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Sapphire Vapor-X HD 7970 GHz Edition 6GB or GTX 680 4gb

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September 9, 2012 2:37:25 PM

Both are good cards, if your into 3D than go with the 680. The 7970 Ghz is faster and cheaper so that makes sense to me.
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September 9, 2012 2:47:28 PM

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The 7970 Ghz is faster

what?

Neither is worth buying, because you're not going to use more than the cards' default 2 or 3gb of VRAM. Get a 3gb 7970 ghz or maybe a 2gb 670, which is somewhat slower than the 7970 Ghz but also much cheaper.

What are your other specs?
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September 9, 2012 3:07:22 PM

i7 2600k, asus p8z68 v-pro, 8gb ram, 500watts psu,1tb hdd,


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September 9, 2012 3:08:26 PM

What is your monitor setup?
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September 9, 2012 3:14:06 PM

1920x1080
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September 9, 2012 3:18:50 PM

What's the brand on the PSU? That'll determine whether it can hold up two of these cards in SLI or Xfire.
Because of your monitor resolution, you should definitely go with the lower-VRAM models.
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September 9, 2012 3:31:49 PM

ponching27 said:
1920x1080


Unless you plan to add 2 more monitors, you have no reason to consider getting the double v-ram cards.
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September 9, 2012 3:34:28 PM

Power logic 500watts.. I think gtx 680 is not compatible to my psu.. So I go for vapor x hd7970... What do you mean of lower VRAM models.. What should I get the 3gb or 6gb??
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September 9, 2012 4:01:22 PM

The 3gb would be the one with the smaller amount of VRAM, the lower-VRAM model. We're talking about gigabytes of VRAM, video RAM, here.
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September 9, 2012 4:04:53 PM

At 1920 x 1080 ....the 6xx series in a heartbeat....At larger resolutions its a closer call but I'd generally lean 7970.

Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite: Hard Reset, COD-MW2, Far Cry 2, ANNO 1404, Metro 2033, ANNO 2070, BFBC2, BF3, Crysis 2, AvP, Lost Planet 2. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame @ 1920 x 1200:

670 PE gets 851 fps for $300 at a cost of $0.35 per frame
7870 gets 701 fps for $280 at a cost of $0.40 per frame
670 DCII gets 999 fps for $420 at a cost of $0.42 per frame
670 gets 917 fps for $400 at a cost of $0.44 per frame
7950 gets 746 fps for $330 at a cost of $0.44 per frame
7970 DCII gets 924 fps for $415 at a cost of $0.45 per frame
680 DCII gets 1077 fps for $520 at a cost of $0.48 per frame
7970 gets 872 fps for $420 at a cost of $0.48 per frame
7970 GHz gets 952 fps for $470 at a cost of $0.49 per frame
680 gets 989 fps for $500 at a cost of $0.51 per frame

I use these more than anything else @ 1920 x 1200/1080:

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 9, 2012 4:37:04 PM

Well i feel like a broken record but here goes again wait for it...wait... Personally OP i would be all over that Asus 670 TOP for its high factory overclock, improved cooler,heavily modified PCB, with an efficient VRM design to produce low temperatures, improved voltage regulation circuitry, much better ChiL controller , specially binned chip and voltage control and monitoring support that you won't find on most other non-reference cards. It looks aggressive to me and indeed is quite a monster let's keep it on the real not only does out preform all other 670's it does it without even breaking a sweat.Those are some of the reasons you'll see it get a 10.0 rating at techpowerup, something no other card has ever attained. Source: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670... Quote: "Overall the ASUS GTX 670 Direct CU II is the best card I ever tested. I simply can't find anything wrong with it". :o  once you own one of those cards hit me up in private i have the magic bios that "does not supposedly exist". You flash that bios go look for your buddies that own amd card 7970 for sure tell them http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVQ8byG2mY8&feature=rela... ! Asus 670 Top magic bios = http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=w...
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September 9, 2012 4:45:04 PM

