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Radeon HD 7950 vs GTX 670 (GPGPU)

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July 9, 2012 7:01:33 PM

Hello people,

I'm having trouble figuring out what is the best GPU I can get. So here it is

I had seen the GTX 670 outwit the Radeon 7950 in games but when it comes down to a computing power benchmark, like Luxmark , the 670 didn't make it quite well, and AMD cards delivered great performance, so I'm afraid that in the near future, the 670 would lose its title in gaming due to it's relatively low computing power.

So my question is: Should I choose the GPGPU performance of the 7950 or the apparent gaming performance of the 670?


Vital specifications:

CPU: Core i5 3570k @3.8GHz

Motherboard :Asus P8Z77-M

RAM: Corsair Vengeance(2x4GB) @1866MHz

Power supply: XFX Pro Series 650W






July 9, 2012 7:30:42 PM

steampunkhand said:
Hello people,

I'm having trouble figuring out what is the best GPU I can get. So here it is

I had seen the GTX 670 outwit the Radeon 7950 in games but when it comes down to a computing power benchmark, like Luxmark , the 670 didn't make it quite well, and AMD cards delivered great performance, so I'm afraid that in the near future, the 670 would lose its title in gaming due to it's relatively low computing power.

So my question is: Should I choose the GPGPU performance of the 7950 or the apparent gaming performance of the 670?


Vital specifications:

CPU: Core i5 3570k @3.8GHz

Motherboard :Asus P8Z77-M

RAM: Corsair Vengeance(2x4GB) @1866MHz

Power supply: XFX Pro Series 650W


You only need Compute to run programs like bitcoin. The 670 is a monster in gaming and will continue to be for some time. The only reason to consider a 7950 is if you can get it for like 300 dollars
July 9, 2012 9:17:22 PM

Lucem Ferre said:
You only need Compute to run programs like bitcoin. The 670 is a monster in gaming and will continue to be for some time. The only reason to consider a 7950 is if you can get it for like 300 dollars


When I look at the 670 specifications, and PCB, It just doesn't make sense when you compare it to the 7950 in terms of raw power, the thing is that I'm afraid that if I buy the 670, after a couple of months AMD releases a driver that might be able to
to get much more power from the card in a way that blows off the 670 entirely
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July 9, 2012 9:20:15 PM

steampunkhand said:
When I look at the 670 specifications, and PCB, It just doesn't make sense when you compare it to the 7950 in terms of raw power, the thing is that I'm afraid that if I buy the 670, after a couple of months AMD releases a driver that might be able to
to get much more power from the card in a way that blows off the 670 entirely



Can't compare stream processors directly as they're both different architectures and there is no magical driver coming that will make the 7950 even be close to the 670.

July 9, 2012 9:36:26 PM

Winzip is a benchmark here
July 9, 2012 9:37:18 PM

steampunkhand said:
Winzip is a benchmark here


Who cares about winzip benchmarks
July 9, 2012 9:41:24 PM

Lucem Ferre said:
Who cares about winzip benchmarks



+1

In terms of GPGPU, I don't think the 670 is a good choice, your better off with a 480 GTX and it can be found for around 150-200$ at least here in Canada.

Between the 2 for GPGPU 7950 hands down, for gaming 670 GTX hands down. Choose your poison. :kaola: 
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July 9, 2012 9:52:14 PM

nVidia dropped some of the circuitry used in Compute tasks in order to streamline their system and improve power usage. That is why the AMD chips are better at compute, not that they are somehow being held back by their current drivers. These architectures are very complex and make lots of tradeoffs...in the end the only thing you can go by is benchmarks, and even those may be wrong.
July 9, 2012 9:52:42 PM

Okay to be hones I drifted a little
July 9, 2012 9:54:39 PM

Can Compute be used more in gaming in the future?

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July 9, 2012 9:58:44 PM
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steampunkhand said:
Can Compute be used more in gaming in the future?


If you buy Video cards for the future, you can't win. I don't see hardcore computing being TOO integrated into the gaming especially with all the ports we're getting.

If your buying these card with the hope of using them in gaming for GPGPU, save ur cash. Look at DX 10 cards, they were released LONG before DX 10 was even mainstreamed, and even now it has been skipped and replaced with DX 11, which has more momentum than 10, but still isn't in every game.

I wouldn't buy a video card on a chance, or for future proofing. You can never be future proof. You buy for now.
July 9, 2012 10:04:22 PM

Okay, since the 670 is better than the 7950 in games, I'll get it

Thanks
July 9, 2012 10:07:43 PM

steampunkhand said:
Okay, since the 670 is better than the 7950 in games, I'll get it

Thanks


np:) , look at prices to, don't just keep 2 types of card in your view.



If you can find the 7950 for much cheaper than the 670 or a 7970 for the same price you might have a whole new ball game.

Also check games you LIKE to play, each company can out perform the other on certain games:) 
July 9, 2012 10:08:40 PM

One more thing,

Do aftermarket manufacturers replace the cheap PCB used in the original GTX 670?
July 9, 2012 10:12:33 PM

steampunkhand said:
One more thing,

Do aftermarket manufacturers replace the cheap PCB used in the original GTX 670?


Some, for example my Gigabyte 670 uses the 680 GTX PCB, but it also needs 1-6 pin and 1-8 pin instead of 2-6 pins.
July 9, 2012 10:15:18 PM

Power demands isn't a big deal since I'm using a 650W PSU, which is a big amount nowadays
July 9, 2012 10:20:43 PM

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July 9, 2012 10:28:44 PM

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