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post #1 of 15
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Should I buy two more 7970's now or wait for the 8970's and buy two then (all I will be able to afford)?

I currently have two 7970's and I mine a type of crypto currency, one that isn't affected by ASICs. What is your guys opinions?

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Hands down wait, I almost bought a couple 780's until I saw the leaked speaks of the 8000/9000 series. Next gen games are going to be vram hogs and will use AMD tech, which is exactly why the 8970 has 6 gigs of it.

This is coming from an a massive Nvidia fanboy. They've let me down far to much recently though.
Edited by TheLawIX - 5/31/13 at 8:17pm
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Definitely just wait for the 8000 series to come out said to becoming out in q3-q4.

or you feel you really need it you can just buy 7970 now then try and sell them when 8970 come out.
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Hands down wait, I almost bought a couple 780's until I saw the leaked speaks of the 8000/9000 series. Next gen games are going to be vram hogs and will use AMD tech, which is exactly why the 8970 has 6 gigs of it.

This is coming from an a massive Nvidia fanboy. They've let me down far to much recently though.

Yeah it's the classic buy now or wait kind of thing. But right now we may be on the cusp of a new generation of cards, so I too am thinking about waiting.
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post #5 of 15
wait for the 8 series smile.gif
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Well I guess I will wait! Thanks guys! thumb.gif

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post #7 of 15
Let's look at this situation for a bit:

1. The Nvidia 700 series came out. For gaming, it does put additional pressure on AMD in that there is a part that trades blows with the 7970 at a competitive price. The 780 is perhaps 20% faster but costs 30% more and AMD has no competition here.

However, for currencies, well, it's no secret that AMD cards vastly outperform Nvidia's right now due to design decisions made in their respective architectures. For that reason, this is a non-event. Even the compute oriented GK110 does not compare to a 7970 in terms of raw performance per gpu core.

2. Assuming no delays on AMD's part, if the information is correct, we should hear reports of at least a paper launch in the next 3-6 months. Under the most optimistic scenario, we could see compute performance go up by as much as a factor of 2 or 3. The top end part will cost perhaps $600? If the generation underperforms, it could be perhaps 1.5X the or less. We really do not have any info at this point to make a guess.

3. We do not have any information about Maxwell, but it seems improbable that Nvidia will release anything other than rebrands until Maxwell comes out - so in that regard, Nvidia is out of the picture until 2014.


Should you get the GPU?

If the profits or whatever gains from running crypto > depreciation of the 2 7970s + Power Bill

Let's assume that you can get the 2 7970 GPUs for say, $400 each (I'm not sure what the prices are in the US as I don't live in the US). Assume that the next gen comes out and the GPUs are worth $200 each now resale.

Spend ~$800 now, resell for $400 later. So you've lost $400 total in deprecation. If you can earn more than $200 per GPU in the next couple of months then you should get it.
Edited by CrazyElf - 6/1/13 at 11:43pm
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post #8 of 15
I would recommend to wait as well smile.gif
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post #9 of 15
I had this debate myself when I was upgrading my gfx cards, waitied over 2.5 years for the new gtx titans to come out and they werent that wow since they were just an kepler refresh with an 100% markup, so I bought 7970's they are going strong. My opinion upgrade now instead of waiting because when the new products come out you will hold off for the next line and so on, never upgrading. If you know when the new products come wait but if you buy them then you will have to wait at-least 6mths for them to release good drivers.
Edited by itz.clint - 6/2/13 at 12:11am
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I had this debate myself when I was upgrading my gfx cards, waitied over 2.5 years for the new gtx titans to come out and they werent that wow since they were just an kepler refresh with an 100% markup, so I bought 7970's they are going strong. My opinion upgrade now instead of waiting because when the new products come out you will hold off for the next line and so on, never upgrading.
But he has 2 7970s already and 4 way crossfire is not worth it in my opinion
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