Being a Nvidia man, what to do, what to do.

jarlsuki

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Hello

I recently sold my MSI GTX660Ti card (got a good price for it) so i decided i might aswell upgrade while im at it.
It first i was dead set on getting a GTX670 card, but the site i usually order stuff from has a sale on Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz 3GB GDDR5 (Vapor-X Ghz Edition) so the price is the same. GTX670 editions like "Superclocked" or "MSI Power ED" or Zotac AMP! etc is actually more expensive than the 7970ghz ed.

Any thoughts?
I've always gone for Nvidia cards, haven't really payed any attention to Radeon, but it's dumb of me to not always go for the better options.
 

Mahisse

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If you're a fanboy, you're a fanboy I guess. The numbers speaks for itselves. To quote another answer from a forum member:

Nvidia GTX 670:
- Pure gaming card with high 3d capability
- Acceleration in CUDA and OpenCL -- CUDA and OpenCL lets your GPU compute stuff instead of your CPU and get the work done much more quickly (like some media/content creation apps and some games will take advantage of this in the future))
- Relatively low power consumption
- Price much cheaper than that of a GTX 680 but can reach the same level of performance
- Potential to overclock
- In some games better than HD 7970
- Integrated GPU Physx engine, 3d support, bundled games etc

AMD HD 7970:
- Very strong gaming card with strong compute capability in OpenCL acceleration (often faster than Nvidia cards in OpenCL computing)
- Some higher power consumption compared to GTX 670
- High potential for overclocking with a custom cooler. Same PCB and same specifications with 7970 Ghz Edition. Theoretically you can reach at and well beyond the performance level of Ghz edition and GTX 680, IF YOU OVERCLOCK
- In some games better than GTX 670
- Higher memory bandwidth
- Good multi monitor support
- 3d support (i don't know which card is better at this)

At last, this is all about what you want to do with your PC. If mostly gaming, choose whichever you can find cheaper. If you have choice of games you want to play, then pay attention which card performs better at those. Finally, you can't go wrong whichever you choose

Personally I've would have waited to sell your 660ti and bought me one from the new series that are expected to come out in Q2 2013.
 

jarlsuki

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That was the plan but i got offered the same amount as i purchased the card for myself (even got to keep borderlands2) so i just went for it.
 

Mahisse

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Well if it's still the plan to buy a new card when they come out I think it's a no brainer. Just go for the cheapest as it will be a placeholder... But I see your dilemma, I would have had a hard time to choose as well but I think I would go with the 7970 unless you really want the physX ability of course.
 

jarlsuki

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Asus DCUII 670 looks just great, but what about the Zotac 670 AMP! card? Seems to be just that 1-2% higher on benchmarks and costs $35 less.
Does it have any other negative sides? I did notice that it takes up 3 slots.

Not that it's a major thing, but the Zotac card also comes with all Assassins Creed 3 + AC 3-game pack.