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GTX 680 vs 7970 Ghz

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December 28, 2012 2:38:11 PM

Yes, I know that on this forum is a lot of similar threads but still.
I am planning to buy a new computer and I can not decide if I should buy a GTX 680 or 7970 Ghz(assuming that i will have Catalyst 12.11 drivers).
Thanks for advices.

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December 28, 2012 2:58:09 PM

They are quite similar in performance, only difference really being that the 680 has a more efficient architecture and thus draws less power than the 7970. The choice really boils down to either which brand you have a preference to or which one is cheaper at the time. :lol: 
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a b U Graphics card
December 28, 2012 2:59:08 PM

+1 to bdcrlsn
a c 82 U Graphics card
December 28, 2012 3:01:22 PM

both are very good, but for the price the 7970 is a better bang for the bucks,
December 28, 2012 3:03:10 PM

Ok,but from this http://www.techspot.com/review/603-best-graphics-cards/ it seems that 7970 has better performance.When you look on BF3 or Skyrim...But yes they are similar.So which of these cards has better "stability" (less bugs,..)?And are technologies as a TXAA,..(i don´t count PhysX it´s not good technology) worth it?
a c 82 U Graphics card
December 28, 2012 3:09:48 PM

both are stable, and physx isnt supported in all games, so its not that great of a feature.

id say witch ever u can get cheaper get that, where u from and whats ur budget?

December 28, 2012 3:15:04 PM

I am from europe.Here the 680 is a little bit expensive (20-30 bucks) but that´s ok.My budget is
Intel core i5 3570k, GA-Z77X-UP4 TH (great for OC),
Fractal design define R4. Arctic freezer 13, arctic-cooling F12 PWM.
Seasonic 600W
a b U Graphics card
December 28, 2012 3:17:48 PM

680 all the way.
a c 82 U Graphics card
December 28, 2012 3:18:45 PM

id recommand the gtx 680 because nvidias vsync is better imo and overclocked will be quite good.

December 28, 2012 3:19:29 PM

MarhyCZ said:
Ok,but from this http://www.techspot.com/review/603-best-graphics-cards/ it seems that 7970 has better performance.When you look on BF3 or Skyrim...But yes they are similar.So which of these cards has better "stability" (less bugs,..)?And are technologies as a TXAA,..(i don´t count PhysX it´s not good technology) worth it?


Well, HD 7970 is much much more powerful gpu compute wise than GTX 680, if thats useful to you.

Nvidia has TXAA and FXAA, but its up to you to use it in the game. Both are not used as often. You get CUDA which is pretty good

Stability they are the same.

Really comes down to you preference. R7970 is cheaper and performs better. GTX 680 comes with a lot of bells and whistles. R7970 ghz will more likely overclock bette than gtx 680.


Oh yea, GTX 680 falls down a cliff for high resolution and high anti aliasing due its limited bandwidth.
December 28, 2012 3:32:35 PM

Well i will pick up 7970Ghz .Because what i know is that CUDA on 6xx is really bad.And i dont need that Nvidia´s features.
only thing is that Vsync but i thats acceptable

Thanks.
a c 82 U Graphics card
December 28, 2012 3:57:24 PM

np anytime dude :) 

December 28, 2012 4:22:12 PM

MarhyCZ said:
Well i will pick up 7970Ghz .Because what i know is that CUDA on 6xx is really bad.And i dont need that Nvidia´s features.
only thing is that Vsync but i thats acceptable

Thanks.


Have fun

Btw, you can also pick up a radeon hd 7970 vanilla and oc it 75 mhz to the ghz edition. you save more $$ but you gotta OC
December 28, 2012 5:54:28 PM

7970 vanilla is bad for OC'ing due to temps and noise.
a c 82 U Graphics card
December 28, 2012 7:23:57 PM

yeah well it depends what card u get and how good the aftermarket cooler that comes with it is, and the card itself, u can have 2 exact model cards the 2 wont overclock the same.

December 28, 2012 7:30:10 PM

Ok sorry, I read somewhere that vanilla 7970s became too hot and noisy but if you say that's not true then ok :p  .
December 28, 2012 7:35:33 PM

whichever one is a better price
a c 82 U Graphics card
December 28, 2012 7:40:14 PM

it depends, there all fitted with different coolers, and tested for different speeds.

so it all depends what u order.

a b U Graphics card
December 28, 2012 8:13:58 PM

The 7970 unlike the 680 shows solid gain when overclocked, it just scales better. Combine that with more vram and a wider bus the 7970Ghz is the fastest card right now, oh and its a compute monster as well.

Now multi-display! Nvidia Surround is garbage there I said it, Eyefinity is superior in every aspect. I run my 680's for 3D and they are amazing for that.






a b U Graphics card
December 28, 2012 8:23:42 PM

oh i like redeemer. has nvidia for the 3d but speaks the truth about amd.

cheers to you mate. refreshing to see an nvidia owner that isnt a fanboy.

edit: and appears to like sandy more than ivy... dude. i like you. (i couldnt agree more btw.)
a c 82 U Graphics card
December 28, 2012 8:29:59 PM

its not about amd or intel or nvidia,. its about facts and whats best bang for ur bucks and the bleeding edge hardware :D 
a b U Graphics card
December 28, 2012 10:15:45 PM

neon neophyte said:
oh i like redeemer. has nvidia for the 3d but speaks the truth about amd.

cheers to you mate. refreshing to see an nvidia owner that isnt a fanboy.

edit: and appears to like sandy more than ivy... dude. i like you. (i couldnt agree more btw.)