Can you be more clear on that? "Magic" isn't benchmarks. Do you have those?
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September 9, 2012 4:50:44 PM

kajabla said:
Can you be more clear on that? "Magic" isn't benchmarks. Do you have those?
I will send you a message after i eat dinner not going to say much on the forum because nvidia is trying to control this and pretty much have screwed everybody buying cards now over by being control freaks
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September 10, 2012 5:03:30 AM

ok guyz... lets focus on the topic... vapor-x hd 7970 6GB GHz edition or GTX 680 4gb... because im playing in a single monitor with 1920x1080 resolution only... maybe 3gb of 7970 ghz esition or 2gb of gtx... like kajabla said that pick the lower vram...
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September 10, 2012 10:33:02 AM

omg.. i cant decide which card to buy... i will receive the money tomorrow.. pls vote which card.. 7970ghz edition or gtx 680
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September 10, 2012 12:37:09 PM

ponching27 said:
ok guyz... lets focus on the topic... vapor-x hd 7970 6GB GHz edition or GTX 680 4gb... because im playing in a single monitor with 1920x1080 resolution only... maybe 3gb of 7970 ghz esition or 2gb of gtx... like kajabla said that pick the lower vram...
The topic doesn't apply is the issue neither card is needed for that resolution if you want to waste a extra $100.00 get the Asus 680 Top if not get MSI 670 PE or get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... both are top notch don't be confused about that many sip red/green kool aid to much.
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September 10, 2012 12:48:10 PM

ponching27 said:
omg.. i cant decide which card to buy... i will receive the money tomorrow.. pls vote which card.. 7970ghz edition or gtx 680
Don't rush things the best way to help you is for you to tell us more info it's not a matter of which card is faster it's a matter of your needs There are a few issues: 1) People make claims without backing it up with proof, 2) People 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.Let's not sip on the red or green kool aid to hard mate and pick what best for you.;) P.S. Video cards are so much more than just FPS. It is a larger construct of value proposition based upon your desired level of gaming.


1. What is the best playable experience I can get with current games with THIS card?
2. What is the power draw for THIS card?
3. How is the driver support for THIS card?
4. How loud is THIS card?
5. How much does THIS card cost?
6. How is the vendor support/warranty for THIS card?
those are some of the basic things you should ask when looking to buy a card.
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September 10, 2012 1:33:02 PM

^+1

7 ; how is the cooling on this card. ( also see 4 )

8 ; how are the reviews on that specific card.

And most important, 9 ; it has to look wicked !!! ( preferably with some copper cooling pipe thingies and some little green lights )

( The last is maybe not really helpful technical advice, i know, i know. :kaola:  )
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September 10, 2012 1:48:01 PM

Best answer selected by ponching27.
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September 10, 2012 1:52:09 PM

GreenDutchAlien said:
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7 ; how is the cooling on this card. ( also see 4 )

8 ; how are the reviews on that specific card.

And most important, 9 ; it has to look wicked !!! ( preferably with some copper cooling pipe thingies and some little green lights )

( The last is maybe not really helpful technical advice, i know, i know. :kaola:  )
:lol:  :lol:  :lol:  +1 on the reviews The [H] reviews seem to cover all these items. Thus when I do decide to buy a card i'm not dealing with a "well, I looked at canned benchmark" as my soul source of information.But again i like to find three reviews from respectable reliable sources that consist of the same results .Another big issue is finding updated benchmarks for 7970/ 7970ghz and gtx 670/680 i personally don't use TH benchmarks as it seems when it comes to gpu's they favor amd i could be wrong just my opinion i have no way of proving that.Techpowerup.com and hardwarecanucks.com and [H]ard|OCP and Guru3D.com are the sites i use for finding out info mostly.
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September 10, 2012 2:02:46 PM

ponching27 said:
Thanks guz... I will buy the gtx670 PE/ oc

I would like to ask if this card http://dynaquestpc.com/index.php/components-2/graphic-c...

Is the same as this card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Is it over clock already?
Yeah, mate MSI's GTX 670 Power Edition uses the famous Twin Frozr IV cooler from the MSI Lightning and comes with a large clock speed boost out of the box, making its default clock speed even higher than GTX 680 stock clocks. That's why MSI is asking a $30 price premium for their PE card, which doesn't look unreasonable, given the improved cooling and higher clocks.Your new card = http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=w... :sol:  :hello:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVQ8byG2mY8&feature=rela... HAHA.

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September 10, 2012 2:14:53 PM

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