Originally Posted by General123
Is that a reference 670? Those things go up to like 80C dont they? I would not be happy either.
Yes they do get that hot easely, throttling your Boost clocks.
i have slapped an Arctic cooler on it though and with the fans at 7V it runs dead silent and never above 62 degrees.
The stock cooler is at load more silent then AMD stock coolers BUT Nvidia stock coolers make a very anoying noise when idle and AMD cards are completely silent then.
I found it very anoying to hear my card above everything while just browsing and such.
Originally Posted by Balsagna
For performance, I feel that's debatable. For the overcall card, I feel Nvidia is a win simply because of the less power draw, quieter fan noise (reference though) and they are basically neck to neck in performance.
I have both currently in both rigs and... well -- It just seems to be better with the GTX 680's for me, not that the 7970's are bad. Most of the games I play (which are generally the bigger titles) run better with Nvidia.
And SLI is still a lot better than Crossfire from my experiences
Just reference GTX 680's
EDIT EDIT::::: Well, I didn't really realize this was a 7970 vs GTX 670 debate... lol. Thought it was a GTX 680 debate. That said, I'd pick up the 7970's over the 670's. Unless you're worried about heat, noise and power consumption. But the 7970's are the faster card.
Performance between the 7970 and 680 is indeed debatable when both overclocked @ 1920x1080.
The 7970 is a clear winner though on higher resolutions.
On top of that when you overclock its more fun with AMD, with Nvidia i find it just anoying.
With fan noise you are right considering the 7970 vs 680's but its a different picture with stock 670 coolers. [Most horrible coolers ever made IMO]
Power draw isnt an issue for 99% of the people here but the 680's indeed are more efficient when it come's to that.
I think SLI is not better then CF at all, they are rather equal there again to, but fact is that most people that have 2 of these cards run high resolutions where the 7970 is just better.
Then you can debate Physx and Cuda against higher memory bandwith and compute power.
Flaming AMD for crap drivers is silly to, Nvidia drivers are just as crap atm. [not that you mentioned it though]
These cards are really close and it does seem that it come's down to personal preference alot.
For me its 7970>>680>>7950>>670
Maybe the 680 is the better card if you factor in Physx, Cuda, power efficiency and a better stock cooler but it just doesnt feel like that for me.
I would never flame somebody or stir them away from a 680 though if thats what they want, its obviously a great card to.
Its personal preference this time around wich seems to count the most.
Dont think i am biased or so, i'm a reseller so cant really afford to be biased.... i want to sell them all lol