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[Graphics Card] 7970 GHz vs 680 GTX for specific games

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August 11, 2012 2:22:01 PM

I've been so freaking stuck on choosing the best card for the money.

My limit is around 500$.


The only reason im scared of getting a 680 GTX and getting it over with is because it might not have enough memory for GTA 5?

What do you guys think? And lets talk specs here and performance, not fanboy talk.

I will be running at 1080P 23' 60MHz resolutions.


i7k Sandy Bridge
850 PSU
SSD/HDD
Z77 Deluxe ASUS
16GB GSkill 1600MHz Cas 7


Will a 7970 or 680 be more ideal for 1080p gaming, mainly WoW, BF3 but also preparing for GTA5 (uses a lot of memory).

August 11, 2012 2:45:55 PM

I would get the GTX 680 it uses less power, and has excellent tessellation performance, plus PhysiX in some titles might be a selling point. Unless it is the 1000 ghz edition of the HD 7970, then the GTX 680 should be faster than a regular HD 7970.
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August 11, 2012 2:58:37 PM

Yes the GHz edition, I stated it in there, so 7970 GHZ Edition all day?
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August 11, 2012 3:05:16 PM

frsty said:
Yes the GHz edition, I stated it in there, so 7970 GHZ Edition all day?


It isn't much faster and the two are tied in many games as performance goes. If you don't care about PhysX then the HD 7970 Ghz will do the job, but personally I would get the GTX 680, it is more efficient and is a overall killer card with all the features included.
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August 11, 2012 3:08:46 PM

The thing about the 680 all the reference cards look shitty and look like they have terrible cooling, and I want a backplate on it, the only decent ones are the Lightning MSI but its like 100$ more just cause its MSI?
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August 11, 2012 3:15:06 PM

frsty said:
The thing about the 680 all the reference cards look shitty and look like they have terrible cooling, and I want a backplate on it, the only decent ones are the Lightning MSI but its like 100$ more just cause its MSI?


http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Grab it, you will thank me later.
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August 11, 2012 3:24:42 PM

get the HD 7970 GHz edition as it cost less it performs about the same ?
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August 11, 2012 3:48:50 PM







GTX 680 = FTW..
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August 11, 2012 4:34:19 PM

DamZe said:
I would get the GTX 680 it uses less power, and has excellent tessellation performance, plus PhysiX in some titles might be a selling point. Unless it is the 1000 ghz edition of the HD 7970, then the GTX 680 should be faster than a regular HD 7970.



It only uses 30-50 watts more thats not a big deal. Once overclocked the 7970 will be out the 680 in most games, and the 7970 is cheaper than a 680 right now.


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August 11, 2012 4:37:51 PM
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August 11, 2012 4:44:48 PM



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August 11, 2012 4:49:57 PM

those charts regardless dont make the 680 look impressive by much
the bottom few posts basically tell me last gen of GPUs that cost less are better than the new gen, wtf?
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August 11, 2012 4:51:26 PM

redeemer, thanks for the charts, seems like the new GHZ cards are rape
im considering the sapphire one but its out of stock right now on newegg, any suggestions on where to get a backplate
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August 11, 2012 4:55:03 PM

HD 7970 Toxic....
save a few dollars and go with the GTX 670 OC'd..
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August 11, 2012 5:33:48 PM

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 a stock 680 vs 7970ghz if so it's not even a fair comparison for one for two you don't half to get reference 680 2gb you can get a non-reference 680 or a 680 4gb 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 The non-reference GTX 680's will perform better in game-types (BF3, GTA IV, open world games like Skyrim and Fallout 3). It's also,considerably quieter, and uses less power and allows gaming with PhysX and Adaptive VSync. Again it depends games such as Dirt 2 and Alien Vs Predator the 7970ghz would preform better in it's understandable that you would be confused. There are a few issues: 1) People make claims without backing it up with proof, 2) 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, 3) 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 you're just going to play games and want the fastest card than the GTX 690 is currently the best.

If you're looking for the best single GPU card than a non-reference 680 or 7970ghz Toxic series is the route i would personally go.


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August 11, 2012 6:28:22 PM

Quote:
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I had edited it...
didn't want to upset anyone..
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August 11, 2012 6:31:28 PM

If you don't mind overclocking, the 7970 becomes a monster. I'm seeing a 35% performance increase across the board when I overclock my 7970 from 925/1375 to 1200/1650.
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August 11, 2012 6:34:52 PM

yes to the HD 7970 having the overclocking advantage.
(in overclocking that is..)
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August 11, 2012 6:41:21 PM

verbalizer said:
I had edited it...
didn't want to upset anyone..
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Understandable i will delete my quoting you of it as well :) 
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August 12, 2012 4:19:13 AM

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/07/30/msi_geforce_g...
MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning Overclocking Redux

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Gameplay Summary

The highest stable overclock with voltage on the MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning using the default BIOS had a significant performance increase compared the overclock without voltage tweaking. In Max Payne 3 it was 8.9% faster than the overclocked MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning without voltage tweaking and 14.1% faster than the stock video card. BF3 Singleplayer the highest overclock was 16.1% faster than its stock settings. In BF3 Multiplayer it averaged 74 FPS and was 9.8% faster than the overclock without voltage tweaking, and 15.3% faster than the stock video card. In Batman it was 7.7% faster than the overclock without voltage tweaking and 14.5% faster than the stock video card. In The Witcher 2 it was 8.9% faster than the OC without voltage tweak and 14.3% faster than the stock MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning.

Basically, the performance increase between the overclock with and without voltage tweaking was higher than the performance increase the stock MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning experienced from the overclock without voltage tweaking. In other words, voltage tweaking provided over double the performance increase compared to the overclock without voltage tweaking.

With fans at 100% the GPU temperature on the default BIOS increased to 62c using voltage tweaking.

The LN2 BIOS had an even higher overclock which pushed the GPU extremely close to 1400MHz, and put the memory over 7GHz GDDR5. In MP3 it was 8.1% faster than the Overclocked AMD Radeon HD 7970 and 18.1% faster than its stock settings. In BF3 SP it was 4.3% faster than the Overclocked AMD Radeon HD 7970 and 17.9% faster than the stock MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning. In Batman the overclocked MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning was 16.2% faster than its stock settings, and 19.3% faster than the Overclocked AMD Radeon HD 7970. In The Witcher 2 it was 2.4% faster than the Overclocked AMD Radeon HD 7970 and 14.3% faster than the stock settings. The overclock on the LN2 BIOS increased the performance above the Overclocked AMD Radeon HD 7970 in every game.

With the fans at 100% the GPU temperature on the LN2 BIOS increased to 73c using voltage tweaking and 300% Power Limit.


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