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October 27, 2012 11:38:11 AM

Not sure if this question has been asked before (I'm new on these forums).


I want a GPU that can max it out completely at a stable 60fps on ultra settings and 1920x1080 resolution. I can afford practically anything except the GTX690. Suggestions?


I saw a link HERE:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-680-sli...

that suggests the NVIDIA cards are coming out on top in terms of frame rates (I'm not planning to use SLI/CrossFire atm though).


but then HERE:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-...

all the Radeon cards are coming out on top.


:o 


So basically, yeah, help a newb out. I just need some advice on what's a good purchase (pairing it with an i5-3570k).


Many thanks. :) 

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a c 185 U Graphics card
October 27, 2012 12:07:58 PM

7970 or GTX 67O
a b U Graphics card
October 27, 2012 12:10:43 PM

AMD driver's have improved GCN performance so it's not surprising at all. If you can afford almost every card, then I suggest the 7970. It's on par/better with the 680 right now and comes with 3 free games. Also, 7970s are well known for their overclocking capability (most of them can achieve 1180-1250MHz on the core), so if you ever need the extra performance, you'll know that there's a lot of headroom.
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October 28, 2012 9:14:48 AM

Wow, thanks for your replies.

So it looks like the 7970 is best? I've seen some YouTube videos (admittedly not much to go on) and it does look pretty wonderful.


I don't know if this is relevant anyhow but I was turning over in my mind whether or not to post specs of what I'm considering getting all in all - just to make sure everything's compatible. My main worry is that the PSU or MOBO won't be entirely compatible.


Case: CIT Jupiter Black
PSU: Corsair 2 PCI-E 600w (haven't actually bought this yet though)
CPU: Intel i5 3570K (intending to do some mild overclocking on this)
Cooler: Xigmatek Gaia Heatsink + CPU fan with Arctic Cooling MX-2 Paste
MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-V LX
RAM: 16GB (4x4GB) Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz DDR3
GPU: Based on your decisions, the Radeon 7970?
HDD: 1TB SATA III HD
SSD: Silent OCZ 120GB Ultrafast Sandforce
Optical Drive: Samsung BluRay
OS: Windoes 7 Home Premium

My monitor's an ASUS VE228T LED 1920x1080 100000000:1 contrast ratio blahblah.

So yeah, if someone could please tell me this is all compatible (or if not, what I need to change), I'd be very appreciative. Thanks! :3
a b U Graphics card
October 28, 2012 10:22:31 AM

Specifically for skyrim the hd 7970 ghz is the best.
October 28, 2012 10:40:48 AM

3 months we will have 8970 and 7970 with readuced prices so just wait these few months ;) 

best
revro
a b U Graphics card
October 28, 2012 4:25:10 PM

revro said:
3 months we will have 8970 and 7970 with readuced prices so just wait these few months ;) 

best
revro


Not anyone can wait that long, especially if one needs the gaming performance now
a b U Graphics card
October 28, 2012 4:29:00 PM

Viridian112 said:
Wow, thanks for your replies.

So it looks like the 7970 is best? I've seen some YouTube videos (admittedly not much to go on) and it does look pretty wonderful.


I don't know if this is relevant anyhow but I was turning over in my mind whether or not to post specs of what I'm considering getting all in all - just to make sure everything's compatible. My main worry is that the PSU or MOBO won't be entirely compatible.


Case: CIT Jupiter Black
PSU: Corsair 2 PCI-E 600w (haven't actually bought this yet though)
CPU: Intel i5 3570K (intending to do some mild overclocking on this)
Cooler: Xigmatek Gaia Heatsink + CPU fan with Arctic Cooling MX-2 Paste
MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-V LX
RAM: 16GB (4x4GB) Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz DDR3
GPU: Based on your decisions, the Radeon 7970?
HDD: 1TB SATA III HD
SSD: Silent OCZ 120GB Ultrafast Sandforce
Optical Drive: Samsung BluRay
OS: Windoes 7 Home Premium

My monitor's an ASUS VE228T LED 1920x1080 100000000:1 contrast ratio blahblah.

