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  • 16% (2)
    GTX680
  • 58% (7)
    GTX670
  • 25% (3)
    HD7870
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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hey guys - first post

So i have a HD 6870 at the moment and it really isnt keeping up with what i need it to do
so obviously its time for an upgrade

Now my first choice is the GTX680, and although i do have the money for it, is it worth spending that much on a graphics card
My second choice was the HD7870, which is the series up from my current one. But i can see it getting outdated soon and i was kind of hoping the new card would last a while
My last choice was the GTX670 as its marginally cheaper and just as efficient? And i cant see it getting completely outdated anytime soon

Im not really looking to overclock my GPU but i do need it to keep up to the games and my projects

Any advice is good advice

Thanks smile.gif
post #2 of 17
OP the best price perf card is the HD 7950. At the same clocks HD 7950 is 3 - 5% slower than HD 7970. When overclocked HD 7950 is faster than overclocked GTX 680 even when running at 100 Mhz lesser clocks while costing much lesser. The Gigabyte HD 7950 (900 Mhz) is the card to get. You can manually go for voltage tweaking and push for 1.15+ Ghz speeds. here is feedback from GTX 680 users who have moved to HD 7950 / HD 7970

http://www.overclock.net/t/1323188/ocuk-7950-crossfire-vs-680-sli-at-5760-1080-eyefinity-surround/40#post_18583908
http://www.overclock.net/t/1323188/ocuk-7950-crossfire-vs-680-sli-at-5760-1080-eyefinity-surround/40#post_18584418

If you want there is also a boost BIOS released by Gigabyte which raises boost clocks to 1 Ghz..

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4121#bios

the windforce3x cooler is excellent. keeps temps well below 70c even when overclocked. thumb.gif
Edited by raghu78 - 11/19/12 at 11:11pm
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post #3 of 17
OP, Where do you live? If you can order at newegg, pick an AMD card...although I am personally would choose 670...but its just me, because its cheaper, quiet, consume less power.
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post #4 of 17
If you can afford a GTX 670 why would you settle for a 7870? Get a 7950, overclock it a little bit and it should blow a GTX 680 out of the water for $200 less. wink.gif
post #5 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by StayFrosty View Post

If you can afford a GTX 670 why would you settle for a 7870? Get a 7950, overclock it a little bit and it should blow a GTX 680 out of the water for $200 less. wink.gif

7950 would be your best bet.
post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 
As I said though, im not exactly confident with overclocking at the moment, and i think that even if i tried a would be playing a $600 gamble
Looking at stock speeds though, will the extra RAM and bandwidth that the HD7970 has, overpower or equal the speed of the GTX680?
The prices arent all that different, so its done to the performance of it. At the moment the biggest strain im having is keeping a solid fps, while recording, with quality image. My 6870 is framy with average detailed games in fullscreen and im having to run in window mode just to get 30fps. All that being said im still turning textures down etc. smile.gif
post #7 of 17
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And i live in Western Australia, so im buying it from eastern australia and couriering it over
post #8 of 17
Get a 7950 and save yourself a load of $$$ and a slight overclock will bring it up to a 7970 then overclock it a little bit more and blow a GTX 680 out of the water.
post #9 of 17
the Gigabyte HD 7950 OC (900 Mhz) for 325 bucks. as said in my previous post you can flash the HD 7950 boost BIOS provided by Gigabyte which will increase clocks to 1 Ghz. the HD 7950(1 Ghz) would easily exceed the stock GTX 680. You can easily overclock to 1.1+ Ghz even at stock voltage with the HD 7950 boost BIOS. overclocking is very easy in AMD CCC.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1311&products_id=19285

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/11/12/fall_2012_gpu_driver_comparison_roundup/3

if you want to spend more money go for the Gigabyte HD 7970 Ghz (1.1 GHz) for 470 bucks . This card will be faster than even a GTX 680 Lightning while costing 150 bucks lesser.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1309&products_id=20995
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post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by StayFrosty View Post

Get a 7950 and save yourself a load of $$$ and a slight overclock will bring it up to a 7970 then overclock it a little bit more and blow a GTX 680 out of the water.

very well said. thumb.gif
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