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GeForce GTX 670 vs Radeon HD 7870 GHz Ed.

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February 27, 2013 3:49:16 PM

I am getting ready to purchase parts for a new rig and have only one detail left to decide on. I want to pair two of either of these cards and I am leaning towards the 7870 due to price. Both are from GIGABYTE. Which would be the best option?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am open to other suggestions, however, so if there is something in the price range of roughly $0 - $350 per card that you think would be better, please let me know. I have glanced over the recent article covering the best graphics cards for the month of Feb., in case any of you would happen to reference that.

Thanks...
a c 91 U Graphics card
February 27, 2013 3:53:27 PM

personally I agree that if you're getting a pair, the 7870 would be better. however, I must ask what you're using these for? if for gaming on multiple monitors, a single 7970 and getting a second one later is better
February 27, 2013 3:59:31 PM

yes, they/it would be for gaming on multiple monitors with the highest settings on basically whatever I can throw at it. would a single 7970 handle ultra settings on games such as BF3, Skyrim, Crysis, etc.... ? I am also considering only gaming on one monitor, so would two cards be completely pointless if I did that?
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a b U Graphics card
February 27, 2013 4:07:57 PM

For one monitor more than one lower quality card will not perform quite as well as a single higher quality card. Also you may want to consider a 7870 Le
February 27, 2013 4:38:45 PM

My head is pretty much swimming now with all these options and models and numbers... What would the best option be for a single, quality card that can run anything at ultra settings? Also, what would be the best manufacturer for said card? Price range is basically free up to $550-ish. the 7970 looks promising...
February 27, 2013 4:49:36 PM

I'm reading a lot about the 7970's having problems with coil whine...
February 27, 2013 4:55:02 PM

well, I have a EVGA GTX670 FTW GB and it plays Crysis 3 in the VERY HIGH settings 1080p with TXAAx2 and I pull between 32-38 fps in the WORST case scenario (like out in the grassy fields is the worst because each blade of grass renders its own shadow :/ ) and pull 45-75 FPS when I'm indoors (in hallways or underground, etc). the bump is about 10% more FPS when I turn off any AA

It actually plays the game very good, its just all the grass that murders the frame rates :p 

all the games before it I can play EASY on ULTRA 1080. Crysis 2 I pull 50 fps easy with all ULTRA turned on.

I don't know how the 7870 compares, but I know that my GTX670 performance better than a stock 680 because of turbo boost, for reference... I usually run about 1100 mhz during gaming, and I could go higher if I cranked my fan and power threshold up, but I'm happy with the performance.

The FTW is one of the more expensive versions of the card, at any rate, but the EVGA SC version is like $350ish.

Dry
February 27, 2013 5:02:35 PM

I usually play on HIGH because I don't notice any difference in detail and I can run 40 fps in the open areas consistently. I've been trying to get together a benchmark video for Cry3 but work has been crazy and I'm shockingly unmotivated...

Dry
February 27, 2013 5:59:40 PM

I guess I don't really understand the difference between the GHZ edition and the normal 7970 besides clock speed?

Dry
a b U Graphics card
February 27, 2013 6:34:56 PM

Its a good quality card and one of the best but do consider getting the 3gb version, even triple 1080p is fine on 3gb of vram
a b U Graphics card
February 27, 2013 6:37:52 PM

That's a preatty nice card...
If your cpu and power supply can handle that monster...
The bonus is the free games!!! That's like 100.00 bucks off
a c 272 U Graphics card
February 27, 2013 6:43:29 PM

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    a b U Graphics card
    February 27, 2013 7:28:28 PM

    DryCreamer said:
    well, I have a EVGA GTX670 FTW GB and it plays Crysis 3 in the VERY HIGH settings 1080p with TXAAx2 and I pull between 32-38 fps in the WORST case scenario (like out in the grassy fields is the worst because each blade of grass renders its own shadow :/ ) and pull 45-75 FPS when I'm indoors (in hallways or underground, etc). the bump is about 10% more FPS when I turn off any AA

    It actually plays the game very good, its just all the grass that murders the frame rates :p 

    That's great to hear - I've been extremely nervous about running C3 on my i3... All those foreign CPU benchies are scary. I'm positive I'll find a good mix of High and Very High with low-med AA that will run around 35-40fps on my current setup, but I wasn't sure if I'd be dropping below 25 all the time...
    February 27, 2013 8:15:19 PM

    If you want the vapor x (the card I have) and you are gaming on one monitor, definitely get the 3 GB version. http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-DL-DVI-I-SL-DVI-D-PCI-Ex...

    They went up in price quite a bit, I bought mine for $440 a couple weeks ago. It's still a really good card, maxes all my games and the temps have never gone over 65 degrees after hours of gaming.
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