They are basically the same price, and I know the 570's will crush the 7970
the 7970 can overclock like a god and the with the 570's 900 is a norm for this model. (seen temps on load as low as 63 w/o oc and almost 70 w/)
I want what will last longer, plain and simple. Im not going to say "future proof" for the flamers, but i am basically looking for something to hold me over until maxwell(?) or GF110 possibly.. The 680 would be a done deal but everywhere is out of course.
the 680 performs similarly to gtx 570 sli, minus the input lag and microstuttering if you notice that kind of thing. Always go powerful single card my friend. Wait until the 7970 price drops if it's going to, or the 680s are in stock.
GTX 570 in SLi beats the GTX 680...
and no, I do not have a micro-stutter problem.
This is what i thought and knew lol.
A pair of 570's overclocked a bit beat/match 580's in sli. So saying that it beats them is crazy, its probably more along the lines of beating 560ti's in sli as thats like a 590, but overclocked 570's? Nah
Memory constraints will mess you about as time goes on - 1280mb isn't enough for 100% smooth frames with the Hi-res texture packs being released for new games.
I know that there will be plenty of people round here who will disagree with me, but then again, they are stuck in the now of "1GB IS ENOUGH FOR 1080p!!!"
Yeah, it is enough. JUST ENOUGH. For games such as RAGE it recommends 3GB of VRAM for its highest resolution texture downloads. BF3 we all know uses up to 2.5GB of VRAM for 1080p when it wants to (it doesn't need that much but it likes to use it anyway for increased performance)
I say go for the 7970, it will set you up for 3 Monitors, crossfire in the future for extra performance and you can rest assured you won't see anything recommending you have more VRAM anytime in the predictable future.