the added memory let alone bandwidth, they will surely last longer which is a major plus if you are like me and only upgrade every 3-4 years

Good luck and enjoy the decision either way. And I can't stress this enough (after being screwed over in the past myself)... TEST that card through hell and back thumb.gif
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and free crysis 3 and bioshock with new card, was gonna by crysis 3 anyways!?????
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Originally Posted by KEITHRH12 View Post

That GTX690 (pulled from a Alienware Desktop) is a beast card and for 250 and my card, make it a nice deal

or

Buy another 7970 and piece of mind on parts failure.

I would choose the 7970 since you already have one and if one decides to fail you have a backup, unlike the gtx 690 if it packs in.
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I would choose the 7970 since you already have one and if one decides to fail you have a backup, unlike the gtx 690 if it packs in.
And on top of that it came out from a Alienware ... eh not too sure about that. And because it's bought used sometimes you wouldn't know when it will pack it in and what sort of life it's had biggrin.gif
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post #95 of 96
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and free crysis 3 and bioshock with new card, was gonna by crysis 3 anyways!?????

If power consumption is optionnal, then get a second 7970. You will have much fun with it, they overclock pretty well.

Also, drivers are pretty mature after a year and four months since its release.

They are also working on frame latency.

Anyway, in either way, your choice will be a good one and a great improvement over your current setup. thumb.gif


And by the way, I can't wait to play Bioshock Infinite biggrin.gif
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post #96 of 96
I'd take the 690 tbh. Good price and at 1080p it's more than enough. Uses less power, runs quieter and cooler. And has excellent build quality.
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