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Okay guys, I'm in a tight situation here.


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#1 Xterminator

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 04:21 PM

Okay, so I got a few cards that I've been looking at, and those are the, GTX 670 4GB Superclocked, GTX 680 2GB, or the AMD 7970 3GB. Here are the links if you guys want to know more about them..


GTX 670 4GB Superclocked

GTX 680 2GB Superclocked

Radeon 7970 3GB

Which one will be the best one, for games such as, GTA 4, Just Cause 2, Need For Speed Hot Pursuit, Diablo 3, Skyrim, Batman, Max Payne 3, Battlefield 3? I know all of them are great for gaming, but out of the three, the BEST one.

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i5 2500k @3.3GHz
8GB Ram
750 Watt Power Supply.

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 04:44 PM

Well, obviously the GTX680, but good luck on that. No matter what availability says, you will not get one for under $600+ from any legit retailer. They just are not out there.

EDIT: I wouldn't kick a 7970 out of the sack either.

Edited by dpunisher, 10 May 2012 - 04:46 PM.

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 04:51 PM

Well, obviously the GTX680, but good luck on that. No matter what availability says, you will not get one for under $600+ from any legit retailer. They just are not out there.

EDIT: I wouldn't kick a 7970 out of the sack either.


But isn't more Video Ram better?

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 07:53 PM

But isn't more Video Ram better?

Depends. Unless you run multiple monitors, then no. 2gig of VRAM will cover about anything.

I was looking at GTX670s because of your post. Darned fine card if you could find one for $400 US. To be fair, all of those cards would do a fine job on any single monitor gaming system.

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 09:05 PM


But isn't more Video Ram better?

Depends. Unless you run multiple monitors, then no. 2gig of VRAM will cover about anything.

I was looking at GTX670s because of your post. Darned fine card if you could find one for $400 US. To be fair, all of those cards would do a fine job on any single monitor gaming system.


I was on Tom's Hardware and it has a chart with 670,680,7950,7970, and by the numbers, the 7970 has the highest numbers in Texture Units, Shaders, Memory Bus, Memory Bandwidth, Memory Clock... Now I'm just confused on which to get.. or are those things not important?

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-review,3200.html

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 09:12 PM

Go for the 670,Cheaper, more RAM and Overclockable to meet and exceed 680 performance( at least the 2Gb version was)

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 10:18 PM

I was on Tom's Hardware and it has a chart with 670,680,7950,7970, and by the numbers, the 7970 has the highest numbers in Texture Units, Shaders, Memory Bus, Memory Bandwidth, Memory Clock... Now I'm just confused on which to get.. or are those things not important?


Yes and no. If NVidia and AMD/ATI measured texture units/shaders the same, maybe it might be important. Memory bandwidth is important, but only important if it is a bottleneck. You need to look at the end performance of your videocard. Which one delivers the framerates you want, at the resolution you plan to use, and has the features you want. Read some reviews of the cards you are looking at. How do they perform on the games you want to play? Just looking at the numbers/shaders/texture units/memory bandwidth can be misleading.

Go for the 670,Cheaper, more RAM and Overclockable to meet and exceed 680 performance( at least the 2Gb version was)


A few review sites were clocking the GPU to 1200+. That puts it real close to a 680.

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 02:30 AM

The GTX670 as it is faster then the 7970 in the majority of games in all different resolutions and it has some overclocking headroom which in some games it beats the GTX680 when overclocked. It also has a lower power consumption then the 7970.

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 06:15 AM

When comparing cards, it is a good idea to look at the performance numbers at resolutions you will be using. The underlying technology isn't that important unless you have a very specific use case. Nvidia is pricing their Kepler cards very aggressively, I currently will not suggest AMD cards in the $400+ market segment until AMD lowers their price or offers a compelling reason.

As for power consumption, the Radeon 7900 line and GTX 670 hover around the same amount, but the 7950 almost always has lower and the 7970 gets close. HardOCP, Guru3D, and TechPowerUp have helpful graphs.

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 05:33 PM

Okay, so I decided to go with the GTX 670 AMP! Edition which is somewhat better than the GTX 680 and costs less to.

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 06:36 PM

Good choice on the 670, BTW How good are Zotac, anyone here with any experience??

Edited by diggi, 12 May 2012 - 06:36 PM.





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