Originally Posted by mcg75
Dargon, with all due respect, you need to be a little more fair in your assessments.
Nobody here can argue how great the 7970 is. As a former owner with a 1285 MHz overclock, I agree.
But looking at the chart you posted, the 780 is 14% faster than the 380x. You call that closing the gap and catching the 780.
The 380x is 18% faster than the 770. You call that as making the 770/680 no longer relevant.
A difference of 4% makes one card legendary and one card irrelevant. That doesn't really make sense.
Like I said, nobody can argue the 7970 wasn't the better card by far.
There are some benchmarks where the 7970 easily beat the 780, using the most recent games like Star Wars Battlefront, when I say "closing the gap" I mean that while time passes the relative performance between Kepler and Tahiti is actually getting closer in favor of Tahiti and giving it enough time Tahiti should beat Kepler if the trend continues.
Also the difference between the 770 and the 7970 isn't 4%, it's more like 20% as shown in this graph, also the difference between a HD 7970 with very conservative stock clock of 1030MHz and the GTX 780 is only 10%, another reason I call that 10% as "Closing the gap" is because Tahiti is a whole Generation older launched in January / 9 / 2012 and wasn't even competing against Kepler, Kepler was a good 45% faster when it first came out putting Tahiti to its knees, but as I said before, in several new games like Star Wars Battlefront Tahiti is not only closing the gap but surpassing it.
BTW, History have shown that 5% extra performance can go a long way with consumers willing to pay premium for it, it's called Titan.Edited by Dargonplay - 2/26/16 at 1:39pm