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I'm going to buy a new graphics card. I've had an ASUS GTX 460 1GB since January 2011, but recently it started to feel the strain at 1080p, so I thought I'd try SLI. Raw performance was great, but I didn't like the stuttering, the noise, the low VRAM and the fact that not all games even support SLI.

I've since sold the second card and the ASUS is going to go quite soon. I want to upgrade to a single current generation card to get (at least) similar performance to the 460 SLI setup (which was around a 580 but with less VRAM) but obviously without the issues mentioned above. So:

  • Performance wise, only gaming matters (don't do folding or BOINC so compute performance is irrelevant)
  • Pretty much a given, but I want at least 2GB of VRAM
  • It needs to be quiet!
  • I play a lot of games, so it's not really gonna be specific to one game
  • No plans to upgrade monitor resolution soon (currently 1080p)
  • Most likely buying used, ideally below about £220 in the UK

I feel like I'd be disappointed with anything below around a 7950, I was thinking at one point that I needed to go with a 670 or 7970 but maybe that's a bit overkill. Not convinced by the 192-bit memory bus on the 660 Ti, though, so perhaps it's just a 670 from Nvidia or a 7950/7970 from AMD.

Basically I just want to know what you guys would buy in my position, what your experiences are with cards, their coolers, and their drivers, and so on smile.gif

Thanks

EDIT: One more thing, I don't think I'll be overclocking the card, so I'll probably try and get one that's factory overclocked.
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I'd have suggested the 7950 but if you don't overclock, I think you should go for a 670.
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Originally Posted by strych9 View Post

I'd have suggested the 7950 but if you don't overclock, I think you should go for a 670.
I may overclock in the future, but since a comparison of overclocked cards may be completely different from a comparison of stock cards, I'd rather look at stock.

Really what I'd like is to have a card where I can say I don't feel the need to overclock it, or as much as possible. I know that a 670 or 7950 isn't going to run every game on top settings at 60FPS, but I'd like to be able to run almost every game on almost top settings at 60FPS. But then the question is when should I get a worse card? If I can drop 5% performance by paying 20% less then it seems like a good deal, so hard to tell though frown.gif
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I'm suggest a 7950....have a nice price/performance, but if you prefer NVIDIA only, then buy a 670 I think will be your best choice. thumb.gif
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I'm suggest a 7950....have a nice price/performance, but if you prefer NVIDIA only, then buy a 670 I think will be your best choice. thumb.gif
I'm open to either Nvidia or AMD, but I am used to Nvidia having had an 8800GT and then a GTX 460 (and then two tongue.gif).

It seems that the 670 and 7970 (not sure if GHz) are about equal in price on the used market, but I'd save some money by going with the 7950 or 7950 Boost. If it's only going to be a minimal performance drop for what seems to be a fairly good drop in price, I'd do it. It's just so hard to know what I'll actually find the performance to be like redface.gif
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I'm open to either Nvidia or AMD, but I am used to Nvidia having had an 8800GT and then a GTX 460 (and then two tongue.gif).

It seems that the 670 and 7970 (not sure if GHz) are about equal in price on the used market, but I'd save some money by going with the 7950 or 7950 Boost. If it's only going to be a minimal performance drop for what seems to be a fairly good drop in price, I'd do it. It's just so hard to know what I'll actually find the performance to be like redface.gif

7970 > 670 for a same price, though. So if you can grab the 7970, then do it. Since most of people can reach 1200 Mhz which will beat the 670 at 1250 Mhz or even 1300 Mhz...
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7970 > 670 for a same price, though. So if you can grab the 7970, then do it. Since most of people can reach 1200 Mhz which will beat the 670 at 1250 Mhz or even 1300 Mhz...
Yeah but as I've already said I'm not planning on overclocking. It may happen, but I want to compare the cards at stock and decide based on that. Of course if there were two cards that were identical in everything else and one overclocked better, that'd be the one I'd pick, but it's right down the list of my priorities really.

At stock, I was under the impression that the 670 was more or less equal to the 7970, being generally a bit better than the original and a bit worse than the GHz. Is that not about right?
post #8 of 12
you have two options.
1- 7970
2- 7950..

any OC version from Gigabyte will be voltage locked. the 7970 is at 1000 MHZ... i own the card. haven't tried it though. but i know it's awsome
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Yeah but as I've already said I'm not planning on overclocking. It may happen, but I want to compare the cards at stock and decide based on that. Of course if there were two cards that were identical in everything else and one overclocked better, that'd be the one I'd pick, but it's right down the list of my priorities really.

At stock, I was under the impression that the 670 was more or less equal to the 7970, being generally a bit better than the original and a bit worse than the GHz. Is that not about right?

I say if you are not planning to overclocking, then I can say that 7970 and 670 are about equal (maybe 7970 is slightly faster than 670 but it's un-noticeable).
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you have two options.
1- 7970
2- 7950..

any OC version from Gigabyte will be voltage locked. the 7970 is at 1000 MHZ... i own the card. haven't tried it though. but i know it's awsome
Not too bothered about it being voltage locked, since I'm not really planning on overclocking and I figure I can always get a small OC anyway.
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I say if you are not planning to overclocking, then I can say that 7970 and 670 are about equal (maybe 7970 is slightly faster than 670 but it's un-noticeable).
Thanks thumb.gif

I guess in that case I would rather take the 670, since there's not much in it price wise either. Then I just need to work out if I'd rather save some money and get a 7950, I guess.
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