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GTX 770 or Radeon HD 7970

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May 29, 2013 11:45:42 AM

So, I was originally going to get the GTX 770, but more specs has released and it seems the 770 doesn't QUITE beat the 7970, just super close. And the 7970 comes with free games, I already have TR and Bioshock Infinite, but not Crysis 3 and FC3: Blood Dragon.

What also goes into consideration is drivers, Nvidia is known to have much better drivers then AMD. Should I get the 770 because of that? thanks guys.

EDIT!: FORGOT TO MENTION! I don't just game, I also use Adobe products a lot. Mainly Photoshop, illustrator, indesign, and premiere pro. And I think NVIDIA cards are built better for Adobe then AMD cards.

What should I go for? Here are my other specs.

CPU: AMD FX 8350
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth 990FX
RAM: 8 GB 1333 Mhz
psu: 950w

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May 29, 2013 11:52:46 AM

Check your app features and requirements. Those kind of apps can make use of the CUDA capabilities of Nvidia cards.
I think even a low level card will do the job.
Cards like the GTX770 and 7970 are intended to give fast FPS for action games.
You should be just as well off at a lower expense with less.
Use the savings to add all the ram you can.
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May 29, 2013 11:53:06 AM

The GTX 780 has GPU boost 2.0.

Thus chances are GTX 770 will have that too or close.

Basically it OC's the GPU automatically, based on what you've allowed your GPU.

So you can say "OC this, as long as the temperatures are below that". Which of course

means if you have water cooling or just great cooling, you can OC the shts out of it automagically.

But hey, be my guest with the other one. Get 2 games, sell the 2 others haha.
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May 29, 2013 11:56:42 AM

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What also goes into consideration is drivers, Nvidia is known to have much better drivers then AMD. Should I get the 770 because of that? thanks guys.

The AMD driver thing is massively overblown. A long time ago ATI used to have big driver issues but now it is virtually just as good as NVidia. There is still a stutter issue with multiple cards in crossfire though.
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EDIT!: FORGOT TO MENTION! I don't just game, I also use Adobe products a lot. Mainly Photoshop, illustrator, indesign, and premiere pro. And I think NVIDIA cards are built better for Adobe then AMD cards.

What type of acceleration do they use? If its CUDA, then NVidia will allow you to take advantage of it.
If it is openCL or directcompute, then AMD will be much faster.
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What should I go for? Here are my other specs.

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May 29, 2013 11:58:28 AM

smeezekitty said:
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What also goes into consideration is drivers, Nvidia is known to have much better drivers then AMD. Should I get the 770 because of that? thanks guys.

The AMD driver thing is massively overblown. A long time ago ATI used to have big driver issues but now it is virtually just as good as NVidia. There is still a stutter issue with multiple cards in crossfire though.
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EDIT!: FORGOT TO MENTION! I don't just game, I also use Adobe products a lot. Mainly Photoshop, illustrator, indesign, and premiere pro. And I think NVIDIA cards are built better for Adobe then AMD cards.

What type of acceleration do they use? If its CUDA, then NVidia will allow you to take advantage of it.
If it is openCL or directcompute, then AMD will be much faster.
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What should I go for? Here are my other specs.

That is opening a can of worm.


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Lol thanks for the response. As for Adobe, it uses CUDA but they already support OpenCL or will in the future.
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May 29, 2013 11:59:39 AM

drivers are drivers and both companies have put out awesome drivers and really crappy drivers, so i don' use that to determine a card as NVidia could screw something up in their next release that takes then 5 new driver releases to fix or vice versa.

Most adobe products can use CUDA or OpenCL for addtional processing and don't care about the card as much anymore. I use AMD with photoshop and get the liquidfy GPU boost, etc.
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May 29, 2013 12:01:48 PM

http://content.hwigroup.net/images/news/GTX_770_benchma...

Not sure where you're getting that the 770 isn't as powerful as the 7970. Keep in mind also that the 770 will be able to heavily overclock given it's extra TDP over the 680, meaning there is a lot of extra performance to squeeze out of it. At this point I'd definitely go with the 770 over the 7970, you get more performance, more overclock headroom, and at supposedly 400 bucks.
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May 29, 2013 12:04:27 PM

Keep in mind AMD cards are well known to be good OCers - Nvidia not so much.
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May 29, 2013 12:05:33 PM

smeezekitty said:
Keep in mind AMD cards are well known to be good OCers - Nvidia not so much.


I probably won't OC much, and it seems that Nvidia GPU BOOST 2.0 is amazing, and it's upcoming shadowplay to record gameplay. I'm leaning towards the GTX 770, I'll just have to wait for it to come out and see its pricing.
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May 29, 2013 12:07:19 PM

Hard to recommend anything but the GTX 770 if, as expected, it outperforms a GTX 680 and 7970 GHz for only $390. We'll know more tomorrow.
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May 29, 2013 12:13:44 PM

Lets wait until it comes out before making claims.
I find it hard to believe that would be true.
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May 29, 2013 12:16:51 PM

BigMack70 said:
smeezekitty said:
Lets wait until it comes out before making claims.
I find it hard to believe that would be true.


I think it's actually fairly likely... they need to find a way to make people excited about what is basically a slightly overclocked re-release of the GTX 680, and the only way to do that is to price it very aggressively.


Yep, it appeals to me, someone who doesn't have a 600 series card. Might as well get the latest and greatest, and its software seems to be promising.

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May 29, 2013 12:39:23 PM

Liam Murphy said:
So, I was originally going to get the GTX 770, but more specs has released and it seems the 770 doesn't QUITE beat the 7970, just super close. And the 7970 comes with free games, I already have TR and Bioshock Infinite, but not Crysis 3 and FC3: Blood Dragon.

What also goes into consideration is drivers, Nvidia is known to have much better drivers then AMD. Should I get the 770 because of that? thanks guys.

EDIT!: FORGOT TO MENTION! I don't just game, I also use Adobe products a lot. Mainly Photoshop, illustrator, indesign, and premiere pro. And I think NVIDIA cards are built better for Adobe then AMD cards.

What should I go for? Here are my other specs.

CPU: AMD FX 8350
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth 990FX
RAM: 8 GB 1333 Mhz
psu: 950w



The gtx 770 isn't even out yet. From what I've seen from benchmarks it beats the 7970 by 5-10% on average. It also comes with gpu boost 2.0 and physx technology. Plus with your PSU you can easily SLI them in the future and we all know SLI > CF.
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May 29, 2013 1:36:57 PM

Well I am personally very leery about price rumors in particular until I actually see one for sale.
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