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Just as the title says, as everyone is aware the video card market it heating up and a lot of good and new stuff is coming out from AMD and Nvidia.

I have been reading a ton on all models and manufacturers and at the moment have my eye on the GTX 680, what I am trying to do is get maximum performance out of the box without having to tweak the card(s) to much.

In posting this thread I am hoping that some of the pro's in the video card realm can help me out with what I should go for, budget is taken into consideration but I am willing to spend if the performance justifies the cost but I am not trying to spend money just to say I have a specific model but could get the same or close performance with a card that is cheaper.

What would my current setup be compared to what is available right now? I am trying to get an idea on where I stand at the moment

Thanks for the help
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id go for the 670. almost the same performance of the 680, and keeps up with or out does the 7970 in a lot of benches. they are also much more available right now and $100 cheaper than the 680.
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id go for the 670. almost the same performance of the 680, and keeps up with or out does the 7970 in a lot of benches. they are also much more available right now and $100 cheaper than the 680.

I have been looking into the 670's they are quite the performer but from what I have been reading it sounds like that performance between the 670 and the 680 is due in part the the drivers of the 680 not being out long enough and up to par.

From what I getting by the reviews and blogs and forum chatter is that once the 680 drivers are dialed in the gap in performance between the 670 and 680 is going to be a lot bigger then it is now.

With that said would I get better performance out of a single 680 then my current setup? I am think I would for the fact that it's a newer card and of a high class then my current cards and not only that it would be a single card rather then my CPU getting swarmed by 3 cards.
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I doubt a 680 would outbench 3x5850, but I have no doubt the elimination of microstutter would make your games smoother.
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Just as the title says, as everyone is aware the video card market it heating up and a lot of good and new stuff is coming out from AMD and Nvidia.
I have been reading a ton on all models and manufacturers and at the moment have my eye on the GTX 680, what I am trying to do is get maximum performance out of the box without having to tweak the card(s) to much.
.
What would my current setup be compared to what is available right now? I am trying to get an idea on where I stand at the moment

A single HD 7970 OC will give you more consistent(no dependence on CF profile availability) , much smoother (no multi GPU issues like microstuttering) performance in all kinds of games compared to HD 5850 Tri fire.

Sapphire HD 7970 OC (1000 Mhz) - USD 449
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102982

Any game at 2560 x 1600 can be easily maxed out.

Without any tweaks you can just hit 1100 - 1125 Mhz in AMD CCC. I think you shouldn't let that kind of performance unutilised when its so easy.thumb.gif
Edited by raghu78 - 5/15/12 at 9:20pm
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I have been looking into the 670's they are quite the performer but from what I have been reading it sounds like that performance between the 670 and the 680 is due in part the the drivers of the 680 not being out long enough and up to par.
From what I getting by the reviews and blogs and forum chatter is that once the 680 drivers are dialed in the gap in performance between the 670 and 680 is going to be a lot bigger then it is now.
With that said would I get better performance out of a single 680 then my current setup? I am think I would for the fact that it's a newer card and of a high class then my current cards and not only that it would be a single card rather then my CPU getting swarmed by 3 cards.

If I understand you correctly about the drivers, the 670 was released AFTER the 680 and while I don't own the card I would imagine they could be the same driver. For best price performance is $450 priced 7970 or 670 @ $400
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If I understand you correctly about the drivers, the 670 was released AFTER the 680 and while I don't own the card I would imagine they could be the same driver. For best price performance is $450 priced 7970 or 670 @ $400

they do use the same drivers, just like how all the 5 series did.
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id say HD 7970... overclocked it performs on par with the gtx 680... so id say Hd 7970 thumb.gifthumb.gif
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