7970 or gtx 670?

Hey guys, i am adding a graphics card and i am stuck between the 7970 for xfx (3gb) and the gtx 670 FTW (2gb and overclocked). Which one do you think I should get and why? Thanks
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  1. go for the HD 7970
  2. According to the Tom's Hardware Best Graphics Cards for the Money-August 2012, the GTX 670 is the only card recommended in that price range.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-6.html

    Quote:
    "The GeForce GTX 670 brings Radeon HD 7970-class performance down to a $400 price point. That's an impressive feat considering that AMD's card was selling for $550 a couple of months ago. Moreover, we've seen Nvidia's second-fastest single-GPU board in stock and available for purchase ever since it was introduced. With the Radeon HD 7970 still hovering around $440, the GeForce GTX 670 earns our sole recommendation and takes its place as the high-end value leader."
  3. if your not good at overclocking, then a 7970 would not be the best route to take for you. and the 670 is a much better card at factory OC stock.
  4. Well both are great options and beast cards you can't go wrong either way it also depends what games you play The gtx 670 will perform better in games such as BF3, GTA IV, like Skyrim and Fallout 3. It's also quieter, and allows gaming with PhysX and Adaptive VSync. In games such as Dirt 2 and Alien Vs Predator the 7970 would preform better in they pretty much trade blows there no clear winner but the gtx 670 is better bang for buck and i agree with dudewitbow don't get the AMD cards if you are unwilling to overclock them, as their value lies in overclocking.
  5. Below 1080p - gtx 670
    1080p no overclock - gtx 670
    1080p overclock - HD 7970
    Above 1080p - HD 7970
  6. Yeah i don't plan to overclock so i guess i'll get the gtx 670 but it will still do ok fps above 1080p right?
  7. How far above 1080p? It will perform fine at like 2560x1440 but if.you mean like 5760x1080 then I would get the 7970
  8. mocchan said:

    Not accurate. Those benches are before the 12.7 beta driver which put the 7970 on 680 levels. The 670 is still a great choice, but if you can get the 7970 for less than $40 more I would get it.
  9. nacos said:
    Not accurate. Those benches are before the 12.7 beta driver which put the 7970 on 680 levels. The 670 is still a great choice, but if you can get the 7970 for less than $40 more I would get it.


    Thanks for pointing that out, forgot about the driver versions.

    But you do have a point, it all depends on the price.
  10. Even though its not what you are considering if your build can wait I would strongly recommend reviewing the benchmarks and price point that come out for the 660 Ti which should be released soon as this could very easily outperform the 670 at a much lower price point.
  11. kit_fox said:
    Even though its not what you are considering if your build can wait I would strongly recommend reviewing the benchmarks and price point that come out for the 660 Ti which should be released soon as this could very easily outperform the 670 at a much lower price point.

    Do you mean the gtx 660ti will have more performance for the money or just outright be faster than the gtx 670?
  12. david_12 said:
    Do you mean the gtx 660ti will have more performance for the money or just outright be faster than the gtx 670?

    whoops. just reread my post and have to say i misread 670 as 570 :( Though overclocked im sure the 660ti will be at the same performance level as the 670 depending on if the auther intends to overclock the 670 or not.
  13. kit_fox said:
    whoops. just reread my post and have to say i misread 670 as 570 :( Though overclocked im sure the 660ti will be at the same performance level as the 670 depending on if the auther intends to overclock the 670 or not.

    oh the gtx 670 i'm getting is a evga FTW edition so it's already overclocked some
  14. 7970 is a super highend card and will be faster in most games, and @ $429 is the best deal right now.
  15. 17seconds said:
    According to the Tom's Hardware Best Graphics Cards for the Money-August 2012, the GTX 670 is the only card recommended in that price range.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-6.html

    Quote:
    "The GeForce GTX 670 brings Radeon HD 7970-class performance down to a $400 price point. That's an impressive feat considering that AMD's card was selling for $550 a couple of months ago. Moreover, we've seen Nvidia's second-fastest single-GPU board in stock and available for purchase ever since it was introduced. With the Radeon HD 7970 still hovering around $440, the GeForce GTX 670 earns our sole recommendation and takes its place as the high-end value leader."



    http://hardocp.com/article/2012/05/14/geforce_680_670_vs_radeon_7970_7950_gaming_perf/4

    QUOTE


    "Even the GTX 670 overclocked was no matched for the overclocked HD 7970"
  16. redeemer said:
    http://hardocp.com/article/2012/05/14/geforce_680_670_vs_radeon_7970_7950_gaming_perf/4

    QUOTE


    "Even the GTX 670 overclocked was no matched for the overclocked HD 7970"

    That's a very interesting article. Thanks for the link. The rest of that quote is:
    "as long as that HD 7970 can reach at least 1200+ MHz."


