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XFX HD 7970 Black Edition VS MSI GTX 680 Ligthning

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Last response: in Graphics & Displays
October 15, 2012 6:51:02 PM

Hello, want to buy a GPU for 1080p Gaming , i like to play bf3, gta5, skyrim with hd textures and enb. what the best gpu to my system.
6GB 1333
MOBO pegatron 2AB6 gona upgrade it for next year
corsair gs 700w
cm storm trooper

More about : xfx 7970 black edition msi gtx 680 ligthning

a c 665 U Graphics card
October 15, 2012 7:15:02 PM

The MSI GTX 680 Lightning is the absolute best single GPU video card you can buy. All custom components allow for high-end overclocks. It also comes with some nice extras that the XFX card doesn't offer, like PhysX, Adaptive VSync, FXAA, and TXAA.

The MSI GTX 680 Lightning will excel in BF3, and in Skyrim it will allow you to enable Ambient Occlusion and Transparency Supersampling, which the XFX card can't do.

Here's a review:

a b U Graphics card
October 15, 2012 7:25:04 PM

Quote from Best Graphics Cards For The Money: September 2012

Radeon HD 7970 Codename: Tahiti

Universal Shaders: 2048

AMD's recent driver improvements had a big impact on performance, helping make a case for a price premium over Nvidia's GeForce GTX 670. As it settles in around $430, we think the vanilla Radeon HD 7970 deserves some love.

Now, you might be able to find a Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition card on sale for something similar. If so, we'd recommend grabbing it. But where most of the GHz Edition cards are sitting (up closer to $470), we'd recommend skipping those boards. The reference model is already pretty overclockable, meaning you can coax much of that performance out of the cheaper card anyway.

We also don't think paying $500 or more for a GeForce GTX 680 makes much sense. As a result, the Radeon HD 7970 finally earns a place on our list.

Read our full preview of AMD's Radeon HD 7970 for more information on the card and its accompanying architecture.
a c 87 U Graphics card
October 15, 2012 7:32:08 PM

Agreed. At $450, it's still an inferior value to the 670, but it's very close and can be recommendable, unless 670 prices slip downwards too.