Originally Posted by coachmark2
Without starting a monumental flame war, let's say that I am of the opinion and have a good amount of evidence to support the fact that the 670:
Will trade blows with the 7950 with the 670 winning 60% of the time and the 7950 winning 40%
Has vastly better multi-card drivers/support/smoothness
Draws less power
Runs quieter, therefore
And a few other reasons.
The 7950 isn't a bad card, but I wouldn't spend $300 on one.
The 7950 is a much better card at this price point because:
- You don't get a crappy reference cooler that'll get outperformed by the custom coolers that you get with a $300 7950.
- The whole Nvidia is better drivers/smoothness/support stuff is blown out of proportion, please don't keep playing that card, Nvidia has just as much problems with their drivers.
- Seriously? If you're spending $300+ on a GPU an additional 50W shouldn't even be a factor for you, you're really trying to sell Nvidia's cards whenever you can are you?
- Please explain how an Nvidia reference cooler will outperform MSI's Twin Frozr, Gigabyte's Wind Force 3X and Sapphire Dual-X cooler. (and many more)
- Runs quieter? Seriously if that was the case why would anyone buy a GTX 670 with an awesome custom cooler when according to you the Nvidia reference cooler is much quieter than the same cooler that manufacturers use on 7950's as they do on GTX 670s.
A few other reasons? What reasons?
The 7950 is by far a much better investment.
You'll get better overclocking potential out of the box and once overclocked to give or take 1100Mhz, you'll catch up to a $500 GTX 680 for $200 less, or you can spend $100 more to get a decent GTX 670 that is voltage unlocked which means it probably won't overclock that well (it would vary due to the silicon lottery but it's a fact that voltage unlocked cards are better for overclocking).
You'll get 3GBs of VRAM over 2GB on the GTX 670 which means it'll last longer than the GTX 670 as games are already starting to push to around 1800MBs when it comes to VRAM usage at 1080P and the next-gen console parts haven't even arrived yet, you're going to need more than 2GB of VRAM in the near future, give or take 6 months.
You'll get free AAA games! Who doesen't like free games?
Sorry about this being so long and all I'm just trying to help you make a good decision which is something coachmark apparently can't do as his judgement is clouded by his love for Nvida's products.
Must be a Nvidia stockholder.