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post #31 of 170
7970ghz was already faster in most games before the most recent drivers. Some people were saying they "trade blows" mainly because of one game, BF3. After the most recent drivers... the 7970 basically creamed the 680 in that game too, leaving nothing but I think Starcraft and maybe WoW where 680 is faster... I think Diablo 3 too. In games where graphics horsepower actually matter, it's just not a contest anymore. The 7950 has actually begun to compete with the 680 while costing much less. There was a time, before AMD stepped up the game on their drivers, where the 670 was matching the 7970 is most games. Not anymore.

680 is still plenty good for gaming and if you already have one I wouldn't try selling it to get a 7970. Just do as others have suggested and enjoy your card. You mentioned going SLI in the future, and I have to tell you, 7970 scales better in crossfire so if you really want to go multi-card setup then I would take that into consideration.
post #32 of 170
Is it maxing your game at your resolution? Does it have any driver problem? Do you like the color(in a does it fit good in your case)? Is the noise unbearable? Is it heating up your room?

The band wagon is now on the AMD side that it's faster, but how much fast is faster if you are alrdy at 60Hz or 120Hz?
Don't kid yourself, you got a great card that will be replace in months... just like the 7XXX wil be. Just don't think you just bought the best of the better of the beastage and you will feel better. Everything get replace. Hell i haven't replace my 6970's because they still max everything i put in my comp at the res i play...
post #33 of 170
If you check slickdeals website, you will find even the OC editions for the 7970 at around $360 plus a free game. AMD is the way to go, especially after these new drivers. Maybe a month and a half ago, GTX 680 was the way to go, but def not now. I wish I had hold off on buying my card (got it on sale) because for $20 more I could have gotten a 7970 and not supported greedy nVidia and their stupid PhysX.
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post #34 of 170
If you are a bencher, then you should've gotten a 7970. PERIOD...
You already got it, so enjoy it.
Heck, I bench and I bought a gtx670 ftw, cause it was 325 lol (and I got a 2560x1440 monitor too)

If you intend on doing surround and/or use 3d Nvidia is the way to go, you won't regret getting a second 680 for 3d and 120hz, or for Surround.
Doesn't make sense to risk getting a bad card or having to lose money selling your 680 now.
Wait for next gen, and then go Red if you like, if not use a 680 sli for 120hz/3d or Surround and have fun!

EDIT: *note that a) AMD scales better with xfire, and b) does better at higher resolutions, it's just that you have the inconvenience of the adapters and you lose 3d and physx (and CUDA for applications that use those, like Photoshop, After effects, folding, and so on)
post #35 of 170
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Originally Posted by 8mm View Post

7970ghz was already faster in most games before the most recent drivers. Some people were saying they "trade blows" mainly because of one game, BF3. After the most recent drivers... the 7970 basically creamed the 680 in that game too, leaving nothing but I think Starcraft and maybe WoW where 680 is faster... I think Diablo 3 too. In games where graphics horsepower actually matter, it's just not a contest anymore. The 7950 has actually begun to compete with the 680 while costing much less. There was a time, before AMD stepped up the game on their drivers, where the 670 was matching the 7970 is most games. Not anymore.

680 is still plenty good for gaming and if you already have one I wouldn't try selling it to get a 7970. Just do as others have suggested and enjoy your card. You mentioned going SLI in the future, and I have to tell you, 7970 scales better in crossfire so if you really want to go multi-card setup then I would take that into consideration.

I say this also. thumb.gif
post #36 of 170
Yup. Regret it. DREADFULLY regret it! I'm kidding.

I switched 2 570s to 1 7970 just days ago and I love it. It overclocks like a beast and stays very cool while gaming. Went with the Sapphire dual-fan version.

I maintain over 60fps in BF3 at 2560x1440, all Ultra, 16x AF, HBAO, no anti-aliasing because well... at 1440p I honestly don't see a need for it. For giggles I tried 4x AA and I maintain 45+, RARELY dropping below that in scenes where a jet and helicopter both rain on me with rockets.
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post #37 of 170
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Originally Posted by ivanlabrie View Post

If you are a bencher, then you should've gotten a 7970. PERIOD...
You already got it, so enjoy it.
Heck, I bench and I bought a gtx670 ftw, cause it was 325 lol (and I got a 2560x1440 monitor too)
If you intend on doing surround and/or use 3d Nvidia is the way to go, you won't regret getting a second 680 for 3d and 120hz, or for Surround.
Doesn't make sense to risk getting a bad card or having to lose money selling your 680 now.
Wait for next gen, and then go Red if you like, if not use a 680 sli for 120hz/3d or Surround and have fun!
EDIT: *note that a) AMD scales better with xfire, and b) does better at higher resolutions, it's just that you have the inconvenience of the adapters and you lose 3d and physx (and CUDA for applications that use those, like Photoshop, After effects, folding, and so on)

How much would the scaling difference be between xfire and sli? I'm not a bencher, just a pure gamer looking for the best fps and the best gaming experience. And yes I do plan on going surround with SLI 680s, but I can get the adapters for 7970 if the performance hit between sli 680s and xfire 7970s is significant gaming wise..(say 10fps or more difference) I WILL lose money definitely if I sell my 680, and that would not be ideal..
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post #38 of 170
I don't regret my 450$ HD 7950 in February tongue.gif

Yes the 7970Ghz is a little faster, yes it's cheaper.
But, don't regret your computer purchase, you have a great card that do everything you want (I hope), why bother if there is a better deal now?
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there is one thing to say right now....7970 and 7950 are beast when it comes to oveclocking butt kicking fps of any games you throw at it.
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there is one thing to say right now....7970 and 7950 are beast when it comes to oveclocking butt kicking fps of any games you throw at it.

well makes me look forward receiving my r7950 to play with.
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