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post #91 of 170
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Originally Posted by snipekill2445 View Post

My friend, you just contradicted yourself SO badly.

Really?
It IS better: Performs better, costs less.
*hint: Check my sig. I have a gtx 670 wink.gif

I'm talking performance strictly...I'm a bencher man, I doubt regular gamers will notice a huge difference besides price.But I like to speak the truth. The facts are out there, most reviews compare stock clocked cards, which is stupid. A 7970 is better clock per clock, but not by too much, but when overclocked it leaves the 680 behind. The Kepler cards are nice, but the new boost clock thing and locked voltage limit their potential. (I run 1.21v but it's not for everyone, and it's not even close to the level of voltage adjustment you get with a good 7970)
post #92 of 170
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Originally Posted by ivanlabrie View Post

Really?

Yes, yes you did.
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post #93 of 170
Yes, the HD 7970 has voltage adjustment but how many of those cards will overclock like a GTX 670 or GTX 680 on stock voltage? Not many, most HD 7970's max out around 1200-1250mhz core with the voltage slider pegged. Both of my GTX Windforce 670's will do 1310mhz core and 7600mhz mem on the stock locked bios and I have seen many 680's which will do the same or better.

Other than that both camps have nice cards and if I was to go single GPU I would strongly consider the HD 7970, however I wouldnt trade my SLI 670's for anything ATI atm, especially since I got them on sale at a great price.
post #94 of 170
7970 ghz edition tends to perform better and is cheaper, so you probably could have saved some money yeah. This doesn't mean the 680 isn't a beast of a card, and for all we know nVidia's next drivers will give it a performance boost to put them neck to neck. I wouldn't want to trade my 680s for 7970s either way. Both are good GPUs that should last for quite some time.
Since you are interested in going multi-GPU in the future, keep in mind that although CrossfireX scaling is better, SLI is apparently smoother, which to me is a lot more important when I'm gaming and not benchmarking. I never had a chance to test this myself but I know [H] (of all sites) tends to point this out when they do comparisons.
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post #95 of 170
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For the people in here saying that these cards "trade blows", remember that this only holds true for the standard 7970 (925) model and 12.11.
The Ghz Edition HD 7970, with the 12.11 beta drivers, is a good 10-15% faster than the GTX 680.
The standard 7970 at stock speeds performs neck and neck with the 680. It's also cheaper and can be clocked to "GE" performance levels and beyond, extremely easily.
Personally, I would not currently recommend an nVidia card over an AMD card, especially given how pricing/performance/over all value is at the moment.
But since you've already bought the GTX 680, I say have no regrets and be happy. The 680 is still an excellent card, especially if you're only gaming at 1080p/non120Hz, it's more than you'll need to max out virtually any game.

Basically this
post #96 of 170
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For the people in here saying that these cards "trade blows", remember that this only holds true for the standard 7970 (925) model and 12.11.
The Ghz Edition HD 7970, with the 12.11 beta drivers, is a good 10-15% faster than the GTX 680.
The standard 7970 at stock speeds performs neck and neck with the 680. It's also cheaper and can be clocked to "GE" performance levels and beyond, extremely easily.
Personally, I would not currently recommend an nVidia card over an AMD card, especially given how pricing/performance/over all value is at the moment.
But since you've already bought the GTX 680, I say have no regrets and be happy. The 680 is still an excellent card, especially if you're only gaming at 1080p/non120Hz, it's more than you'll need to max out virtually any game.
It really couldn't have been said any better then this. AMD finally stepped up and improved their drivers to add better performance to their video cards. Along with the free game(s) added more value for them.
Edited by EastCoast - 10/30/12 at 4:18pm
post #97 of 170
It's like people forget, that a 680 is able to OC too. My Lightning does 1400 MHz core and 7050 MHz memory stable 24/7 at +93 mV core voltage, which is an enormous improvement over the stock.
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post #98 of 170
Yeah, most people are comparing stock cards here...which is dumb.
Anyways, clock per clock a 7970 is a bit better, and can oc aswell.
But for 1080p buy whatever's cheaper lol Even a 660ti is more than enough, or a 7870.
post #99 of 170
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The 680 is better than a 7970 for sure, anyone who told you otherwise is trolling you. However, in a performance-per-dollar perspective it's not. The GTX 670 however bests the 7970 in performance and perf-per-dollar, so that would be the direct competitor for the 7970. There's really few reasons to buy Radeon right now. They just had a surge of newfound FPS in games because of a driver update, but Nvidia's drivers can only get better as well so on a hardware capability-level, the GTX 670 is better than a Radeon HD 7970 and a GTX 660Ti is also better and cheaper than it's direct competitor the 7950.

really dude!! i face palm hard when i read this doh.gif
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post #100 of 170
I should buy a gtx670. I would never pay this price for a gtx 680. But no worries both companies its closer than any other generation. Also amd's drivers is getting better over the last year. You will NEVER see any difference betweek a 7970 and a gtx680. For the most of the games we speak for 5 fps difference. So be happy with your card and let the fanboys from the both side to argue. And i prefer amd but i am 100% unbiased
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