    I also found these quotes interesting:

    "It is also worth again noting that AMD has been having trouble this generation keeping up with driver issues and CrossFireX support. For the first four months of the Radeon HD 7970 there wasn't even an "official" driver. NVIDIA on the other hand has been quick to support new hardware with unified drivers at launch of GTX 680. Even with the launch of GTX 690 that driver already supported its next release the GTX 670 so we were able to use publically available drivers from NVIDIA's website for the GTX 670. We've also seen [here] [here] [here] how NVIDIA's SLI is smoother than AMD's CrossFireX, and in every case we've tested so far this generation we prefer SLI over CFX for the best experience. And if you have not been exposed to NVIDIA’s Adaptive VSync Technology, you should give this feature a few moments of your time.

    The GeForce GTX 680 represents a tremendous piece of technology that any gamer should love to have in his rig. The GeForce GTX 670 represents what is easily the best value in enthusiast PC gaming GPUs. Pick your poison.

    Kyle and I have both been running Radeon HD 7970 configurations in our primary gaming machines for months now and been happy with these solutions. Both of us are now going Green once again."
  17. lol "Kyle and I...." please...

    I still agree with Matto, +1 to the 670

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130787

    Last week I was considering an upgrade from my gtx 560ti SLi to a single top end gpu, I decided against the upgrade as I want to get some more use out my current config

    I was asking myself the same questions that the OP is and If had I chose to upgrade I would probably gotten the above gpu from newegg
  18. It's up to you i don't want to mislead you but let's start with are you asking us to tell you which is better you can get a non-reference 670 btw so i will just say this both are great options and beast cards you can't go wrong either way it also depends what games you play it's understandable that you would be confused. There are a few issues: one) People make claims without backing it up with proof, two) Some people are fans of AMD/ATI some are fans of NVIDIA and sometimes they favor one company over the other so much it makes them blind to the truth so they are in denial and make blanket statements, when the reality is that certain games favor certain hardware, three) People make a few FPS advantage seem like a win when it usually falls within the margin of error and makes no difference in terms of performance.


    Your best bet is to always do your own research using the many reliable professional review websites and don't always believe everything reported by random anonymous posters on a public forum as facts.I wish you the best of luck, take care! P.S. If i was you i get me a non-reference 670 OC that mofo like crazy and forget all about the 7970 but remember that is what i would do personally if i was in your shoes not any reason not to go the other route.http://www.overclock.net/t/1265110/the-gtx-670-overclocking-master-guide http://www.overclock.net/t/1265110/the-gtx-670-overclocking-master-guide#post_17391118 if you get a 670 try this tut it goes over EVERYTHING needed for GTX 670 overclcoking and takes into account that each chip is different.
  19. ^+1

    You also must know your needs. If you have an HD3D monitor, you will probably want AMD, if you have a 3D vision monitor, Nvidia. You bitcoin, then AMD, if you play a lot of PhysX games, Nvidia.
  20. ^ive heard 3d is gimmicky trash, just sayin...

    never tried myself but personally id rather have 2d surround which you pretty much need 2 top gpus for anyways
  21. jjb8675309 said:
    ^ive heard 3d is gimmicky trash, just sayin...

    never tried myself but personally id rather have 2d surround which you pretty much need 2 top gpus for anyways


    Most people who call it gimmicky trash have never used it and are just paroting what they hear, or caught a 3D movie, that was done the way they usually are (after the fact altering that make it look like cardboard cutouts). When done well, it's amazing.

    I've used it, and still use it. If it's an option on an action game, I use it. Crysis 2, Metro 2033, The Witcher 2 and others look spectacular in 3D Vision.

    The down side is some people get headaches from it (I don't know the percentage, I think some of it is due to low FPS) and obviously if you have 1 working eye, you won't get the effect.

    If you haven't used it, I'd just not mention it. It's a shame when people spread rumor not based on experience.
  22. gamerkila57 said:
    go for the HD 7970
  23. well in slovakia / eu we have msi gtx 670 pe for 400 eur, gigabyte 7970oc for 414 eur and gtx 680 at 505+ eur
    so i myself am kind of confused as these 3 cards are put together but gtx 680 is so expensive compared to other 2
  24. Get the gigabyte 7970 and push it harder. What system will you be using it in?
  25. 17seconds said:
    That's a very interesting article. Thanks for the link. The rest of that quote is:
    "as long as that HD 7970 can reach at least 1200+ MHz."


