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I read something interesting and wondering if you guys could explain

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August 17, 2012 2:00:12 PM

I was looking into buying a new GPU, my trusty 5880 (its on its last leg, I have re lubbed my fan many times, now after the years its grinding away) is about to die on me.

I started to look into the new 600 series cards (namely the 670 It seems to score well here http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html) To me I see it high on the charts so that has to be its a great card (number wise atleast).. However then I read something in a review that made me wonder if this guy knew what he was talking about and was I just being tempted buy the high benchmark scores.

Anyways This is the comment I read *let me preface by saying I norm take most reviews of perscore or terrible score as a grain of salt*. Just when I read this one, it seemed logical, to me atleast.

" Review of the EVGA superclocked 670 card.

Pros: Graphics are better than my EVGA 7800 GS CO AGP card, but at

Cons: STILL only 256 bit! Seems as though you need to spend 600 to 1000 dollars to get anything better than 256 bit and a backplate in the 6XX series. TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE. Bandwidth means everything. My 570 with 320-bit memory blows this card away, despite the impressive speed numbers they report. Speed numbers are deceiving, since speed doesn't equal richness of video image. 256-bit cards yield images that are much more mechanical, much more artificial-looking. The 320-bit GTX 570, in contrast produces a much more lifelike and appealing image. AND, worst of all, the 670 is STILL a "KR" version, one of their WORST warranties.

Other Thoughts: Ridiculous waste of money. Get an EVGA 012-P3-1571-AR, beautiful graphics, plays EVERY game effortlessly, stays cool, and it's an "AR", their BEST warranty. Save some bucks, and get the 570 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 instead.
Keep your 967mhz, and give me some MAJOR BANDWIDTH FOR LESS THAN $300! With EVGA, you might as well ask for the moon!"





Can anyone explain this to me, if this is a true statement or not. I will admit I am attracted to the 670 just because it rates high on the benchmarks. I will also admit that I have been and im still happy w/ my 5880. It seems to play all my games w/out any problems at all, most of the time on high settings (not maxed out ultra settings, but I am okay w/ that).

I bought the ole 5880 the first month of its release and cost a ton at the time but has last me a long time now and I feel it was money well spent.
So my next card I want to last several years also and keep up w/ demands in games now and near future.

Well anyways thanks in advance guys.

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a c 125 U Graphics card
August 17, 2012 2:08:51 PM
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Memory bandwidth or the bit rate do have an effect on the overall performance of a card but so do MANY other factors, for example:

Core clock rate
Memory Clock rate
Memory Size (in certain situations)
Memory Type
Shaders (architecture, speed and quantity)
ROPs
And many others, so even if a GTX570 has a larger bit rate doesn't mean its a faster card or produces a better image, that statement is just ridiculous.

Go by benchmarks and comparison's as you cannot compare the performance of graphics cards on architecture alone.
August 17, 2012 2:58:32 PM

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August 17, 2012 3:00:10 PM

Okay so that is what I thought. When I read that it felt logical but I couldn't wrap my mind around how a card w/ benchmark under the being reviewed could be better at doing what they are designed todo (produce graphics).
Thanks for the answer my friend, makes more sense when I look at it as a whole.

Rustyy117 said:
Hi

Memory bandwidth or the bit rate do have an effect on the overall performance of a card but so do MANY other factors, for example:

Core clock rate
Memory Clock rate
Memory Size (in certain situations)
Memory Type
Shaders (architecture, speed and quantity)
ROPs
And many others, so even if a GTX570 has a larger bit rate doesn't mean its a faster card or produces a better image, that statement is just ridiculous.

Go by benchmarks and comparison's as you cannot compare the performance of graphics cards on architecture alone.

a c 271 U Graphics card
August 17, 2012 5:19:23 PM

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