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Gtx 680 or HD 7970 ghz edition

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October 20, 2012 6:42:06 AM

I know so many people have already opened threads like this, but I'm having such a hard time making my mind up.
I'm running an i5 2500 non k @4ghz with 12gb Corsair ddr3 1600mhz. I play on 1080p for the moment, but in a month or two I plan on picking up a Yamasaki Catleap q270 for some 2560x1440. I have a Corsair TX V2 750 Watt power supply so I have the juice to handle either.

So my budget is 450-470$

Which one do you guys think I should go with and why.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... The 7970 I have in mind

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... The 680 I have in mind

Fire opinions freely please :) 
October 20, 2012 7:00:03 AM

If you plan to buy a monitor in a month or two, it might be best to wait for the HD8000's.

Otherwise, generally the 7970 GHZ will be superior at those sort of resolutions with AA on.

It really depends on what games you play, but remember the 7970 has very good overclocking potential.

If you play games like Battlefield 3 or PhysX games, a 680 might suit you.

Tell us what games you have in mind, and we can suggest seriously.
October 20, 2012 7:52:10 AM

I literally play just about everything xD
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October 20, 2012 8:06:36 AM
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A 7970 might be more suited to your needs, since it takes a lesser impact on a higher resolution (1440p), and also a lesser impact when AA is turned on, just be wary that it runs hotter and takes more power than a 680.

Since you play everything, you can't really go wrong with either.

Also, I would go against the 7970 Gigabyte made. Its a very heavy card, it has a tendency to sag in the PCIe slot. It's also a loud and somewhat inefficient cooler (3 fans but most other two fan cards would still probably beat it). Although it'll certaintly be cooler than the 680 you selected.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... This is much better than the gigabyte card, the Vapor-X is around par with a DirectCUII cooler, and also very quiet.

Its hard to find in stock at newegg, I'm fairly certain Amazon will have it in stock or something.

October 20, 2012 8:29:54 AM

A slightly overclocked 680 kills a highly overclocked 7970 on every game except dirt2 and avp
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October 20, 2012 8:47:22 AM

dkcomputer said:
A slightly overclocked 680 kills a highly overclocked 7970 on every game except dirt2 and avp


Uhh not really.It's quite the opposite.A overclocked HD 7970 is pretty much as fast as a overclocked GTX 680 at 1080P but as you increase the resolution and add AA into the mix, the HD 7970 pulls away by quite a bit.
So the HD 7970 IS the better option but i wouldn't get the one you selected.I'd get this one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It has a better cooler and costs less.

Or if you're willing to spend a bit more and you want to overclock your HD 7970 to the max, then buy this one instead.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's cooler is very good and it overclocks very well.
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October 20, 2012 9:07:49 AM

Neither of those are HD7970 GHz Edition. Both are highly factory overclocked, but a GHz edition has GPU Boost and a couple of other features too. The gigabyte should be a good card.
October 20, 2012 11:26:48 AM

Asus GTX 680 Direct II TOP can never go wrong.
October 20, 2012 11:54:49 AM

nadz953 said:
Asus GTX 680 Direct II TOP can never go wrong.


Its heavy, takes three slots, and may actually require a GPU bracket. The fact that it weighs so much puts me off the card, and the three slot cooler means its not a viable option in SLI unless you have more than two PCIe 2.0/3.0 lanes
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October 20, 2012 12:01:34 PM

^^ Good luck finding a TOP card.
A good quality (Like the Sapphire Vapor-X) 7970 Ghz will still beat an ASUS TOP 680 when you crank up the resolution (which is what you should be doing with cards this high-tier).

This card could be an option if you were completely mad.
Powercolor Devil 13 HD7990. $1000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Yep, HD7990. Two 7970 GPU's on the one PCB, and a total of 6GB of VRAM (though admittedly that only means 3GB usable).

It is not an official 7990, as AMD have not started manufacturing or even announced it yet. Powercolor thought to jump the gun and design their own 7990, and the thing is quite a behemoth.
October 20, 2012 9:22:48 PM

or I suppose I could just wait until the 8000 series .-.
October 23, 2012 8:56:52 AM

JJ1217 said:
Its heavy, takes three slots, and may actually require a GPU bracket. The fact that it weighs so much puts me off the card, and the three slot cooler means its not a viable option in SLI unless you have more than two PCIe 2.0/3.0 lanes


I ordered the Sapphire 7970 vapor-x 3gb ghz edition :) . I'm really excited to pop that badboy in and overclock the piss out of it!
October 23, 2012 9:12:18 AM

Lucky.. a beast of a card, I love Sapphire & Vapor-X. Its like a smaller DirectCUII cooler although without the CU. Haha.
October 23, 2012 8:17:49 PM

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