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GTX 670 VS HD 7970

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October 11, 2012 9:27:27 AM

GTX 670 VS HD 7970

I'm building my first gaming rig:
System specs - i5 3570k - asus p8z77 v - Corsair TX650 Watts

I will be mostly gaming - Guild Wars 2, Starcraft 2, Diablo 3, BF3, Borderlands 2
I will be doing 'some' video and music editing

I have a 46" 1080p 240Hz LED HDTV by Sony - I will never use more than 1 screen (eventually will have a monitor) so I dont think I will ever surpass 1080p (1920x1080p)

Also I will NOT have a SLI or Crossfire system

Which is better for my uses the GTX 670 or HD 7970

More about : gtx 670 7970

a b U Graphics card
October 11, 2012 9:46:16 AM

gtx 670.
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a b U Graphics card
October 11, 2012 9:54:56 AM

7970 has better computing performance overall and is more future proof cause it is easy to reach high clock speeds by overclocking. But at that resolution you mentioned, both cards do very well in gaming. I would get a 7970 GHZ Edition. If you plan to overclock, a 7970 will be competing even a GTX680. At stock speeds though you would do fine with both cards.
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a b U Graphics card
October 11, 2012 11:46:34 AM

You really can't go wrong either way. Just make sure you turn game mode on on the tv. Your mouse will move really weird if you don't.
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October 11, 2012 11:48:48 AM

What about software/drivers? Is Physx worth it?
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a b U Graphics card
October 11, 2012 12:35:29 PM

ATI has some cool AA that works on every game using a 3dfx system
On the other side, nVidia has physx (that is far better than Havok by ATI).
FXAA and TXAA by nVidia if i remmber right must be implemented in the game itself fot it to work.
On the other hand, the 7970 is better, but will run very hot, so i STRONGLY suggest you at least change the thermal paste and if possibl use a custom cooler for that GPU.

Since you have a strong CPU (physx should not be a problem if runned by the CPU), id advice ATI over nVidia at this point.

However, if all you look for is raw performance power, both are great options and as some have mentioned, you wont go wrong either way.


EDIT: Also note that while full hd is great on a 24 inch monitor looks great, with no AA on a 46 inch TV... it might look jaggy.
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a b U Graphics card
October 11, 2012 1:16:29 PM

cats_Paw said:

On the other hand, the 7970 is better, but will run very hot, so i STRONGLY suggest you at least change the thermal paste and if possibl use a custom cooler for that GPU.

Excuse me but i have to disagree that. Yes, using custom cooler is always better but where did you get the information that a 7970 runs much hotter than a gtx 670? They produce similar heat.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7970-ghz-...
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October 11, 2012 1:42:30 PM

Also what about gtx 670 vs hd 7950
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October 11, 2012 1:52:47 PM

chunkyxsurprise said:
Also what about gtx 670 vs hd 7950
670 is faster than a 7950 your best going with a 7970 or gtx 670
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a b U Graphics card
October 12, 2012 1:21:05 AM

i would go with gtx 670 for physx
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October 12, 2012 1:37:16 AM

Yeah it's a hard choice but if you use a single 1080p with a 60hz refresh, as most are, and if you want physx it would be best to stick with a single 670 imo. If you use monitor with a resolution at 2560x1440, multiple monitors Eyefinity, then a 7970 may have some more value for you over a 670 otherwise it's a flip of a coin.
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October 12, 2012 7:55:51 AM

From a budget point, you are good to get hd7950 or gtx670 if you can afford. Bottom line: you can't go wrong buying any of these beasts, they will all satisfy you at 1080p resolution, almost any game and at higher resolutions they will all provide exceptional quality
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October 13, 2012 12:10:13 AM

Thank you everyone for your help/input!
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October 13, 2012 12:15:30 AM

Best answer selected by chunkyxsurprise.
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October 13, 2012 8:45:47 AM

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