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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.

You should see the 7970 lightening review Guru3d just did, very disappointing overclocking results.
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+rep @OP. nice result. I would definitely get 680 sometime later due it's lower price than 7970, a bit faster and less power consumption = less heat (psu as well).

 
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+rep @OP. nice result. I would definitely get 680 sometime later due it's lower price than 7970, a bit faster and less power consumption = less heat (psu as well).


Thank you my good sir.
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+rep good read !

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+rep good read !

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Thanks OP for sharing. In my position, I already have 2x 7970 and I do not see much benefit upgrading to GTX680 SLI. Selling my cards and buying new ones again would probably cost me $300 ++.

At the moment, I can play any game flawlessly and probably will not upgrade in the next 3 years... I just wish the GTX680 was released earlier!
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Thanks OP for sharing. In my position, I already have 2x 7970 and I do not see much benefit upgrading to GTX680 SLI. Selling my cards and buying new ones again would probably cost me $300 ++.

At the moment, I can play any game flawlessly and probably will not upgrade in the next 3 years... I just wish the GTX680 was released earlier!

Absolutely. Cards are so close, in real life you would not notice a difference. Unless you suddenly require nvidia specific features such as cuda or 3dvision, there is no point to swap. I lost about $100 on this, but I wanted my 3dvision back.
post #18 of 21
Nice charts DimmyK, much easier to read than some official review/benchmarking sites.

I too have 2x 7970 strictly because they were available during my BF3 computer build and Kepler was nowhere to be seen or I would have gotten 2x 680s. These 7970s are powerful but are loud as heck but it would be more of a side grade, but I would lose a lot of monies in the process. I'd have to wait on the rumors of the "real" Kepler later this year to see how that compares to the 680 before I upgrade for no real reason because CF7970 would last me years.
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Nice charts DimmyK, much easier to read than some official review/benchmarking sites.
I too have 2x 7970 strictly because they were available during my BF3 computer build and Kepler was nowhere to be seen or I would have gotten 2x 680s. These 7970s are powerful but are loud as heck but it would be more of a side grade, but I would lose a lot of monies in the process. I'd have to wait on the rumors of the "real" Kepler later this year to see how that compares to the 680 before I upgrade for no real reason because CF7970 would last me years.

Thanks, I was aiming for simplicity and usability rather than fancy shmancy curves and stuff. smile.gif The odd thing I found with 7970 noise is that it would be pretty quiet up to 45% fan, and then BAM - suddenly a hairdryer. There was no gradual increase you would expect, it was like quiet, little louder, little louder, oh my god my ears are bleeding type of curve. 680 it that respect is simply awesome. You can hear it pushing air, but it's quieter @ 75% fan than 7970 @ 50% fan. Amazing.
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very interesting and usefull real world test. thanks for taking the time to compile and share mate, much appreciated.
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