Originally Posted by dzyvette
I'm suggesting a 7950 too. I'm also upgrading my 6870 this week. And I've read that 7950 is such a beast. A great max overclocked 7950 can match up to a most max overclocked 680s. As of right now the best bang for the buck gpu is the 7850, but that extra $50+ for the added performance of a 7950 is really worth it.
As for scaling, what I saw on most benchmark results was 79xx crossfired cards scaled better than a 670/680 in sli.
Nope, Overclocked 7950s can match stock 7970 and 680s, but once the 7970 and 680s are overclocked they are gone. And the 7950 is the best bang for buck GPU currently at 289 to 299 for the cheapest ones.
Crossfire is also quite broken right now, and AMD has admitted to it publicly, and working on a fix for it with new drivers, but won't be out till either when the 7990 releases, or till mid summer. If you can stay away from crossfire till its fixed.
Basically not every frame that is counted on FRAPS or an FPS counter is fully rendered and output on the screen. Resulting in bad performance, and other issues for a lot of people, and people who deny the issues need to wake up. AMD has announced its an issue PUBLICALLY.
But yes, OP get a 7950. I would say a GTX660ti is a good candidate as well. It nips at the heels of the 7950 pretty good in a lot of games.
You do realize a GHZ 7970 is a binned HD7970 with 1GHZ+ clock speeds set in the bios? So a normal 7970 clocked to a GHZ edition card. Will match that cards performance. Theres nothing different about the cards, but clock speeds set through the BIOS. You can literally take a Gigabyte 7970 and flash the Gigabyte 7970GHZ edition BIOS too it lol, and there you go, you have a GHZ 7970 for $20 cheaper.
Whoops, my bad, miss read the 7950 in your statement.Edited by MxPhenom 216 - 4/19/13 at 12:08am