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Asus GTX 680 or Sapphire 7970 ?

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April 6, 2012 12:37:58 PM

Hi,

Just wondering if I should go for the 7970 or GTX 680 ?


In Australia the Sapphire 7970 costs $625
The Asus GTX 680 costs $699

Which card should I go for ?

I may run SLI/CrossfireX in the future.
April 6, 2012 12:50:04 PM

What monitor resolution you on? Thats a big deal when choosing the best card.
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April 6, 2012 12:51:01 PM

The GTX 680 is the better performer in all cases except maybe one or two. They can both be overclocked very well. My suggestion would be the 680, however, if budget is a concern then the 7970 will do you just fine. Here in the US the 7970 is still priced more than the 680, so it makes no sense to purchase it unless they bring the prices down. Where you live it seems they are probably positioned a little more appropriately.

I have the ASUS680, and I love it. It's overclocks like a champ and runs really cool at idle (30-33C) and maybe 80C at full load. I added a slight OC and changed the fan profile to be a little more aggressive during load. It gets about ~70-75C now.
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April 6, 2012 12:53:25 PM

Well 680 outperforms in most cases. When it comes to xfire etc they are very very close. Once both are oc'd though they perform very similar again.

So Idk if a $75 dollar price premium is worth it unless you can afford it.
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April 7, 2012 10:47:18 AM

jay2tall said:
The GTX 680 is the better performer in all cases except maybe one or two. They can both be overclocked very well. My suggestion would be the 680, however, if budget is a concern then the 7970 will do you just fine. Here in the US the 7970 is still priced more than the 680, so it makes no sense to purchase it unless they bring the prices down. Where you live it seems they are probably positioned a little more appropriately.

I have the ASUS680, and I love it. It's overclocks like a champ and runs really cool at idle (30-33C) and maybe 80C at full load. I added a slight OC and changed the fan profile to be a little more aggressive during load. It gets about ~70-75C now.


I have heard people having issues with the GTX 680 while playing like crysis and battlefield due to only 2GB Vram and the game uses 1.5GB-2GB. So 2GBvram would not be enough, otherwise when hitting the max the gtx 680 will be bottlenecked. Thats where the 7970 comes in and has 3GB of vram
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April 8, 2012 3:36:22 PM

matt2155 said:
I have heard people having issues with the GTX 680 while playing like crysis and battlefield due to only 2GB Vram and the game uses 1.5GB-2GB. So 2GBvram would not be enough, otherwise when hitting the max the gtx 680 will be bottlenecked. Thats where the 7970 comes in and has 3GB of vram

2GB is a good chunk of vRAM. Here is a link to a Toms article when they tested higher resolutions, which is where the higher vRAM should really show a benefit. This is the BF3 page, but there are others.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-680-sli...

BTW, I am not saying the 7970 is not a good card. I think it is a great card. However, the prices in the US don't reflect the performance. The 7970 should cost the same if not slightly lower than the GTX680. Although, I have a feeling they are not budging on prices because the 680 is always out of stock. If the 680 did not perform the way it did, I was ready to go for the 7970.
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April 15, 2012 3:19:24 AM

i live in australia too, the asus 680 is $696 and the sapphire 7970 is $579

personally id go for the sapphire 7970 because its just that much cheaper than the 680 (currently saving for a 7970!)

but in reality, there is nothing to lose from whichever card you pick because they both are great performers

i can play battlefield 3 on ultra with a 1gb gtx 560, im sure a 2gb 680 wont have any problems either!

maybe go with your personal opinion :) 
if you've always had and liked a nvidia card, then go for it!
if you've always had and liked an ati card, then go for that!

or if you're like me, and always had a nvidia card and want to try out an ati card, go buy the 7970!
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May 6, 2012 7:13:09 AM

actually I have a similar problem but I'm using trifire 7970 i'm thinking of getting a tri sli of gtx680, like a single zotac and 2 galaxy (zotac is 569.08$ while galaxy is 538.64$) only getting zotac for the free game ^_^, was also considering palit or gainward since it's popular here in my country but they are only a few bucks cheaper, so far warranty on all of them are the same, I haven't triggered on buying one yet but after testing out a gtx680 before I've always wanted to buy some but so far I have to pay out of my pocket but still need to pay other stuff ahahaha.

right now for TS just get either both are similar in a way, I have the 7970 reference and the 7970 dual x both are good performer, specially the dual x it seems cooler in my case. go with whatever is cheaper and who has better warranty.

in my local store

sapphire 7970 dual x/reference (same price) = 566.74$
zotac gtx680(reference) = 569.08$
galaxy gtx680(reference) = 538.64$
asus gtx680(reference) = 679.15$
msi gtx680 (reference) = 598.36$
asus 7970(reference) = 640.98$$
HIS 7970 (reference) = 601.87$
powercolor (reference)= 550.35$

right now those are the price of our local stores, if you got something similar (non US based price where those are 500bucks each for the reference) then if you go bang for buck that would be galaxy gtx680 reference ^_^ either way go with what you think looks pretty.


note: if it's me I'd go asus (if it's 500bucks for the reference but if its a custom cooler like those dual fans still go asus)
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May 28, 2012 1:49:38 PM

Tavo_Nova said:
actually I have a similar problem but I'm using trifire 7970 i'm thinking of getting a tri sli of gtx680, like a single zotac and 2 galaxy (zotac is 569.08$ while galaxy is 538.64$) only getting zotac for the free game ^_^, was also considering palit or gainward since it's popular here in my country but they are only a few bucks cheaper, so far warranty on all of them are the same, I haven't triggered on buying one yet but after testing out a gtx680 before I've always wanted to buy some but so far I have to pay out of my pocket but still need to pay other stuff ahahaha.

right now for TS just get either both are similar in a way, I have the 7970 reference and the 7970 dual x both are good performer, specially the dual x it seems cooler in my case. go with whatever is cheaper and who has better warranty.

in my local store

sapphire 7970 dual x/reference (same price) = 566.74$
zotac gtx680(reference) = 569.08$
galaxy gtx680(reference) = 538.64$
asus gtx680(reference) = 679.15$
msi gtx680 (reference) = 598.36$
asus 7970(reference) = 640.98$$
HIS 7970 (reference) = 601.87$
powercolor (reference)= 550.35$

right now those are the price of our local stores, if you got something similar (non US based price where those are 500bucks each for the reference) then if you go bang for buck that would be galaxy gtx680 reference ^_^ either way go with what you think looks pretty.


note: if it's me I'd go asus (if it's 500bucks for the reference but if its a custom cooler like those dual fans still go asus)


i heard the dualx sapphires are a little bigger than the 2 slots, so essentially like.. 2.5 slot (sounds ridiculous doesnt it) so do make sure it fits before you buy it!
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