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Gigabyte HD 7970 3GB OC Crossfire vs EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Superclocked Sig+ w/Backplate

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April 4, 2013 6:34:48 AM

Hello,

I have this in Crossfire in my current build:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I just picked up two of these for $350 a piece:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have always used ATI/AMD cards in my rigs and I was really torn when I build my current one. I wanted to try something new and make the switch over to Nvidia, just to try it out. It is an expensive try out, so I went with what I always have the Gigabyte cards. I came across this deal (the EVGA posted above) and thought that I would take it and at least try it out. If I like them, great I will sell the Gigabytes. If not, I will sell the EVGAs.

Anyhow, I guess what I am really wondering is who do you think will win out? Which is the better multi-card set-up? Is 2GBs, compared to the 7970s 3GBs, going to be good for gaming now and in the future? I play games like Battlefield 3, Skyrim, all of the Total War games, ARMA games, Batman, you know, just games lol. I also use my rig for work which is web development, so I use the Adobe Creative Suite programs. I use 3 monitors for work (1920x1080), but only one when gaming. And, I do not plan on using multiple monitors for gaming or even going over 1920x1080 60 Hz in the near future.

Here are my specs:
mobo: Gigabyte UD4H
CPU: i7 3770k- stock 3.5-3.9
PSU: Corsair AX850
RAM: G.SKILL Ares 2x4GB
and, of course, the Gigabyte 7970 3GB Crossfire

Thank you in advance for any and all help and advice.

Testudo
April 4, 2013 7:43:33 AM

I would suggest when the GPUs come in doing some benchmarks and then coming back and showing me so I can be amazed :)  I really don't know actually which would be more powerful I would lean towards nvidia but that's because I like nvidia. I like amd too I actually own amd but do to a few games with driver issues (namely ac3 that plays better on a 660 than my 7950) I will probably buy nvidia next time
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April 4, 2013 11:01:40 AM

Yeah. I really do not know what to do. I have these two brand new EVGA 680s sitting here next to me and I am afraid to open them lol. I say that because I am worried that the 2GBs of VRAM are not going to be enough for future games. Then again, I don't know how much of a difference there will be with the 3GBs to 2GBs change, or even if there is a noticeable difference. I have a feeling, from what I have read, that SLI works much better than Crossfire, but that there may be a Crossfire fix in June. Arghhhhh!!! I don't know what to do.
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April 4, 2013 12:16:48 PM

I would have to assume that if you do not use V-sync or a FPS limiter, you'll generally feel smoother game play from the 680 SLI build, but if you use v-sync or FPS limiter, then they'll be comparable in smoothness.
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April 4, 2013 12:25:29 PM

Thank you for the responses. I would like to check them out. I heard, though, that Skyrim uses a lot of VRAM. Would the 680s at 2GBs be able to handle it? In fact, will 2 GBs be enough for future games? That is really the only thing that I am stuck on right now.

As far as the FPS limiter, I have to use RadeonPro for a few of my games, and I have to say that it is pretty annoying. I would like an experience where I don't have to worry about that. With that said, will I be taking a chance of loosing performance, mainly for future games, if I decided to go with the 680s?
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April 4, 2013 12:44:40 PM

You are running on a normal single monitor resolution, so the only game that may have VRam problems is Skyrim, but then only if you are running a lot of texture mods. Crysis 3 runs slightly over 2GB if you run it at 8xAA and 1920x1200 resolution:
http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/crysis_3_graphics_...
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April 4, 2013 12:53:30 PM

Thanks for the link. So, you think that playing at my resolution I will be alright with the 2 GBs of VRAM for a few years? I mean, it would make sense to think that games are going to only to do is go up, in terms of taxable resources, right?
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August 16, 2013 2:58:14 PM

The 7970 crossfire will "last" at least 5 years as i know someone who plays arma 3 on a 9800gt sli setup with 35 + fps stable and core 2 duo
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