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Radeon 7970 Ghz vs. GTX 670

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November 19, 2012 2:38:06 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Christmas

BUDGET RANGE: basically anything 500USD or under

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (e.g.: Gaming [Borderlands 2, Crysis 2, CoD], home theater/watching movies)

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: GT620 1GB (don't laugh please) and I'm getting a 850W Corsair PSU
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Intel i5 3.0 GHz, 12GB 1600 RAM, Cooler Master Stryker Storm case

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: don't care, want best performance

OVERCLOCKING: Yes / Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

Looking mostly at ASUS MAtrix 7970 3GB and Gigabyte GTX670 4GB. Going to run 3 monitor setup. Whats the best??
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November 19, 2012 2:50:11 AM

Don't get an 850W PSU if you're not going to SLI/Crossfire. ~550W is enough.

The 7970 GHz edition is generally a little faster than the GTX 670.
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November 19, 2012 2:51:50 AM

if you are mainly playing borderlands 2 and want physx, go with the gtx 670. If you don't care for physx get a 7970, and what resolution are your monitors?
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November 19, 2012 2:55:10 AM

Just get regular non reference 7970 and overclock it yourself. The radeon is the better performer, and is more on par with the 680. Especially with the Catalyst 12.11 drivers.
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November 19, 2012 2:19:05 PM

ill have 2 monitors at 1920x1080 and one at 1280x720

i guess my next question would be which is the best 7970?
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November 19, 2012 2:23:23 PM

synyster817 said:
ill have 2 monitors at 1920x1080 and one at 1280x720

i guess my next question would be which is the best 7970?


Wait so you plan to use surround/crossfire with those 3 monitors? or do you only game on one? If you plan on using those 3 your resolution would only be 3840x720 and at that resolution I would go with the 670. If you get another 1080p monitor the memory bandwidth/vram MIGHT be an issue and then i would go with a 7970.

(from my experience nvidia cards are slightly "smoother" than the amds but that might just be me.)
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November 19, 2012 2:31:39 PM

I will be only gaming on one, for the time being. I do plan on getting a 3rd 1080p monitor in the future after my entire build is done.
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November 19, 2012 2:35:14 PM

Ok well if you plan to use the card on 5760x1080 the extra vram and bandwidth would be helpful on the 7970, so go with that and like others said you can just get a cheaper 7970 with decent cooling and OC it you don't need to pay the extra for a ghz model.
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