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my 680 died due to the hazards of clampless watercooling, should i replace it or get a second 7950? i would not be doing sli with the 680 for quite a while. i know two 7950s would have more raw performance BUT im not sure if the CF problems have been fixed yet.
 
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Actually I've always preferred getting the best single card you can afford versus trying to go either SLI or XFire. Both will always have their driver issues plus the fact that you have to deal with more noise and heat.

Why not get either another 680 or a 7970 Ghz edition?
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Actually I've always preferred getting the best single card you can afford versus trying to go either SLI or XFire. Both will always have their driver issues plus the fact that you have to deal with more noise and heat.

Why not get either another 680 or a 7970 Ghz edition?

i was considering a 7970 GHz edition, but if i went with the CF 7950 it would leave me enough room money wise to upgrade my aging spinpoint F3's to 3TB seagate 7200.14's for RAID.

I however wanted to stop by here and ask about the CF frame latency problems and if they had indeed been fixed.
 
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Funny thing is i'm in the opposite situation. Dead 7970 wanting to get 2 GTX670s.

Issue i have is their VRAM - i've heard that Crysis 3, Bioshock Infinite and Tomb raider are almost maxing out the VRAM on Nvidias 6XX series when maxed out. We're only starting the year and already the cards memory capacity is being tested which is worrying for someone planning a 1-2 year investment.

I did consider 2 7950s and still do but like you i worry about the CFX bugs - a single AMD card is great and i had no issues with it but with two and all this latency stuff now coming out - it makes it hard to press the button lol. I will be watching this thread to see what you do thumb.gif

Why not get a 7970GHz edition and wait to see what AMD offers in July before getting another one? They promised to deal with multi-GPU stuttering with some new offerings in their July drivers.
Edited by th3illusiveman - 3/28/13 at 3:29am
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well i can get a 7970 GHz edition, but it would negate my ability to upgrade my RAIDed F3's to 3TB 7200.14 Seagates. better all around upgrade imo as i use the F3's extensively and am feeling the sata3 bottleneck on them.

I will probably pull the trigger on another 7950, did some searching and it seems like the catalyst 13.2 betas fixed frame latency issues but that was in only one article. hopefully someone else with CF 7950's comes along. thanks for the input though.

I cant get onboard with kepler due to the abysmal compute ability and the low vram. im not about to shell out well over 500 dollars for a 4GB card that cant do it all. I'd rather stick with the AMD side since the 7950 is sporting 3GB of vram which is more future proof and can compute as well as crunch those frames smile.gif
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i see, good points. If you do go that route and if you can, please update on how your dual CFX config plays thumb.gif

best of luck.
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Buy another 7950...Sounds like you'll be happier with that since you'll be able to buy the additional things for you rig without waiting thumb.gif ...especially if that's what you truly desire.
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i was considering a 7970 GHz edition, but if i went with the CF 7950 it would leave me enough room money wise to upgrade my aging spinpoint F3's to 3TB seagate 7200.14's for RAID.

I however wanted to stop by here and ask about the CF frame latency problems and if they had indeed been fixed.

in nvidia forum? i, however, tried crossfire recently with my 7950/7970 and with the games i play they are pretty smooth. except ps2.
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Get 7950 IceQ X2 it OC more then 7970 Ghz .
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