    I also found these quotes interesting:

    "It is also worth again noting that AMD has been having trouble this generation keeping up with driver issues and CrossFireX support. For the first four months of the Radeon HD 7970 there wasn't even an "official" driver. NVIDIA on the other hand has been quick to support new hardware with unified drivers at launch of GTX 680. Even with the launch of GTX 690 that driver already supported its next release the GTX 670 so we were able to use publically available drivers from NVIDIA's website for the GTX 670. We've also seen [here] [here] [here] how NVIDIA's SLI is smoother than AMD's CrossFireX, and in every case we've tested so far this generation we prefer SLI over CFX for the best experience. And if you have not been exposed to NVIDIA’s Adaptive VSync Technology, you should give this feature a few moments of your time.

    The GeForce GTX 680 represents a tremendous piece of technology that any gamer should love to have in his rig. The GeForce GTX 670 represents what is easily the best value in enthusiast PC gaming GPUs. Pick your poison.

    Kyle and I have both been running Radeon HD 7970 configurations in our primary gaming machines for months now and been happy with these solutions. Both of us are now going Green once again."



    This article was before the price drop now the 7950 and 7970 349 and 429 cant been beat right now, with new drivers and refined silicon Tahiti is just a little better.
  26. ^ Dude your a big AMD fan i honestly don't even believe you have 680 in SLI or you wouldn't be recommending the 7970 so hardcore post some pics with your screen name and today date with your two 680's and i will apologize if not quit it!!
  27. bigcyco1 said:
    ^ Dude your a big AMD fan i honestly don't even believe you have 680 in SLI or you wouldn't be recommending the 7970 so hardcore post some pics with your screen name and today date with your two 680's and i will apologize if not quit it!!



    Btw the way only an Nvidia fan would say that, I have both 680 and 7970 setups.

  28. nice 550tis^ ;) where is the other 6 pins? seems suspicious, lol jk
  29. redeemer said:
    Btw the way only an Nvidia fan would say that, I have both 680 and 7970 setups.

    http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p520/sanjaysaini365/e1832656.jpg
    I never said i wasn't a Nvidia fan i like both and am a fan of both ;) anyway i apologize but what is so bad about them that makes you always recommend the 7970?
  30. bigcyco1 said:
    I never said i wasn't a Nvidia fan i like both and am a fan of both ;) anyway i apologize but what is so bad about them that makes you always recommend the 7970?


    Thanks but no need to apologize man, for me I like my 680's they provide amazing 3D gaming. However I would recommend the 7970Ghz over them anyday, my 7970's are clocked @ 1280 1.28v could easily go to 1300 @1.3 pretty sure but need better cooling for long term. The 680 I have to say are not as good in overclocking I get 1230 stable thats it. In my testing the 7970 are a lot faster. Really for 1080p the 670 and 7970 are the best options the 7970 can be had for 429 and the 680 are more expensive and a little slower. Where the 7970 really shines as you know is in res 2560 and up. So this is why I always recommend the 7970 mostly and depending. I find Guru3D the best for honest reviews btw

    A lot of reviewers post dated graphs that bench a stock 7970 against keplers that have autoboost, which I find ridiculous. The 680 need a price drop in my opinon!
  31. redeemer said:
    Thanks but no need to apologize man, for me I like my 680's they provide amazing 3D gaming. However I would recommend the 7970Ghz over them anyday, my 7970's are clocked @ 1280 1.28v could easily go to 1300 @1.3 pretty sure but need better cooling for long term. The 680 I have to say are not as good in overclocking I get 1230 stable thats it. In my testing the 7970 are a lot faster. Really for 1080p the 670 and 7970 are the best options the 7970 can be had for 429 and the 680 are more expensive and a little slower. Where the 7970 really shines as you know is in res 2560 and up. So this is why I always recommend the 7970 mostly and depending. I find Guru3D the best for honest reviews btw

    Most posters like Matto and a lot of reviewers post dated graphs that bench a stock 7970 against keplers that have autoboost, which I find ridiculous. The 680 need a price drop in my opinon!

    Yeah I can't agree more. My 7970 is a monster at 1300/1800 stable @ 1.31v but I keep it at 1200/1650 @ 1.25v because it never stops below 60 fps in any of my games on my 1080p monitor.
  32. @redeemer o.k. @OP make sure to pick a best answer to close this thread. When your satisfied.
  33. OP had answer awhile ago, thread done
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