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Upgrading from a HD 6970, can't decide between the GTX 670 FTW+ 4GB or the HD 7970 GHz Edition.

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May 10, 2013 8:50:27 AM

HD 7970 GHz Edition

GTX 670 FTW+ 4GB

Im not new to building computers by all means, but this one has me stumped.
My brother wants to upgrade his current graphics card, he has a old 9600 GT KO, and i told him i would sell him my HD 6970 at a fair price. My 6970 would be more than enough for his gaming needs. When I originally got the card I was only using one screen, and that was more than enough for a HD 6970, but since then i have added 2 more screens for eyefinity and while i did suffer some fps loss in games, i resolved my issue by using Lucidlogix Virtu MVP software which came with my mobo. It does the job, boosts my fps, but i get screen tearing on my side screens with Virtu MVP. I want to either get a HD 7970 GHz Edition or the GTX 670 FTW+ 4GB so I can play at 5760 x 1080 without using Virtu MVP. On newegg the cards are the same price. I am really happy with my HD 6970, and have not had one issue with it even after overclocking it with MSI afterburner, so im leaning to the HD 7970 GHz Edition.

Main specs of my current setup:

Cooler Master Cosmos 2 Case
Cooler Master Silent Pro 80 Plus Gold 1000w Modular Power Supply
ASUS Maximus 5 Formula Mobo Z77
Intel Core i7-3770K – Overclocked to 4.6 GHz
Corsair H100 Liquid CPU Cooler with Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
G.SKILL Trident X 32GB DDR3 SDRAM 2400 MHz – Timing 10-12-12-31
120GB OCZ VERTEX 4 SATA3 6.0 Gb/s Boot SSD
7TB of Media Storage
MSI Radeon HD 6970 2GB GDDR5 – Overclocked to 950 MHz with 1450 MHz Memory Clock
Intel HD Graphics 4000 paired with the Radeon using Lucidlogix Virtu MVP
HyperFormance with Virtual Vsync
2X ASUS VE248 24 Inch Monitor and 1 ASUS VW246 24 Inch Monitor at Eyefinity Resolution of 5760 X 1080 @ 60Hz
SupremeFX 4 Sound-card with Logitech Z506 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers

With my current specs in mind, which card would do better at 5760 x 1080, I mainly only play GW2 atm but do get around. Also are there any bottleneck issues? Thanks
May 10, 2013 8:56:54 AM

the hd 7970 slightly better and when ocing it will be much better.
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May 10, 2013 9:02:20 AM

Go for the 7970 GHz. Better memory interface (helpful when using multiple monitors) and a faster card than the 670. Not sure if you have a particular card in mind, but I've personally heard a lot of good things about this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And besides, you get Crysis 3, Bioshock Infinite, and Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon for FREE with the 7970 GHz. :-)

And no, you should experience no bottlenecking issues... Especially with a beastly 4.7 GHz CPU!
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May 10, 2013 9:07:51 AM

Be warned: The HD 7970 GHz uses ~50-75W more than the HD 6970 when under load. Just make sure your power supply can accomodate it... (You never said what the wattage on your power supply was)! :-)
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May 10, 2013 9:13:01 AM

Intervenator said:
Be warned: The HD 7970 GHz uses ~50-75W more than the HD 6970 when under load. Just make sure your power supply can accomodate it... (You never said what the wattage on your power supply was)! :-)


Sorry somehow i missed that detail :na:  Its a 1000w, got it because i knew i would be upgrading at some point in the future.
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May 10, 2013 9:14:25 AM

7970ghz is more powerful but if you want to dual card in the future go nvidia as they have much less problems. If you are just going to use one card the 7970 is the winner by a good amount
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May 10, 2013 9:18:08 AM

thdarkshadow said:
7970ghz is more powerful but if you want to dual card in the future go nvidia as they have much less problems. If you are just going to use one card the 7970 is the winner by a good amount


He speaks the truth! ;-)
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May 10, 2013 9:33:47 AM

Intervenator said:
thdarkshadow said:
7970ghz is more powerful but if you want to dual card in the future go nvidia as they have much less problems. If you are just going to use one card the 7970 is the winner by a good amount


He speaks the truth! ;-)


I guess the reason i was question this so much was because of the difference in VRAM.
3GB 384-bit GDDR5 vs 4GB 256-bit GDDR5, the Radeon is faster but the GTX has more, and running at 5760 x 1080 I want to achieve the highest FPS possible and i know that more VRAM is needed at higher resolutions. I know there is more to it than that, but this is what was choking me up the most. Also is Adapted VSync and TXAA on the GTX anything to loose sleep over? Im not worried about physx, because that can be setup to be used by my CPU.
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May 10, 2013 9:56:19 AM

JrkSoldierX said:
Intervenator said:
thdarkshadow said:
7970ghz is more powerful but if you want to dual card in the future go nvidia as they have much less problems. If you are just going to use one card the 7970 is the winner by a good amount


He speaks the truth! ;-)


I guess the reason i was question this so much was because of the difference in VRAM.
3GB 384-bit GDDR5 vs 4GB 256-bit GDDR5, the Radeon is faster but the GTX has more, and running at 5760 x 1080 I want to achieve the highest FPS possible and i know that more VRAM is needed at higher resolutions. I know there is more to it than that, but this is what was choking me up the most. Also is Adapted VSync and TXAA on the GTX anything to loose sleep over? Im not worried about physx, because that can be setup to be used by my CPU.


Amd has a program like adapted vsync so no worries there. I dont even use it so no real problems in not having it. As far as txaa idk. I doubt its anything so good that your purchase should be influenced. If you havent heard of it google "project sheild" its by nvidia and is really cool. Idk if that would be something youd be interested in but if it is you may go 670 instead of 7970
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May 10, 2013 1:26:53 PM

what aboud waiting for something new like 780 or hd8970?

as your card is still pretty good.
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