I thought I had my mind set on picking up a Gigabyte GTX 670 on Amazon for $359.99 after rebates. But then I saw Newegg is running a 72 hour sale on the XFX Double D 7970 for $329.99 after rebates. I researched 670's a lot but didn't focus on the 7970 as they were mostly higher in price and I wanted to give Nvidia a try. Does anyone have insight on the XFX card? I tried looking up benchmark scores but most involved either the GHz edition or were using old drivers.
The free games that come with the 7970 are a nice touch, but I was only ever interested in FarCry 3 and the games aren't swaying me in either direction. I currently have a 5870 and thought I would see the benefits of some of the Nvidia exclusive features, but if the XFX card has similar performance to the 670 after recent driver updates I wouldn't mind staying with AMD and saving a few bucks.
I plan to overclock the card I get. I play on 1920x1080 res with games like Skyrim and Borderlands 2. I also want the card I get to last a solid 2 years or so. My 5870 has been going strong for 3 years now, but is starting to show its age.
That isn't the best 7970, but it's a good card nonetheless. For overclocking potential, it should easily beat any 670 with some overvoltage, but IDK how much its cooler can handle.
Also, if you don't want all of the free games, then why not sell them?
Overall, Nvidia might have the advantage in Borderlands 2 (it's also one of the few games where PhysX matters), but both Skyrim and Borderlands 2 can really go either way depending on the settings that you use IIRC.