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Poll Results: HD 7970 or GTX 680?

 
  • 31% (25)
    MSI GTX 680 (Reason down below?)
  • 63% (50)
    Sapphire HD 7970 (Reason down below?)
  • 5% (4)
    Other (Reason down below?)
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post #1 of 62
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I am thinking about this because I am looking into a new rig.
I have been thinking about NVidia, but in the back of my mind AMD kept lingering there.
They are similar in price ($30 difference) so I might as well ask the community what they prefer.
Do I care about eyecandy? Somewhat, yeah.
Do I play games that utilize PhysX? Yes, I do.
Do I care that much about CUDA? Eh, somewhat. Could help me in some applications.
If you have any other questions, by all means ask.
Edited by Paratrooper1n0 - 10/21/12 at 10:48am
post #2 of 62
What is your budget? What resolution do you play at? if a 680 lighting is in the budget, I choose 680. other wise, depending on the budget, the 7970.
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post #3 of 62
Around here you can pick up a 7970 for a lot less than a 680 and they're about the same performance....so 7970 for me.

Your call though.
post #4 of 62
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What is your budget?: ~$2000 for the computer (excluding the monitor)
What resolution do you play at? Currently: 1920x1200. I will be playing at 2560x1440 with the monitor I plan on getting.
post #5 of 62
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Originally Posted by General123 View Post

What is your budget? What resolution do you play at? if a 680 lighting is in the budget, I choose 680. other wise, depending on the budget, the 7970.

This would be great to know. Right now, the two cards are slugging it out with each other, with Nvidia having a slight edge at stock, but AMD's cards are able to clock higher where they regain their edge. At 1920x1080 or 1920x1200, Nvidia is the better bet IMO, whereas they are tied with AMD at 2560x1440 or 2560x1600. AMD is generally regarded as doing better at multi-monitor setups like 5760x1080 or something like that.

As a personal opinion, the Nvidia cards offer
  • The same or slightly better performance than their AMD counterparts, depending on what benchmark you look at
  • CUDA which you said could be useful
  • GPU Boost which, if you plan on leaving the card at stock settings, could be a great addition. If you plan to OC the card, then AMD clearly gets the nod as a better clocker.
  • PhysX (Looks SUPER in Borderlands 2)
  • Considerably less power consumption, and thus considerably less heat, and thus considerably less fan noise.

However, it should be noted that neither side is BAD. It just depends on your preferences this time around. The features in the list above are important to me, so in your circumstance, I would choose Nvidia.

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post #6 of 62
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Originally Posted by General123 View Post

What is your budget? What resolution do you play at? if a 680 lighting is in the budget, I choose 680. other wise, depending on the budget, the 7970.

This would be great to know. Right now, the two cards are slugging it out with each other, with Nvidia having a slight edge at stock, but AMD's cards are able to clock higher where they regain their edge. At 1920x1080 or 1920x1200, Nvidia is the better bet IMO, whereas they are tied with AMD at 2560x1440 or 2560x1600. AMD is generally regarded as doing better at multi-monitor setups like 5760x1080 or something like that.

As a personal opinion, the Nvidia cards offer
  • The same or slightly better performance than their AMD counterparts, depending on what benchmark you look at
  • CUDA which you said could be useful
  • GPU Boost which, if you plan on leaving the card at stock settings, could be a great addition. If you plan to OC the card, then AMD clearly gets the nod as a better clocker.
  • PhysX (Looks SUPER in Borderlands 2)
  • Considerably less power consumption, and thus considerably less heat, and thus considerably less fan noise.

However, it should be noted that neither side is BAD. It just depends on your preferences this time around. The features in the list above are important to me, so in your circumstance, I would choose Nvidia.

/flamesuit:ON

2GB of V-RAM is more than enough to handle 2560x1440.
But yeah, I keep going back to NVidia as an option. So many exclusive features that are quite useful. I like others input though.
post #7 of 62
Definitely 7970. Cheaper,equal or faster performance at 1200p+, the latest drivers are solid and imo really fun to play with (overclock).

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_7970_Matrix/1.html
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post #8 of 62
the price diff is 50 bucks between HD 7970 and GTX 680.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127671

If you are not particular about physx grab the HD 7970. With max overclocks on both cards HD 7970 is generally faster and the gap in demanding games like metro 2033, sleeping dogs is very significant

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/10/16/asus_matrix_hd_7970_platinum_video_card_review/4
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post #9 of 62
There's not enough of a performance gap to say either is better than the other. The 7970 is cheaper and the 680 has PhysX. Those are the major points as either will run any game at max settings with no problems...
post #10 of 62
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Originally Posted by raghu78 View Post

the price diff is 50 bucks between HD 7970 and GTX 680.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127671
If you are not particular about physx grab the HD 7970. With max overclocks on both cards HD 7970 is generally faster and the gap in demanding games like metro 2033, sleeping dogs is very significant
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/10/16/asus_matrix_hd_7970_platinum_video_card_review/4

The 7970 came out about 6 frames on top in the average, but notice that the 680 was able to maintain a better minimum fps which is important for smoothness. Also, beware linking to a triple slot monster of a card for a review, then suggesting a link on Newegg for one that's a hundred bucks cheaper. goatee.gif
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