So yeah, if someone could please tell me this is all compatible (or if not, what I need to change), I'd be very appreciative. Thanks! :3


It's compatible, don't see any problems there, provided you'll eventually buy a good 600W psu. If it's Corsair, I recommend getting the GS series rather than the CX series. If you could spend a little more, get the TX650W
a c 185 U Graphics card
October 28, 2012 4:33:29 PM

Viridian112 said:
Wow, thanks for your replies.

So it looks like the 7970 is best? I've seen some YouTube videos (admittedly not much to go on) and it does look pretty wonderful.


I don't know if this is relevant anyhow but I was turning over in my mind whether or not to post specs of what I'm considering getting all in all - just to make sure everything's compatible. My main worry is that the PSU or MOBO won't be entirely compatible.


Case: CIT Jupiter Black
PSU: Corsair 2 PCI-E 600w (haven't actually bought this yet though)
CPU: Intel i5 3570K (intending to do some mild overclocking on this)
Cooler: Xigmatek Gaia Heatsink + CPU fan with Arctic Cooling MX-2 Paste
MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-V LX
RAM: 16GB (4x4GB) Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz DDR3
GPU: Based on your decisions, the Radeon 7970?
HDD: 1TB SATA III HD
SSD: Silent OCZ 120GB Ultrafast Sandforce
Optical Drive: Samsung BluRay
OS: Windoes 7 Home Premium

My monitor's an ASUS VE228T LED 1920x1080 100000000:1 contrast ratio blahblah.

So yeah, if someone could please tell me this is all compatible (or if not, what I need to change), I'd be very appreciative. Thanks! :3
I would get a 670 or 7950 they will max out most games at that res and it would be cheaper if you want the best card then 7970GHZ or GTX 680
a b U Graphics card
October 28, 2012 5:43:02 PM

bigcyco1 said:
I would get a 670 or 7950 they will max out most games at that res and it would be cheaper if you want the best card then 7970GHZ or GTX 680

In skyrim the 7970 ghz is well ahead of the gtx 680.
a c 185 U Graphics card
October 28, 2012 5:45:54 PM

Anik8 said:
In skyrim the 7970 ghz is well ahead of the gtx 680.
Currently yes you know as well as i do that could change any day bottom line both are top notch cards. ;) 
a b U Graphics card
October 28, 2012 6:20:49 PM

Its all about how each game pulls the resources.There are games like witcher 2 and skyrim that favors memory bandwidth more and hence the amd cards have always came out winners when all eye candy is turned to max.
While BF3 stresses the memory more and presumably the radeon cards having higher vram had higher expectations,yet the nvidia cards having a track record of efficiently using their frame buffers pull ahead and the amd cards suffer from paging as a result of coming with higher vram.
October 30, 2012 7:21:04 PM

Right, so atm a Radeon 7970 still looks like the best choice? I'll be making this purchase in the next few days. The only discouraging thing I've heard about it is that it apparently doesn't "work to its full potential" in certain games, whereas cards like the GTX670/680 are at 99-100% in every game tested.

However, as long as it'll give me a stable 60fps on ultra settings @ 1920x1080 with possible room for extra texture mods to install in the future, there's nothing more I could ask for...
a b U Graphics card
October 30, 2012 7:24:32 PM

The way you posted this, I could easily say quad sli gtx 690s. Ahaha, lbvs A 7850 will do fine. 7870 to be sure.
October 31, 2012 12:27:24 AM

Viridian112 said:
Not sure if this question has been asked before (I'm new on these forums).


I want a GPU that can max it out completely at a stable 60fps on ultra settings and 1920x1080 resolution. I can afford practically anything except the GTX690. Suggestions?


I saw a link HERE:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-680-sli...

that suggests the NVIDIA cards are coming out on top in terms of frame rates (I'm not planning to use SLI/CrossFire atm though).


but then HERE:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-...

all the Radeon cards are coming out on top.


