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December 10, 2012 5:21:49 PM

Hey!
I am going tomorrow morning to replace my GTX680 because it made too much fan noise and had like... Bad performance.
Soooo I have two main options:
http://www.tms.co.il/product/11822 (Gigabyte 7970 2GB GHz edition)
Or
http://www.tms.co.il/product/11821
Now, the 670 costs around 60$ LESS than the 7970. And it has Physx.
I really don't know what to do, this is a hard decision!
I am going to overclock them BOTH to as high as it lets me without crashing.
Using an i5-3570K @4.4GHz, 750W PSU and 8GB of ram.
I am mainly playing BF3, Planetside 2 , Far Cry 3, Hitman Absolution, will play Crysis 3 BF4 and Splinter Cell Black List.
That's it really. Playing on 1080P, 120Hz.
Which one should I take? The GTX680 (retail, not something like MSI Lightning or Gigabyte or anything. The normal one) really disappointed me. It had a lot of noise, and it got HOT! And it didn't get THAT nice performance, only about 75-80FPS Avg on Caspian Border with 14, yes, 14 players, on Ultra without Motion Blur and everything on max.
I heard that the 7970 can OC way more than the 670. Is that true?
If I OC them both to max, which one should I get?

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a b U Graphics card
December 10, 2012 5:50:57 PM

Well, a GTX 680 is a powerful card so don't expect to get much better performance using any single GPU. Given your situation and choices, I would go with the 7970 ghz (btw it's a 3gb card not a 2gb card). It meets or beats the GTX 680. OCing results vary, but the 7970 is known as a great OCer. This article is a bit older (there are better performing drivers currently available) but it gives you an idea: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7970-ghz-...

It also isn't the quietest card in the world. See if you can find one with upgraded cooling and it'll be less noisy.
a b U Graphics card
December 10, 2012 5:52:41 PM

I'd just go for the 7970 (non GHz edition and overclock that).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
But if you do want the GHz I'd only consider these two.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

These all should give performance above the 680 once overclocked (not a 670 though). The 7970 is now above the 670 stock and has a lot more headroom for overclocking.

Lesson here, never get a reference cooler if possible.

One last and cheapest option is this. It's definitely worth a consideration.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.arctic.ac/en/p/cooling/vga/569/accelero-hybr...
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December 10, 2012 6:06:15 PM

andrewcarr said:
I'd just go for the 7970 (non GHz edition and overclock that).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
But if you do want the GHz I'd only consider these two.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

These all should give performance above the 680 once overclocked (not a 670 though). The 7970 is now above the 670 stock and has a lot more headroom for overclocking.

Lesson here, never get a reference cooler if possible.

One last and cheapest option is this. It's definitely worth a consideration.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.arctic.ac/en/p/cooling/vga/569/accelero-hybr...

It MAY sound so silly\stupid, but I actually didn't know it was reference cooler. I really didn't.. xD
They only have the Gigabyte version of the Ghz, and the vapor X with 6GB that I just cant afford.
Thanks alot. Now I am sure the 670 is not for me, since it costs just a tiny bit less and as you say, has worse performance by a margin (right?) :) 
So.. I guess the 7970!
a b U Graphics card
December 10, 2012 7:05:10 PM

The Gigabyte version wouldn't be bad. And yes the GHz version trades blows with the 680 stock and the regular 7970 beats the 670 by a bit stock. Overclocked both should be able to take on a 680 and win in most games.
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