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  • 34% (89)
    EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 680 2GB
  • 22% (57)
    MSI Lightning Radeon HD 7970 3GB
  • 6% (16)
    GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 680 2GB
  • 36% (94)
    SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB
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post #131 of 356
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Looks like the 680 SC is catching up. I thought the sapphire was about to blow every other card out the water for a minute there. Just goes to show how even these cards are that they get voted similar by main group of people they market to.
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post #132 of 356
Put in for the Sapphire Vapor-X. For me, that would be the only AMD card I would get. I REALLY want to get it, as it has 2 DVI ports and an HDMI and I want to go to a 3 monitor solution without using (mini) displayport. However, I want to watercool and none of the 79xx cards that have 2 DVI and an HDMI are reference. It's still an amazing card nonetheless.
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post #133 of 356
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Originally Posted by dalastbmills View Post

Put in for the Sapphire Vapor-X. For me, that would be the only AMD card I would get. I REALLY want to get it, as it has 2 DVI ports and an HDMI and I want to go to a 3 monitor solution without using (mini) displayport. However, I want to watercool and none of the 79xx cards that have 2 DVI and an HDMI are reference. It's still an amazing card nonetheless.

Yeah the more i look at it the more it wins me over. No idea how i will land end of next week when i start buying but i guess i'll find out.

On a related note will the i5 ivy be enough to push these cards to the map even if i end up sli/cf. Or should i consider a i7 ivy
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post #134 of 356
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Originally Posted by Hyperion. View Post

Yeah the more i look at it the more it wins me over. No idea how i will land end of next week when i start buying but i guess i'll find out.
On a related note will the i5 ivy be enough to push these cards to the map even if i end up sli/cf. Or should i consider a i7 ivy

Ivy i5 is more than plenty for a cfx / sli setup seriously we are talking about a state of the art cpu thumb.gif i7 is not worth the money if all you'll be doing is general tasks and gaming
post #135 of 356
If single monitor the 7970 Lightning is the best 7970 IMO. I had two and they were definitely better cards than my current Sapphires but water blocks weren't available at the time for the Lightnings. Best single GPU card available at this time is the GTX 680 Lightning....
post #136 of 356
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Originally Posted by PostalTwinkie View Post

This statement is only half true...
The GTX 680 wins and the 7970 win, it just depends on which game you are playing, literally.

Well said. For example even at 1080p the 7970 always seems to perform better in Metro 2033 than the 680, but in many other games the 680 pulls ahead if the 7970 is clocked at stock speeds. Take a 7970 past 1GHz and it will cream the 680 much more consistently.
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post #137 of 356
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Originally Posted by Majin SSJ Eric View Post

If single monitor the 7970 Lightning is the best 7970 IMO. I had two and they were definitely better cards than my current Sapphires but water blocks weren't available at the time for the Lightnings. Best single GPU card available at this time is the GTX 680 Lightning....

I'm glad you bring that up because I really would like to hear more opinions on it.
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post #138 of 356
The 680 Lightning has a club here and you can find out everything you need about the card there. The long and short of it is that its the only 680 that really properly supports voltage control (though there are some hoops to jump over). As a result, it can thoroughly defeat even a highly clocked 7970 in most benches, even though the 7970 is faster than other 680's when OC'd due to their locked voltages. EK has also recently announced a new water block for the 680 Lightning will be available later this month.

Keep in mind though that the relative differences between all of these cards is fairly minor. Any would be a great choice (even a 7950 or 670 if money is an issue)...
post #139 of 356
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Originally Posted by Majin SSJ Eric View Post

The 680 Lightning has a club here and you can find out everything you need about the card there. The long and short of it is that its the only 680 that really properly supports voltage control (though there are some hoops to jump over). As a result, it can thoroughly defeat even a highly clocked 7970 in most benches, even though the 7970 is faster than other 680's when OC'd due to their locked voltages. EK has also recently announced a new water block for the 680 Lightning will be available later this month.
Keep in mind though that the relative differences between all of these cards is fairly minor. Any would be a great choice (even a 7950 or 670 if money is an issue)...

why do you feel your old 7970 lightnings were better then you current sapphires?
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post #140 of 356
Overall they are just more premium cards. The TFIV cooler is one of the best in the business (though the Dual X is pretty good too) but once you remove the heatsink you can really see the detail that MSI put into the Lightning's design. Just a premium card all around even if it doesn't necessarily perform any better than reference....
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