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Looking for $300 video card to play Crysis 3 on maximum settings.

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Firstly, if I can wait a bit longer this year I can stretch my budget to $350.

Secondly, I know Crysis 3 hasn't been officially released yet and AMD drivers haven't been fully optimized for the game. That being said, Google search showed GTX 680 or Radeon 7970 is needed for optimal or high-performance settings. Will either card safely run on Antec NEO 620C with overclocked CPU and RAM? How much OC headroom would I have for the card using my current PSU?

Third, which brand and model/variant would you recommend?

Fourth, what is the difference between the Sapphire 7970 Dual-X and Vapor-X?
post #2 of 8
1. Yes a single GPU will run fine on that PSU is ample headroom.

2. The 7950 is a great choice of card, I would however consider a second 7850 as well.

3. The vapor-X is a GHZ edition card, it's basically clocked higher and it's a binned processor. The Dual-X is a boost card and it's not a binned processor.

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OP for 300 dollars the HD 7950 boost is the best choice. at the same clocks HD 7970 is 3 - 6% faster than HD 7950. HD 7950 at 1.1 Ghz matches HD 7970 Ghz. Sapphire HD 7950 boost is a very good option

the Sapphire HD 7970 OC which uses the dual x cooler runs at 1 ghz core. the Sapphire HD 7970 ghz vapor-x runs at 1.05 Ghz. the vapor-x has a higher stock voltage (1.25v) .
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3. The vapor-X is a GHZ edition card, it's basically clocked higher and it's a binned processor. The Dual-X is a boost card and it's not a binned processor.

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Are you sure the Vapor-X is binned? This is an honest question...figuring which cards are and aren't binned is not an easy task, and more sources of information on this topic are always welcome.

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the Sapphire HD 7970 OC which uses the dual x cooler runs at 1 ghz core. the Sapphire HD 7970 ghz vapor-x runs at 1.05 Ghz. the vapor-x has a higher stock voltage (1.25v) .
ah yes but with boost clock on...
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Are you sure the Vapor-X is binned? This is an honest question...figuring which cards are and aren't binned is not an easy task, and more sources of information on this topic are always welcome.

the HD 7970 Ghz vapor-x does not have specifically binned GPUs. what you do get is higher stock voltage of 1.25v compared to 1.175v on regular HD 7970 cards. so the chances of you hitting 1200 mhz at stock voltage are better.
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Now that the game has been officially released, to play the game on HIGH settings, as opposed to VERY HIGH settings, is the 670 better than the 7970, since the Crysis 3 website says a 680 or 7970 is needed for 'optimal' settings?
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$300 video card and Crysis 3 on maximum settings shouldn't be in the same sentence.
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Crysis 3 can be played on a HD 7950 boost with Very high and SMAA 2x at 40+ fps. the average overclock on HD 7950 boost is 1150 mhz. HD 7950(1100 mhz) matches HD 7970 Ghz(1050 mhz). so whatever settings can be played on HD 7970 can definitely be played on HD 7950.

go and ask in the HD 7900 users thread at what settings and fps the HD 7950 users are playing ? ask them also at what clocks ? you will get a clear idea.
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