So my ebay auction for my 2 5870 Eyefinity 6's is up to at least 450 for the both of them before shipping, and there's still 2 days left on it . I'm looking to get a 7970 probably with the money I get from the sale. Only paid 360 for them both a few months ago (newegg shell shocker ftw!). Is there any reason that I should cough up the extra cash and go for a 680 (when they become available)? My first instinct is telling me no, but I just thought I'd ask for a second opinion. I'm neither an AMD nor NVIDIA fanboy so, if anyone has a good argument to convince me to buy one or the other, then I'll gladly hear it.
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Can't even find a 680 on tigerdirect anymore, but they were selling it for $529.99.
Apr 29, 12 at 2:32pm
what's the price difference on both?
Apr 29, 12 at 2:23pm
My cards only ended up selling for 485$, so I really didn't have enough to completely cover a 680. I actually ended up going with the sapphire 7970 OC Edition. The 680 might be better, but based on reviews I saw, I couldn't justify either waiting until it comes back in stock at normal prices or paying an inflated amount for the few places that have them in stock. My cards only ended up selling for 485$, so I really didn't have enough to completely cover a 680.
Apr 27, 12 at 11:40am
Looks like I'm gonna go with a 680. Also discovered that it appears that tigerdirect has some in stock!
I've yet to see a Nvidia card have as much vram as most 7970s have, more is better when going for multimonitor setups and higher than 1080 resolutions.
there are a ton of gtx 580s that have 3GB of vram. id expect the 680 to follow suit after more non-reference designs show up. i would prefer 3GB over 2GB too, esp after texture packs, AA, resolutions above 1080p, etc.
Is the 680 really worth the exta $50+, along with the wait for them to go back into stock? Also, wouldn't the 7970 have an advantage over the 680 in games like battlefield 3 (which recommends something like a MINIMUM of 2gb vram)?
GTX 680 at 1080p with everything maxed achieves 77FPS average with ease.. The HD 7970 achieves at the same resolution and settings 66FPS average. The GTX 680 is the only single GPU card that can run the game and remain above 60FPS at all times, the lowest it hits is 64FPS compared to the 52FPS of the HD 7970. Even at higher resolutions where you would think the HD 7970 would do better it still loses.
It would perhaps be nice if someone actually did a benchmark where CUDA and PhysX are disabled on the GTX680 card and both are set to the same clock speeds, with the same amount of vram available, just to get a proper comparison of the architechture. Create as much of a level playing field as possible.
The lack of CUDA and PhsyX on the AMD cards seems to hold it back against Nvidia, since PhysX and CUDA are Nvidia technologies, on the otherhand I've yet to see a Nvidia card have as much vram as most 7970s have, more is better when going for multimonitor setups and higher than 1080 resolutions.
Not to mention that most games I've seen on the PC market are geared more towards Nvidia and not AMD or attempt to take advantage of both perfectly well. Especially as Nvidia push their technologies more than AMD so they're better supported.
Apr 27, 12 at 10:12am
gtx 680 all the way. as everyone is saying: "GeForce GTX 680 is now the fastest single-GPU graphics card".
plus you get adaptive v-sync, physx, cuda, the plethora of 'the way its meant to be played' games support, lots of AA methods you can more reliably force in games than ati cards, etc etc etc.
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