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Confused about Mantle...

#1DinglesteedPosted 9/27/2013 1:28:31 PM
I read online that the 7000 series will work with Mantle since they are GCN cards. My friend told me differently. If I bought a 7970 ghz edition, would I be able to get mantle? In the market for a new card and just curious...
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#2PyrotechnixxxPosted 9/27/2013 1:41:50 PM(edited)
Not sure if all the 7xxx series works with Mantle, but at the very least the 7970 and 7950 do. Your friend is wrong.
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#3Dinglesteed(Topic Creator)Posted 9/27/2013 2:01:07 PM
Would there be any perks to waiting for the newer cards? I know the 280x is apparently a rebranded 7970 so I'm not sure if there will be any noticeable difference. I am looking at the Sapphire vapor x model since it supposedly has great cooling. I'm not sure if I'd be happy with the reference card/cooler if I bought the 280x. I'm sure it takes awhile for the aftermarket coolers to start showing up after a new card release, no?
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#4Son Of SpamPosted 9/27/2013 2:16:43 PM
http://images.anandtech.com/doci/7371/MantleBenefits.jpg

According to AMD's own graph any GCN card will work. I think all of the 7000 series cards 76xx and above are GCN.
#5Dinglesteed(Topic Creator)Posted 9/27/2013 2:21:09 PM
Son Of Spam posted...
http://images.anandtech.com/doci/7371/MantleBenefits.jpg

According to AMD's own graph any GCN card will work. I think all of the 7000 series cards 76xx and above are GCN.


Yeah. Do you think it would be smart to hold out for the 380x or just go ahead and get a 7970ghz edition with the (probably) better cooling?
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#6AsellusPosted 9/27/2013 2:44:22 PM
Since we're so close to their launch I'd say you probably might as well wait unless you actually do need a new card immediately.
#7Xeeh_BitzPosted 9/27/2013 2:49:30 PM
Mantle is only useful if the developers use it, it's native in the Frostbyte 3 engine but other than that. I wouldn't expect many games to use it until the end of next year, by then these cards coming out will be irrelevant.

and these are the games that will use FB3

Dragon Age: Inquisition, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare and the next Mass Effect. Doesn't seem like a promising future so far.

It's going to be Glide 2.0, can't split the industry with different APIs, it never works out.
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