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post #21 of 34
I'd go for the 670. After the recent flock of issues with AMD drivers (just type it into google and there will be pages of driver issues) and the fact that the awesome game Borderlands 2 comes with it.
And Nvidia has adaptive Vsync, which I think is an excellent concept.
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In the end, to each his own thumb.gif

Very true! I did appreciate your input though, don't get me wrong.
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post #23 of 34
ye honestly you seem to enjoy your previous experience with nvidia and like what they have to offer compared to amd. While both choices are nice I would have to say go for the 670! I got one not long after they were released and just love it. I have the DC II non top, (I dont pay for factory oc) and just love it. I came from a 6950 flashed to 6970 and it smokes it pretty substantial imo the 670 is just the right card for enthusiast, not too expensive but performance is off the charts!!!!!!
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Originally Posted by Maytan View Post

Very true! I did appreciate your input though, don't get me wrong.
Haha no problem! I'm very interested in getting a 670 myself to compare it to my 7950. Gonna have to wait till I pay off my CC though rolleyes.gif
post #25 of 34
I usually recommend the 7950 for people deciding what to get, but for your case and cause, the 670 is the better choice. Overall, it will be cheaper to get the 670 than the 7950 since you can sell your cards, have Physx, and have your borderlands discount. Plus, the 670 will save yourself two slots on your motherboard. If you go the AMD route and use your 470 as a Physx card, you will have an extra two slots taken up, and there will be higher power requirements. It looks to me you've answered your own question in the OP.

The performance differences between the two on stock clocks are in the favor of the 670, and since you aren't serious about overclocking, that's a plus for you. The 670 can also handle resolutions of around 5760x1080 pretty well, but you may have a more fluid experience with the 7950. Since you only have a single monitor now, it's nothing to worry about unless you play Skyrim with tons of mods.

Now, for which 670 to get, I'll recommend the Gigabyte 3x Windforce. It has a great cooler on it, and it will overclock very well (8+6 pin power connectors) if you ever feel like doing it. I may tick some people off by saying this, but the 4GB versions of the 670/680 are pointless. The small, and possibly unnoticeable, performance increase that you get from the extra VRAM (even at 5760x1200) isn't worth the extra $70. 2GB is all you need on a 256-bit bus.

Simply put, the 670 has the better software (physx, games, drivers) for your case, and the 7950 has the better hardware (architecture, vram, bus width). In reality, it would be a tie between the two based on that, but it would be more convenient to get the 670. Just like few games use Physx, few games use compute.

Now if you didn't care about Physx, you overclocked, and you didn't care about Borderlands 2, then I would wholeheartedly recommend you the 7950. Just my 2cents.gif
Edited by airisom2 - 9/3/12 at 9:26pm
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Originally Posted by roleki View Post

A 7950 will run you around 319.99 retail, plus add another 59.99 for Borderlands 2, and add the cost of 120.00 for keeping the 470 around for PhysX... so that's about 499.99 for the 7950, plus whatever time you have to invest in overclocking it until it is faster than a 670 with a narrower memory bandwidth.
Or, you could spend 469.99 for a 4GB 670 SC, pay nothing for BL2, and sell the 470 for 120.00, meaning when all is said and done you'll have 349.99 invested in your 670, have enough frame buffer for pretty much any multi-monitor configuration, PhysX support right out the gate, and a copy of BL2 in your pocket.
I'd lean towards the option that gets you what you want now for less money/hassle.

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My vote is on a quality 670(FTW or GB WF x3)

I'm with the two above. I really like the performance I get from my FTW (but feel like the 4gb version would be really nice smile.gif ) but it is a bit noisy, even with headphones lol. I would recommend the windforce fo sho if you're fussy about noise. From what I've seen the FTW and Windforce both OC similarly as well; they both use 680 PCB which is nice.

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Everything just said above me ^^^ is exactly precise!
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post #28 of 34
I'm in a similar situation with a pair of 460's. Trying to move to a single 670 for my primary displays and use one of my 460's for accessory display/hdtv.

Aren't there some known issues with 670's failing and causing black/red screens after only a couple months of use ? or has that been resolved?
    
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Not sure what issues other people are having the I only ever experience red/black screens with bad high overclocks....and I mean really high, like 1600 on the core high.
 
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post #30 of 34
the 670 is a good buy for someone looking to buy borderlands 2 which you are planning to . the HD 7950 is also a good option. also i am currently playing sleeping dogs and it is a fantastic game. probably the sleeper hit of the year. its topping the charts in retail and on Steam. In recent times only Deus Ex, Batman AC have impressed me as much as this game although i must say i don't play RPGs like Diablo III or Guild Wars 2.

http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/08/14/sleeping-dogs-review
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2012/aug/30/sleeping-dogs-hit-title-game

anyway pick whatever you want. both are very good cards with good game bundling. thumb.gif
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