:o 

So basically, yeah, help a newb out. I just need some advice on what's a good purchase (pairing it with an i5-3570k).


Many thanks. :) 

Radeon are better cards. They just came out with low clocks. Once overclocked they beat every single gtx card in every price range. Example: My 7950 is clokced to 1235 Mhz. It outperforms stock 680s. Those are 200 dollars more than the 7950 and it leaves them in the dust. I would suggest getting a 7870 for skyrim. Overclock it and voila you have a beast of a card.
a b U Graphics card
October 31, 2012 2:38:56 AM

If you are going to overclock, you are going to overclock. So who cares if it beats stock Nvidia cards? Does it beat overclocked Nvidia cards?

October 31, 2012 12:51:30 PM

twelve25 said:
If you are going to overclock, you are going to overclock. So who cares if it beats stock Nvidia cards? Does it beat overclocked Nvidia cards?

Actually yes. The 7970 overclocked to 1325MHz beats the 680 overclocked to 1300MHz. 1325 and 1300 are the highest clocks that can be achieve by these 2 cards and remain stable. The 7950 overclocked which the equivalent to GTX 670 in performance will beat any overclocked 670 and low overclocked 680s.
a b U Graphics card
October 31, 2012 4:55:48 PM

Beats it by how much? I mean are we talking 10fps or 3?

I think often these differences get exaggerated into something that we pretend is meaningful. If you sat down to a machine with either of these GPUs, you are going to get superb performance in any game.





October 31, 2012 6:11:39 PM

twelve25 said:
Beats it by how much? I mean are we talking 10fps or 3?

I think often these differences get exaggerated into something that we pretend is meaningful. If you sat down to a machine with either of these GPUs, you are going to get superb performance in any game.

Yes the difference was at about 5 fps. And I agree they are exaggerated. They both will get superb performances either way and that 5 fps won't matter anyway.
a c 185 U Graphics card
October 31, 2012 8:25:21 PM

twelve25 said:
Beats it by how much? I mean are we talking 10fps or 3?

I think often these differences get exaggerated into something that we pretend is meaningful. If you sat down to a machine with either of these GPUs, you are going to get superb performance in any game.
Actually we can't even say for sure now apparently nvidia has a beta driver http://www.guru3d.com/files_details/geforce_310_33_beta... out since the release of CC 12.11 that increases the performance of the 660/680 cards and according to some posts on the 3D guru forum; the GF 110 gpu also.


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a c 115 U Graphics card
October 31, 2012 10:39:00 PM

Viridian112 said:
Not sure if this question has been asked before (I'm new on these forums).


I want a GPU that can max it out completely at a stable 60fps on ultra settings and 1920x1080 resolution. I can afford practically anything except the GTX690. Suggestions?


I saw a link HERE:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-680-sli...

that suggests the NVIDIA cards are coming out on top in terms of frame rates (I'm not planning to use SLI/CrossFire atm though).


but then HERE:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-...

all the Radeon cards are coming out on top.


:o 


Hi - If it were me, and the 7970 was outperforming the 670, I'd take it and get the 3 free games.

Tom

So basically, yeah, help a newb out. I just need some advice on what's a good purchase (pairing it with an i5-3570k).


Many thanks. :) 

November 1, 2012 11:43:33 AM

There's a shop near me that's selling XFX 7950's for £140 for a limited time only. Since it's basically the next best thing to a 7970 but at a pretty cheap price, is the 7950 a good choice? I've heard some stuttering issues are present in this card for Skyrim although they can be solved by downloading new drivers (although I'm not sure which would be best).

Can someone tell me if the card is worth buying for my needs, and where I could find the drivers that will work fine with Dx9 games? I hope to make the purchase by the end of the week and start my build next week.

