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HELP!! GTX 670 VS HD 7950 (yes, again)

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May 30, 2013 11:29:50 AM

PLEASE READ IT ALL
Im getting one of this 2 cards :
-Palit GTX 670 2GB (REFERENCE)
-XFX HD 7950 3GB (REFERENCE)
(BOTH ARE THE SAME PRICE AT A LOCAL STORE)

*** I want to run a 3 monitors setup, 3X 1920x1080 22`` monitors.
Once its all about REFERENCE cards i want to know the opinion of you guys.
I dont pretend to overclock the GPU.
I have a HD 6950 1GB.
Please don`t offer me another GPU, or another version of the GPU. I will buy one of this 2 only.

Thank you!!

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May 30, 2013 11:56:31 AM

Both video cards are good.

The 670 is known to be quieter and cooler.

The 7950 with latest Catalyst driver should give you more horsepower though.

If you were using only one monitor I'd probably have a slight preference for the 670. But with a 3 monitors setup I believe you will be better served by the 7950 and its 3 GB of memory. Going from 2 GB to 3 GB on a GPU can make a huge difference for multi-monitors setups or very high resolutions.

Don't know which game you'll be playing on those 3 monitors, but know that probably both cards might not give you playable FPS in most case. I know you don't want other suggestions for cards, but 5760 x 1080 is a damn high resolution. Usually people playing at such a high resolution will use SLI or Crossfire. Unless you'll be playing very old or not very demanding games... but if you want to play modern games, I'm afraid you might need 2 x 670 or 2 x 7950.
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May 30, 2013 11:58:37 AM

AMD performs better for multi-monitor and high resolution.
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May 30, 2013 12:13:43 PM

Your only choice is going to be the GTX 670, mainly because it outperforms the 7950, but also because you will require a second card. Crossfire is a bad investment, due to frame metering and game support problems. For multiple GPU's the GTX 670 is the better option, particularly when considering the very loud noise levels of reference 7950's in Crossfire.

Here are some examples of what you're looking at with a single card. It's not completely hopeless, but you will definitely need to work around with the settings to get it working well.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_7...



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May 30, 2013 12:13:47 PM

2GB is only a limitation if you use high settings at those resolutions, which generally requires you to use 2-3 cards in SLI. And all you usually have to do to not have a problem is lower the AA settings. If you get to that point, you will wish you had a 4gb version, and you still wouldn't want the 7950 CF problems.

Eyefinity's only advantages are extra configurations. They support 5 and 6 monitor setups, as well as a mix of portrait and landscape settings. For a traditional 3 monitor setup, it doesn't appear to have any advantages by any review I've read.
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May 30, 2013 12:15:47 PM

True about the crossfire issues. IF you plan to run multi-GPU then nvidia is a better choice right now.
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May 30, 2013 12:20:25 PM

OK so i will now buy a GTX 670, and next month a secont GTX 670!!
BUT
i have the CX750 CORSAIR 750W power supply.... is that enough for 2 GTX 670 in SLI?
actually i will ask this in the PSU area..

THANK YOU ALL!!
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May 30, 2013 12:30:21 PM

That PSU is fine for SLI GTX 670's. Be aware that in a few/couple weeks the GTX 760 Ti is due to be released at the same or better performance level than the GTX 670. It will likely cause a shake up in prices, and will probably even cost less than a GTX 670 does today.
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May 30, 2013 12:49:11 PM

17seconds said:
That PSU is fine for SLI GTX 670's. Be aware that in a few/couple weeks the GTX 760 Ti is due to be released at the same or better performance level than the GTX 670. It will likely cause a shake up in prices, and will probably even cost less than a GTX 670 does today.

I`m getting the GTX from a trusted friend, making it cheaper than stores.
thank you

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