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Well, latest rumours suggests that the new series may be coming out early 2014 rolleyes.gif
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Originally Posted by StayFrosty View Post

Buy a 7970 now for $400, get another one in a year for $200. rolleyes.gif

They'll be fixed in July with their new drivers.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6857/amd-stuttering-issues-driver-roadmap-fraps/2

headphone.gif (music to my ears) Let's hope they do that... wink.gif

And you know, your statement is more like... "Buy a single 7970 now for $400, and play games like crysis 3/Gta 5/bf4 with FXAA for the next year, then add another one, and run even more demanding games to come with FXAA on X-fire tongue.gif" ... you know, just the same way you can buy another 7970 to improve your gaming experience, i can also sell my 660's and get another pair of GPU's.. maybe 770's or 780's... It all Depends on how much you are willing to spend on an upgrade. Either ways, we would both be "upgrading" right?... but i would have been running my games at max settings for the past year, and getting better performance than you, while you have been using FXAA lachen.gif
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:O its matt-matt

Yes.. And who are you? redface.gif
 
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Good luck OP, looks like we gave you enough information to make a decision. I'm personally sticking to my setup until the new generation of cards come out. This way, I can get better performance than a single 680 / 7970, pay less, enjoy most games more, and get the most bang for the buck.

Here are the facts:

Performance wise: SLI GTX660 > 680 / 7970
Cost wise: SLI GTX660 > 670 / 680 / 7970

If you truly decide to go with a 7970, I'd at least wait until July to see if they really actually fix the drivers. Crossfire is absolutely horrible right now and needs to be tuned. Until then, I would consider that route a dead end.

The thing is if you're just going to use one card for awhile, you might as well just go with the best setup you can find. How soon do you plan to upgrade? $600 won't get you 2x670, 2x680, or 2x7970 until the newer generation comes out. By the time the newer generation comes out, you'll be able to get better performance with the newer cards for cheaper.

If the data from last generation cards is correct which is SLI GTX660 > SLI GTX580, then the SLI GTX760 > SLI GTX680. That's speculation and we have absolutely no idea how the new cards will play out but we do know that they will drive the 600 generation cards prices lower.

Here are a few choices:

1. Spend over your budget and get at the bare minimum 2x670 ($850 via the link for those evga ones) to barely run crysis 3 at a smooth and playable framerate. You can go cheaper with the SLI GTX660ti ($600) but in my opinion isn't worth the extra $300 over the normal SLI GTX660. However it will get you to closer playable frame rates for crysis 3 within your budget.

2. Go with a single card (670, 680, 7990) until the next generation of cards come out. No current single card solution or multi GPU solution for $600 will really run crysis 3 at very satisfying frame rates with eye candy. Actually if you use v-sync, a single card solution isn't going to cut it with current games right now anyway.

3. Go with SLI GTX660 which undoubtedly would give you better performance than a single card for even less cost. You will be able to play over 60 FPS v-sync smoothly on current games (minus the obvious crysis).

I'm really curious on what you plan to do.
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I'm honestly stumped at this point. There are three viable options as you have described, and I intend to put a lot of thought into each before I make any decisions. I'll report back to you guys as I change my mind back-and-forth 10000 times, and before I purchase, so you'll all know what I end up doing.

I appreciate each of you putting time in and sharing some great info. Great stuff to be read on this thread.
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I'm honestly stumped at this point. There are three viable options as you have described, and I intend to put a lot of thought into each before I make any decisions. I'll report back to you guys as I change my mind back-and-forth 10000 times, and before I purchase, so you'll all know what I end up doing.

I appreciate each of you putting time in and sharing some great info. Great stuff to be read on this thread.

Honestly for $600 or less your best bet is two 7950's, just reference ones.
 
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Went with a GTX 770.
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