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Best single GPU graphics card: what is it?

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January 5, 2013 7:55:42 PM

Some major contenders and competitors so far are the:
7970ghz toxic
7970ghz vapor x
680 classified
680 lightning
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January 5, 2013 8:25:59 PM

The HD7970s and the GTX680s are indeed the top of the "single GPU" pile (currently).

So, why do you ask? This is the type of question to start a flame war. What are you trying to achieve?
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January 5, 2013 8:26:56 PM

Yeah I think we already had that war couple of days ago and thread was deleted...
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January 5, 2013 8:31:01 PM

sam_p_lay said:
Yeah I think we already had that war couple of days ago and thread was deleted...

Yep. Trolls have been known to sow the seeds of discourse by posting questions like this (and the inevitable Intel vs. AMD yarn).

This may not be the intention by mike88931, but that may be the result regardless.

An explanation behind the question would be beneficial to the forum.
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January 5, 2013 8:31:39 PM

the gtx 680 classified...4gb v ram would help high resolutions
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January 5, 2013 8:59:26 PM

The intention of this forum is to answer a question that was in the middle of productive discussion until it was wrongfully deleted. I myself am giving my vote of confidence that a helpful discussion will endure by strictly posting things that I think are helpful to solving this issue.

Building off of this, sid, the toxic and vapor x have 6gb versions so that advantage would actually go to them although 4gb is likely enough even for 3 monitor resolutions. Unfortunately no benchmarks exist between the two as you would need a triple 1600p monitor setup with lots of mods and AA to max out 4 or 6 gb.
The issue that personally worries me more is if the smaller memory bandwidth of the 680 is enough to make use of all 4gb effectively.
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January 5, 2013 9:05:02 PM

mike88931 said:
Some major contenders and competitors so far are the:
7970ghz toxic
7970ghz vapor x
680 classified
680 lightning


Why are you guys not consitering Kepler, Quadro, and Tesla GPUs? I mean, they are the real workhorses of GPU computing, and are much more powerfull than home use GPUs
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January 5, 2013 9:08:20 PM

I read a forum that said workstation gpu's are the same hardware just with highly optimized CAD abilities that are absent in gaming GPU's Is this not true? Can I get a link?

I would prefer the focus of this conversation remain on consumer cards that work with games though.
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January 5, 2013 9:23:42 PM

mike88931 said:
I read a forum that said workstation gpu's are the same hardware just with highly optimized CAD abilities that are absent in gaming GPU's Is this not true? Can I get a link?

I would prefer the focus of this conversation remain on consumer cards that work with games though.

For the most part, this is true of "pro grade" GPUs. Also, the drivers for these devices are optimized for pro use. With these devices, accuracy (for example) trumps raw performance (like when gaming).
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January 5, 2013 9:28:31 PM

In that case lets indeed focus again on gaming/consumer gpus.
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