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http://www.ncix.com/promo/promosale.php?webid=SuperFall2013&sn=2250

That's the sale on right now, and I'm trying to get a feel for which card (7870 (or nVidia equivalent) or better) would do the job. Thoughts and suggestions welcomed!

EDIT: I'm also open to whether or not Crossfiring some lower-end cards would be a better idea.
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http://www.ncix.com/promo/promosale.php?webid=SuperFall2013&sn=2250

That's the sale on right now, and I'm trying to get a feel for which card (7870 (or nVidia equivalent) or better) would do the job. Thoughts and suggestions welcomed!

EDIT: I'm also open to whether or not Crossfiring some lower-end cards would be a better idea.

From what I've read and what I've heard other members say on here. Crossfiring lower end cards is not a good option as they do not scale well until you get into the higher end cards.

While the 7870 is definitely faster, I don't think it is a huge performance boost.
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I was considering a 7950 but wasn't sure. Also I've been wondering if nVidia alternatives are reasonably available now and have a more mature driver base than back in the GTX 460 days when I had to disable AA totally to play World in Conflict: Soviet Assault.

So you can see why I want some recommendations. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Quantum Reality View Post

I was considering a 7950 but wasn't sure. Also I've been wondering if nVidia alternatives are reasonably available now and have a more mature driver base than back in the GTX 460 days when I had to disable AA totally to play World in Conflict: Soviet Assault.

So you can see why I want some recommendations. smile.gif


Nvidia drivers have crossed leaps and bounds. The only complaint with Nvidia that I have is the poorly implemented surround. The 7950 is probably the absolute best bang for your buck GPU. However if you want to make the switch to big green the 760 is comparable in performance. The 770 and 7970 trade blows in performance per game, but the 7970 is much cheaper.
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Get this GPU.

The only 7870 I saw was a ghz edition from saphire and it was only $30 less.

You seem to have a similar setup to mine, at 4.07ghz cpu clock and 1 7950 I hit just under a 10000 point 3dmark11 score.

Howabout a LINK.
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Thanks! smile.gif take some rep, and I think I'm gonna go for the 7950. If I can't get that Gigabyte I'm going to get the XFX 900 MHz model.
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Oh and the 7xxx series OCs really well, so you'll be able to push some more Mhz out of whatever you get!
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XFX cards are voltage locked mostly at a very low voltage. That will limit the OC capability of the card, not to mention the garbage cooler.
Gigabyte Windforce 3X is the better option, locked to 1.250V and most cards can do 1100 MHz+ at that voltage which puts them on par with 7970 GHz Ed.
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