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post #11 of 28
They over clock good yes, as do the GHz edition 7970. The base 7970 linked is comparable to a base 680 join performance, but not price.

The lightning edition would be comparable to

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202001

Voltage is locked on both so that limits the overclock some but it will still ramp up good.

Again though between this one and Nvidia it really is all personal preference.

If you want the lightning go for it, its a great card. Just a little more expensive for around the same performance and different free stuff.

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post #12 of 28
If you're looking at straight price / performance than a 7970 wins. I prefer NV drivers though which to me justifies $60 more. Plus a 40% core overclock isn't too shabby smile.gif

Anyways, have you considered dropping a second 570 in your system? Would blow the doors off a single 680 regardless of SLI scaling.
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If you're looking at straight price / performance than a 7970 wins. I prefer NV drivers though which to me justifies $60 more. Plus a 40% core overclock isn't too shabby smile.gif

Anyways, have you considered dropping a second 570 in your system? Would blow the doors off a single 680 regardless of SLI scaling.

Cant with my current 570, its a 3 slot card and i only would have room for 2x 2 slotters.


What about this 7970

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131471

not a "GHZ edition" but it has a 1.1GHz core clock which seems pretty good
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post #14 of 28
Unless you are pushing a bigger display that a 1080 resolution I would not spend as much as being suggested here. I would go with the 7950 at the MOST. Honestly I would personally go an a Sapphire HD 7870 XT, amazing bang for the buck. My sister is a huge WoW fan and plays in large RAIDS every night at 1080 resolutions and has perfect play back, never once a complaint and she is using a 7850.
post #15 of 28
Good grief, WoW is a game from 2004.....

The game runs at like 400 fps on my setup, what a joke. You certainly don't NEED a Titan or 690 for WoW, christ.
post #16 of 28
You can also opt for the MSI 7970 Power Edition. Literally the same as a Lightning. Even has the lightning branded backplate and GPU reactor and has the Lighting PCB and everything. All MSI did is put a sticker over the Lightning and not overclock it for you. Otherwise, it's the same exact card. Dual bio, unlocked triple voltage, etc.

But also keep in mind WoW is CPU intensive in those 25 man raids. You shouldn't see any issues with the 3570k.
post #17 of 28
Your playing WoW, it will run at max setting at 60FPS on a GTX 660 (most likely)

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WAIT A SEC WHY DO YOU NEED A NEW CARD FOR WoW?!?!?! A GTX 570 should max it without even trying.
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Good grief, WoW is a game from 2004.....

The game runs at like 400 fps on my setup, what a joke. You certainly don't NEED a Titan or 690 for WoW, christ.

With every xpac they add new stuff. Eg now WoW has DX11 support with SSAO etc, looks like a different game now and it is much heavier. That said, WoW and all blizzard games are always optimized for nvidia (main reason I have been using nvidia cards personally) but at 1080p all maxed out and 7950/670 level of cards you are looking at 140fps vs 170 etc, rather irrelevant. At big raids (25man or Sha) and big battlegrounds you'll be CPU limited most of time but an O/C 3570k won't let you drop below 40fps at worst (Galleon plus 3-4 full raids around).
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Your playing WoW, it will run at max setting at 60FPS on a GTX 660 (most likely)

*EDIT*

WAIT A SEC WHY DO YOU NEED A NEW CARD FOR WoW?!?!?! A GTX 570 should max it without even trying.

You guys obviously haven't played WoW since 2004, so you don't know what you're talking about. With max settings at 1920x1200, I get dips below 60fps in Panda land, and 25 man raids can be very demanding, especially with a lot of adds to deal with.

WoW has always favored Nvidia but you can't go wrong w/ 7970, and it's a better buy for other games overall.
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You guys obviously haven't played WoW since 2004, so you don't know what you're talking about. With max settings at 1920x1200, I get dips below 60fps in Panda land, and 25 man raids can be very demanding, especially with a lot of adds to deal with.

WoW has always favored Nvidia but you can't go wrong w/ 7970, and it's a better buy for other games overall.

It's hard to tell what is demanding nowadays with my rig.... I'm just going off of my experience with wow being CPU intensive. lol.
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