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7970 GHz 3GB vs GTX 670 4GB help me choose please !

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March 30, 2013 9:28:57 AM

Can't decide which card to go for :

Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card
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Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card

for my build still not finished choosing parts :http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/NdKc

Gaming: WoW, heavily modded Skyrim (eats tonnes of Vram), BioshockIn, Tomb Raider, Upcoming BF 4 and TW3 etc.

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a b U Graphics card
March 30, 2013 9:34:03 AM

7970 Ghz Ed is something like 15% faster on average, and they are pretty close in price. Just make sure you don't buy a voltage locked, less overclocking potential, the Gigabyte one you are looking at is locked. If for whatever reason you decide to go with a 670 then make it the Asus one, its leaps and bounds quieter than anything else.

Also forget the 4GB 670, its far too much considering its speed. If a game is demanding 4GB then theres not a chance in hell a 670 will run it at a decent framerate. The 2GB model is fine.
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a c 182 U Graphics card
March 30, 2013 9:35:00 AM

go with hd 7970ghz as it is faster than gtx 670 and even 680.i think 3gb vram is enough for skyrim
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March 30, 2013 9:57:52 AM

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If a game is demanding 4GB then theres not a chance in hell a 670 will run it at a decent framerate. The 2GB model is fine.


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Skyrim favors Nvidia cards significantly. You also get to enable Ambient Occlusion, Transparency Supersampling, and Adaptive VSync with Nvidia drivers, which you can't on the 7970. There will be a 4GB GTX 680 coming out very soon. A review is posted below. The other possibility is a 4GB GTX 670, which will still be faster than a 7970 in Skyrim, but still within your budget range.


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March 30, 2013 10:04:28 AM

Hi! Like others have suggested, the AMD Radeon HD 7970 card has better performance than the NVIDIA GTX 670, and is much cheaper too. With regards to the amount of video RAM, unless you are hooking up multi-monitors (and even then), the 1GB difference between the two will generally make VERY little difference.

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March 30, 2013 10:09:12 AM

Yeaaaaaaaaaaaa...

I'm running a OC'd 2GB 670 for Skyrim with near enough 50 mods. FPS is absolutely deadlocked at 60, you can't make it go below that unless you were to console command 500 NPC's or something like that. I run the game in 3D (which halves framerate) at a pretty solid 60FPS, funnily enough a 2 year old game isn't so hard to run anymore.

-There are mods on the Nexus that allow AO for AMD
-Adaptive Vsync is crap, and in this case doesn't even work since Skyrim needs Vsync on at all times or its physics engine messes up
-The information you are reading is clearly a year old, since they are talking about a 4GB 680 hitting soon. The 7970 as of late is alot faster
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March 30, 2013 10:13:26 AM

Thanks cockybiscuit , I am close to going for Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card, Il just add that I will be running on a single 20"-24" 1080p monitor (not decided on one yet). Will give this thread a bit more time just in case.
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March 30, 2013 1:05:41 PM





Gosh they perform so close to each other, I guess it comes down to if you prefer better OC or less power consumption & noise?
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March 30, 2013 1:53:36 PM

Pole said:
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If a game is demanding 4GB then theres not a chance in hell a 670 will run it at a decent framerate. The 2GB model is fine.


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Skyrim favors Nvidia cards significantly. You also get to enable Ambient Occlusion, Transparency Supersampling, and Adaptive VSync with Nvidia drivers, which you can't on the 7970. There will be a 4GB GTX 680 coming out very soon. A review is posted below. The other possibility is a 4GB GTX 670, which will still be faster than a 7970 in Skyrim, but still within your budget range.


This is a little known and visibly apparent difference between these two cards when playing Skyrim in particular. Nvidia allows you to force Ambient Occlusion through the Nvidia Control Panel. In the graphic below, Skyrim on an AMD card looks like the "AO: Off" screen.
http://www.geforce.com/optimize/guides/the-elder-scroll...
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March 30, 2013 2:09:10 PM

Maybe I should not be so fussy just downgrade to gtx 670 2gb save close to £100 for next generation upgrade. If not then the ATI card. Incredible how many times I have changed my mind today, I am very susceptible to being swayed =)
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a c 620 U Graphics card
March 30, 2013 2:33:32 PM

Whatever you do, don't treat it like a basketball game and assume that a few FPS points determines the winner. These cards are pretty close in performance, so look at other things like noise levels, build quality, unique technologies (PhysX anyone?), cost, etc. Look up some reviews.
http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/bioshock_infinite_...
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/03/20/tomb_raider_v...
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_T...
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_T...


http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_T...


http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_T...
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April 8, 2013 12:21:19 PM

7970 GHz. All the way.
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August 2, 2013 7:36:46 AM

cookybiscuit said:
Yeaaaaaaaaaaaa...

I'm running a OC'd 2GB 670 for Skyrim with near enough 50 mods. FPS is absolutely deadlocked at 60, you can't make it go below that unless you were to console command 500 NPC's or something like that. I run the game in 3D (which halves framerate) at a pretty solid 60FPS, funnily enough a 2 year old game isn't so hard to run anymore.

-There are mods on the Nexus that allow AO for AMD
-Adaptive Vsync is crap, and in this case doesn't even work since Skyrim needs Vsync on at all times or its physics engine messes up
-The information you are reading is clearly a year old, since they are talking about a 4GB 680 hitting soon. The 7970 as of late is alot faster


whats the mod called
I have a 7970ghz, and I would love to have AO
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August 2, 2013 10:03:02 AM

The 670 FTW hands down kills the 7970 on every level, in every game. If you want to win at 3dmark Firestrike then get 7970, but that is the only situation where the 7970 is still a winner.
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