When looking at similarly priced/specced cards you have to take into account each manufacturers bells and whistles. such as Nvidias Physx and adaptive Vsync or the ability to run 5-6 displays off one card from AMD etc.
You need to ask yourself whats more important to you and go with that. the 670 when overclocked gets close to 680/7970 speeds though the 7970 GHz edition pulls out in the end. I find borderlands 2 to be a bit lacking without physx but thats just me and its still a great game even without it.
they got different bios anf if i'm not mistaken they were using somehow a bit better chip found in regular 7970 which is dubbed as tahiti xt 2 or something like that. if cost are not the concern i suggest for you to get a single 670 for now. this is after considering of the game you list above and going for multi gpu setup in the future
is the 7970 and ghz edition basically the same card but the ghz is overclocked out of the box?
7970 and 7970 ghz use different bios but you can update its bios to ghz because both of them have dual bios (if you know how to do it) or you can simply overclock it using AMD overdrive,so i think 7970 GHZ edition doesn't deserve the extra money.
7970 isn't just my opinion it is also tom's hardware opinion http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
Firstly, I do want to point out that there is a difference between vanilla 7970 and 7970 ghz: the latter is binned and cherry picked by AMD, meaning you will without a doubt achieve better overclocks by virtue of the better silicon.
^ you know what is the best thing? they release new bios for called it ghz edtion and charged more for it. then they also release boost bios for 7950 but they didn't charge penny for it.
Ummm, not meaning to disrespect, but as per my post, it is not as simple as a new BIOS... the silicon is better in 7970 ghz edition. About the 7950, yes thats just a BIOS difference. You have to know that the 7950 are actually GPUs that dont meet the 7970 requirement. It is a way AMD and Nvidia (680/670) improves yields.
Quote from this article http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7970-ghz-...
(Physically, this is the Radeon HD 7970 you already know. Put AMD’s reference GHz Edition card next to the one launched six months ago and you can’t tell them apart. What few differences there are all materialize under the card’s 11”-long fan shroud.
Most obvious is a higher core clock rate. Officially, AMD lists it at 1000 MHz—a bump up from the original version’s 925 MHz frequency. But it also enables a higher 1050 MHz P-state that the GPU favors when thermal headroom allows. AMD is marketing this combination of clock rates as PowerTune with Boost.)
^ i know that. read my previous post. to me its just amd that are not willing to sell it for the same price they did with regular 7970. the real problem is people are not seeing it as interesting because even the regular 7970 able to oc just fine. some people see it as amd being greedy on their part just like when they price 7970 at 550 when they take the lead from 580. obviously it does not paint good PR for amd
The bios is available to anyone who wants to give it a whirl. So amd isn't really being super greedy as I assume they are using higher binned 7970s to ASSURE that the overclock will stick as opposed to ASSUMING.
it depends on people. to me i can understand if amd want to charge more because of better binning. but some people does not understand that because they see all regular 7970 overclock just fine for 1100 and above all over the internet and forums. often this people does not understand that oc is never guaranteed on every card and when theirs cant oc as high as they see or friends they will take it as faulty and rma the card
Thanks @mouse24, that was the point of my post. @oxford373, it is very likely that they got lucky in the silicon draw, others may not be as lucky. Some people (including myself) are willing to pay extra to eliminate the random chance of getting a silicon that doesnt overclock as well.
Either way, OP: I am finding it really hard to recommend nvidia because of CAT 12.11 for this generation, especially the performance gains and game bundles (if you were getting those games anyways). Having said that, I would go for the 7970 if it fits your budget