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New GPU? 7970 or gtx680

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Boneface, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. Boneface

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    Well im bored and looking to get a new gpu, either 7970 or a 680.

    HIS H797F3G2M Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI... 7970 529.00+30 to get bud to deliver to my place from states
    Or an evga gtx680, my computer store can get them pretty easy and go for 549+13%tax

    I plan to sli/CF them later. One i can get as soon as i want (680) the other i would have to wait at least a wk if not more.


    Thanks Boneface

    They did have 2 680s at microcenter in detroit for 509.00 gone today though lol
     
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    Quite honestly, if you're just using a 1080p monitor, whichever is cheaper is the better buy, if you're using a higher resolution, and not overclocking, I would say it's pretty much the same boat. If you are going to OC, get the 680 unless you prefer AMD/ATI.
     
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    This prolly not the answer you want to hear but i'd hold off a bit, price's should come down and possibly a couple new card's are on the way :)

    Is your 6950 not up to task any longer?
     
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    680. No brainer. Faster, cheaper, quieter, less power consumption...
     
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  5. Boneface

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    I am thinking of getting 2 more 27in monitors in the future for eyefinity/nvsurround and i will be OCing lol

    I would wait but the longer i do the less value my cards will be worth, and they work great in bf3 but i do miss having eyefinity/surround

    Its faster,quieter and use less power but its more expensive 560.00 7970, 620 for the 680, if the 680 was in at newegg i would get it there for 499
     
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    erocker Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Have you looked at reviews? I don't quite understand why a 7970 vs. 680 thread needs to be made to make a decision. It's just going to go back and forth like the countless other threads just like this one on the internet.
     
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    I have read the reviews and such, i know the 680 is better, but for me itll be more expensive then the 7970 as the 7970 will be from the states and the 680 from canada. I guess im just wondering if i should pay the extra 60$ for the 680 or just go with the 7970.
    Sorry bout the thread!
     
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    For the cost, the 680 is 10% more, but at max OC you will end up 15-20% faster up to 3 monitors, if you plan on a 5/6 monitor setup I suggest AMD for the vram.
     
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    Heh, tough choice. Performance is a little better on the Nvidia side, but since it's more expensive and they are hard to find, I'd just go with the 7970. I love mine and it overclocks nicely. I'm using a 27" 2560x1440 monitor as well.
     
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    its for people that can't make up their minds haha! and what other peoples opinions.
     
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    Too late to the party to warrant a response. :p Are you here to contribute to this thread or be the peanut gallery to my posts? :wtf:
     
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    LOL hell i was surprised my computer store could get the 680 in at all, buddy of mine traded in a 580, and a i7 920 plsu 50bucks to get his from them BASTARD lol.
    My monitor is only 1920x1080, samsung s27a950d 120hz 3d monitor.
     
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    From what I've heard, Nvidia handles 120hz and 3d better (due to its RAMDAC), so keep that in mind if you are keeping with the same monitor. I'd almost wait (if you can) for the 670 or whatever they'll call it to come out.
     
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    Well 120hz and 3d on this with ati works great, love it, but bf3 beats the crap out of my rig in 3d, ME3,dirt2,3 play like a dream in 3d,

    LMAO! just realized i would need 2 more 120monitors, CRAP, that would cost a fortune. So i guess i want to be able to play bf3 in 3d with no problems!
    Patience was never one of my strong points lol

    Guess 60$ is only 60$, now do i want to wait over a wk or get tuesday:banghead:.

    Sorry kind of thinking outloud, but the help is helping lol thanks, pretty sure itll be the 7970 though
     
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    If you could get the 680 for less than the 7970 and only intend to keep the card for a year or two i'd say go for it (GTX 680) otherwise i'd go 7970. Is there still a need to do a reformat when switching between Nvidia/ATi like the old day's?

    I understand you want to recoup as much as possible from your current card's, i would to if i was going from CF/SLI on such close gen's. It is pricey i can imagine!

    True but a lot of thread's have fanboy's spewing hurr durr so it can be confusing seeing as the two card's are nearly identical in every aspect, although the Nvidia is better on average by 6% in ALL areas. Plus sometime's people just like to get advice from fellow user's and use that info along with review's to make their choice/s ;)

    Not only for the sake of Vram difference but compute is much better on the 7970 as well, which i think will make the card more viable down the road as the software mature's to better use the hardware. I think the 680 will become "obsolete" before the 7970 :eek:

    Once OCd i think both are dead even :confused:

    This gen of GFX card's is too damn close to call with any certainty and both camp's have their good point's. Almost forgot! Is ATi still having trouble with 120Hz or did they sort that out?
     
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    The detail with 120Hz changes somehow the situation. It seems that the 680 handles better that (hassle free).I was about to say get the cheaper one since the difference is not so big. But waiting sometimes is not worth it. On the other hand it also dependends on what games you play.In some the 680 is noticeably better. If you are already set to spend some important money I'd say get the 680. On the other hand no matter what card if you want to get surround or eyefinity you need two so maybe 2xGTX670 at 350$ would be interesting but that means waiting at least a month.
     
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    Since u missed the 509 deal @ Microcenter, check this deal @ NCIX.ca:
    EVGA GeForce GTX 680
    $509.99 CAD
    Savings Code 69799-1067. SAVE $34.41 off our regular price of $544.40 if you buy today! Special price ends 4/30/2012.

    LINK
    MSI, Galaxy, PNY also available @ this price
     
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    just checked NCiX and everything is OOS or pre-order for the 680 :(
     
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    Gtx680
     
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    Given availability and the prices available to you, I would suggest the 7970.
     
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    Your'e also getting integrated physx with the GTX 680 don't forget. Mafia 2,Batman Games,Mirror's Edge,Alice:Madness Returns,Metro 2033,Borderlands 2(Not Released yet) all use it not to mention the additional effects in Just Cause 2 that are Nvidia only.

    GTX680 is a no brainer I think
     
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    lol Those are all games i dont play! But thanks! Im pretty much stuck on BF3
     
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    Gtx 680.
     
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    One thing to think about is that BF3 uses more than 2gb of Vram on Ultra settings. The game will automatically lower IQ for the Nvidia card (most likely barely noticable), but performace will be a bit higher.
     
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    Actually, the game appears to scale with available Vram.. its odd.

    Same settings (1080p, Ultra, 4xAA, HBAO) on GTX580 1.5GB, GTX580 3GB

    580 = ~1.2GB used
    580 3GB = ~1.9-2GB used

    http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=702655

    With 1GB the game seems to stutter a bit. But anything 1.5GB + at ultra is seemingly OK.

    GTX680 doesnt stutter at 2560x1440 either.. uses around the same 1.9GB.

    Do you have any links where it shows the IQ goes down on Nvidia cards? I havent heard that one before.
     

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