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April 26, 2012 9:22:22 PM

Hey guys, I'm sure you all know how difficult it is to get a gtx 680 due to stock shortage. I'm buying all my other parts for my new gaming PC on May 15th and if i can't get a gtx680 what is an alternative? I know the 7970 is AMD's best single GPU, but in the past i haven't been impressed with their cards. I dont want to have to overclock any graphics cards either. So anyone got any ideas?

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April 26, 2012 9:32:06 PM

Is there an alternative to the fastest card around? Presumably the only thing you could do is look at SLI - I have seen comparisons of two GT560 in SLI performing comparably to the 580.
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April 26, 2012 9:45:18 PM

They have factory overclocked 7970's available if you don't want to bother with user OC'ing. Assuming you don't run into driver instabilities, I could not think of a reason as to why you shouldn't reconsider a 7970.
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April 26, 2012 9:57:29 PM

560 ti in SLI at least.

I'd try for at least 1.5 gpu ram tho. Maybe GTX 480 sli or GTX 570 in SLI.

The 560 ti in sli and gtx 480 in sli would be about $450 and about match a single 680.

I'd go with the 7970 if I had to buy right now.
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April 26, 2012 10:31:21 PM

I would look at the 7970 also if your original build plan was to include the 680. Going with crossfire to replace a single fast card is not a good option in my opinion. That would indicate that you require that performance the entire time, something crossfire/SLI does not guarantee. I have had crossfire 6950's, and upgraded to a single 7950, and it is miles better. With my healthy overclock, I EASILY thrash my crossfire setup, scoring nigh on 10,000 graphics score in 3DMark11. AMD has released a really nice range of 7900 and 7800 cards, they should not be dismissed so easily.

You also get the benefits of the newer technology included in the AMD lineup, such as power and cooling efficiency, quieter operating fans, high video memory allocation (2 or 3 GB) and PCI-e 3.0 support when it becomes widely used.

With 560's, you are only getting raw power, which current cards CAN provide, and you sacrifice all the goodies that technology has developed in the time that the 560 has already been out. BTW, overclocking the AMD cards is the easiest thing you will ever do, and you are almost GUARANTEED a 150 - 200 Mhz overclock from any 7900 card you choose. My 7950 is 800Mhz stock, and with the dual fans and many heat pipes, I get 1225Mhz out of it for a 3DMark11 run. I could run games at 1200Mhz well within the recommended volts and temps. Really nice cards, not to mention the recent price drop. If the 680 is not available to you, go for the AMD varieties, you won't be disappointed. The 7970 is closer to the 680 than a lot of people give it credit for.
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April 26, 2012 10:31:48 PM

loops said:
560 ti in SLI at least.

I'd try for at least 1.5 gpu ram tho. Maybe GTX 480 sli or GTX 570 in SLI.

The 560 ti in sli and gtx 480 in sli would be about $450 and about match a single 680.

I'd go with the 7970 if I had to buy right now.


2 x 560ti's do not = a 680. An overclocked 7870 = 2 560ti's and we know that a 680 is miles in front. Plus with a single card you don't have to worry about extra power and stuttering.

In all honesty, nothing wrong with a pre-overclocked 7970. I wouldn't mind one myself!
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April 26, 2012 10:38:36 PM

ohyouknow said:
They have factory overclocked 7970's available if you don't want to bother with user OC'ing. Assuming you don't run into driver instabilities, I could not think of a reason as to why you shouldn't reconsider a 7970.

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The MSI Lightening HD 7970 almost perform as powerful as the GTX 680 maybe 2% slower, that GPU is the best HD 7970 out there it's factory OCed to 1070 Mhz and allows more OCing, runs cooler 31C @ idle, 63C @ load.
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April 26, 2012 10:51:36 PM

ilysaml said:
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The MSI Lightening HD 7970 almost perform as powerful as the GTX 680 maybe 2% slower, that GPU is the best HD 7970 out there it's factory OCed to 1070 Mhz and allows more OCing, runs cooler 31C @ idle, 63C @ load.

Is there another card? because that card is extremely expensive from what I see and it doesnt seem like a lot of places have it anymore.

EDIT: And by card i mean like another MSI type or perhaps gigabyte
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April 26, 2012 11:02:26 PM

there is the 6990, its a dual gpu single card. and it out performs the 7970 and 680.

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April 26, 2012 11:05:26 PM

HugoStiglitz said:
there is the 6990, its a dual gpu single card. and it out performs the 7970 and 680.

sorry i didn't mean like another card like another type of 7970 that is good for overclocking. besides the lightning
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April 26, 2012 11:06:47 PM

Try the sapphire OC editions of the 7900 series. I have the Sapphire 7950 OC and it is fantastic
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April 26, 2012 11:08:48 PM

It's $520 I doubt if you can get a GTX 680 for that price right now.

I see it's outstock in newegg, best option would be the Gigabyte windforce
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But you'll have to tweak the card for more output, still the Lightening is the best HD 7970 performer.

I see that you'll get your parts on May 15th, I guess both the GTX 680 and the lightening would be available, wait and see.
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