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EVGA GTX 680 2gb SC Signature 2 vs HIS IceQ X² Radeon 7970 Ghz 3gb

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April 15, 2013 6:47:02 PM

Hi everyone, I have been having a very tough time deciding between these two video cards and would like to know which of these is the better card. I've heard such a broad scale of opinions on other forums about the 680 vs the 7970, but i just want to know which will run the smoothest with all of the latest games @ 1920x1080 and be able to keep up with future games the best. I'm not worried much about the cost btw :) 

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April 15, 2013 7:10:34 PM

I would base it if which is cheaper. If they cost almost the same, then a 7970 will be a better choice, 3gb of ram, better compute capability which is seemingly now being taken advantage of in upcoming and some current games.

And who knows, with AMD's pushing to better their relations with game devs, AMD might get even with optimizations for their GCN arch. Plus the upcoming consoles that will be optimized for AMD hardware.

But if your heart really yearns for a 680, who are we to deny you...
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April 15, 2013 7:24:17 PM

flowingbass said:
I would base it if which is cheaper. If they cost almost the same, then a 7970 will be a better choice, 3gb of ram, better compute capability which is seemingly now being taken advantage of in upcoming and some current games.

And who knows, with AMD's pushing to better their relations with game devs, AMD might get even with optimizations for their GCN arch. Plus the upcoming consoles that will be optimized for AMD hardware.

But if your heart really yearns for a 680, who are we to deny you...


Yes, it definately seems that the 7970 cards always have a little higher framerate than the 680 cards, but the only things that worry me about AMD cards are that i have heard that they don't have very good frametimes (at least not as good as nvidia cards), which i think basically translates to what i think is a few random framerate drops. Plus the frametimes seem to be more and more of what people are focusing on in their cards nowadays. Idk, i could be wrong but thats just what ive heard. Also, do you know if HIS makes a decent Ghz 7970 compared to other brands? (because im building my computer on cyberpower and its the only available option for the Ghz edition) :D 

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April 15, 2013 7:39:28 PM

The frametime debate or expose is only applicable when running CrossFire setups. Running single GPU does not exhibit frametime problems.

I could take an excerpt from Tom's own article about the frametime issue:
"The good news is that these two issues only affect multi-GPU configurations enough to be a problem."

And one might like nvidia drivers even more than AMD's. But for pound for pound hardware capability, 7970 is the better card.

Unless you are planning to CF in the future then might take a worry about the frame time problem.
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April 15, 2013 7:55:47 PM

flowingbass said:
The frametime debate or expose is only applicable when running CrossFire setups. Running single GPU does not exhibit frametime problems.

I could take an excerpt from Tom's own article about the frametime issue:
"The good news is that these two issues only affect multi-GPU configurations enough to be a problem."

And one might like nvidia drivers even more than AMD's. But for pound for pound hardware capability, 7970 is the better card.

Unless you are planning to CF in the future then might take a worry about the frame time problem.


Ok. Just one more question; does running games on multiple monitors affect framerate at all and could I play on 3 monitors at once with 3 gb of VRAM?
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April 15, 2013 8:06:56 PM

Here's your info on AMD driver frametimes. There was/is definitely an issue for which AMD provided a game-specific driver fix in January 2013. So it wasn't "universally" fixed, but seems to be for the most popular games.
http://techreport.com/review/24218/a-driver-update-to-r...
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August 5, 2013 2:23:20 PM

To be honest, it depends on future usage, the 680 and 7970 are close in terms of performance, it all comes down to the games you'll be playing, on many games, the 7970 will outperform the 680 but in games like BF3 or games that make use of PhysX, the 680 will totally own the 7970, and if your motherboard allows for a second card, and you plan on getting a second card in the future, I would recommend the 680, nVidia cards scale much better than AMD cards, and you won't have to worry about microstuttering.
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