MSI Gaming GTX 760 vs Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 OC with Boost

Hey guys, I'm having a tough time deciding between these two cards. Recently, the prices of some ATI cards have dropped a lot, so it's making my decision tougher.

I'm deciding between the MSI: Link

and the Sapphire 7970: Link

The GTX 760 is ~$265 (I don't really care about the free game) and the 7970 is only about ~$300.

Is the extra $35 worth it? I'm gaming on a single 1080p monitor, games such as BF3, SC2, Diablo 3, GW2, and BF4 when it comes out.

I saw some driver problems with the 7970, and none so far with the GTX 760. I also saw a review saying you can't fast boot or use UEFI with the 7970? Is this true? And are there problems with Windows 8 and the 7970?

If the gain is minimal, then I'd rather save the $35 and the headache of ATI drivers. However, if the gains are quite large, I may opt for the 7970 since it's pretty cheap compared to when it was first released.

What do you guys think?

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    Since the boost clock of the sapphire is 1ghz I should be comparable with the GHz ed. Depending on your resolution, you'll gain 13-21%.
    And don't worry about the drivers. Amd's aren't worse than nvidias
  2. Go with the 7970. The 760 competes with the 7950, which is a step below the 7970. The 7970 competes with the GTX 770, a step above the 760. $300 is generally pretty cheap for that card, with it usually being $350-$400 (same with the 770) It is an incredibly powerful card. You also shouldn't face any driver problems.
  3. hmm okay then, I'll have to look at some more benchmark reviews to make my decision.

    Any other input?
  4. are selling brand new a EVGA GTX580 for £137.99 but i'd get a Matrix 7970 from asus as its near on par with the 780 inbetween the 770/780 you know
  5. @jchan: The HD7970 in your link is $390.
  6. Quote:

    Looking at the TPU reviews and their overclocking and temperature pages.

    Palit card get's an OC of 6.20% and temperature increases 1.37%
    MSI card get's an OC of 15.21% and temperature increases by a mere 1.45%
    Gigabyte card get's an OC of 9.44% and temperature increases by 2.94%
    EVGA card get's an OC of 13.45% and temperature increases by 5.55%
    Asus card get's an OC of 16.28% and temperature increases by 8.82%

    Palit and MSI use heatplate and the others are direct contact.
    Asus get's the highest increase in temperature (still cooler than SC ACX) but it was OC'd a bit more compared to the SC ACX.
    Gigabyte at least went and squeezed the 3*8mm heatpipes together so all three make contact with the die. Perhaps the it's temperature increase can be explained by the location of the pipes themselves, maybe the heat doesn't transfer that well to the fin stack above the die.
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