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XFX 7970 Vs Galaxy 670

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February 22, 2013 11:15:37 PM

Hello,

First of all I'd like to say that I've only recently discovered this site and it has made my life much easier.

I'm currently in the process of building a new pc.

I'm going with:
i5 3570k
ASUS P8z77-V LK
G.Skill 2x4 GB DDR3 1600

So my next step is to get a graphics card.

I was a bit confused because based on the graphics card hierarchy on here, an HD 7970 is supposed to be a tier above a GTX 670. However, through searching the forums, people seem to be arguing otherwise.

As I was going through my search, I found two great deals on both cards.

Galaxy GTX 670 ~ $330 after rebate:
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=71304&vpn=67NPH6DV6KX...

XFX HD 7970 ~ $360 after rebate:
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=67172&vpn=FX797ATDFC&...

I'm looking for overall performance as I usually play a variety of games at various resolutions.

More about : xfx 7970 galaxy 670

a c 115 U Graphics card
February 22, 2013 11:20:28 PM

The 7970 is a bit beefier than the 670 but it also runs a lot hotter. Other than that, there's no real difference.
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a c 175 U Graphics card
February 22, 2013 11:26:03 PM

7970 (you wrote 7950 there!) Shouldn't be a tier higher but just like 5-10% faster. But What I like from the 7970 is the game bonus which includes titles such as Far Cry 3, SLEEPING DOGS, HITMAN Absolution, Bioshock Infinite, Crysis 3.
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February 22, 2013 11:32:16 PM

refillable said:
7970 (you wrote 7950 there!) Shouldn't be a tier higher but just like 5-10% faster. But What I like from the 7970 is the game bonus which includes titles such as Far Cry 3, SLEEPING DOGS, HITMAN Absolution, Bioshock Infinite, Crysis 3.


I apologize, I edited it.

Yeah, I think the difference ($30) is justified in the difference of performance + games bonus...
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February 23, 2013 12:22:52 AM

Any other differing opinions?
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February 23, 2013 12:26:33 AM

also the 7970 is a bigger card and i think needs more power then a 670 i would go for a 670 just based on how well nivida brings out their drivers amd are just catching up but nividia still wins the cake for not only for the gaming needs but the cuda cores and such come in handy when video editing and anything else on your pc that needs processing power in that kinda area
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a c 175 U Graphics card
February 23, 2013 12:55:53 AM

CUDA cores is wrong. GPU compute is at least 2 times stronger on the Tahiti. Power consumption difference is not that big. It is just about 20W.
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February 23, 2013 12:56:36 AM

how are cuda cores wrong ?
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February 23, 2013 2:45:05 AM

refillable said:
7970 (you wrote 7950 there!) Shouldn't be a tier higher but just like 5-10% faster. But What I like from the 7970 is the game bonus which includes titles such as Far Cry 3, SLEEPING DOGS, HITMAN Absolution, Bioshock Infinite, Crysis 3.



For the sake of learning, could you explain to me how you came the conclusion?

I initially thought the gtx 670 would be better because of the higher core clock
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a c 115 U Graphics card
February 23, 2013 3:06:19 AM

mattar said:
For the sake of learning, could you explain to me how you came the conclusion?

I initially thought the gtx 670 would be better because of the higher core clock


Clock frequency doesn't mean anything when comparing different architectures.
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February 23, 2013 3:07:27 AM

Check the 7970 Crysis 3 benchmarks, the game can eat up over 2GB VRAM, and its faster than the 670. Who cares about power consumption this is a desktop and an extra 5$ a year doesnt mean squat!
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a c 175 U Graphics card
February 23, 2013 6:21:11 AM

Exactly clocks doesn't mean anything. But in your last post you seem to know that the 7970 is faster.
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February 23, 2013 6:43:32 AM

7970 hands down. It's closer.to a 680. And enjoy crysis 3.and bioshock infinity for free :) 
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