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Radeon 7970 or GTX 680 ? best bag for buck ?

Total: 126 votes (36 blank votes)

  • Radeon 7970
  • 60 %
  • Gtx 680
  • 41 %
April 25, 2012 8:55:37 PM

We all know that GTX 680 is about 7-10% faster then Radeon 7970 , but on 2500x1600 it's about draw :)  atm there is like 50-70$ difference between 7970 oc edition (1000 mhz )
and gtx 680 stock ... between gtx 680 oc is like 90-100$ .... bot have some cool features ...

nvidia has TXAA , FXAA , Adaptive v sync and more ...
AMD has MLAA 2.0 , adaptive SSAA , Zero core and more ...

witch card is the best bag for buck ? No fanboy answers please .. be objective :) 

April 25, 2012 8:59:04 PM

7970 + OC = best bang for buck overall IMO

680 = best bang for buck if no OC

Don't know what the best bag is for the buck, though... :p 
April 25, 2012 9:01:36 PM

BigMack70

are you really sure that OC without touching voltages will cause zero damage to GPU ? :)  i just haven't found that information anywhere :) )) wiki and google failed for me :) ) i just want to know serios .... if overlocking is 100% safe and cause zero damage to gpu ... answer is simple .. winner is 7970 ....
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April 25, 2012 9:08:52 PM

Overclocking is never 100% safe.

However, overclocking without voltage tweaks is 99.99999% safe. It doesn't really generate any extra heat or place extra stress on the other chips like the VRMs. Extra voltage is what shortens the lifespan of a chip, because it places added stress and heat on lots of different components.

As long as you get a card that has warranty support (e.g., don't buy one off ebay if you can't get the warranty), then I consider overclocking with no voltage tweaks to be functionally 100% safe.
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April 25, 2012 9:17:32 PM

Well because of the 70 dollar price drop of the 7970 its going to be the better price to performance ratio.
April 25, 2012 9:18:24 PM

and if card burned while overclocking but without touching voltages they can't void warranty ? problem is as i said .... i will get card in my country from amazon .... frrom usa it will be shipped to georgia county ... so sending them back that card will cost for me 80$ :) ))
a b U Graphics card
April 25, 2012 9:42:02 PM

Hello,

IMO the best bang for your buck depends on what your doing. The 7970 has better compute abilities (bitcoin mining?). The 680 has better raw gaming power.

Both are very good cards though, can't go wrong with either.
April 25, 2012 9:47:57 PM

Your card is not going to burn down with overclocking but no overvolting. Increasing clocks doesn't really increase heat... voltage is what increases heat.

The only reason overclocking is not 100% safe is because the manufacturer themselves doesn't guarantee it. There's no real risk beyond having to restart your computer, practically.
a b U Graphics card
April 25, 2012 10:42:23 PM

Interesting that the 7970 has all the votes. Here is Australia, a stock 7970 you are looking at $560 as the cheapest and a stock 680 around $600, that's a pretty tough call.
a c 539 U Graphics card
April 26, 2012 5:07:11 AM

Updated with the latest prices:

April 26, 2012 5:18:08 AM

hehe 2% difference ? pretty close :) )))))))
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April 26, 2012 5:55:15 AM

Ice cream beats the 7970....interesting.
April 26, 2012 6:06:25 AM

it's surptrised you that nvidia is more popular ? :) )) nothing really new here ...as i remember amd never was more popular then nvidia :)  justin bieber is popular to but does he has good music ? ^^
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April 26, 2012 6:07:55 AM

darksalvatore said:
it's surptrised you that nvidia is more popular ? :) )) nothing really new here ...as i remember amd never was more popular then nvidia :)  justin bieber is popular to but does he has good music ? ^^

If you're a 12 year old girl.
April 26, 2012 6:14:09 AM

:) ))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
April 26, 2012 6:21:35 AM

hmm i wonder if this shows the difference between pc forum communities
Anonymous
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April 26, 2012 6:32:09 AM

7950 all the way overclocked it cant be touched for the price/ performance atleast from this gen of cards
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April 26, 2012 6:38:21 AM

No overclocked 7950 could beat the Asus Direct CU II GTX 680 which overclocks like a champ.
April 26, 2012 6:41:20 AM

how nvidia can call themselves clear winner if then can be beated eve with overclocked 7950 ? it's sound a bit fun i think :)  i had 4 nvidia and 1 radeon card .... so u can't call me amd fanboy for sure :) ))
April 26, 2012 6:45:46 AM

and one more thing ...remember 580 vs 6970 ? now we have 680 and 7970 .... gtx 580 was much faster then 6970 then gtx 680 is faster then 7970 :)  or am i wrong ?
April 26, 2012 6:56:25 AM

darksalvatore said:
and one more thing ...remember 580 vs 6970 ? now we have 680 and 7970 .... gtx 580 was much faster then 6970 then gtx 680 is faster then 7970 :)  or am i wrong ?


it seems like it's always been that way, but this time it makes more sense. simply becuase the amd cards were released 3 or 4 months before the first kepler.
April 26, 2012 7:06:23 AM

i saw many youtube videos and 680 has same fps dips as 7970 allmust in every game :)  maybe drivers will fix it .... gtx 680 wins at max and avg fps for sure ... but minimum fps ? he even loses in some games .... yaya bechmarks on sites said that gtx 680 has better minimum fps to .... but videos said different ...
Anonymous
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April 26, 2012 7:46:10 AM

monsta said:
No overclocked 7950 could beat the Asus Direct CU II GTX 680 which overclocks like a champ.



