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XFX 7970 GHZ VS Zotac GTX680 at 5760X1080

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January 4, 2013 3:11:28 AM

I'm debating between these 2 card:
XFX 7970 GHZ Edition 379$
Zotac GTX680 399$

I'm using 3 X 24inch monitor and planed on playing game at 5760*1080. The game I play the most is World of War Craft MOP. I also play other game from time to time.

I have been doing Google between all these card for months. I'm aware of the new AMD driver but I can't find any good benchmark between these 2 card at 5760X1080 with updated driver.

I had originally bought the ZOTA GTX680 at boxing day but I'm told that the card is back order and I need to wait. Today I found the XFX 7970 GHZ edition for 379$ and I'm very tented to get a refund on that back order card event tho every research I did point me that NVIDIA is more powerful at 5760X1080 but I haven't find any new benchmark with that new AMD driver.

This old review clearly show that 7970 are behind in World of War Craft at 5760X1080.

I wish they had done this review with 5760X1080

Should I cancel my order at Future Shop on the Back Order Zotac GTX680 at 399$ and get the XFX7970 GHZ at 379$?



a b U Graphics card
January 4, 2013 3:21:26 AM

At the moment the 7970 GHz runs circles around the 680.

The 7970 will drop in price as the new 8xxx series cards are due in 2 or 3 months from now.

Here is a nice video and some benchmarks of the stock 7970 non-ghz vs the 680 in March last year.

Go for the 7970GHz.
I'm also in the market to replace my two 6950s, would have gone with a 7970. but waiting for the 8xxx series to come out.
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a c 87 U Graphics card
January 4, 2013 3:33:25 AM

The 680 is a waste of money, and your sources are wrong; Radeon currently trups Nvidia thoroughly at that resolution. (And you want to get a minimum of 3GB VRAM on either card... which means buying the 4GB 680.)

That being said, neither are amazing cards - Zotac is known for making bad cards, and XFX is known for making middle-of-the-line cards.

You also have the 8000 / 700 series being released in a few months, which almost certainly is worth waiting for.
January 4, 2013 3:44:49 AM

For 5760x1080 the 7970 will utterly destroy the GTX680, anything higher than 1440p the GTX680 will be heavily crippled by it's 256-bit bus and will lose to the 7970 by a fairly large margin, 4GB is useless because the GTX680 will be bottlenecked by it's 256-bit interface far before all of it's 4GB memory is actually utilized.
January 4, 2013 11:46:49 AM

renz496 said:
this review might be able to help you:

and the bench was done on the most recent drivers from both camp to boot :) 

Thanks this is the kind of response, I've been looking for I hadn't seen this review before, only things is that World Of War Craft is not in the Benchmark and from what I posted in my original Post it look like AMD have issue with World Of War Craft at 5760X1080 but my information is old.

@To others
I understand, what is everyone saying the 256bit VS 384 & 2GB va 3 GB of VRam but these argument are not showed on most benchmark for World Of War Craft.

Like I say originally, I play other game from time to time but in the past 5 years, I spend 90% of my gaming time at World Of War craft, all other game bored me real quick.