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post #11 of 21
I just purchased a 680 so I would be inclined to say go with those, however with the latest AMD beta drivers the 7970 does outperform it in most games. Logically, your money right now would be best spent on the 7970. That being said, maybe Nvidia will improve their drivers as a response and pull ahead, nobody really knows.

I have always had great performance from Nvidia and honestly, I have never been a fan of AMD/ATi's drivers.

tldr: I'd go for the 680 but right now 7970 is technically superior with latest drivers according to benchmarks.
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670, they've gotten pretty darn cheap.
 
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post #13 of 21
670!

It's EXACTLY the same as the 680 when you OC it wink.gif (only less CUDA cores)
   
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post #14 of 21
GTX 680 will get driver updates as well, especially considering its the newer card.
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post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by BizzareRide View Post

GTX 680 will get driver updates as well, especially considering its the newer card.

I doubt from a performance point of veiw that kepler will get that much faster, the 7000 series architecture is more complex than kepler and as a result likely has more untapped potential.
post #16 of 21
Even though the OP had not even asked about 7970's they still managed to find their way in here. thinking.gif

OT: Since you've asked between the two I'd say go with the 670. The FTW model tends to be a better decision since it could easily clock to 1300MHz+. I don't really see a point to multi-monitor gaming as bezel kills the experience, but some people like Vega can cut them almost to nothing. wink.gif
     
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If you are bent on going with Nvidia then go with the Lightning 680. It is voltage-unlocked and once overclocked, it is easily the fastest Kepler card on the planet. Most are overclocked deep into the 1300s on the core and 1700s on the memory with some samples breaking into the 1400s on the core. My sample did 1372/1771 but check the Lightning 680 club for more information: http://www.overclock.net/t/1280007/official-msi-gtx-680-lightning-owners-club. It is truly an outstanding card and the represents the pinnacle of single-GPU performance from Nvidia.

BUT (Big but) do know that while the Lightning 680 is an awesome card, my $300 Gigabyte 7950 @ 1280MHz/1800MHz with latest Catalyst driver 12.11 beta would beat it (1372/1771) in just about every game. The Matrix 7970 that I have right now completely destroys it granted my cards are somewhat 'golden' but I would say that even decent overclocking Tahiti cards would still beat out a good clocking Lightning 680. 670s can only dream of 1372/1771 thus the performance gap would be even larger.

Ultimately, the choice is yours thumb.gif

Source: countless reviews. Ex-owner of Sapphire, Gigabyte, and MSI Lightning 7970. Ex-owner of MSI Lightning 680, and current owner of the Gigabyte 7950 and Asus Matrix 7970 Platinum
Edited by Bruennis - 11/3/12 at 8:29am
post #18 of 21
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I wouldn't touch the 680 or the 670 at this point in time. Go with the 7970. It is without question the superior card.
Its only like a 5-7% difference on average LOL. 60fps or 64.5fps. And the OP said he was set on Nvidia.

As for the OP get the 670, it is just as fast as a stock 680 and usually is a good clocker thumb.gif
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post #19 of 21
If you want an Nvidia the most card that make sense this generation is GTX 670 and still not much sense when the 7950 is faster or as fast at a lower price. The GTX 680 Lightning while it is the greatest Kepler I barely call it the best purchase. It costs hundreds of dollars over the 670 and only marginally faster.
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my $300 Gigabyte 7950 @ 1280MHz/1800MHz with latest Catalyst driver 12.11 beta would beat it (1372/1771) in just about every game. The Matrix 7970 that I have right now completely destroys it granted my cards are somewhat 'golden' but I would say that even decent overclocking Tahiti cards would still beat out a good clocking Lightning 680. 670s can only dream of 1372/1771 thus the performance gap would be even larger.


Edited by HeadlessKnight - 11/3/12 at 8:51am
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Money looks to be of no concern for the OP otherwise why in the world would he or she be picking up a 3930K or 4-6 monitors? That is why I suggested the Lightning for $480 about ~$30 more than 4GB 670s and ~$100 more than regular 670s thumb.gif

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127693

Obviously, the best purchase is the 7950 as it is faster than both the 680 and 670 overclock for overclock. Read into the latest driver updates and you'll find this to be true. In addition, at the resolution that he or she would be gaming at, a 7970 would serve him much better being equipped with more video memory and a larger bus width. Really a no-brainer but if Nvidia is a must then the 680 Lightning is a good purchase with generally superior overclocking potential beyond that of any other Kepler.
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