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Hello everyone!

I am going to buy a new GPU and was looking for some input from the community. I was going to buy the GTX670, but AMD just had to make my life harder by releasing their new drivers. So now I am trying to decide whether to get the AMD HD7970 or nVidia GTX 670. I will buy the Asus DirectCUII version of the card either way.

what will I be using the card for? I will only use it for gaming, no GPGPU, Bitcoin mining or whatever. Just gaming. I will also be buying a monitor with a resolution of1920x1980. The games I play are quite varied, from Battlefield 3 to Crysis 2 to Total War to The Witcher II.

One thing that also should be taken into consideration is that I want to make my PC as quiet as possible.

My pros and cons for both cards (so far):

GTX670

+ Quite a bit quieter than the 7970 (going by reviews)
+ Not voltage locked so lots of OC headroom
+ €10,- cheaper (neglible)
+ Takes up only 2 slots
+ Physx
+ Adaptive vsync
- Bit slower than the 7970 on stock speeds
- Gets a bit hotter than the 7970 (Though you do get a quieter card)

HD7970

+ Faster than the 670 on stock speeds
+ Cooler than the 670 (i.e. I could let the fans run slower to get a quieter card)
- Louder at stock fan speeds
- Takes up 3 slots (not necessarily a con, but my sound card is in the slot right below the cooler, might affect cooling performance?)
- Voltage locked so not a lot of OC headroom (dunno if it still is voltage locked?)
- €10,- more expensive (though this is neglible)

I am hoping somebody could shed some light on this! How much can you overclock the HD7970 on stock voltages? And the GTX670 (I'm not a big fan of voltage tweaking)? And please don't come up with the "AMD drivers suck" argument. I have had an AMD for 3 years now and only had a problem with the drivers once. And there isn't a retailer offering the Never Settle game bundle in my country, so that isn't a deciding factor either.

Thanks to anyone willing to help me! thumb.gif
Edited by Vlodaf - 11/1/12 at 11:45am

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post #2 of 42
Many here will just go back and forth as those cards are pretty even. So tie breaker would either be the look your going for, the cooling features you would expect, which has more vram, or more volt contols and best price.
 
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Many here will just go back and forth as those cards are pretty even. So tie breaker would either be the look your going for, the cooling features you would expect, which has more vram, or more volt contols and best price.

Well, the most important thing to me is performance and cooling. So what could really be the deciding factor for me I suppose is how far you can overclock both cards at stock voltage. Although any other inputs are more than welcome too.
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I'd go with 7970. The price, game bundle, new drivers and extra memory bandwidth of that card make it the winner to me. Even if you said 680 which is what I use, I would still pick the 7970. The extra mem will help a lot with your high res.
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I would go with a 7970 as well, because I'm a fan of those cards, and recent beta driver changes make them very strong, but I do own the GTX 670 version as well (TOP), and it's a great card - no complaints at all.
   
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I'd go with 7970. The price, game bundle, new drivers and extra memory bandwidth of that card make it the winner to me. Even if you said 680 which is what I use, I would still pick the 7970. The extra mem will help a lot with your high res.

Thing is it is more expensive than the 670 where I live, and I can't get the game bundle anywhere. The new drivers are the thing that got me doubting my choice, so that one is definitely a factor tongue.gif But 1080p is that high-res, is it? Is the 7970 from Asus wasn't voltage locked I would definitely pick that one, but from what I gather it is.
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Witcher 2 is a great game, you'll be able to max everything except ubersampling at great fps with either card
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If you're going to play on a single 1080p monitor, there won't be a significant difference between the two cards (I play at 1440p). GTX 670 by ASUS is a nice little card - it's very quiet, runs pretty cool, and has a good factory overclock already. I can't imagine you'll need more than that even for your resolution. Just pick what you think is best for you, keeping in mind that the 7970 is a tripple-slotter and won't be as quiet (though still very quiet). nVidia cards seem to also retain their monetary value longer, as they have a pretty solid fan base, and nVidia does not like to price things fairly smile.gif
   
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If you're going to play on a single 1080p monitor, there won't be a significant difference between the two cards (I play at 1440p). GTX 670 by ASUS is a nice little card - it's very quiet, runs pretty cool, and has a good factory overclock already. I can't imagine you'll need more than that even for your resolution. Just pick what you think is best for you, keeping in mind that the 7970 is a tripple-slotter and won't be as quiet (though still very quiet). nVidia cards seem to also retain their monetary value longer, as they have a pretty solid fan base, and nVidia does not like to price things fairly smile.gif

Haha, well, they both are asking way too much for their cards tbh tongue.gif I remember when I bought my 4870x2 and paid €500 for it... Think I'll go with the 670, saves me a bit of money and like you pointed out it is quieter.
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All kepler are voltage locked. Also sapphire vapox-x 7970 is way better than the asus.
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