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I can't decide whether to get the HD7950 or the GTX770. I'll be watercooling it (Not the 770 probably).
Which one should I get considering the system is going to be used for another 3 years and I mostly game at 1080p.
Also I might be recording gameplay, is the new Shadow thing in the 770 good or a DVR/PVR will suffice.

I heard some of the 7950 are voltage locked now, are there some that are confirmed not to be voltage locked? (Don't suggest the DCII please, a block for it would be hard to acquire xD)

Thanks redface.gif
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Any reference 7950 shouldn't be voltage locked as far as I know. If I were to choose between a 7950 and a 770 I would certainly go for the 770. I have a 7970 Lightning currently and it's great but I tend to have better luck with nVidia cards. Also, since you only game at 1080p, you won't need more than 2gb VRAM for quite some time. The only time I personally have used more than 2gb VRAM is playing Skyrim with TONS of hi res textures and at 2560 x 1440. Plus, a 770 at $399 is a great price, considering it's just the 680 chip at higher clocks, and 680s still cost more, go figure.

It looks like EK has released some water blocks for the 770:

http://www.ekwb.com/news/352/19/EK-introduces-GeForce-GTX-770-water-blocks/

I would be very interested to see what that puppy does on water. thumb.gif
post #3 of 46
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The blocks are gonna start shipping on 13th June, and will probably be more expensive than the 7950 block. If the 770 is just theoretically a overclocked 680, won't the headroom from overclocking be less?
post #4 of 46
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The blocks are gonna start shipping on 13th June, and will probably be more expensive than the 7950 block. If the 770 is just theoretically a overclocked 680, won't the headroom from overclocking be less?
Depends exactly what you mean. You'll get a smaller overclock from the 770 most likely, as a percentage of its stock clock. But if you're talking about taking a 680 and a 770 and overclocking them both as far they can go, the 770 will be able to go much higher, being a higher binned part.

I would say go for the 770 - it performs quite a bit better than the 7950. Plus, since it essentially has the same cooler as the TITAN but uses less power, you might not mind having it air cooled as much, whilst you wait for the blocks to be released/come down in price tongue.gif
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I vote GTX 770. Love mine. All games run great at max settings at 1080p. Mine is overclocked 1319MHz/3648MHz Core/Mem. 2GB is plenty of VRAM for 1080p/single monitor gaming.

I wouldn't go with 7950, even if it performed better than the 770 (which it does NOT) because you wouldn't have a VIABLE multi-GPU upgrade path. CrossFire is not a viable upgrade path. Too many issues. I recently got rid of my CrossFire setup in favor of a GTX 770 due to the frustrations.

Once my 770 doesn't have enough horsepower, I'll gladly go with an additional 770 for SLI.
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I vote GTX 770. Love mine. All games run great at max settings at 1080p. Mine is overclocked 1319MHz/3648MHz Core/Mem. 2GB is plenty of VRAM for 1080p/single monitor gaming.

I wouldn't go with 7950, even if it performed better than the 770 (which it does NOT) because you wouldn't have a VIABLE multi-GPU upgrade path. CrossFire is not a viable upgrade path. Too many issues. I recently got rid of my CrossFire setup in favor of a GTX 770 due to the frustrations.

Once my 770 doesn't have enough horsepower, I'll gladly go with an additional 770 for SLI.
The only thing with that is that you might be VRAM limited by then (depending on what you call "not enough horsepower"). Like with my 460, after owning it a while and wanting an upgrade, I tried SLI but pretty much every game was VRAM limited before the GPU power could be used to its full potential.
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The only thing with that is that you might be VRAM limited by then (depending on what you call "not enough horsepower"). Like with my 460, after owning it a while and wanting an upgrade, I tried SLI but pretty much every game was VRAM limited before the GPU power could be used to its full potential.

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If worried about future proofing, he could go for the 4GB 770 once it releases. If 2GB is still enough right now, by the time he needs another 770, 4GB will still be enough.

To me, sufficient horsepower is enough power to put a game at maximum settings and maintain a minimum of 45FPS. Surely other people's definitions may differ from mine.

I got a 2GB 770, but I'm not really worried about future proofing. I pretty much upgrade yearly. I would only not upgrade on a yearly cycle if I had enough horsepower to drive every game at max settings with at least 45fps, like I said before.
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post #9 of 46
pay a bit more and get 2 x 7950 = 3gig ram (6gig) last into 3 yrs i would have thought easily!

No water block will make it even more or less money wise

If you are like me and like all the eye candy 1 x 770 will not do at 1080p thumb.gif
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The VRAM on two 3GB cards in CF or SLI do not combine for a total of 6GB. They are a mirror copy of eachother. A total of 3GB.

I also don't know what you mean about 2GB not being enough for 'all of the eye candy'. I max out EVERY SINGLE GAME I OWN. All eye candy. Max AA, max AF, max MSAA, max CSAA, max whatever.
Edited by lolzcat - 6/7/13 at 2:09am
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