Many thanks for all your help so far!
a b U Graphics card
November 1, 2012 12:32:57 PM

It will definitely be worth this price so go and buy two of these and use 'em in crossfire.
As for the drivers,use the latest catalyst 12.11 drivers from amd's website.
a b U Graphics card
November 1, 2012 4:33:49 PM

I smell bias/subjective answers soon
a c 185 U Graphics card
November 1, 2012 4:40:44 PM

determinologyz said:
I smell bias/subjective answers soon
I have a feeling you always will sadly that's just the way it is mate
November 1, 2012 6:35:48 PM

Viridian112 said:
There's a shop near me that's selling XFX 7950's for £140 for a limited time only. Since it's basically the next best thing to a 7970 but at a pretty cheap price, is the 7950 a good choice? I've heard some stuttering issues are present in this card for Skyrim although they can be solved by downloading new drivers (although I'm not sure which would be best).

Can someone tell me if the card is worth buying for my needs, and where I could find the drivers that will work fine with Dx9 games? I hope to make the purchase by the end of the week and start my build next week.

Many thanks for all your help so far!

I haven't had a problem with any stuttering issues in Skyrim with my 7950s. It could just be a manufacturer problem. I'd say get in and overclock it.
November 1, 2012 8:43:34 PM

I would probably say either the GTX 670 or the 7950, as both cards can be overclocked to achieve better performance than their big brothers so in my opinion save the money from buying a 7970/680. Both the 670 and 7950 overclock reasonably well although I would recommend that you buy a non reference card as then you have a little more overclocking headroom with a better cooler.
a b U Graphics card
November 2, 2012 6:21:41 AM

i play on high settings/default v-sync on and get 60 fps
November 2, 2012 7:22:29 AM

Chief7285 said:
you all do realize the skyrim engine favors nvidia cards right?

look at the specific performance in skyrim

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/508?vs=555


Yes, but I'll be running it with vsync on anyway. It isn't a case of "I want the slightest edge over another card!", it's simply that I want to run Skyrim at 1080p on ultra settings with a smooth 60fps. I know I can do that now with the 7950, and at this price it's an extremely viable option - especially knowing that the extra 1GB of vram is there to cater for any wondrous texture mods I may install.
November 2, 2012 7:26:00 AM

Anik8 said:
It will definitely be worth this price so go and buy two of these and use 'em in crossfire.
As for the drivers,use the latest catalyst 12.11 drivers from amd's website.


Hmm, I might just do that. I could at least afford to if I wanted - thanks for the idea!

And thanks, I will download those drivers!
November 2, 2012 7:30:56 AM

Finally, both Limerick and Chub here have suggested I do some overclocking on my GPU. I'm new to the idea of overclocking GPU's (my current PC is equipped with a NVIDIA GeForce 9200 256MB) so is there any special sort of cooling I need to put in place? Thanks.
a b U Graphics card
November 2, 2012 9:32:40 AM

there'll be no benefit in overclocking a 9200.As there's too less processing cores and functional units in it and hence higher clockspeeds will hardly multiply your performance.
a b U Graphics card
November 2, 2012 9:56:20 AM

Agree with Anik8, it's pointless to overclock your card right now. If you have the money, spend it on a 7850 or 7870
November 2, 2012 10:40:01 AM

Haha, I wasn't referring to my current card.

I meant for overclocking the 7950, if extra cooling was required.
November 2, 2012 10:51:16 AM

Viridian112 said:
Haha, I wasn't referring to my current card.

I meant for overclocking the 7950, if extra cooling was required.


If you get a good one (MSI, XFX, Gigabyte meh, ASUS ok, etc.) You're FINE. You get all the cooling you need. But make sure it doesn't look like an ordinary AMD card with stickers on it please. That's no different then any other reference card. Have fun!
November 2, 2012 11:42:43 AM

Ah okay, thankyou! Just discovered the same shop has an XFX 7870 on sale for £110, but I'll probably still stick with the 7950 and OC it a little. Many thanks to everyone who replied, you were great help :) 
a c 115 U Graphics card
December 17, 2012 10:30:28 PM

EzioAs said:
It's compatible, don't see any problems there, provided you'll eventually buy a good 600W psu. If it's Corsair, I recommend getting the GS series rather than the CX series. If you could spend a little more, get the TX650W



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