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MSI N670 PE 2GB or SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7970

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August 13, 2012 2:18:56 AM

im building my first computer soon for christmas so i still have time to decide but should i use a MSI 670 with 2 gigs of memory or a sapphire radeon hd 7970 i might over clock but im not sure yet but im wondering which one will run games like crysis on high settings im kinda leaning towards the 7970 (even though it has a lower clock speed) because it can run eyefinity and i would like to do that but here are the rest of my components

mobo: asrock z77 pro3
power supply: nzxt hale 850 watt
processor: intel i5 3570 ivvy bridge 3.4 ghz (going to oc)
memory: corsair vengeance 16gb (2x8gb)
hard drive: seagate barracuda 1tb 7200rpm
August 13, 2012 2:32:04 AM

for eyefinity definetly the hd7970, it also has good oc headroom, you may want to check out the ghz edition which are out now

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August 13, 2012 2:37:54 AM
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well, it depends on your screen resolution-

If you plan of gaming at 1920x1080 or less and don't plan on multimonitor gaming or upgrading your monitor any time soon- and if you plan on upgrading your vga when you decide to upgrade your monitor. Then the gtx670 is the way to go. It also has heaps of headroom for overclocking and should beat the hd7970 in the most popular dx11 games like bf3, crysis2 etc at 1920x1080.

Otherwise, for multi monitoring and higher resolution, the hd7970 is proven to be better because of its higher bus speed and higher Vram. Sappire is a good model too. BTW you'd need more than a single hd7970 for eyefinity especially if you want to play with the eye candies on.
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August 13, 2012 2:38:19 AM

jijoslin said:
for eyefinity definetly the hd7970, it also has good oc headroom, you may want to check out the ghz edition which are out now

thanks for the input i checked out the ghz editions and i like that more than the original obviously haha but i guess it depends on how much money ill get :/ 
August 13, 2012 2:40:27 AM

shamsmu said:
well, it depends on your screen resolution-

If you plan of gaming at 1920x1080 or less and don't plan on multimonitor gaming or upgrading your monitor any time soon- and if you plan on upgrading your vga when you decide to upgrade your monitor. Then the gtx670 is the way to go. It also has heaps of headroom for overclocking and should beat the hd7970 in the most popular dx11 games like bf3, crysis2 etc at 1920x1080.

Otherwise, for multi monitoring and higher resolution, the hd7970 is proven to be better because of its higher bus speed and higher Vram. Sappire is a good model too.

thanks yeah i have two monitors i bought earlier and dont really remember the res but thanks i think im gonna go with the 7970 ghz
August 13, 2012 3:23:07 AM

You can game with a single card I've got an hd 7950 at 1050/1575 oc running triple eyefinity at 6048 by 1080 and get decent fps even on demanding titles like bf3
August 13, 2012 3:27:12 AM

jijoslin said:
You can game with a single card I've got an hd 7950 at 1050/1575 oc running triple eyefinity at 6048 by 1080 and get decent fps even on demanding titles like bf3

is the 7950 netter than the 7970 sorry i dont know much about graphics cards as i have like no experience but the monitors i have are only 1600x900 and 720p i have two but plan on getting another for eyefinity
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August 13, 2012 3:32:26 AM

The 7970 is a half step up over the 7950.
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August 13, 2012 3:35:18 AM

The 7970 GHz edition is the very best AMD currently has. You buy it now it will last and last for at least three years. That is a fact. It also has higher memory and bandwith which will help it with memory hungry games, where the 670 might falter. Simple choice. If you have the cash the 7970, preferably "GHz" with the latest drivers is it.
August 13, 2012 3:44:48 AM

Smeg45 said:
The 7970 GHz edition is the very best AMD currently has. You buy it now it will last and last for at least three years. That is a fact. It also has higher memory and bandwith which will help it with memory hungry games, where the 670 might falter. Simple choice. If you have the cash the 7970, preferably "GHz" with the latest drivers is it.

thanks i think im going to get one but can you recomend a good one for me i dont really know much about them but im kinda li ited on the choices as i want to order everything from newegg so if you could help me at all id greatly appreciate it
August 13, 2012 4:38:15 AM

Smeg45 said:
The 7970 GHz edition is the very best AMD currently has. You buy it now it will last and last for at least three years. That is a fact. It also has higher memory and bandwith which will help it with memory hungry games, where the 670 might falter. Simple choice. If you have the cash the 7970, preferably "GHz" with the latest drivers is it.

GHZ edition is just a gimmick. You will get the same results with an overclocked 7970.
August 13, 2012 4:40:45 AM

nacos said:
GHZ edition is just a gimmick. You will get the same results with an overclocked 7970.

but over clocking wise if you start at a higher clock then womt you be able to acheive a higher clock speed
August 13, 2012 6:44:29 AM

idkwhattomakethis said:
but over clocking wise if you start at a higher clock then womt you be able to acheive a higher clock speed

Not at all. It just depends on the quality of the parts. The 7970 and 7970 ghz edition are physically identical. The vbios is the only difference. The ghz edition is for people who do not like to overclock and so that amd could prove the superiority of the overclocked 7970 vs an overclocked gtx 680.
August 13, 2012 6:45:54 AM

nacos said:
Not at all. It just depends on the quality of the parts. The 7970 and 7970 ghz edition are physically identical. The vbios is the only difference. The ghz edition is for people who do not like to overclock and so that amd could prove the superiority of the overclocked 7970 vs an overclocked gtx 680.

ahhh makes sense thanks
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August 13, 2012 6:47:49 AM

nacos said:
Not at all. It just depends on the quality of the parts. The 7970 and 7970 ghz edition are physically identical. The vbios is the only difference. The ghz edition is for people who do not like to overclock and so that amd could prove the superiority of the overclocked 7970 vs an overclocked gtx 680.


Actually if its GHz the quality of the parts is already there to push it faster.
August 13, 2012 7:38:46 AM

Smeg45 said:
Actually if its GHz the quality of the parts is already there to push it faster.

Quality completely depends on the manufacturer. ie: MSI is more reliable than visiontek.
August 13, 2012 12:56:54 PM

when you get your third monitor make sure you get the same resolution, same brand if possible and same or similiar response time,alsoread the reviews and choose a hd7970 that stays cool,has good reviews,any reviews or benchmarks will be helpful,also choose the best deal,whether or not it's "ghz edition" or not yo me would be based on the price!
August 21, 2012 10:36:21 PM

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