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Gigabyte gtx 670 or 7970?

Poll Results: GTX 670 or 7970

Poll expired: Feb 26, 2013  
  • 8% (2)
    EVGA GTX 670 FTW
  • 12% (3)
    Gigabyte GTX 670 Windforce
  • 80% (20)
    HIS HD 7970
25 Total Votes  
post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
I'm looking to build a M-atx SFF gaming/rendering PC w/ a i7 3770k, I intend on WC this on a later date but for now I'm sticking with a h100i and stock cooling for the GPU. I know the 7970 can OC more but does cuda help that much in rendering? Any feedback is helpful, thanks - Beakz
post #2 of 28
CUDA has it uses in applications like adobe photoshop , adobe premiere . so if you want gaming and you will make use of CUDA accelerated applications go with GTX 670. otherwise go with HD 7970. if you intend to watercool go for reference AMD HD 7970 PCB designs or cards compatible with that design.

www.coolingconfigurator.com

in this site you can find which HD 7970 cards use a reference AMD design.for those cards full cover waterblocks would be mentioned as compatible. the gigabyte HD 7970 OC cards are now being voltage locked. consider some other brand.

HIS HD 7970 iceq x2 ghz edition with model H797QMC3G2M is a good option. comes with a reference AMD PCB design. extra power phases for better stability and lower temps with extreme overclocking. card is quite long at 31.1 cm with stock cooler. PCB would be shorter if stock cooler is removed when watercooling. unlocked voltage.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161431

http://www.legionhardware.com/articles_pages/his_7970_iceq_xsup2_ghz_edition_7950_iceq_xsup2_boost_clock,2.html
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/59265-his-hd-7970-iceq-x-hd-7950-iceq-x-review-14.html
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post #3 of 28
It's still best to render clips / movies with CPU, gpu rendering is still not on par with CPU ( quality ).
post #4 of 28
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Originally Posted by raghu78 View Post

CUDA has it uses in applications like adobe photoshop , adobe premiere . so if you want gaming and you will make use of CUDA accelerated applications go with GTX 670. otherwise go with HD 7970. if you intend to watercool go for reference AMD HD 7970 PCB designs or cards compatible with that design.

www.coolingconfigurator.com

in this site you can find which HD 7970 cards use a reference AMD design.for those cards full cover waterblocks would be mentioned as compatible. the gigabyte HD 7970 OC cards are now being voltage locked. consider some other brand.

HIS HD 7970 iceq x2 ghz edition with model H797QMC3G2M is a good option. comes with a reference AMD PCB design. extra power phases for better stability and lower temps with extreme overclocking. card is quite long at 31.1 cm with stock cooler. PCB would be shorter if stock cooler is removed when watercooling. unlocked voltage.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161431

http://www.legionhardware.com/articles_pages/his_7970_iceq_xsup2_ghz_edition_7950_iceq_xsup2_boost_clock,2.html
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/59265-his-hd-7970-iceq-x-hd-7950-iceq-x-review-14.html
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Originally Posted by The_chemist21 View Post

It's still best to render clips / movies with CPU, gpu rendering is still not on par with CPU ( quality ).
ok thanks guys I think I might go with the 7970 but will have to do some more research. I'm a little paranoid with the AMD drivers though. rolleyes.gif
post #5 of 28
Thread Starter 
Ok so what is really putting me on the fence with AMD is the drivers. I dont know if the drivers are always safe and personally I dot want the possibility of me having a mind fart and killing my card tongue.gif So should I go with the EVGA, Gigabyte, or HIS card?
post #6 of 28
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post #7 of 28
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Because?
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Originally Posted by Beakz View Post

Because?

Have a great cooler, 2 slot, 8pin+6pin connectors, have CUDA....If you can accept the BLUE PCB, I vote it.
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post #9 of 28
I have a 7970. I don't know what your afraid of with drivers. I have not had any problems myself.
post #10 of 28
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ok so far we have 1 670 gigabyte and 2 7970 votes. I also have a WC question. Is it a bad idea to mix nickel and copper waterblocks? I really like the XSPC special edition chrome block but also want a swiftech or EK nickel GPU block for to match the chrome... Would these to platings affect the coolant or the metals?
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