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An upgrade from a 7970

What card would you choose coming from a 7970 ?

  • 480 8gb

    Votes: 30 46.2%
  • 1060 6gb

    Votes: 15 23.1%
  • keep the 7970

    Votes: 20 30.8%

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I have to tell ya @natr0n , I have a 3 gig 7970 in my system, running an Intel 4790K and sporting 2560 x 1440 res and it still does damn good.

I fell your money would be much better spent on a monitor or upgrading your motherboard and chip.
 

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older cards are a beast, i still using my superclocked GTX 680 2GB without problems!

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Go for rx480 8gb, You won't regret it. Saved money over gtx1070 can help You get zen later on. I upgraded from 7970 to 470 8gb, it is >30% faster, plus all that RAM ;)
 
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A 480 8GB is viable and is a decent upgrade on it's own, but that card won't stand well in the future with your dated Phenom II even if it is a six-core. Hopefully you're not playing Bethesda games because they run like crap on cores that aren't all about single-core performance.

(I made the decision to go from Phenom II X6 @ 4GHz to I5 2400 the FPS boost was huge, though still only 60% usage at max and 80-90% with a powerful mid-range card in today's titles, it was a slight upgrade towards multi-core performance, but a big one for single-core. Anything higher than a GTX 970 will start bottlenecking it on some games, only an upgrade to an i7 or an unlocked i5 would save me from seeing the bottleneck at all, but I digress.)

Otherwise you're good for another 2-3 years tbh, since we still aren't seeing the full benefits of DX12 (sometimes makes games run worse) and even latest additions to DX11 in newer Windows releases (because DX11 isn't getting replaced by DX12, they go side by side).

I think more than 4 cores is only a good thing in your case when you have a Phenom even if it's probably not even clocked as far as it can go. But as I said, it's still pretty good since Phenom's are slightly better than the FX line of CPU's in terms of performance.

If you can't get that raw performance at least you got enough cores to make up for what it is. GPU's for gaming is number one in priority in terms to increase performance in most titles, so yeah 480 8GB ftw.

The 7970 still holds it's own as well, hence I voted to keep it until you're sure you want around 30-40% of increase in raw performance give or take.
 
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With that motherboard and CPU, you'd be better off to save your money and build a newer system before you upgrade your video card. You won't be able to take full advantage of a newer, high end card until you upgrade your system first.
 
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Why bother with more VRAM? Your Phenom II X6 is going to choke any new midrange card hard (it was bottlenecking your HD 7970). I doubt seriously you'd see any performance loss going to a GTX 1050 Ti.
 

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The 3rd party 480 how ever wont be too long for AMD to release more cards so you could just wait maybe ?.
 
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I don't feel comfortable advising either, since you're only getting about 31-38% more power. Most look for at least 50% more power when upgrading GPUs. Of the two, the 1060 6GB is certainly more capable, and I've seen a PNY and Giga for $220 and $235 before Black Friday ads even started.

Still though, I say saving for a 1070 makes more sense. I've already seen them at $380, the highest clocked being a Giga model.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125875&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-PCPartPicker, LLC-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
 

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Benchmark Scores well I've fried a 775' P4 12 years ago, that counts?
i guess is better to replace this first:
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Yep, that would mean buying DDR4 RAM, some average z170 mobo and unlocked i5 at least ... IMO it's better to splurge for that and for the new GPU all at once, use some discounts and black friday, pay through monthly installments if it's over budget and sell the old parts if possible
 
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I would like to say I use fps limiters like rivatuner/crimson driver set at 60 fps, so the only bottleneck if you want to say is my own. For the sake of keeping my room cool and to save on electric as well.
Even with a new card I would still limit my fps unless I encounter a game that needs/benefits from it higher.

I just wanted more video ram and you guys are getting carried away lol. :laugh:

I'm grateful for the suggestions though.
 
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I just wanted more video ram and you guys are getting carried away lol. :laugh:
I also tend to wait too long for a platform upgrade, I change gpu more often but still rarely, the point being when upgrade finally does happen it usually means I'm replacing the whole machine :)
 
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There's still no need to replace HD 7970. It is still a very powerful card. RX 480 or GTX 1060 will deliver a few more FPS, but don't expect miracles. You might consider replacing the whole PC if you want some noticeable boost.
 
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With RX480's power, OP will see a GREAT benefit in DX12 or Vulcanized games with his 6-core CPU. So, he can either wait for Vega or get now a cheap RX480 4GB and upgrade his PC in next 2 years to be able to keep up with the next gen game engines.
 
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With RX480's power, OP will see a GREAT benefit in DX12 or Vulcanized games with his 6-core CPU. So, he can either wait for Vega or get now a cheap RX480 4GB and upgrade his PC in next 2 years to be able to keep up with the next gen game engines.
You do realize how situational that DX12 benefit is now and will probably for the foreseeable future? His HD 7970 will see the same kind of performance boost from DX12 regardless. His current GPU is somewhat bottlenecked by the Phenom II. Desire for more VRAM or not he needs a new Intel i5 or i7 PC if he wants a more powerful GPU at this point.
 

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Actually the 7970 will not see anything close to the same boost a 480 will...
 
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Actually the 7970 will not see anything close to the same boost a 480 will...
Of course not. That's not the point. A 2010 processor on an ancient platform is. But it will see some benefit.
 

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Of course not. That's not the point. A 2010 processor on an ancient platform is. But it will see some benefit.
My comment is based on the GCN version.
 

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Benchmark Scores well I've fried a 775' P4 12 years ago, that counts?
i guess that the same 7970 could perform better with an i5 and a quite solid DDR4 kit on a Z170 board, also will save a lot of electricity too, compared your current build,

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Umm, do you need more VRAM right now or are you thinking in the future? 3GB should be enough for the settings and resolutions you can run newer games on while running a 7970. I don't see the point in running anything more powerful on a Phenom II.
 
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KEEP THE D**N 7970


There, I hope this make things more clear for you.


You will only be 100% satisfied if you wait some longer (490/VEGA/Zen or equivalent intel/NV´s pricedrops because of their releases)

If you buy now, chances are you will be disappointed, that´s something no-one wants. (not big, but they are there!)


Normally, I would suggest the 480 for a new card, but the gain is not enough for you.


So save up your monies and treat yourself to something more expensive in a few months than you had planned.
 
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