This is a review about HD7970 vs gtx580 published when HD7970 was released (http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/gtx580_vs_hd7970_the_ultimate_face_off,15.html). Although there have been updates of ATI drivers, the difference of raw gpu power between two card is most likely about 20-40% even now. Then if you want to upgrade your card now, your focus point should be the temperature and the noise. But you seem to want more gpu power than your current card. If I were you, I would wait for the gpus of next generation (AMD announced the release of HD9970 in October. Nvidia probably will release something next year) since gtx 580 is pretty fine for 1080p gaming on the performance-wise. If the temperature is too high for your gtx 580, you could consider Accelero cooler (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186068&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-_-pla-_-VGA+Cooling-_-N82E16835186068&gclid=COWDoa3Z9bgCFYOe4AodsA0ADg) to reduce both temperature and noise. Since this cooler is designed to be able to be installed to various cards, it will probably fit to the cards that will be released in the future. So you can recycle this cooler when you purchase a new card. However if you think that the performance gain about 20-40% is acceptable, probably HD7970 is the way to go. But the price of HD7970 might decline after the release of HD9970 in October. This is one thing you might want to consider. HD7970 should run cooler than gtx580. But if you really want cool and quiet gaming, you might still want Accelero cooler for even HD7970.
post #11 of 14
8/11/13 at 8:47am