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7970 Matrix 3GB vs EVGA GTX 680 FTW+ 4GB

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November 9, 2012 1:25:55 PM

I currently have the 7970 Matrix 3GB and I am thinking of exchanging it for an EVGA GTX 680 FTW+ 4GB. I am currently only running at 1920x1080 but plan on getting three catleaps (2560x1440 each) next month.

So, definitely I will be running a crossfire or SLI setup, depending on which card I get right now.

NIvidia's adaptive v-sync has made gaming a lot smoother for me... and though I am loving the overclock-potential of my Matrix 7970, I like the smoother, cleaner performance, physx, and solid driver support by Nvidia.

I... I am having a hard time deciding between the two.

So my question to you all is this:

When I go dual-card, with which setup will I fare better? For the longest time I heard that AMD's cards are better in dual/triple card setups, but then I read things like this and mass confusion ensues.

Also the 680 is 4GB with a narrower 256-bit memory interface while the 7970 Matrix is 3GB and has a wider 384-bit interface, please factor this in your responses.

Help me decide please.

Cost is not an issue at this point.
November 9, 2012 1:27:08 PM

The 7970 is not worththe money at all the 7950 is very close to the 7970 and overcloking the 7950 would make the 7970 cry....
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November 9, 2012 1:41:47 PM

Thank you sir for your response! :)  Overclocking has all sorts of issues I am trying to avoid. Besides, if overclocking was so important for me I would stick with the 7970 I have right now.
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November 9, 2012 2:34:30 PM

I would think that GTX 680 would rtake a huge hit with more AA on due to the smaller memory interface. But, if you get 2 and SLI them, I guess that you will get enough fps to the point its doesn't matter. Currently, Radeon hd 7970 is on par with Gtx 680 while the GHZ edition beats 680 outright if that factors into your decision.

I heard many people swear by eyefinity if you go multimonitor, so if you got multimontior then HD 7970 is prolly better.
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November 9, 2012 3:19:33 PM

7680x1440 resolution might push the limits of the 3 gig on the 7970 (depending on game and settings), You might need the 4 gigs on the 680's.
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November 9, 2012 3:26:01 PM

I have multi monitor setup with nvidia (i have a gtx 680@1250 Mhz on 3x 1920x1200 res monitors) and i love the surround performance. I have a friend that used eyefinity for years and recently switched to nvidia surround and said it was so much easier to use and setup, and had far less issues in games. Remember Nvidia also has other features such as Physx, adaptive sync, and others that AMD dosen't have if any of those matter to you. That being said i think you will be pleased with either company you go with, only issue you might run into at that extreme res might be 3gig vram from 7970, but that might not happen.
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November 9, 2012 4:31:55 PM

nullnixvoid said:
So my question to you all is this:

When I go dual-card, with which setup will I fare better? For the longest time I heard that AMD's cards are better in dual/triple card setups, but then I read things like this and mass confusion ensues.

I always didn't like HardOCP reviews because they were always biased and showed the demons of AMD, I like Toms, guru3d, anandtech & hardwarecauncks reviews, so make sure you read from all o these before making a decision.
First of all, the cards in that review were all the standard HD 7970s which were 8% slower than GTX 680s. HD 7970 GHz edition is on top of GTX 680.

Secondly, they tested BF3, Batman AC, Skyrim and all of these games are TWIMTBP games, optimized for nVidia cards so it was obvious the GTX 680 would take the lead even in 3-way monitor setup, AMD cards were tested on CCC 12.3, the exisitng CCC 12.11 boosts performance in BF3 especially by 30%, and some other games too had a noticeable gain.

Matrix HD 7970 is one of the most strong cards out there, you'll need to OC the EVGA FTW to catch up with it's performance, from the techpowerup review of Asus HD 7970 Matrix;

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Also the 680 is 4GB with a narrower 256-bit memory interface while the 7970 Matrix is 3GB and has a wider 384-bit interface, please factor this in your responses.
From guru3d testing of Palit Jetstream GTX 680 4GB read this;
"The 4GB -- Realistically there was not one game that we tested that could benefit from the two extra GB's of graphics memory. Even at 2560x1600 (which is a massive 4 Mpixels resolution) there was just no measurable difference.

Now the setup could benefit from triple monitor setups at 5760x1080 (which is a 6 Mpixels resolution), but even there I doubt if 4 GB is really something you'd need to spend money on
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November 9, 2012 4:37:04 PM

What's wrong with your current card? My friend has it he lent it to me for a day i thought it was beast!You can just buy a $50.00 Physx card if that's what you want it's not that big a deal.
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November 9, 2012 5:32:14 PM

ilysaml said:
I always didn't like HardOCP reviews because they were always biased and showed the demons of AMD, I like Toms, guru3d, anandtech & hardwarecauncks reviews, so make sure you read from all o these before making a decision.
First of all, the cards in that review were all the standard HD 7970s which were 8% slower than GTX 680s. HD 7970 GHz edition is on top of GTX 680.

Secondly, they tested BF3, Batman AC, Skyrim and all of these games are TWIMTBP games, optimized for nVidia cards so it was obvious the GTX 680 would take the lead even in 3-way monitor setup, AMD cards were tested on CCC 12.3, the exisitng CCC 12.11 boosts performance in BF3 especially by 30%, and some other games too had a noticeable gain.

Matrix HD 7970 is one of the most strong cards out there, you'll need to OC the EVGA FTW to catch up with it's performance, from the techpowerup review of Asus HD 7970 Matrix;
http://tpucdn.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_7970_Matrix/images/perfrel_2560.gif
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Also the 680 is 4GB with a narrower 256-bit memory interface while the 7970 Matrix is 3GB and has a wider 384-bit interface, please factor this in your responses.
From guru3d testing of Palit Jetstream GTX 680 4GB read this;
"The 4GB -- Realistically there was not one game that we tested that could benefit from the two extra GB's of graphics memory. Even at 2560x1600 (which is a massive 4 Mpixels resolution) there was just no measurable difference.

Now the setup could benefit from triple monitor setups at 5760x1080 (which is a 6 Mpixels resolution), but even there I doubt if 4 GB is really something you'd need to spend money on
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Remember he is talking about 3 2560x1440 monitors or just over 11 Mpixels nearly 3 times what the test was on.
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March 28, 2013 3:01:29 AM

just get another matrix if you can
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