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Which is better, GTX580 or Radeon HD 7950?

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Basically what the title says.

I'm looking to buy a new card mainly since Battlefield 3 is not running particularly well, and I have been told that its optimized more for nVidia cards than ATi, and since both cards are roughly the same price, I'm not sure which is better.

I am iffy about getting an nVidia card as I have beeen using ATi cards without a hitch for the last couple of years and have had troubles with nVidia in the past, but IU really would like to be able to play BF3 with a steady 60FPS for a change.
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post #2 of 26
Had no probems maxing it on a 580 played great!!
post #3 of 26
They preform the samish but but the 7950 comes out ahead in acoustics, heat and power consumption etc. since it is a very much new card. You won't go wrong with either, but i'd get the GTX 580 only if you can find a good price on it.
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580
post #5 of 26
7950 OC 3GB+1 or 7870 OC 2GB:D
post #6 of 26
I would get the 7950 for the lower power usage and heat output.
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post #7 of 26
7950 OC'd is considerable faster. plus you get 3gb of ram and better temps/fan noise.
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Dudes. Look at every benchmark there is out there. Radeon 7950 is superior in everyway. If you get an OC edition they are still only around $400 and will blow a 580 away. thumb.gif
    
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post #9 of 26
Or you can cruise over to the Marketplace and pick up a 580, they seem to be going for around the low $300 range. It is more than enough to play any game out there and any game coming down the pipe in the foreseeable future. You will also get that warm funny feeling for helping another member move product, and for saving a few bucks.

Also.....

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post #10 of 26
But AMD cards don't have Physx and in games such as Batman AC, AMD cards will run considerably slower. Also, how well does the GTX580 overclock?

Oh yea, and GTX580 sounds so much more badass than fiddly diddly HD7950, lol.

Edit: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/517?vs=550
Look further down the list, it seems the GTX580 still holds its ground against the HD7950.
Edited by GreenNeon - 4/26/12 at 1:56pm
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