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    Default Having trouble deciding

    between a GTX680 (see my other recent thread) & a 7970 DirectCU II..
    The 7970 has been suggested by friends & on several other forums as more than a match for the 680 & at a far better price.

    Can someone educate me on the positives (and negatives) of both, personal opinions & experiences with either card would be appreciated.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Having trouble deciding

    The GTX 680 was recently released with very aggressive prices that forced AMD to reduce the prices on their cards.
    Both cards are at the top of the performance heap with high prices.

    The first question is do you need the most powerful card in your system?
    Why do you need one of these models? Gaming? Multi-monitor setup? Demanding graphics software?

    AMD currently offers newer 7xxx cards at lower prices that offer excellent performance.
    Nvidia will be releasing similar newer models shortly.
    Right now the GTX 680 is quieter and draws less power than the 7970.

    The best gfx reviews are at HardOCP.
    Others have different website preferences.
    HardOCP has a recent preview of the soon to be released GTX 690 with an estimated MSRP of ~$900.

    With your current P35 system, it seems like buying a king of the hill video card is overkill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by profJim View Post
    The first question is do you need the most powerful card in your system?
    Why do you need one of these models? Gaming? Multi-monitor setup? Demanding graphics software?
    Well it's mostly for gaming & i also do a lot of video processing.
    I've also just been given an almost brand new 2560x1600 monitor so I'm guessing I'm going to be needing a significant GPU boost in order to run things at max detail & with mods installed (Skyrim etc) at that res.
    It's also due to the fact that my wife is expecting a baby soon & quite frankly I'd never get away with spending this amount on a new GPU after our daughter is born (even though she games too & I probably won't be doing very much gaming then) so I'm looking to get as powerful a card as I can now because I'll most probably not be upgrading anything else anytime soon.

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    Have you checked out video card reviews to see which models give the best game play experience for the games you play?
    It appears that right now the Nvidia drivers are better, but this might not be an issue with a large single monitor.
    I don't think that you'll go wrong with either brand, but you will often get better cooling with less noise when you pay a bit more for a video card with a "custom" cooling solution. Many on the forum prefer Sapphire brand video cards (Radeon only).

    Let us know which brand/model you end up with.
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    Default Re: Having trouble deciding

    Look to the eu (europe) to buy 7970 or 680,much cheaper than UK and no import fees
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    Default Re: Having trouble deciding

    Quote Originally Posted by wazza300 View Post
    Look to the eu (europe) to buy 7970 or 680,much cheaper than UK and no import fees
    Howdy wazza & thanks for contributing.. can you suggest some particular sites..?

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    does an evga gtx 680 for 419 delivered sound good? or what about a vtx x edition 7970 for 345 delivered??

    are you serious about buying one? as i dont wanna give out where to buy in public ill pm you
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    Default Re: Having trouble deciding

    Quote Originally Posted by wazza300 View Post
    are you serious about buying one? as i dont wanna give out where to buy in public ill pm you
    Absolutely serious & no offence intended, but the prices almost sound a little too good.. haven't quite got the cash together yet, but will have very soon.
    I also need to do a little more research into the cards before I buy, there's an awful lot of contradictory info floating around various forums that's especially confusing to a novice like me.. I would appreciate any advice you could give here as the Jury is still out at this stage.

    Cheers.

    EDIT:

    Actually just checked Amazon UK & they are doing the evga gtx 680 for 420, unsurprisingly they are currently sold out.
    Last edited by miseryguts; 05-01-2012 at 07:32 AM.

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    thats a good price,the evga 680 superclocked edition is alot more expensive though,on the european site it comes in at 435 delivered,the 680/7970's are the only cards you save good money on,the others theres not much to save

    the sapphire 7970 oc is always out of stock too,that comes in cheaper than the vtx but its never in stock

    do some research first and see what suits you best and ill link you to buy a card,should be covered by warranty as its in the eu ect
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    Thermalright Silver Arrow Cpu Cooler
    1xSamsung 840 pro 256 Gb SSD windows 8.1 pro 64bit
    1xSamsung f4 HD204UI 2tb hard drive Storage
    Powercolor 7970 3gb V3 @1150mhz core/1700mhz mem,1.150v Accelero aftermarket air cooler 55c max
    Razer Lycosa Keyboard
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    Lite-On iHAS124-19 24x Sata DVDRW
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    L.G E2260V L.E.D 1920x1080 Monitor
    Xfx Pro 750w silver rated Psu 80+
    Fractal Arc Midi Case

    http://i38.tinypic.com/14myvfa.jpg x58 ud5 <=3.8ghz + 4.2ghz Overclock Template!!
    http://www.youtube.com/user/warren304#p/u Visit Me On Youtube

    Lots Of Gaming Videos With X58 Ud5 System And Gpu On My Youtube Channel!!
    Just Uploaded New Battlefield 4 Video!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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