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Is the 7970m a decent mobile GPU?

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January 8, 2013 11:35:48 PM

I recently ordered a laptop (Alienware M17x R4) on a sale.
I was deciding between the 7970m and the 680m, and I decided to go with the 7970m as I didn't believe the 680m's 10-20% performance gain was worth the was worth the extra $400.
I don't care about battery life, as I'm going to have it plugged in most of the time.
I also read that the 7970m's drivers were getting better.
But waiting in anticipation for the laptop to arrive, I've done some more reading, and it appears there are still some serious driver issues, and glitches in some games.
There appears to be a very mixed opinion about the 7970m.
I was just wondering if the 7970m is a good card, and if further driver updates would make it better.
(Also if I should've gone for the 680m.)
(I'm a noob here, please excuse any mistakes, thanks.) :) 

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a b U Graphics card
January 9, 2013 12:27:53 AM

The hd7970M is a nice card, the gtx680M is a bit better (not by much), they are both close performance wise. In some games the gtx680m is better and in some the hd7970m wins. The slight performance advantage of the gtx 680 it is not worth the additional $400. I think you made the right choice. As far as mobile graphics go you got a very good card, its one of the best out there right now. Over time the drivers should improve.
If you want to take a closer look at the differences here are some benchmarks:
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-GeForce-GTX-680M-vs...

Don't worry, be happy! :D 
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January 9, 2013 12:31:05 AM


I was a little worried that I made the wrong choice, but I was wrong.

That's a very informative page, thanks for linking it to me! :D 
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January 9, 2013 12:31:21 AM

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a b U Graphics card
January 9, 2013 12:38:36 AM

No problem, enjoy your gaming laptop :) 
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January 9, 2013 12:42:45 AM

Wait notice that this article was issued 7/1/12 this was before the release of the new catalyst beta drivers which push the 7979 just slightly above the 680
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January 9, 2013 3:54:12 AM

fil1p said:
No problem, enjoy your gaming laptop :) 


I will, thanks! :) 
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January 9, 2013 3:55:10 AM

ikes9711 said:
Wait notice that this article was issued 7/1/12 this was before the release of the new catalyst beta drivers which push the 7979 just slightly above the 680



It is actually slightly better?
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a b U Graphics card
January 13, 2013 3:11:00 PM

Yes it is
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