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GTX 670 or wait for the AMD 8000 series?

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September 29, 2012 2:43:36 AM

Hey guys,

I was planning a gpu upgrade on my pc. I was looking at the GTX 670. While I was doing my research, I stumbled across this: http://www.techhum.com/rumored-performance-of-the-amd-r... . For those who don't want to click that, it is a site that claims to have leaked specs for the upcoming 8k series. The 8850 will be better than the GTX 670 according to the specifications, and will be way cheaper. I want to have a decision buy the end of October, as I want to play Borderlands 2.
Do you have any suggestions as to whether I should wait or make the jump to a GTX 670?

Specs:
i5-3570k @ 4.0 ghz
8GB G.SKill DDR3 Ram
1 TB HDD
Antec Kuhler 620
OCZ Modular 700 watt
NZXT Phantom White/Red
Radeon 6790 (Lags at 1080p on BF3)

Thanks,

Magikalhobo
September 29, 2012 2:44:41 AM

* Edited for grammar: I want to have a decision as to what I should get at the end of October, because I want to play Borderlands 2.
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September 29, 2012 3:06:41 AM

The 8800 series almost certainly won't be out by the end of October, so you should be comparing the GTX 670 to the HD 7900 cards.
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September 29, 2012 3:27:09 AM

Got it, so should I go for the GTX 670 or the 7950/7970? I've heard that the performance of the 7970 can be achieve by the 7950 through a slight oc. A more general, and a better question might be AMD or nVidia? I have no brand preference.
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September 29, 2012 3:45:45 AM

There are arguments to be made in favor of both sides. AMD does better at high levels of antialiasing at high resolutions and overclocks better, while Nvidia generally has better performance when not overclocked, and a little less power consumption.
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September 29, 2012 7:07:51 AM

Nvidia = Better drivers, more technology (Adaptive V-Sync, CUDA, PhysX, 3D Vision, TXAA), lower power consumption
AMD = Better at overclocking, better at higher resolutions (though it usually doesn't really matter because by then neither of the cards are playable), better at MSAA.

I usually just think of them like this:
Nvidia = more refined
AMD = raw power
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September 29, 2012 5:51:30 PM

Should I go for the 7950 or spring for the GTX 670/7970? If I do go for the GTX 670/7970, benchmarks and reviews are what will make my decision. Are the GTX 670/7970 worth my money? Is the performance of the 2 cards mentioned earlier significant compared to the 7950? I only care about performance in games like BL2, BF3, and the upcoming MoH: Warfighter.
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September 29, 2012 8:53:16 PM

Yeah you get what you pay for. They are both better than the 7950 by a proper margin, it's not like the GTX 670 vs. the GTX 680 (where the 680 is only slightly faster, but much more expensive). Whether you need the stronger cards depends on what performance you expect.
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September 29, 2012 9:45:56 PM

I just want 45 fps+ 1080p while on high or close to highest settings. Which card do you recommend? I made the mistake of not posting here before I got my last graphics card. I just want a second opinion to make sure I'm making the proper decision.
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September 29, 2012 10:13:10 PM

7850 will get 40 fps on ultra with MSAA on (Well mine does anyways.) If you want to have 40 fps on high, the a 7850 will suffice, because you'll hit like 70 fps easily.
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September 29, 2012 10:44:42 PM

magikalhobo said:
I just want 45 fps+ 1080p while on high or close to highest settings. Which card do you recommend? I made the mistake of not posting here before I got my last graphics card. I just want a second opinion to make sure I'm making the proper decision.

Well, a 7950 would be plenty then.
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September 30, 2012 3:50:04 AM

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September 30, 2012 3:50:36 AM

7950 it is! Thanks for the help.
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