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For $1000, which GPU('s)? Radeon 7970 XF? GeForce 680 SLI? 690? "TITAN

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February 21, 2013 3:48:05 AM

Sure there are test out there showing some of the benefits of these guys. I was really struggling back then trying to figure out which one should I get. Then I thought to myself...

Batman Arkham City: 2560x1600 Extreme Quality 4xAA

680 SLI - 109 FPS 690 - 106 FPS 7970 Crossfire - 59 FPS

Ok, i'm not planning on going crazy crazy in resolutions. Pretty much, I just want something that is high end that will last me a good while and play the latest games at the Max settings. I have a 32inch LCD TV and a 22 inch lcd monitor. In the future I will upgrade to actual monitors (Hopefully 3).

So giant resolutions with 100+ frames doesn't really matter to me (unless you can explain why it's so important) but like I stated before, I just want to game at the max settings and play the latest games. So which should I get?

Radeon 7970 XF? (Keep in mind, there's a special that gives me a code to download Crysis 3 and Bioshock Infinite and since it's XF, I get 2 extra copies in which I can sell them $50 a piece)

GeForce GTX 680 SLI?

GeForce GTX 690?

Wait until GeForce GTX Titan releases which people are speculating the end of this month
a c 87 U Graphics card
February 21, 2013 4:00:31 AM

I suggest waiting to be more sure of Titan's placement, but current benches seem to show it not having enough gaming performance to justify its price unless you are a fan of heavy CUDA performance.

I'd prefer the 7970s not only because of the bundle, but also because of their overclocking headroom and more future-proofed memory configuration. Not only do they have more capacity, but more important, they have the bandwidth to effectively use it, unlike the 4GB models of Nvidia's GTX 670 and GTX 680.

However, unless you already have a decent Nvidia card and a spare PCIe slot and power cables for it, the 7970s would be incapable of GPU-accepted PhysX. That you brought up one of the only games where it matters seems to imply that this would bother you. If that assumes implication is correct, then two GTX 670s would be the best course of action assuming that Titan doesn't turn out any better than I expect it to. If that assumed implication is wrong, then I recommend that you go for the 7970s without a second thought unless you'd rather spend less and get 7950s.
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February 21, 2013 4:03:35 AM

blazorthon said:
I suggest waiting to be more sure of Titan's placement, but current benches seem to show it not having enough gaming performance to justify its price unless you are a fan of heavy CUDA performance.

I'd prefer the 7970s not only because of the bundle, but also because of their overclocking headroom and more future-proofed memory configuration. Not only do they have more capacity, but more important, they have the bandwidth to effectively use it, unlike the 4GB models of Nvidia's GTX 670 and GTX 680.

However, unless you already have a decent Nvidia card and a spare PCIe slot and power cables for it, the 7970s would be incapable of GPU-accepted PhysX. That you brought up one of the only games where it matters seems to imply that this would bother you. If that assumes implication is correct, then two GTX 670s would be the best course of action assuming that Titan doesn't turn out any better than I expect it to. If that assumed implication is wrong, then I recommend that you go for the 7970s without a second thought unless you'd rather spend less and get 7950s.


Here is my current computer build. I'm using now with onboard graphics. (Also, I seriously want to play Crysis 3 at max settings, so I take it, GeForce?)

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 54.4 CFM CPU Cooler ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($148.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($83.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: A-Data S510 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($102.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VO200M1W2N (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($177.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($179.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Logitech G510 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($94.94 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech G9x Wired Laser Mouse ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Other: CyberPower 895 Surge Protector ($33.99)
Other: IOGEAR GBU521W6 Bluetooth 4.0 USB Micro Adapter ($12.99)
Other: Apevia ATX-WA750W Warlock 750-Watt ATX Power Supply ($79.99)
Total: $1311.52
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-21 01:02 EST-0500)
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February 21, 2013 4:14:21 AM

IDK if Nvidia would work better than AMD in Crysis 3. AMD has made huge improvements in drivers and in developer involvement lately and their memory bandwidth advantage is no small matter in games that intensive.
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February 21, 2013 4:19:31 AM

I would wait for official reviews to be released expect thursday or friday to see results. NVIDIA has asked to keep benchmark results under wraps guys. As for the Crysis 3.. you can bet your bottom $ if you get a Titan, It will give results. the 7970 GHZ is still a ok card but.. Crysis 3 is super demanding

GTX 680 SLI gets my vote
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a c 185 U Graphics card
February 21, 2013 4:21:40 AM

I have two 670's and there no game i can not max out so surely two 680's or 7970's will be able to. I agree with blazorthon suggestion wait to be more sure of Titan's placement.
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February 21, 2013 4:26:47 AM

TITAN's not out yet anyways. I haven't found concrete info on exactly when the release date is but I do know, once I get my Tax Return, I seriously want to play Crysis 3 ASAP. So I guess best bet is the Crossfire since I can get 4 games and sell 2 of them.
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February 21, 2013 4:31:02 AM

bigcyco1 said:
I have two 670's and there no game i can not max out so surely two 680's or 7970's will be able to. I agree with blazorthon suggestion wait to be more sure of Titan's placement.

Speaking on which.. PM me, i gotta talk about that
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