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What is this Memory Bus thing you speak of, and why are you saying Nvidia goes low on them? Is it to save cost, and is there any serious performance advantage of having a higher Memory Bus?

Its to save cost, its supposed to be "competitively advantageous" (which is actually not even advantageous for us, JUST NVidia). Its a weird design that only pops out very rarely when NVidia wants to pull some tricks around and sell a card, like the 550Ti which was released last year.

Yes there is a serious performance advantage, 256 bit is supposed to be the "normal" symmetrical design, but 192 is like some "off-size" that actually performs as if it was a handicapped 256bit. Take a look at the article on anandtech, it will explain it.
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Thank you! +REP biggrin.gif

But OP, if you think about it were just about in the same situation? Well the real question is whats cheaper for you in your area ? the 670 or the 7950? I guess the AMD drivers made such a huge impact on performance (i may actually consider these cards) since they are a lot cheaper than the 670 and they have the 3GB VRAM that sounds so delicious thumb.gif

But people have location issues so yeah, its either between the 670 or the 7950. if you were to get now, or you had the choice to wait. Im assuming NVidia will continue this weird 192bit memory bus trend and we'll be seeing the 256 bit memory buses on the 770... 780... etc it seems like <...60 are suffering the weird buses. So im assuming when the 700 series comes out the 770 might be a hefty price? (If you were to go with NVidia)

7950 is really nicely priced in the United Kingdom ATM. The games I will be mostly playing at 1080p are the likes of Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, Battlefield 3/4 when it's out, Crysis 3, Skyrim, Hitman Absolution, Far Cry 3.
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7970 non ghz edition is the way imo. If the stories of coil whine in some ghz editions are true...
You can clock the "normal" 7970 over 1Ghz anyway in most cases rolleyes.gif
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7970 non ghz edition is the way imo. If the stories of coil whine in some ghz editions are true...
You can clock the "normal" 7970 over 1Ghz anyway in most cases rolleyes.gif

i've to read on those. but some of them is voltage locked. so which one you think he should get
Edited by Ramzinho - 3/15/13 at 9:18am
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i've to read on those. but some of them is voltage locked. so which one you think he should get
I read that reference models, Power color and saphire cards are unlocked. Not sure tho. Asus and gigabyte are locked thats all i know.
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The 7970GHZ has high clocks and good cooling if you get the vapor-x.
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The 7970GHZ has high clocks and good cooling if you get the vapor-x.
But 7970Ghz editions are know for problems with coil whine, which gets so annyoying that you wish you would had gotten stock 7970...
Most voltage unlocked 7970s get easily way past 1GHz anyway. There are also good coolers with the stock editions, like the saphire cooler...
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I'm so indecisive haha frown.gif
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670 is ruled out. Still not sure which AMD card to get. Looking for the best in terms of cooling and overclocking. If I get a 7950 I can't go over about £275. Just not quite sure if the 7970 will be worth paying the extra £50-£75 for? I just want something that is good bang for buck, voltage unlocked and cools really well.
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If you want to get the best performance for your money, go with a 7950.
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