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July 23, 2012 12:27:31 AM

What is the best graphics solution for $550? I was looking at a Asus 560 ti CU II TOP sli or an Asus GeForce GTX 680 2GB CU II TOP.

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July 23, 2012 12:30:52 AM

Asus GeForce GTX 680 2GB CU II TOP.
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July 23, 2012 12:39:21 AM

The EVGA has 4GB ram
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July 23, 2012 12:41:10 AM

Agree with Bigcyco1 & Stickg1, either 7970 or GTX670

Try not to go for sli / corssfire when getting new hardware but rather an ultra fast single card and sli/crossfire later when you need more horsepower.

Don't go for the GTX680, waste of money. GTX670 is almost just as fast, little bit of OC will get you at the same performance level as the GTX680
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July 23, 2012 12:45:24 AM

bigcyco1 said:
The EVGA has 4GB ram


yeah but unfortunately its a gtx670 :??:  :lol: 
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July 23, 2012 12:45:46 AM

bigcyco1 said:
The EVGA has 4GB ram



The 4GB means nothing as Kepler is limited by its memory bus width. The performance advantage between 2GB and 4GB models are so small that there is no justification for the increase in price.
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July 23, 2012 12:49:31 AM

2GB is more than enough for gamin at 1080p.for $550 solution,i would suggest a custom cooled 670 like MSi lightning or Asus DCII TOP version and then overclocking it as much as possible.this will save roughly 80-100 bucks.
another option is to get a custom cooled 680 and overclock the hell outta it.
choice is yours.
here is some info about the performance of an overclocked 670-
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670...
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July 23, 2012 12:50:35 AM

I like the 3gb vram but how well does it overclock?And how much better would the performance be? I have a preference for nvidia and asus and the asus is quieter. I'm only playing on 1920x1080 so no triple monitor setup.
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July 23, 2012 12:54:56 AM

for 1080p,there's almost no difference.
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July 23, 2012 12:55:51 AM

stickg1 said:
yeah but unfortunately its a gtx670 :??:  :lol: 
So it's just as good as a 7970 but cheaper :lol: 
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July 23, 2012 12:56:15 AM

hellfire24 said:
2GB is more than enough for gamin at 1080p.for $550 solution,i would suggest a custom cooled 670 like MSi lightning or Asus DCII TOP version and then overclocking it as much as possible.this will save roughly 80-100 bucks.
another option is to get a custom cooled 680 and overclock the hell outta it.
choice is yours.
here is some info about the performance of an overclocked 670-
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670...



See there a re a few problems though, dont get me wrong the GTX 670 is a hell of a card but the price has to go down just a little. AMD's price drop put the 7970 and 7950 all over Nvidia's current offerings. Even the 7950 with a simple overclock exceeds the 670, 680 and 7970. 600 series has autoboost which is nice but once you start to over clock the 7000 series it pulls away.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

compare these link you will see even a 7950 oc beats out a 670oc in most tests

http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/powercolor_pcs_hd_...
http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/nvidia_gtx670_revi...
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July 23, 2012 12:57:56 AM

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The 4GB means nothing as Kepler is limited by its memory bus width. The performance advantage between 2GB and 4GB models are so small that there is no justification for the increase in price.
depends how many monitors OP using if it's worth it or not ;) 
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July 23, 2012 12:58:09 AM

but when you overclock the slightly more expensive 670,it beats em all.
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July 23, 2012 12:59:26 AM

bigcyco1 said:
So it's just as good as a 7970 but cheaper :lol: 



depends on which reality your in :lol: 
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July 23, 2012 1:03:43 AM

Well between the two some games favor one card over the other. For example, Battlefield 3 favor Nvidia cards so it will have higher frames than an AMD card.

Performance wise the GTX 670 is still stronger in most games, will be higher when overclocked
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/598?vs=508

But when you have an overclocked 7970 or the 7970 GHz Edition, the 7970 beats the 670 (non overclocked).

