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Sapphire 7970 3GB OC Vapor-X vs gtx 670

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October 14, 2012 11:50:42 AM

actualy have
Cpu 3570k @ 4ghz
8GB ram
mobo msi z77a-gd55
ssd samsung 830 256Gb
760W psu (seasonic X-760)
No case , using the hd4000 graphic
Now I've got money for graphics and looking for something @ 400 euro

I've seen Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB OC Vapor-X
http://www.eprice.it/schede-video-SAPPHIRE/d-4459578
should be 1Ghz + boost

GIGABYTE wind force 3x Gtx 670
http://www.eprice.it/schede-video-GIGABYTE/d-4340904

and asus GTx 670 Direct Cu II (not TOP)
http://www.eprice.it/schede-video-ASUS/d-4336172

Until Now I've only used Nvidia graphics but the offer for the 7970 seems good
Does anyone have both of em? is the 7970 much louder ? it get much more hotter?
October 14, 2012 12:10:41 PM

The REFRENCE is hot and loud if you OC it, yes. Which I'd never get reference if I know I'm overclocking. But a 7970 blows the 680 out of the water in performance. Especially when you put a nice OC on a custom cooler design (Saphire for example) I would recommend a Saphire 7950 because the price/performance is way better then a reference 7970. (Being only 5% slower per clock!) But if money is no object go for the 7970. But if you're OCing, which I recommend get a custom cooler 7970 as even a OCed 7950 Saphire beats a reference 7970 when clock OCed.

So basically:

AMD: Raw power, better in Open CL, better OCer. More Vram then 2GB models, so you can crank up that MSAA eye candy.

Nivida: More refined. Cuda, Physx, adaptive vsync, superior 3D vision. (More stable drivers? Dunno because I've never owned a Nivida card)

So if you really like Nivida's more refined cards, which offer alot of features,and don't want to OC, go Nivida.

If you want pure crushing power the 7970/7950 Custom Cooler models (I prefer Saphire, like the one you picked out there)

Which I'd get the 7950 because even that card outperforms the 680, and you could get a nice case like a HAF. (I would get a case with the money you save, having all those expensive componets sprawled out on my desk would worry me)

That's pretty much my two bits. Sorry I repeated myself a bit, just stressing the 7950 point. :) 
October 14, 2012 12:22:09 PM

The Vapor-X is actually a GHz Edition, and it outperforms the 670 and 680 on basically anything other than Nvidia-optimized games or softwares that make use of CUDA cores.

Though the 7970 GHz is more power hungry than the two high-end Nvidias; that specific model though, the Vapor-X, I heard is really quiet.

Here are some game benchmarks; the last benchmark is for noise. :) 








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October 14, 2012 12:27:38 PM

excella1221 said:
The Vapor-X is actually a GHz Edition, and it outperforms the 670 and 680 on basically anything other than Nvidia-optimized games or softwares that make use of CUDA cores.

Though the 7970 GHz is more power hungry than the two high-end Nvidias; that specific model though, the Vapor-X, I heard is really quiet.

Here are some game benchmarks; the last benchmark is for noise. -Snip-


+1. Pretty much my rambling compressed into a short and curt answer. Very nice. :)  Even though I'd still say the 7950 is much better for the value the 7970. (And you'd have money for a case!) And 7950 isn't the Ghz editon like the 7970. So those benchmarks aren't realistic.
October 14, 2012 12:43:29 PM

^I'm sorry I don't seem to understand that last sentence. XD
October 14, 2012 12:56:01 PM

Is Physx so important ?
I've read in a review that the Cpu does part of calculation also but the frame rate goes down,

Just wondering if i put a nvidia older card in my 4x slot and use 7970 for the monitor can i enable it?Not for else but it will s**k if I buy the 7970 and in about 2 yeas or so will become important
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