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580 to 7970 to 680: my up(side)grade path with benchmarks

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In past several months, I had a pleasure of having all 3 video cards in my system at various points in time. So I went from MSI GTX 580 Lightning to Asus 7970 to EVGA GTX 680. During the time of the ownership, I was benchmarking same set of tests, to get the feeling on how they perform compared to each other. I'd like to share my findings with the community in hopes that this info might be useful for some.

System in my sig, has all the correct info. Few of the tests are missing GTX 580 results, this is because I forgot to run them before I sold the card. Stock, overclock levels and specific settings are listed in each graph.

GTX 580 - driver revision 295.18
7970 - driver revision 11.12
GTX 680 - driver revision 301.10


146

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128

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140

146

145

148

155

139

So there you have it. Not the bestest choice of games, but I was looking for something that is DX10/11 with repeatable results.

In these particular tests with stock clocks, 680 is on average 28% faster than stock 580 Lightning, and 12% faster than stock 7970. Note, that 580 Lightning is itself an overclocked version of 580, having stock clocks of 832 instead of 772. 19% overclock on 680 netted 14% average performance increase. 7970 scaled better with overclock, but 680 is quieter. Surprisingly enough, 680 gets its butt handed to it in Metro, not surprisingly in AvP.

Hope this is as helpful to somebody, as it was fun for me.
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So in your opinion what is the better card the 680 or 7970, for those of us on the fence between the two and trying to decide what to get.
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In my opinion - 680 is better card. It's slightly faster, and considerably quieter, which is important to me. It "feels smoother", in my subjective view.
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Can you do a comparison between the 680 and 7970 with both at 1250mhz? Or the highest you can get with both at the same clocks.
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Can you do a comparison between the 680 and 7970 with both at 1250mhz? Or the highest you can get with both at the same clocks.

I sold 7970 already. I can do few runs with 680 @ around 1110. It's not possible to set exact clocks with new boost feature. Which benches? I won't be able to repeat them all...
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driver 11.12 - so old and why don't you increase voltage a little for OC 7970?
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In my opinion - 680 is better card. It's slightly faster, and considerably quieter, which is important to me. It "feels smoother", in my subjective view.
So there is a reference cooling comparsion, but things look diffrent if 7970 gets LC or some decent AC cooler.
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Pretty much same results as everyone else has been getting. Shame you didn't push your 7970 further though. A lot of people breaking 11k in 3dmark in the 680/7970 battle thread with both cards.

Your Crysis 1 score is a bit strange though as most sites have the 7970 faster in it. It almost looks like you are CPU bottlenecked and then you increased your clock speed a little for your 680 OC score? Who knows results are very close.
    
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driver 11.12 - so old and why don't you increase voltage a little for OC 7970?
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In my opinion - 680 is better card. It's slightly faster, and considerably quieter, which is important to me. It "feels smoother", in my subjective view.
So there is a reference cooling comparsion, but things look diffrent if 7970 gets LC or some decent AC cooler.

11.12 because those were the latest drivers at the time of 7970 benches. It was done in a week after I got 7970, in January, when I was benching it to determine the highest overclock. As for voltage, it didn't help a bit. That asus refused to be stable at anything more than 1110, no matter the voltage.

@jrom320: no, all benches were done on CPU @ 4.0. I see what you're saying though, it does go against most reviews on the web. Maybe this particular benchmark/setting. I was surprised as well.
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11.12 because those were the latest drivers at the time of 7970 benches. It was done in a week after I got 7970, in January, when I was benching it to determine the highest overclock. As for voltage, it didn't help a bit. That asus refused to be stable at anything more than 1110, no matter the voltage.

Asus reference? My Asus ref will hit 1300. Best reference card I've ever owned actually. If you couldn't get it stable above 1110 no matter voltage you got just about the worst piece of 7970 silicon possible.
    
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11.12 because those were the latest drivers at the time of 7970 benches. It was done in a week after I got 7970, in January, when I was benching it to determine the highest overclock. As for voltage, it didn't help a bit. That asus refused to be stable at anything more than 1110, no matter the voltage.

Asus reference? My Asus ref will hit 1300. Best reference card I've ever owned actually. If you couldn't get it stable above 1110 no matter voltage you got just about the worst piece of 7970 silicon possible.

Yep, asus reference. I guess I've lost that silicone lottery. Thankfully my 680 seems like above average overclocker.
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