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Hello,
Ok so I currently have a gtx 460, I plan to go 1440p.
I play Bf3/4 and Wow.
phenom 955@3.8ghz

I got 2 screen atm:
lg 23'' 1080p (hdmi, dvi and vga input)
Viewsonic 19'' 1280x1024 with vga input
Maybe its just a trip to have 3 monitor, but If I only use 2 monitor, I would keep my 19'' and the 1440p on dvi.
I only game on the 1440p monitor.

My initial plan was to get a used gtx 670 for about 330$ but for 1440p the 7950 and 7970 are superior.
and for 300$(+tax) I can get a gigabyte 7950, but the thing is that it only has 1 dvi and 1 hdmi. So I couldn't plug my 19'' monitor.

After I saw this sapphire 7950 (Which just came out of stock) that has 2 dvi port and 1 hdmi. But with tax and shipping It comes down to 360$.

And I saw this powercolor 7970 (not ghz edtion but I think it can be flashed if I am right) that has the same output configuration as the 7950 sapphire. and it end up to 390$ less 20$ MIR that I will never see again after I will send it lol...


This would be my first high end gpu, and my first Ati card.
Thank you.
Edited by adgame - 4/7/13 at 1:56pm
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Hello,
Ok so I currently have a gtx 460, I plan to go 1440p.
I play Bf3/4 and Wow.
phenom 955@3.8ghz

I got 2 screen atm:
lg 23'' 1080p (hdmi, dvi and vga input)
Viewsonic 19'' 1280x1024 with vga input
Maybe its just a trip to have 3 monitor, but If I only use 2 monitor, I would keep my 19'' and the 1440p on dvi.

My initial plan was to get a used gtx 670 for about 330$ but for 1440p the 7950 and 7970 are superior.
and for 300$(+tax) I can get a gigabyte 7950, but the thing is that it only has 1 dvi and 1 hdmi. So I couldn't plug my 19'' monitor.

After I saw this sapphire 7950 (Which just came out of stock) that has 2 dvi port and 1 hdmi. But with tax and shipping It comes down to 360$.

And I saw this powercolor 7970 (not ghz edtion but I think it can be flashed if I am right) that has the same output configuration as the 7950 sapphire. and it end up to 390$ less 20$ MIR that I will never see again after I will send it lol...

This would be my first high end gpu, and my first Ati card.
Thank you.

Well you definetly don't want to play games on two monitors unless you would enjoy having the crosshairs invisible between the two bezels. Always game with an odd number of monitors. to get a decent number of FPS in most games you should get two 7950's for what you want to accomplish. You CPU might present a little of a problem with bottlenecking in some games so I would overclock it further if you can. At least to 4.5Ghz. How much does shipping cost to get to where you live? Also, I wouldn't cheap out on a 7970 if you were to get one, but I think with your solution two 7950's would be your best bet. Only get a powercolor 7970 if you plan on ripping that crappy cooler off and watercooling. The 7970 won't offer you *too* much more performance. Then again, if you are looking to game with 1440p I would get two 7970's unless you could settle for 30fps on a single monitor in some of the newer games, then just get a single 7970.

BTW I use two 7950's to game on a single 1080p monitor and it is absolutely perfect.
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Oh well, you miss understood. I want to game only on one 1440p monitor, the two other are for multi tasking.
So only one 1440p monitor for game.
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Oh well, you miss understood. I want to game only on one 1440p monitor, the two other are for multi tasking.
So only one 1440p monitor for game.

Then I would go with a 7950 crossfire. 7970 crossfire isn't worth the extra money IMO for the little amount of extra performance. You definetly wont be able to play every game with a good FPS with one 7970. I have a 7950 crossfire and I'm very happy with it and have no regrets. I don't think that there are any decent 7970s on the market. I was thinking about getting some but when I was reading reviews I was seeing a lot of people couldn't get overclocks past 1100mhz. My 7950's in crossfire are at 1165/1600 and that allows me to play every game out right now at 60fps. Crysis 3 drops down to 50fps sometimes, but it isn't noticable. Great performance for a lot less cost than 7970s.
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I am really not going for crossfire, and max AA on 1440p is not as efficient as in 1080p
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go with sapphire hd 7950 boost. the reference PCB version has model no 11196-16-20G. unlocked voltage and good cooler. thumb.gif

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_557_558&item_id=055475

the sapphire model you picked is 11196-19-20G. it uses a custom PCB. it has no VRM temp sensors.
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Ok, so this one 11196-19-20G has a custum pcb and it has no vrm temp sensor. So?
I do plan to overclock the card a bit on stock fan, but I wouldn't go watercool, atleast for now.
11196-16-20G the reference one is 10$ more(not a big deal), and has only 1 dvi output (that's the bigger deal breaker for me)
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What is VRM temp sensor by the way? Does it affect my overclock?
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Well, clearly some of you have not fully read the OP. He clearly states that he only wants one card, yet people still suggest crossfire, which is twice the budget. I would personally buy a 7950, the boost edition is a good alternative. You get reference PCB, which also means reference testing and all the jazz that amd has been up to, not like a barely tested custom pcb version, plus you get an aftermarket cooler. The single DVI seems to be a problem for you if I understand correctly since you want to use all your 3 screens, but only game on one. May I suggest an active mini-display port to dvi adapter? That would basically solve your problem, though that's 30$ you could spend towards getting a 7950 with dual dvi...I guess it's up to you.
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post #10 of 16
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Well since the reference one is 10$ more than the one with 2 dvi, buying a converter 30$ more is kinda high for the reference pcb.
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