Want to bet?Ill take that challenge.There was a reason i sold my 7970 and kept the 7950:) .Nvidia loses on locked volts alone.You can only overclock i belive as far as stock volts will take you could be wrong but i believe this is the case.The only mistake AMD made was clocking there stock cards way to low..
April 26, 2012 8:05:00 AM

Quote:
Want to bet?Ill take that challenge.There was a reason i sold my 7970 and kept the 7950:) .Nvidia loses on locked volts alone.You can only overclock i belive as far as stock volts will take you could be wrong but i believe this is the case.The only mistake AMD made was clocking there stock cards way to low..



true :)  1000 is fine and 1070 mis version to .. but 925 is way to low ..... there is now only 60$ differnece 7970 vs 7950 so idk .. at that prices i will take 7970 anyway i think :)  7950 is good card for overlockers ^^
Anonymous
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April 26, 2012 8:13:50 AM

Ya but even at $60 more expensive ill take the 7950 theres only 2-3 fps difference clock for clock and to me that isnt worth $60.The 7950 i have also outclocks the 7970 i had by 80 mhz so i was beating up my 7970 with the 7950:) 
April 26, 2012 8:23:40 AM

for you yes.. but im not overlocker so ^^ :p  on same prices witch you will to take ? gtx 680 or 7970 ?
Anonymous
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April 26, 2012 8:30:54 AM

680 for sure if no overclocking is involved no question about that
a c 84 U Graphics card
April 26, 2012 9:13:07 AM

hd 7970 will be better for its price and performance but allover 680 will be better. the hd 7970 will perform better in higher resolution or same as the gtx 680.the gtx 680 is good in cooling and littlebit low noisy then hd 7970.in those 2 which ever will be cheaper about $20 dollars or more will be a way to go with.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-680-rev...

this card is of good price and all over performance.:) 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

for review:- http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/04/10/sapphire_hd_7...
a b U Graphics card
April 26, 2012 9:28:15 AM

both are good.it's just personal preference.
i'll take any of them :p 
April 26, 2012 10:15:00 AM

GTX 680 because of all of the features of an Nvidia card.
PhysX
3D Vision ( ATI has this to but you must go through middle ware )
Better Drivers
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
April 26, 2012 10:19:23 AM

grumpysoup99 said:
GTX 680 because of all of the features of an Nvidia card.
PhysX
3D Vision ( ATI has this to but you must go through middle ware )
Better Drivers


Had absolutley zero issues with ati drivers i actually prefer ati drivers
April 26, 2012 10:29:06 AM

3D Vision ....i don't like to play game in 3D :)  it's to bad for eyes to play games in 3D .... only thing i do is watch movies in 3D one two times per month :) ))

drivers ....... i had 6950 .... no problems with drivers .. tested in 6 games like skyrim bf3 crysis 2 and more ...


PhysX .... well .. what a games have PhysX ? most popular are batman , metro and mafia 2 as i know :) 

i play most crysis , bf3 and skyrim .. no one uses PhysX so i don't care :)  not sure that crysis 3 or bf4 will use PhysX :) 
April 26, 2012 10:58:22 AM

okay im waiting :)  don't overlock it please and use full ultra 4x msaa on 1920x1080 .... try to paly on large maps .. better on karkand ^^ let's see what can make that little bad boy :) ))
April 26, 2012 11:21:51 AM

GPU is at 850mhz so tough.


hehe it will be close to 580 at stock clock i guess :) 

bigmack at 7970 had 45 dips in sharqi and 50 on caspian border :)  yeah its 1070 mhz msi version but i think there wont be big difference vs 1000 saphire version :) 

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April 26, 2012 11:28:37 AM

yeah thats possible ^^ don't you have a karkand maps ^^ ?
April 26, 2012 11:36:17 AM

ya same here ... as i remember not big diference but 5-7 fps was max :)  .... well capture video and upload it .. dont care about quality ... just want to see frames ^^ and try to capture with camer ... fraps or msi afterburner will take your fps :( 
April 26, 2012 11:43:35 AM

wait wait .... type this in game console ....... render.drawfps 1 and you will see ingame fps ...
a b U Graphics card
April 26, 2012 11:52:56 AM

gtx 480 is a pretty capable card.only con is heat and noise.
April 26, 2012 11:54:48 AM

even on nonreference 480 ? for example .. for msi twin frozr .. will be same problems like temps or noise ?
a b U Graphics card
April 26, 2012 12:06:48 PM

no,msi twinfrozer is a great cooler.
April 26, 2012 12:09:08 PM

33% for gtx 680 and 66% for 7970 wow ! i though that it will be mirrored :) )) 33% for radeon 7970 and 66% for gtx 680 ... it seems that people are more objective here.... less fanboys ... that's pretty coll ^^
April 26, 2012 12:20:17 PM

Gelid icy vision cooler :) )) then sure it will not get hot .... where is your vid bro ^^ ?
a b U Graphics card
April 26, 2012 12:30:26 PM

recon is a great member IMO.
April 26, 2012 12:34:53 PM

im new here but saw many "smart" posts from you recon-uk :) 

ah and one more thing you may know .... adaptive vertical sync is just marketing ? is ti same thing like standard v sync + tripple buffering ... does it work same ?
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