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post #11 of 46
I'd get a single 7970, as AMD's GCN cards are A LOT better for overclocking than Nvidia's cards and a overclocked 7970 is pretty much equal to a 780 from what I've seen.

With a 7970/50 you also get a extra 1GB of VRAM so your card will last longer. thumb.gif
post #12 of 46
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Originally Posted by ladcrooks View Post

pay a bit more and get 2 x 7950 = 3gig ram (6gig) last into 3 yrs i would have thought easily!

No water block will make it even more or less money wise

If you are like me and like all the eye candy 1 x 770 will not do at 1080p thumb.gif

Ram does not double buddy
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I know that biggrin.gif that's why I put the 6gig in brackets, my fault, I should have explained myself more clearly thumb.gif
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The extra GB of video ram on the 7950 could come handy in 3 years' time. 7950s are cheaper by about $80-$100 and most are voltage unlocked although some are locked. These cards are very overclock-friendly and can be pushed quite a bit.

But make no mistake about it. The 770 is faster and is just as overclockable despite it being voltage locked. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Reference 770 is about 31% faster than reference 7950 at 1920x1200

Go with the GTX 770
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Originally Posted by Bruennis View Post

The extra GB of video ram on the 7950 could come handy in 3 years' time. 7950s are cheaper by about $80-$100 and most are voltage unlocked although some are locked. These cards are very overclock-friendly and can be pushed quite a bit.

But make no mistake about it. The 770 is faster and is just as overclockable despite it being voltage locked. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Reference 770 is about 31% faster than reference 7950 at 1920x1200

Go with the GTX 770

^this but get the 4GB. it is only $50 more. $300 tops for a 2GB card. i raised that figure . . . it used to be $200.

edit: but the 7950 is still overkill for 1080.
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post #16 of 46
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Originally Posted by StayFrosty View Post

I'd get a single 7970, as AMD's GCN cards are A LOT better for overclocking than Nvidia's cards and a overclocked 7970 is pretty much equal to a 780 from what I've seen.

With a 7970/50 you also get a extra 1GB of VRAM so your card will last longer. thumb.gif
Have you got any graphs or evidence? Don't worry, I'm not trying to attack you, just really interested in this comparison. I've got a 670, thinking of either going SLI or getting a 7970, will def. go 7970 and overclock the heck out of it on water if this is true!
post #17 of 46
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Originally Posted by lolzcat View Post

If worried about future proofing, he could go for the 4GB 770 once it releases. If 2GB is still enough right now, by the time he needs another 770, 4GB will still be enough.

To me, sufficient horsepower is enough power to put a game at maximum settings and maintain a minimum of 45FPS. Surely other people's definitions may differ from mine.

I got a 2GB 770, but I'm not really worried about future proofing. I pretty much upgrade yearly. I would only not upgrade on a yearly cycle if I had enough horsepower to drive every game at max settings with at least 45fps, like I said before.
In your case, you should be fine. If you were planning to wait a lot longer before upgrading, then it would be a different story.
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Originally Posted by lolzcat View Post

The VRAM on two 3GB cards in CF or SLI do not combine for a total of 6GB. They are a mirror copy of eachother. A total of 3GB.

I also don't know what you mean about 2GB not being enough for 'all of the eye candy'. I max out EVERY SINGLE GAME I OWN. All eye candy. Max AA, max AF, max MSAA, max CSAA, max whatever.
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Have you got any graphs or evidence? Don't worry, I'm not trying to attack you, just really interested in this comparison. I've got a 670, thinking of either going SLI or getting a 7970, will def. go 7970 and overclock the heck out of it on water if this is true!
It does seem to be generally accepted that GCN cards overclock better than Kepler, but I'm not sure by exactly how much (and obviously it'll vary). I'm not sure it'd be worth it for you to go to a 7970. At stock, the 670 trades blows with the non-GHz 7970, so going from an overclocked 670 to an overclocked 7970 is going to be a minor jump at best. As long as you're fine with the heat and power, I'd say SLI 670 is a better route.
post #18 of 46
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CF/SLI isn't the path for me. The card will be going in a Prodigy rolleyes.gif
The difference between a 770 and 7950 is almost a $100 for me. 7950 + Waterblock = roughly $370.
post #19 of 46
Go find a used 7970 and a waterblock, it'll blow the 770 out of the water.

Here's someone selling a 7970 on OCN for $320, you could haggle him down and get a waterblock for the difference from $400:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1397611/fs-msi-7970-and-gigabyte-7870
Edited by StayFrosty - 6/8/13 at 1:22am
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Originally Posted by StayFrosty View Post

Go find a used 7970 and a waterblock, it'll blow the 770 out of the water.

Here's someone selling a 7970 on OCN for $320, you could haggle him down and get a waterblock for the difference from $400:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1397611/fs-msi-7970-and-gigabyte-7870

No international shipping on that one. frown.gif
I prefer new ones too, I can probably get em reimbursed. rolleyes.gif
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