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Moraven
25-01-2012, 04:22 AM
Looking forward to obtaining one of these soon. Was curious if anyone else got one recently or if anyone looking to get one soon.

I am waiting on getting one of the non-reference boards that should be out soonish. I always have had good quality from Asus Cards and want to get one of these:
http://www.atomicmpc.com.au/News/288022,asus-7970-direct-cu-ii-top-is-monstrously-gorgeous.aspx

As tempting as it is to get a reference card I think the wait will be worth it.

(as I type this newegg gets more Sapphires in stock)

Bungle
25-01-2012, 09:17 AM
I'd love one, but alas I have a 5870 and have no reason to upgrade. I can't max Skyrim and get a good framerate, but life goes on somehow.

I thought I read that XFX already had a semi-non-reference model out. The article I read mentioned it because it's unusual to have non-reference boards out so soon. You might look for them. Unfortunately for us, 7970s seem to be selling well because prices are a bit ridiculous at the moment.

I hope we don't have to wait for an answer from Nvidia before prices go down. I don't have a clue when their next gen is due. I do know that AMD could sell the 7970s for $200 less and still make a nice profit - their prices are only sky high because it's the fastest single GPU in the world right now.

Maybe AMD will release a dual-GPU 7990 and price it at the 7970's current price point, pushing everything down beneath it. All I know is that they're pretty cheap to make and I probably wouldn't buy one right now even if I had the money. $550 is a lot of money.

Bungle
25-01-2012, 09:28 AM
I just checked vr-zone.com and they say the 7950 comes out next week. Nvidia GTX 680 is rumored to drop in February. Prices WILL go down if you can wait a little bit.

http://vr-zone.com/tags/Graphics%20Cards

Nvidia's high end launches have all been paper launches lately, with prices remaining high for long times due to limited availability. Still, simply having competition will force AMD to adjust their prices. I'd wait.

Rii
25-01-2012, 11:21 AM
Eh ... I have a 6850 so not even looking at this series of GPUs. Not sure what they're gonna do for the next series mind you with this one having brought both a new architecture and process drop.

SMiD
25-01-2012, 02:16 PM
I'll most certainly be buying a card from this generation as my Sapphire 4850 512MB isn't doing my i5-2500k OC justice. What's the best estimate for time on price drops?

Moraven
25-01-2012, 06:46 PM
4870 512MB is what I am upgrading from.

I am keeping my old system and putting in a 6850 to replace it, along with using it temporarily in my new system until I get a 79xx. Going from an E8500 to i7-2600K. E8500 will be used still by someone that won't be needing anything quad anytime soon.

Yah i saw the XFX non reference card but I am wanting to stick to Asus, they have been good to me.

Smashbox
25-01-2012, 06:52 PM
I just can't see how you could spend 500 on a video card that will be made more efficient and cheaper so soon. I'm sure it's absolutely blistering, but how can it be worth it?

sabrage
25-01-2012, 08:44 PM
I'm gonna wait until year-over-year graphics improvements prove to be more than incremental to upgrade again. I haven't been "wowed" by graphics since the original Crysis, which came out a few months after I originally built my PC. The only reason I have a 6850 is because my old card broke.

Smashbox
25-01-2012, 08:58 PM
Any reason you guys presumably prefer AMD over Nvidia?

sabrage
25-01-2012, 09:03 PM
-Money.
-NVidia doesn't let you change dual monitor settings if you have a video player open. (at least on the GT220 I've tried it on. Maybe that's changed with later cards)

Bungle
26-01-2012, 12:53 AM
I don't have any love for AMD at all - it's just that I hate Nvidia. They killed DX10 with their 8800 GTX and you can't even find anyone talking about it anymore. The 8800 GTX was not a DX10 card. Nvidia used some of the DX10 specifications and ignored the ones they didn't care about. They rushed it to market and called it the world's first DX10 GPU. Instead of standing up for what was right, Microsoft caved and allowed the 8800 GTX to be certified as DX10. That is why ATI's HD2000 series was such a flop. What we call DX11 today is actually very similar to what DX10 was supposed to be. Honestly, it wouldn't be a stretch to partially blame Nvidia for the decline in PC gaming around that period.

