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A few days ago we introduced you to the concept of of frametime tests, a more accurate way of gauging graphics card performance in video games. Today we are applying the new test for the first time, and with the new data we will compare the AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition to the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680.

If you want the best of the best in the area of PC graphics capabilities, there aren't that many options out there and you will quickly narrow down your shortlist to include these two cards. The AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition is available for an average of £374 or € 400, and the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 costs an average of £404 or € 460.

When we originally tested the 7970 GHz Edition, we concluded that the AMD card is faster in most benchmarks compared to the GeForce GTX 680. And when you take the lower price into consideration, it's clear that AMD gives you the best value for your money.

So, will this conclusion hold up in the light of new frametime data? We tested the two cards in five recent video games to find out.
http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/3991/amd-radeon-hd-7970-ghz-edition-vs-nvidia-geforce-gtx-680-frametimes-review
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I really think this is great, more review sites including frame latencies tests on GPU reviews will only result in good things.

Hopefully it becomes more of a focus for driver/hardware teams for both camps.
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So different results from multiple sites...
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one of the biggest flaws of graphics drivers from Red and Green have been they are always biased towards max fps and not average or frame time. The latter two are way more important to the user's overall experience
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I don't know why the GTX 680 would spike like that with medium settings in BF3. This article matches my testing in FC3, BF3 and Hitman though. Glad that Max Payne 3 and Assassin's Creed 3 perform so well on AMD, didn't know about those games.
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too bad these reviews aren't testing this year's most intensive title...Crysis 3

At the end of last year I looked back the last 6 months to see if my graphics card purchase was worth it.

At the time of purchase factory overclocked 670 SLI for $650 was very hard to beat. AMD definitely has won the value/perf crown at the end of the year with its aggressive price cuts/huge performance boost from drivers. I felt a bit shafted.

Then I remembered why I went with Nvidia....terrible experience with legacy drivers from AMD for years...I wanted to make sure if I were to go multi-GPU I want some security that it would be a relatively smooth experience. At the time Nvidia owners claimed SLI experiences generally is smoother than CFX but no one had the data to back that up.

Well now with all the frame data coming out....I now feel the current price premium for Nvidia is worth it.

Bottom line now backed up by the frame time data...if you want brute force and better value...go AMD...if you want smooth experience go Nvidia.

What do you all say? I hope this doesn't spark any more uncesssary flame/fanboy wars.tongue.gif
Edited by twitchyzero - 2/26/13 at 8:52pm
     
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Far Cry 3....

it just stutters.
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So now somehow GTX680 is faster then HD 7970? Maybe the 1080p resolution?
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So now somehow GTX680 is faster then HD 7970? Maybe the 1080p resolution?

Probably a combination of 1080p + low AA,faulty card or user error.Especially at fb3 7970 is faster than a gtx680 from the majority of reviews
Edited by sugarhell - 2/26/13 at 9:08pm
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That's pretty much what every review should look like. FPS graphs and then frametime graphs.
    
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