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Poll Results: Swap the Gigabyte GTX 670 OC for the Diamond OC (no cash required!)

Poll expired: Mar 6, 2013  
  • 65% (30)
    Yes
  • 34% (16)
    No
46 Total Votes  
post #41 of 71
i must say, though, if you have a 2GB - i'd go for it. the hell with noise. that fan is not going to spin fast enough for you to hear it during games.
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post #42 of 71
If you're not overvolting, I really don't think you're going to have an issue with noise if that's your primary concern. As far as frame latency goes, it exists but depending on the situation I think it's really over stated. If you're getting lower FPS than the monitors refresh rate that seems to me where frame latency matters. I've gamed on both 680 SLI and CFX 7970s on BF3 and couldn't tell the difference on a 120hz monitor. (Actually tested two). I've also tried single card 670 vs single 7970 and couldn't tell the difference on a 60hz monitor either, the FPS didn't dip below the refresh rate however.
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post #43 of 71
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i must say, though, if you have a 2GB - i'd go for it. the hell with noise. that fan is not going to spin fast enough for you to hear it during games.
If you're not overvolting, I really don't think you're going to have an issue with noise if that's your primary concern. As far as frame latency goes, it exists but depending on the situation I think it's really over stated. If you're getting lower FPS than the monitors refresh rate that seems to me where frame latency matters. I've gamed on both 680 SLI and CFX 7970s on BF3 and couldn't tell the difference on a 120hz monitor. (Actually tested two). I've also tried single card 670 vs single 7970 and couldn't tell the difference on a 60hz monitor either, the FPS didn't dip below the refresh rate however.

My strong concern about the 7970 fan noise might not be necessary due to what you're saying. Swapping for somewhat similar performance (although technically the 7970 is faster) and especially for more vram is not a bad idea & is weighing on my mind. I get to test out his 7970 this evening so I can decide. He already told me that if I don't over-volt, the fan noise is not as bad as site reviews say. I'll keep you all posted on what I do. I have until the end of tomorrow to make my final decision smile.gif
post #44 of 71
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Why do people on these forums make threads to disagree to everything you have to say?
Also, the 7970 is the better card, i don't understand what the problem is, it's better then a 680 in cases.
If it's better then a 680 it's obviously better then a 670.
Another thing - The 7970 are beasts to overclock.
Done.

The OP is rightfully asking questions on people's opinions in order to justify which direction he takes.

Being that so many people in here are slanted toward what they own to the point where they thing it has no faults, it's a damn good idea.

I own a 7970 and I would NOT make that trade.
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post #45 of 71
I say doaaa itttt tongue.gif granted I never owned a 670 before but I like my 7970s
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post #46 of 71
If hes really your friend tell him to let you try out the 7970 for a couple days and make the choice yourself. He has a 670 and a 7970, it should be easy for him to do this if it is your friend.
post #47 of 71
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The OP is rightfully asking questions on people's opinions in order to justify which direction he takes.

Being that so many people in here are slanted toward what they own to the point where they thing it has no faults, it's a damn good idea.

I own a 7970 and I would NOT make that trade.
Why wouldn't you make the trade..? The 7970 is just as good as a 680 so he's losing performance lol.
post #48 of 71
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The 7970 is just as good as a 680 so he's losing performance lol.

Not concerned about over-volting or benchmarking. So @ 1080p or 1200p, I'm really not losing any performance. My 670 Windforce OC will be trading blows with the 7970. So basically it comes down to wanting the 3Gb of vram over 2Gb at the end of the day.
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If it's better then a 680 it's obviously better then a 670.
Another thing - The 7970 are beasts to overclock.
Done.

If you had carefully read, you'll realize I'm not using a reference 670. Another thing also, 670 Windforce OC (uses a 680 pcb) is an OCing beast also AND if you are done, then you should have nothin' else to say regarding this thread wink.gif ... whistle.gif


On another note, I'm on my way to my buddy's house to check out this 7970 smile.gif
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post #49 of 71
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Not concerned about over-volting or benchmarking. So @ 1080p or 1200p, I'm really not losing any performance. My 670 Windforce OC will be trading blows with the 7970. So basically it comes down to wanting the 3Gb of vram over 2Gb at the end of the day.
If you had carefully read, you'll realize I'm not using a reference 670. Another thing also, 670 Windforce OC (uses a 680 pcb) is an OCing beast also AND if you are done, then you should have nothin' else to say regarding this thread wink.gif ... whistle.gif


On another note, I'm on my way to my buddy's house to check out this 7970 smile.gif
Ok well good, I'm sure you will love the 7970.
post #50 of 71
What is obvious is that the OP went through the purchasing decision 'a few weeks ago' and choose a 670 over a 7970. So whats changed? You have the chance to do a mate a favour - so why not? The OP agrees that the 7970 is faster, but is worried about noise. Well if you garner the general opinions from the reviews you'll see that the 7970 has quite an agressive stock fan profile which keeps the card temps lower. On the otherhand I believe that Nvidia went for a less agressive fan profile whch allows temps to run higher - but still safe. Some reviewer have noted that they would have liked a less aggresive fan profile on the 7970, more like the one on the 680. But - you can manipulate the fan profile easily with many of the overclocking software packages or even CCC.

But - what is drastically important to all this is the stock volts the card ships with. Some cards need lower volts to get stock factory speed, mine for example needed 1.175, while others with the same card needed only 1.120. Most GHZ editions come with 1.2V and a custom cooler for good reason. So you should check to see what stock volts the card ships with as lower will mean a pretty quiet card in all situations - certainly if you run a custom fan profile. Anything approaching 1.175 will mean that the stock cooler will get noisey.

Now this trading blows. The 670 reference or not is slower than the 680 - non reference designs largley mean better power management so greater OC headroom, its still the same not good enough to be a 680 chip. The 7970 GHZ is faster than the 680, and was the single fastest GPU on the planet until Titan. The GHZ 7970 can touch titan performance in some games, but Titan is the new king no doubt. Almost all reference 7970s will do 1150mhz core on stock volts - thats 100Mhz more than the 7970GHZ. So most 7970 will perform better than the reviews you see for 7970GHz, and with a decent cooler like the one I linked earlier can approach 1300Mhz! This is overclock.net and thats generally what most people round hear kind of expect people to do...

Benchmarking aside if you ever plan to go 1440p you wont regret the extra grunt and Vram of the 7970.
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