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So I posted this question to the AMD/ATI forum, and there where quite a few that recommended Nvidia (even though it's an AMD forum...) so I'd like to hear from the green team on this. From there I learned if I'm going red I'll go with the Sapphire Vapor-X GHz edition.

That card costs $440. A EVGA GTX 680 4GB Classified edition is only a bit more. I'd really like to hear from people who have had both a 7970 and a GTX 680 to compare, but I'll settle for experiences with just Nvidia. Input from owners with other manufacturers would be sweet too. Options are open.

Parameters: I don't want a 670.
Yes I want 4 GB.
1920x1080 single monitor (with plans for eventual res increase).
Looking for single card solution (perhaps SLI in future or 7xx)
Air cooled.
Will be playing typical AAA titles and heavily modded Skyrim.
OC'ing eventually.

Input is as always appreciated! biggrin.gif
post #2 of 42
Funny you sould ask about the GTX 680 i am doing a review of the Asus GTX 680 CU II card with the newest drivers right now
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I've looked at so many benchmarks and Newegg reviews it makes my head hurt. I really am just looking for the best I can buy now, ya know? By the way are you on the RSI forums? I think I recognize your sig.
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Nope OCN is the only forum i use

What i am doing is testing my Asus GTX 680 CU II with all the fixed benchmarks i can get my hands on and with the newest drivers and i am almost done

Note i only have one card right now and that is the 2 GB model

I have a 4 GB card on the way sould be here in a few days
Edited by shilka - 3/31/13 at 5:23pm
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If you're sticking to one card, the AMD card is a great choice. If you plan on going multi GPU in the future, get the 680 smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Kane2207 View Post

If you're sticking to one card, the AMD card is a great choice. If you plan on going multi GPU in the future, get the 680 smile.gif

Well I'm not sure about that with the 7xx cards coming out this year. Cheaper/better performance to go SLI/Crossfire at that point or upgrade to 7xx? It's a tough question.
post #7 of 42
For $500 you could practically do crossfire 7950s. But you said you want one card and 4 GB so they don't qualify, even though they would handle all the AAA titles and a modded Skyrim. I'd go with the Sapphire card. The AMD cards have a 384 bit bus, compared to 256 for the Nvidia, so it'll use the extra memory better too.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Firehawk View Post

For $500 you could practically do crossfire 7950s. But you said you want one card and 4 GB so they don't qualify, even though they would handle all the AAA titles and a modded Skyrim. I'd go with the Sapphire card. The AMD cards have a 384 bit bus, compared to 256 for the Nvidia, so it'll use the extra memory better too.

Not really. Look at skyrim benchmarks. Nvidia wins in nearly all of them for Skyrim. Crossfire for AMD is horribly broken right now where single card performance is basically just as good as 2 if not better.
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post #9 of 42
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The reason I'm not going crossfire 7950s is because of the issues I've heard regarding micro stutter (but then again I have no firsthand knowledge). I'm hoping that if I do go that way crossfire will have better support down the road, because I can't see the one 7xx series card outperforming 7970s in crossfire.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by xandervanhousen View Post

So I posted this question to the AMD/ATI forum, and there where quite a few that recommended Nvidia (even though it's an AMD forum...) so I'd like to hear from the green team on this. From there I learned if I'm going red I'll go with the Sapphire Vapor-X GHz edition.

That card costs $440. A EVGA GTX 680 4GB Classified edition is only a bit more. I'd really like to hear from people who have had both a 7970 and a GTX 680 to compare, but I'll settle for experiences with just Nvidia. Input from owners with other manufacturers would be sweet too. Options are open.

Parameters: I don't want a 670.
Yes I want 4 GB.
1920x1080 single monitor (with plans for eventual res increase).
Looking for single card solution (perhaps SLI in future or 7xx)
Air cooled.
Will be playing typical AAA titles and heavily modded Skyrim.
OC'ing eventually.

Input is as always appreciated! biggrin.gif

Single card? MSI 4GB 680. Great cooling, low noise, factor OC'd.

I'd still go with AMD, however.
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