Then Nvidia had entire generations of video cards fail because of their eutectic solders. Everyone still loved them because they had the cool black video cards. Nerdy ATI was red.

Then the Fermi disaster and the fake wooden video card that Jen-Hsun introduced at that technology conference.



I only buy AMD because I hate Nvidia so much. Personally, I can't wait for Intel to make Larabee a reality someday and bring some real competition into the market.

Moraven
26-01-2012, 01:46 AM
Been satisfied with ATI cards for over a decade. Last time I made a purchase they did not have the best top end cards, but they had the best power for the price, much like AMD CPUs used to be (which its meh now). Never had a problem with my cards not working with any program or game.

Moraven
26-01-2012, 01:53 AM
I just can't see how you could spend 500 on a video card that will be made more efficient and cheaper so soon. I'm sure it's absolutely blistering, but how can it be worth it?

Gotta want to have the top end at some point. :)

Now for the people that Crossfire these...

DigitalSignalX
26-01-2012, 04:57 AM
That's a little too much horsepower IMHO. Here's a car metaphor:

http://www.musclecarspecs.com/images/mcf/blowncamaro.jpg

ps, it's real (http://modifiedcarforums.com/videos/play.php?vid=1037).

Rii
26-01-2012, 06:25 AM
Any reason you guys presumably prefer AMD over Nvidia?

No brand allegiance here; I just go with whatever offers the best Perf/$ and/or Perf/Watt at the time. That might be Nvidia next time around, who knows?

The JG Man
26-01-2012, 11:53 AM
ATI seem to be having some support issues recently, so I'd be tempted to go Nvidia, who also seem to be like-for-like better in comparison cards, from whatever basic understanding I have of these things. Still, I went for the one I did because of price/performance.

(Also, I'm surprised/confident about the amount of people here who've said they have a 6850. I can join that club!)

KilgoreTrout_XL
26-01-2012, 09:16 PM
I bought a Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti OC (1GB) last month. After managing to get it to play nice with my MB, it really impressed. Witcher 2, Arkham, BF3 all run like liquid on max (near-max for Witcher 2) settings. Really happy with it. It's only $189 too. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125401

db1331
26-01-2012, 09:32 PM
Not me. I just got an HD 6950 2GB in September. Haven't met a game I can't run maxed out yet. By the time I'm ready to send that baby off to pasture, I'll need to do a complete rebuild. I still haven't made the jump to i5/i7 or an SSD.

vecordae
26-01-2012, 09:40 PM
Yeah. My preference for AMD/ATI is simply because they tend to be faster than the NVidia cards at the same price point. I do know that NVidia's cards tend to get better driver support in general, but that's not been much of a problem for me. The only game I've played where drivers were an issue was Homeworld 2.

bazookavortex
28-01-2012, 10:14 PM
I would like to own 7950

Moraven
03-02-2012, 12:48 AM
7950s are out.

I was looking to get the Asus DirectCu card, but was sold out by the time I noticed it was in stock. I could have picked up a reference card but been planning to get a non reference 7870 or 7950.

Bungle
03-02-2012, 03:17 AM
Good god, those are expensive. Nvidia, please hurry and put up some competition!

JohnnyK
03-02-2012, 03:30 PM
Just ordered a Sapphire 7950 OC (among other things, upgrading to an i7-2600k); it will take a week or two until the new system is up, I'll post some info then.

Moraven
04-02-2012, 02:21 AM
I saw the Asus Direct CU 7970 online, then when i hit add to cart it said it was sold out. =/

Got 2 weeks to replace my card, hope they get in stock by then.

Moraven
11-02-2012, 12:08 AM
Just got an Asus 7950 DirectCU ordered. Skipped on the reference 7970, and was not going to wait for the 7970 directcu to restock. Downside is 7950 is tiny bit bigger and has a couple less custom features.