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November 10, 2012 2:37:36 AM

I am building a rig that needs to have lots of vram and have extremely powerful gpu ability for gaming at 2560 by 1440 with max eye candy etc. With a previously unprecedented number of high res mods for some of my favorite games I found out that I will reach very high numbers of vram usage. I wanted to sli the two best cards i could get for a reasonable price in exchange for the performance i would get. I basically am stuck between a 4gb gc edition galaxy gtx 670 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..., a 3gb 7970 vapor x ghz edition http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and a 6gb 7970 vapor x ghz edition http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1...


I realize that 6gb is overkill even for my needs since i will be on one 1440p monitor, however I feel like 3gb would not be enough, especially to last 4 years into the future (the minimum this build will need to last me) as with enough hd textures some have reached near the 3gb vram usage in games like skyrim. I think that 4gb would be perfect, enough headroom but not wasted money. However, I have been hearing that the vapor x 7970 ghz edition is the absolute fastest single gpu card out there and if it would really give a huge performance difference vram aside (as i know the 6gb will not run out in the usable life span of this card) and it would considerably extend how long this build would last then it is worth the 1200 dollars to put them in crossfire.

Additionally, in many popular games like bf3 and skyrim nvidia had huge driver advantages and the gtx 670 would beat the ghz edition by about 20fps many times (according to the toms hardware review) which was amazing to me, but I have been told that is long fixed and the 7970 ghz edition is faster now by a lot.

Finally (I apologize for the long post) does amd have the equivalent of the nvidia inspector to add special effects like hq antialiasing or A.F. to games that normally would not have it in the game options menu? The software is important when buying a gpu as well.






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November 10, 2012 2:44:14 AM

The Vapor-X is one beastly card, though 6GB VRAM is a little much. It is okay if you are using it as a single card. If you are going to Crossfire then go 3GB. The 670 and 7970 trade blows back and forth between games. Games with lots of ambient particles and objects such as BF3 prefer NVIDIA. As for the software, NVIDIA has the same if not better options when it comes to AA and such imo.
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November 10, 2012 3:14:50 AM

AMD's 12.11 drivers (beta now, WHQL december) the 7970 is on par or beats the 680 but for much less, and after third party RadeonPro eliminated the microstuttering issue for AMD, the choice seems simple.
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November 10, 2012 2:44:29 PM

I just looked at a comparison with the new drivers for each card http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r... And the 7970 ghz edition never beats the 680 by more than 6 fps. That means the performance difference is not enough to push me into buying the 6gb version, however I now am stuck between the 670 4g (model I am getting is factory overclocked to better than stock 680) and the 3gb 7970 ghz. Is the extra 6 fps really worth the chance I may not have enough vram near the end of the cards life?

EDIT: There are a few exceptions where the 7970 will win by like 10fps and then others the 680 will win by abut 10fps
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November 10, 2012 3:34:54 PM

Again anyone know of any nvidia inspector type of program for ati?
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November 10, 2012 3:45:18 PM

pckid22 said:
I just looked at a comparison with the new drivers for each card http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r... And the 7970 ghz edition never beats the 680 by more than 6 fps. That means the performance difference is not enough to push me into buying the 6gb version, however I now am stuck between the 670 4g (model I am getting is factory overclocked to better than stock 680) and the 3gb 7970 ghz. Is the extra 6 fps really worth the chance I may not have enough vram near the end of the cards life?

EDIT: There are a few exceptions where the 7970 will win by like 10fps and then others the 680 will win by abut 10fps


Exactly like I said. It really depends on ehat game is to decide which card is best. Just get the card in which outperforms the other in the games you play more. As for the 670, I'm guessing its the 670 FTW+? You can't beat EVGA when it comes to NVIDIA cards.
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