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Geforce GTX 670 vs Radeon HD 7970

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February 26, 2013 8:51:58 PM

So here's the thing guys I'm in the market for anew graphics card to replace my Geforce GTX 560 ti superclocked (I'm selling btw so if anyone is interested i want $150 or Best offer, i'll sell it for any amount really so if anyone know a good way to sell let me know).

Here are the two cards i'm intereseted in:

XFX Double D Radeon HD 7970 Black Edition (Core clock runs at 1000mhz its essentially the 7970ghz version but cheaper)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA Geforce GTX 670 FTW Signiture 2 (core clock runs at 1006mhz)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Here's the thing I don't have money to buy two cards for sli/crossfire so single card is the only choice for me.

I plan to play my games on 2 different displays (not at the same time mind you)

Vizio 720p 37" LCD TV Native resolution 1366x768 ( I use this for games I play on my 360 controller)

Samsung LED Monitor 23" Native resolution 1920x1080 (I hope to use this primarily but I haven't recently since some games can't run at 1920x1080 on my old gtx 560 ti *cough* far cry 3 *cough*)

So yeah i'm not not going to play games on a 3 monitor setup nor do i plan to play any of my pc games in the near future above 1920x1080. I also only use my machine for pc gaming and thats it. I'm not a video editor or CAD user or 3D Modeler i'm just an enthusiast pc gamer. Its one of the reason why I opted for my Intel core i5 3570K and not the i7 3770k.

Here's my current Rig:

Intel i5 3570K (stock 3.5ghz)
Corsair Vengence 16gb (4x 4gb) DDR3 1600
Corsair HX 650watt PSU (another reason why i'm not doing sli/crossfire)
2tb HDD 7200rpm Western Digital Black
EVGA Geforce GTX 560 ti (need to sell it)

I know the performance is pretty similar with both so I kinda in a lost here of what to do.

I've been mostly a Nvidia fanboy and haven't been an ATI/AMD user since the old school 9000 series. I love the phsyx features in games (Batman AC and Borderlands 2 are good examples). IF I get AMD i'm worried i'm going to miss out on those features. However I'm a big fan of Skyrim mods and I know LARGE RESOLUTION TEXTURE MODS need more than 2gb of VRAM. The 3GB of GDDR5 is really enticing. With the announcement hat the ps4 will have 8gb GDDR5 ram I have feeling that developers ares going to start asking for more memorry in our games.

I would like to stick with nvidia but is the 3gb of GDDR5 ram worth switching to AMD or should I stay with nvidia?


This is not a thread for people to start getting into amd vs nvidia fights. I just want honest opinions that have to particularly do with my situation nothing more.

Thanks in advance!
February 26, 2013 8:59:44 PM

BTW I forgot to add that my budget is $400 (or close to that). I can't afford anything above that before taxes. So please dont' tell me to get geforce gtx 690 or amd 7970ghz version. Any other advice of brands would be appreciated.
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February 26, 2013 9:05:46 PM

7970 all day everyday, unless you into 3D like me!
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February 26, 2013 9:07:53 PM

The 7970 psuedo Ghz edition competes with the GTX680. Should have no problem beating a GTX670.
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February 26, 2013 9:08:20 PM

redeemer said:
7970 all day everyday, unless you into 3D like me!


Like the way you responded to that, classic!
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February 26, 2013 9:09:47 PM

I can clock mine to 1200 and runs with no issue and that's the reference 7970 with dual-x cooler and still doesn't break the 65 degrees Celsius mark even under full load. So if you aren't into 3D gaming like redeemer stated the 7970 all day every day!
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February 26, 2013 9:28:22 PM

hero1 said:
Like the way you responded to that, classic!



How is that gorgeous Dell 27"U2713HM of yours doing??
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February 26, 2013 9:30:19 PM

Nice pick on those parts, though 16GB of RAM is overkill - but it's cheap. :p 

As for the graphics card, I personally LOVE my 670, but got extremely lucky and got a card that's an amazing overclocker; most won't be so lucky.
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February 27, 2013 2:55:24 AM

Hmmm damn that 7970 is tempting Is the one i want to buy a good model?

Anyone know a good way to sell my gtx 560ti
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February 27, 2013 11:03:20 AM

BTW I hoped you guys noticed that the geforce gtx 670 is overclocked has the same clock speeds of 680
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February 27, 2013 11:38:46 AM

amurorx said:
Hmmm damn that 7970 is tempting Is the one i want to buy a good model?

Anyone know a good way to sell my gtx 560ti


@ThreadStarter (TS, what I want to call him/her)
7970 All the time, expect for a sub $350 670. If you're lucky enough to find one, I found one at NCIX US.

To sell the 560 Ti, you can try using any listing/advertising/classified-ing website ebay, craigslist, etc or even the Classified section at tom's hardware forum.
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February 27, 2013 11:41:45 AM

If you're strictly gaming on that PC and not doing any 3D work that uses the CUDA cores, then just stick to the 7970 :) 

Plus, you'll get tons of free games for buying an AMD card now.
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February 27, 2013 11:47:46 AM

i'm getting so much conflicting informtion. On this site i hear 7970 on hardocp and guru i hear geforce 670

I dont' know what to do. Neither card are reference cards. The 670 i'm getting has the same clock speeds as a 680 Plus I love physx!

the question I have...if i'm sticking to 1920x1080 does the 3gb on 7970 make much of a difference to the 2gb on 670?
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February 28, 2013 7:55:15 AM

amurorx said:
i'm getting so much conflicting informtion. On this site i hear 7970 on hardocp and guru i hear geforce 670

I dont' know what to do. Neither card are reference cards. The 670 i'm getting has the same clock speeds as a 680 Plus I love physx!

the question I have...if i'm sticking to 1920x1080 does the 3gb on 7970 make much of a difference to the 2gb on 670?

7970 will be around 7% faster (general performance) in gaming. And what is the reason that you really like PhysX?
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