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I'll be able to clear up all the fud over the next week or so (my 7970 Lightnings just came in biggrin.gif). If the drivers really are that bad and the performance is as bad as Golden Tiger claims I will sell them on and get non-reference 680's once available. If not I will prove it right here in this thread.

And believe me, I'm one of the biggest Nvidia fanboys around but they really pissed me off with the locked down overclocking so I will give AMD a shot, a fair shot, and let you guys know where it stands.

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I'll be able to clear up all the fud over the next week or so (my 7970 Lightnings just came in biggrin.gif). If the drivers really are that bad and the performance is as bad as Golden Tiger claims I will sell them on and get non-reference 680's once available. If not I will prove it right here in this thread.
And believe me, I'm one of the biggest Nvidia fanboys around but they really pissed me off with the locked down overclocking so I will give AMD a shot, a fair shot, and let you guys know where it stands.
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If you bough HD 7970 u are not a Nvidia Fanboy. You just prefer Nvidia and thats very normal. You would have to kill a fanboy to make him switch sides.
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If you bough HD 7970 u are not a Nvidia Fanboy. You just prefer Nvidia and thats very normal. You would have to kill a fanboy to make him switch sides.

Yeah, I still prefer Nvidia but maybe these 7970's will change my mind. In any case I've had both single and dual 560Ti's and 580 Lightnings so these will be my first ever Radeons. I'm a little nervous because I really never have had any driver issues with Nvidia cards before and I know that the 7970's in CF seem to be a bit of a beast to deal with in CCC...
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Yeah, I still prefer Nvidia but maybe these 7970's will change my mind. In any case I've had both single and dual 560Ti's and 580 Lightnings so these will be my first ever Radeons. I'm a little nervous because I really never have had any driver issues with Nvidia cards before and I know that the 7970's in CF seem to be a bit of a beast to deal with in CCC...

I was so tempted to get those lightnings too.
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Yeah, I still prefer Nvidia but maybe these 7970's will change my mind. In any case I've had both single and dual 560Ti's and 580 Lightnings so these will be my first ever Radeons. I'm a little nervous because I really never have had any driver issues with Nvidia cards before and I know that the 7970's in CF seem to be a bit of a beast to deal with in CCC...

Get asus gpu tweak to extend clocks (advanced mode, tuning, extend overclocking range), uninstall it, and then install afterburner to overclock. The 12.2 whql's make it really annoying to extend clocks past 1125, and afterburner unofficial oc mode doesn't work unless you use asus gpu tweak like i mentioned.

Did you buy from a place with a good return policy? If not you can sell it to me for 400 wink.gif
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If you bough HD 7970 u are not a Nvidia Fanboy. You just prefer Nvidia and thats very normal. You would have to kill a fanboy to make him switch sides.

I've bought radeon 7970, 7950, and 5870, 4850 crossfire, as well as 4870 single... I'm no fanboy either. I've given them AMD a shot constantly over the past several generations and always end up with nVidia solutions because they just plain work and generally (in most generations) are faster. *shrug* Regardless, the Radeon 7970 Lightning which may be able to beat the gtx 680 finally in performance, still is $100+ more costly... and requires more complex oc'ing to do so. I just don't see the point, personally.

Here was my original Radeon 7970:

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... and my GTX 680's.

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It's not about fanboyism, it's about which product is faster, works well, and is cheaper, quieter, etc. as well as consumes less power (for those that care about that last point, I don't). In these regards, the gtx 680 being $50 cheaper than a reference radeon 7970 is a clear winner to anyone objectively looking at their choices for video cards at this moment of time, exceptional circumstances such as 7680x1600 tri-30" monitors excluded.
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Yeah, I still prefer Nvidia but maybe these 7970's will change my mind. In any case I've had both single and dual 560Ti's and 580 Lightnings so these will be my first ever Radeons. I'm a little nervous because I really never have had any driver issues with Nvidia cards before and I know that the 7970's in CF seem to be a bit of a beast to deal with in CCC...

You know I'm thinking about downgrading, what where you planning on doing with those 580s? Not for any reason to do with the 7970 either I just had something happen in my personal life. Anyway just curious. Not going to do anything immediate either way.
    
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Wrong. I run 2560x1600, so any single-monitor is better off with GTX 680's, both SLI and single, even max-oc to max-oc. I have compared the Radeon 7970 in my sig rig at a bench-only OC that was loud, to a single GTX 680 oc'd a medium amount and quiet as a mouse on auto fan.... and the GTX 680 wins by 7% in 3dmark11 extreme preset. It also is noticeably faster in games for me at 2560x1600 even in a single-card configuration. SLI drivers are FLAWLESS for me thus far for GTX 680, while even in single-card the Radeon 7970 gave me tons of little glitches, including the annoying ULPS-getting-stuck-on bug that required a reboot quite often when the system was left idle for long at all.
Reviews are showing comparable performance in oc'd Surround/EyeFinity for single cards, and with how bad eyefinity+crossfire tends to be from the owners' thread etc., SLI is the clear winner with comparable performance as well and non-bad drivers, + $50/card cheaper.
Barring anyone needing EXTREME resolutions like 7680x1600, the Radeon 7970 is an inferior choice in nearly all circumstances currently. 5760x1080/below the GTX 680 rocks.
I've run my own tests and the GTX 680 oc'd beats out even a bench-only OC that is high, of a Radeon 7970. End of story. The 7970 is more expensive, has worse drivers, worse performance, and poor support. I'm only biased towards great products.

So because YOU have run your own tests... that makes everyone else's results nil? Get over yourself. Just because you couldn't tweak your 7970 or OC it properly you're going to claim it's a horrible performer vs the 680, with which you can barely get a 100mhz OC on without crashing? lol. rolleyes.gif
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