For the price though, GTX 670 is the best card for the money.

The two best card for temps and performance is here:
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All-Around Best GeForce GTX 670: Gigabyte N670OC-2GD

Gigabyte's card is quiet at idle and not too loud under load. Its cooling performance at idle, during normal desktop work, and during gaming is even better than Asus' card. It ties Zotac's effort for the lowest temperature at idle, but achieves its goal at a mere 20% fan duty cycle. When we configured it to cool our card down to 70°C, its sound level was still acceptable.

This is the slimmest card in our test, it weighs the least, and is even suitable for SLI configurations on motherboards with a just a single-slot gap between 16-lane interfaces. Unfortunately, that's pretty common. Although the N670OC-2GD doesn't include the highest overclock, it's currently selling online at the same $400 price point as completely stock reference cards. And that's with the Windforce 3X cooler. That combination cannot be beat.



Source: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-tes...
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July 23, 2012 1:10:34 AM

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/05/14/geforce_680_6...

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In the second section, when we overclocked the Radeon HD 7970 the high overclock we achieved with that video card put it in the spot to take the performance lead. Even the GTX 670 overclocked was no matched for the overclocked HD 7970. The overclocked GTX 680 is clearly the competition for it, when you put high levels of overclocking into the mix.



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When was the last time Anandtech updated that old comparison tool? oh I guess that comparo must have been gainst a stock clocked 7970, a lot of the time Nvidia's autoboost causes discrepancies in reviews
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July 23, 2012 1:10:48 AM

redeemer said:
depends on which reality your in :lol: 
it's called the real world According to this, the GTX 670 is about 12-13% more "bang for the buck" than a 7950 and 7970:
http://tpucdn.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7970_GHz_Edition/image... which one are you in :lol: 
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July 23, 2012 1:22:58 AM

bigcyco1 said:
it's called the real world According to this, the GTX 670 is about 12-13% more "bang for the buck" than a 7950 and 7970:
http://tpucdn.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7970_GHz_Edition/image... which one are you in :lol: 



Thats halarious since everyone except you knows that a 7950 oc smokes a 670 oc. AMD price drop 7970 $429 7950 $349 throws you value per dollar chart in the garbage. For you even to say that a 670 is better than 7970 makes me wonder what happening to these forums.

How old are the links you putting up?
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July 23, 2012 1:32:32 AM

I have not seen the 7970 for $429 it is worth considering for that price but at $500 the card is a rip off the links you just copy link location and paste it and noway is a 7970 better than a 670 makes me wonder what happening to these forums as well lol.The correct answer is they are both essentially the same in performance overall. Depending on which games you intend to play, one will perform better than the other.
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July 23, 2012 1:39:56 AM

All the reference model 7970's are $429, usually $399 after rebate. Thats besides the point. They're both great cards and it depends on what titles you want to play. Also overclockability is a lottery. I have this HD7870 that overclocks like madd (1325/1525 compared to 1000/1200 stock it shipped as) and then other people I know can't get anywhere near that. If you get one of the great overclocking 7970's then it's lights out. If you get a great overclocking gtx670 it's awesome too, just not quite 7970 awesome.
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July 23, 2012 1:48:44 AM

bigcyco1 said:
I have not seen the 7970 for $429 it is worth considering for that price but at $500 the card is a rip off the links you just copy link location and paste it and noway is a 7970 better than a 670 makes me wonder what happening to these forums as well lol.The correct answer is they are both essentially the same in performance overall. Depending on which games you intend to play, one will perform better than the other.




Sorry to say yet again this is not true 670=7970

why dont you start a thread with a poll on this topic, maybe then you will be a believer
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July 23, 2012 6:20:28 PM

Best answer selected by jimmy_dog.
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July 23, 2012 6:27:39 PM

The GTX 680 is great, i think you will end up buying it :) 
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