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you want more than 4GB Vram? the 680 is your choice. other than that go RED biggrin.gif
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post #12 of 42
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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.

The 680 will be cooler, more energy efficient and quieter (depending on the manufacturer, they all have their own cooling solutions). SLI will be quite smooth, I don't think we'll see the 7xx series any time soon.

The 7970 will be quicker, will probably over clock easily and has plenty of grunt compute wise. They do run hotter, tend to be noisier (again, manufacturer dependent) and are much thirstier. I'd try to avoid Crossfire at present until AMD have had a chance to address the frame delivery issues identified on some sites (July for a fix)
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Originally Posted by Ramzinho View Post

you want more than 4GB Vram? the 680 is your choice. other than that go RED biggrin.gif

The goal is really just more than 2GB
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The 680 will be cooler, more energy efficient and quieter (depending on the manufacturer, they all have their own cooling solutions). SLI will be quite smooth, I don't think we'll see the 7xx series any time soon.

The 7970 will be quicker, will probably over clock easily and has plenty of grunt compute wise. They do run hotter, tend to be noisier (again, manufacturer dependent) and are much thirstier. I'd try to avoid Crossfire at present until AMD have had a chance to address the frame delivery issues identified on some sites (July for a fix)

If crossfire is fixed in July it looks like I'd rather have AMD. A 680 sure is sexy though.
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If crossfire is fixed in July it looks like I'd rather have AMD. A 680 sure is sexy though.

Remember though, that's 'if'.

I hope AMD do address it but some folks are still waiting for a Far Cry 3 DX11 fix, 5 months after it was released (and that was a Gaming Evolved title)
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Remember though, that's 'if'.

I hope AMD do address it but some folks are still waiting for a Far Cry 3 DX11 fix, 5 months after it was released (and that was a Gaming Evolved title)

You're making it hard for me to throw my money around...
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You're making it hard for me to throw my money around...

Ha, sorry. I'm trying to be balanced smile.gif

They're both great cards with little to split them really, it's the little things like compute, multi GPU etc
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While the GTX'es are sold cards the price of the 4GB versions are pretty hard to justify. If you want the extra peace of mind by having +2GB of vram then IMO red is the way to go. Its only if you want/need Nvidia specific features like PhysX or CUDA that green start to make sense. Other wise you get more performance at a lower price by going with AMD.
    
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post #19 of 42
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I'm sure whichever way I go I'll be happy in the end. I think I'm just too focused on the details. I'm currently using an iCrap to play Diablo 3 and it's depressing considering it cost $2000.
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OK red it is thank you everyone I'll be posting a build log if I can find the appropriate place for it.
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