To me this generation the clear winner is the 7000 series in terms of price/performance ratio, brand loyality is fine btw. Some will buy Nvidia and others AMD thats how it has always been, physx and adaptive vsync is a bunch of marketing gimmicky features. The real have features that amazing with Kepler are its 3D and Cuda support, thats something AMD cannot compete with right now.
a c 82 U Graphics card
December 28, 2012 10:16:33 PM

isnt cuda used for video encoding thats about it, i mean i know amd has some software for video encoding but ur right they dont have cuda support.

a b U Graphics card
December 28, 2012 10:24:57 PM

iceclock said:
isnt cuda used for video encoding thats about it, i mean i know amd has some software for video encoding but ur right they dont have cuda support.



Both Nvidia and AMD are terrible with encoding Intel's Quick Sync is what you will want to use anyway.
a b U Graphics card
December 28, 2012 10:34:04 PM

quick sync is much better than anything amd or nvidia offer. in both speed and quality.
a c 82 U Graphics card
December 28, 2012 10:35:10 PM

quick sync is faster but people often comment on quality, its not that great compared to other software encoding programs.

a b U Graphics card
December 28, 2012 11:39:29 PM

iceclock said:
quick sync is faster but people often comment on quality, its not that great compared to other software encoding programs.



Quick Sync is not software it actually circuitry
a c 82 U Graphics card
December 28, 2012 11:40:39 PM

yes i know that its integrated on the cpu, where did i say it was software lawl. i meant quicksync versus software that encodes, some softwares make alot better image quality, quicksync might be faster but not in terms of quality.

a b U Graphics card
December 29, 2012 6:47:40 AM

quality wise, it is better than cuda. much better than cuda.
December 29, 2012 1:51:55 PM

Ok thanks for nice graphs and comments.7970 Ghz ordered.Raw power is really a way better than GTX 680 (I mean OpenGL and stuff like that).
a c 82 U Graphics card
December 29, 2012 1:59:44 PM

enjoy mang :) 

February 10, 2013 4:37:16 PM

Has anyone tried Folding at Home on either of these cards?
I am planning a build and would like to use one of these cards.

Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB
GeForce GTX 680 4GB

Folding, CAD, some gaming what is the better choice and why.
Power used and heat generated is of concern too.
Build will not happen until April which should be after the GTX 7 series is released from what I can tell online so the GTX 680 prices should come down.
March 24, 2013 7:11:56 AM

erasmussen2006 said:
Has anyone tried Folding at Home on either of these cards?
I am planning a build and would like to use one of these cards.

Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB
GeForce GTX 680 4GB

Folding, CAD, some gaming what is the better choice and why.
Power used and heat generated is of concern too.
Build will not happen until April which should be after the GTX 7 series is released from what I can tell online so the GTX 680 prices should come down.


I advise you to spend your money on a 7970 ghz edition or the like, for both gaming and folding reasons. Kepler was made by Nvidia in order to up gaming performance and performance per watt, but in the process, Nvidia decided to abandon increasing compute performance.

AMD however, decided to make an architecture that focused on gaming and compute at the expense of power draw.

I'd say that if power is a concern, STILL go 7970, as you will be getting more done with that GPU per watt than a 680.
a b U Graphics card
March 24, 2013 8:16:40 AM

7970, 7970 Ghz or a GTX 670 FTW/PE (should you go on the nVdia boat) , a GTX 680 is good but paying the extra $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ for the same performance as a 7970Ghz/ Ocd 7970 is just robbery. I would get a vanilla 7970 and OC it (saves you $40-70)
Anonymous
April 4, 2013 8:23:19 PM

The question was a choice between the GTX 680 and the HD 7970. One of the main selling points for the 7970 is its price or bang for your buck. Well, as of two days ago and continuing until 4/8/13 on newegg, the Asus GTX 660 can be had for $170. That is the price with a mail in rebate. If you get two and use them in SLI, they will own any GTX 680 or HD 7970 no matter how much RAM they have. The 192-bit "bottleneck" is completely irrelevant in this case. If you have PCI-e 3.0 x8 x8 on a Z77 mobo, I'd get this (and I did). It uses the same number of PCI power connectors (2) as the 680 and 7970. The price, with newegg's discounts, isn't even close. If you buy one with the MIB (one per household) and one at regular price, you get them for $360, $340 if you have a friend or relative buy one for you. Cores: the 680 has 1536 cuda cores and costs at the very least $460, the GTX 660 in SLI is $100 less and has 1920 cores! A comparison to the AMD card is better when looking at FPS in certain games or benchmarks. 3DMark: GTX 660 SLI - 10,305, 7970 GHz ed. - 9,700, GTX 680 -9,049. Vantage (same order): 39,455; 36,206; 34,554. It seems like if you want the best value and don't plan to upgrade since the 660 can only support 2 cards, this is a no-brainer. And these are stock numbers, the card I mentioned that is on sale is a factory OC "top" core card. If you want to use a multi-monitor setup, I'd go with the 6GB 7970 or even the 4GB 680. For one or maybe two, the 660 SLI is just fine.
August 14, 2013 1:26:37 PM

7770 crossfire on par with a 7950 yet 100 bucks less than a single GTX680
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