Originally Posted by MenacingTuba
Most of the AMD cards are voltage locked now.
Not seeing any good prices on Nvida cards at the moment. Back in Feb the best 670's (galaxy dual fan GC and gigabyte windforce) were selling for <350$ and the Galaxy 680 4gb was 500$-40$ MIR.
Wait for some sales. Last week the galaxy gtx 670 4gb was 440$-40$ MIR from tiger direct.
Well that's why i recommended reference. Currently the only three i know offering reference 7970s are Diamond, HIS, and MSI none of those are voltage locked IIRC i know the Diamond isn't and the Diamond is the only "true" reference PCB left IIRC as well. It's also to note Diamond has the longest warranty (5 years) of those manufacturers and everywhere i look they clock great. Mine including 1200/1700 on stock volts is awesome IMO, can't wait to see what it will do on water.
Here's a EVGA 670 for 360$, 350$ after rebate..
For me personally while it's a hard decision I think i'll be sticking with my 7970s because ultimately i want as many frames as i can get and sure i'll have to wait for AMD's fix to their frame latency problem before picking up my second Diamond. That said 2-3 7970s OCed on water will give some great performance for a multi-monitor setup, assuming the fix comes. If it doesn't i'll be on the green team trying out 2-3 670s with lightboost.
Either way it's going to take some serious GPU power for a triple portrait 120hz setup.
Let us know what monitor you end up with fanatic. The BenQ has my eye because of the thinner bezels and supposed better picture quality. Though i wonder if it's acclaimed 5ms response time is really enough to notice ghosting? I've never noticed it on the 5ms display i had.
Originally Posted by drBlahMan
With the handful of awesome 670's that are for sell (FTW, FTW Sig 2, Direct CU II, & a couple more
), it's not necessary to buy a 680 at this point
Agreed, with the 670 being right behind the 680 for almost 100$ less and the 7970 (stock) being roughly on par with it. Especially if you intend to OC you can reach the performance of the 680 for less.Edited by Blackops_2 - 4/8/13 at 2:18pm