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[Graphics Cards] Keep GTX 680 or exchange for 7970

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November 1, 2012 6:35:13 PM

Basically, I have had an Asus GTX 680 DirectCU II OC now for a few weeks, and obviously in runs great (other than some VGA passthrough annoyances *shakes fist*.)

I was puttering around the web as I often do, and I noticed that over at Microcenter I can get something like a Diamond 7970 for $379 (http://microcenter.com/product/396056/AMD_Radeon_HD_797...) or even a Gigabyte 7950 for $335 (http://microcenter.com/product/384118/GV-R795WF3-3GD_AM...).

My Asus was $529. I do / would overclock in any case, so my question would be:

Are the other cards comparable enough that they would be worth exchanging the Asus towards for the savings? Rather, is there a compelling reason to keep the GTX680?

For reference, I play games on a single 1920x1080 monitor. Usually World of Warcraft, BF3, Mass Effect(s), Borderlands 2.
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November 1, 2012 6:44:59 PM

I see no compelling reason to change. At least, not for performance reasons. The cards are so similar that you would not be able to tell the difference.
For a specific game, you might, but it would take a benchmark.

Now, If you can get a bunch of money back in the process, it would be worth considering.
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November 1, 2012 6:46:27 PM

There won't be a point to that. As geofelt said they are both very similar in performance.
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November 1, 2012 6:47:41 PM

geofelt said:
I see no compelling reason to change. At least, not for performance reasons. The cards are so similar that you would not be able to tell the difference.
For a specific game, you might, but it would take a benchmark.

Now, If you can get a bunch of money back in the process, it would be worth considering.


That's basically the dilemma.

At $529, my current GTX680 is ~$150 more than the 7970, and ~$200 more than the 7950.

Edit - I probably should have clarified in my original post - I'm mainly wondering if either of the Radeons is equivalent enough that it would be worth exchanging for the monetary savings on either one, provided performance is roughly equivalent. :D 
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November 1, 2012 6:48:45 PM

Naqahdah said:
That's basically the dilemma.

At $529, my current GTX680 is ~$150 more than the 7970, and ~$200 more than the 7950.

Lol. I didn't read that part. If you're ok reinstalling a new card and wiping the drivers off it then yeah. The 7970 also gets more performance once overclocked as well. But only like 3~10 fps.
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November 1, 2012 6:50:59 PM

When they're both overclocked to their max that is. 7970 is 1325 MHZ and 680 is 1300MHz. BUT don't ever take a gpu to it's limit. It was just a test to definitively decide which one was better. And even then some games the 680 beats the 7970 and vice versa. But only by a few fps.
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