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Gtx 670ftw vs 7970

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September 18, 2012 4:26:02 PM

hey everyone,

I just got the gtz 670 ftw for 369.00 recently on amazon. My question is with the drop of the 7970s to 399.00 should I eat the 8 dollar return cost and return my gtx 670 ftw for a 7970?

Is the performance increase worth the hassle? Ive read alot of different contradicting benchm
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a b U Graphics card
September 18, 2012 4:33:54 PM

Are you planning on running higher than 1080p?
Do you plan on overclocking a lot?
Do you do video/rendering/computing or programming?
Do you plan on running multimonitor later?

If yes to all of those then I would say Yes return it get either a 7970 or a Ghz edition. If you mainly just game at 1080p and play Nvidia titles, keep the 670.
a b U Graphics card
September 18, 2012 4:35:50 PM

Even if you ignore the fact of 3D Vision/Physx/CUDA, and are looking for the best performance in games, the stock 7970 on most of benchmarks is not better than the 670, on some benchmarks they are close, but i don't think that it worths the hassle...

http://www.bjorn3d.com/Material/revimages/video/Nvidia_...

http://www.legionhardware.com/images/review/Gainward_Ge...

http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph5818/46428.png

http://www.legitreviews.com/images/reviews/1925/3dmark1...

http://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/geforce_gtx_670_re...

like i have said in other posts, the extra 1gb memory is not a main factor, since with 2gb every game out there will work without bottlenecks if you fix antialiasing settings, using some cheap (memory) solutions like FXAA instead of MSAA will already do the job.


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a b U Graphics card
September 18, 2012 4:36:47 PM

^+1

If you're just gaming at 1080P, the 7970 is only slightly faster then the GTX 670 and probably not worth the extra cash.
a b U Graphics card
September 18, 2012 4:39:59 PM

Its better at some games by a set of single to double digit fps. It does to better at resolutions higher than 1080p and allows you to turn on more AA and tessalation because of the higher Vram.

In all, it is also similar in some games, trades blows with the 670 and 680 (if you look at the Ghz edition).
September 18, 2012 5:01:33 PM

Thanks for all the advice. I only play on a single monitor at 1080p. The Ftw edition card is already OC'ed on a 680 PCB so I dont plan on doing alot more with it. Ill probably do minoR overclocking with Precision. I was only questioning this topic because I have read that the new 7970 drivers allow it to out pace the 680 by alot.
a b U Graphics card
September 18, 2012 5:11:35 PM

Yeh the new drivers are really helpful considering what they were before. The 7970 and 7970GE editions are generally much more overclokable.
September 18, 2012 5:22:58 PM

So say I dont plan on OC'ing any. I should be just as good with my current setup considering the 40 dollar difference? Im fine if the difference in FPS is 10 or below.
a b U Graphics card
September 18, 2012 5:37:48 PM

Like i have said before, stay with the 670, the 670 also will have more driver upgrades...

Really if you are on a single 1080p there is no possible reason to go with the 7970, i have a gtx 680 (2gb) and i can play in 3D 1080p 60hz without memory bottleneck problems...

The 600 series also is growing up, and soon drivers will increase even more the performance.

what i can tell you, AMD is lowering the price a lot (that already shows that they were trying to sell products way over the market price)... and what will guarantee that it will not lower even more? also with the AMD 8000 series already beign speculated (will also have Gpu boost technology alike the 600 series) the price will probably drop.

Personally i would not trade it.
a b U Graphics card
September 18, 2012 5:37:49 PM

If you are not going to OC then I don't see the point. And you stated you are not planning to do any of the listed questions from my 2nd post so the 670 will suite you well. It too is a great card.
a b U Graphics card
September 18, 2012 5:43:23 PM

ricardois said:
Like i have said before, stay with the 670, the 670 also will have more driver upgrades...

Really if you are on a single 1080p there is no possible reason to go with the 7970, i have a gtx 680 (2gb) and i can play in 3D 1080p 60hz without memory bottleneck problems...

The 600 series also is growing up, and soon drivers will increase even more the performance.

what i can tell you, AMD is lowering the price a lot (that already shows that they were trying to sell products way over the market price)... and what will guarantee that it will not lower even more? also with the AMD 8000 series already beign speculated (will also have Gpu boost technology alike the 600 series) the price will probably drop.

Personally i would not trade it.


Well nvidia was late with the 6 series so Amd had the option to sell at the price they wanted. Once the 670, 660ti, 660 and 650 came out..the price cut seemed reasonable for similar performance.

Its been stated in an article Amd will not do any more price drops. I would post the article but am at work right now. This was for the 7 series. The Ghz editions already have the boost like the 6 series. The Saphire Vapor X Ghz has a button for it, click it and you run at 1050Mhz out of the box. You can also overclock more to your liking. Although they will improve on that in the 8 series.

That isn't speculated until January anyway and these are just speculations. By that time Nvidia will have seven series, but Nvidia prices tend to drop less often than Amd due to the brand popularity and market.
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