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I currently have a GTX 580 that I would like to replace. It has served me well but throughout my time owning it I think I seriously messed up my card with constant overclocking and voltage tweaks. I want to switch to an AMD card this time around and wondering what would be the best suggestion. I have never used AMD and want a card that is at least a tier higher than the GTX 580. What would that card be?
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ATI Radeon HD 7970 or 7950. Both will be great cards, I love my 7970's. But if you are looking to be a little budget friendly then a 7950 is the way to go. Both overclock very well.
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My next build will be with AMD cards too. I never really thought much about AMD, and did not even know what their cards did or did not do, but my Titan experience has left me wondering about my options, and has reinforced the fact that we should be looking after our own best interests, as consumers, and not be a valiant spokesperson for companies selling us products. I would hate for any gpu manufacturer to take its "repeat customer base" for granted, as the customers will not repeat, if they are not happy.
I will not be be getting rid of my Titans, but this card may have other application in other industries that perhaps justifies its price and performance for those specific uses, and I am sure that it does. If both AMD, and Nvidia have chosen to focus on more lucrative opportunities, such as cloud computing tand consoles, then its great for their shareholders and employees, but I don't find any silver lining for the PC gamers to rejoice about.
As a PC gamer, and an enthusiast, having locked down gpu's with auto boost is starting to feel a lot like console gaming at much higher prices. And, perhaps it's the PC gamers and the enthusiast community that is bearing the cost by paying a premium to support funding for these other "prioritized initiatives" by both AMD and Nvidia. I don't care what the brand says when I am drinking the koolaid, but at least I want to feel good even when I know that I am drinking the koolaid.

So what would be a good AMD option for a mini itx? I ask this question sincerely, as I really don't know anything about AMD cards, but I would certainly explore all options, as it is in MY Best Interest to do so.
OP , I am sorry for butting into your thread, but hopefully we can both get some recommendations without distracting from your original post. Thanks.
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post #4 of 15
Go for a 7970. 580 to a 7950 wouldn't be that much of an upgrade.
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That is going to depend on the size of your m-itx case. Most of the highend ATI cards are LONG. I think my 7970's are 11.5 inches. I don't think your going to see anything less than that in the ATI camp for a while (unless you go to a lower end card). If you need small power a GTX670 is going to be your best bet, but a lot of the m-itx cases can still take a full lengh card so if you can than a 7970 or 7950 would be great. From there it will be all about cooling. If you have bad case cooling than a reference 7970 with the blower sytle heat sink (One fan at the back and then blows out the back of the case) will be your best option, if you have good case cooling then you will be better with over of the double fan models, like the XFX cards. If you plan on adding water you will need a reference card. You can always check coolingconfigurator.com and see if the card is reference or not.
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Go for a 7970. 580 to a 7950 wouldn't be that much of an upgrade.

Yes it will . 7970 is only about 5% faster than 7950 at same clocks. The only reason you see the 7950 is much slower in benchmarks is because it runs at 800 MHz. once overclocking is taken into consideration 1050 MHz+ you will have a card that is only about 5% behind than 7970 GHz but cost much less. Sure the 7970 GHz can OC too but the difference between the two cards max oc won't be the same as when the two are at stock clocks.
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That is going to depend on the size of your m-itx case. Most of the highend ATI cards are LONG. I think my 7970's are 11.5 inches. I don't think your going to see anything less than that in the ATI camp for a while (unless you go to a lower end card). If you need small power a GTX670 is going to be your best bet, but a lot of the m-itx cases can still take a full lengh card so if you can than a 7970 or 7950 would be great. From there it will be all about cooling. If you have bad case cooling than a reference 7970 with the blower sytle heat sink (One fan at the back and then blows out the back of the case) will be your best option, if you have good case cooling then you will be better with over of the double fan models, like the XFX cards. If you plan on adding water you will need a reference card. You can always check coolingconfigurator.com and see if the card is reference or not.

Thanks. I am thinking the s3, but have not explored all my options yet. But, will be doing so shortly. So a 7970? I will most likely water cool. I am assuming xfx means the same as AMD?

Edit: never mind, I looked up xfx. Thanks.
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What are the resolution do you playing at? My vote is go to the best AMD card you can get, like 7970.
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If this question is for me, I will be using a single 1080 p screen with this particular build.
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Thanks. I am thinking the s3, but have not explored all my options yet. But, will be doing so shortly. So a 7970? I will most likely water cool. I am assuming xfx means the same as AMD?

Edit: never mind, I looked up xfx. Thanks.
But XFX = crap. If you want a dual-fan gpu get a sapphire 7950 boost dual-x version.
http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1157&pid=1841&psn=&lid=1&leg=0 which is only 270mm long not 290mm long
or http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1157&pid=1450&psn=&lid=1&leg=0 which is stock clocked at 900MHz not 850
although http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131458 is very very tempting in my town
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