What do you guys think? Which card for 300, 7970 or gtx590? The 7950, I thought about getting if it was low enough as well.
I wouldn't get the GTX590 (or HD6990) as both exhibit micro-stutter (choppiness) in modern games[techreport.com]. Essentially micro-stutter plagues all mutli-GPU solutions but as long as the GPU is fast enough to run games well above 60 fps, it is very hard to notice. This is why SLI/CF work well for 1-2 generations but not so much later. As games get more demanding, micro-stutter will only get worse. While the frames per second look good on paper, it doesn't actually mean the gameplay feels smooth.
I think you should either wait for a deal on a GTX670 or HD7970 at around $300 by black Friday or if you find a good deal on a $250 after-market HD7950, just grab it (stay away from XFX or a reference HD7970/GTX670 coolers as both are poor).
Also, keep in mind that HD7970 launched in December of 2011 and officially came on sale as early as January 2012. That means for AMD we are near the end of this generation and therefore we should see more sales down the line as the 7000 series is cleared for expected Q1 2013 launch of HD8000 series. Of course if you see a great deal on an after-market 670, don't hesitate to grab it as well.
I don't understand the issue. If you're in the market for a vid card, you know the parts numbers. If not, you're not making an informed decision and are simply looking for a low price, in which case any card will do.
If you're looking for something that's not a vid card, you should be familiar enough with that product to know this is not an applicable model number.
I seriously don't understand how it's a problem. An explanation of what you were thinking when you stumbled upon this thread would go a long way to explaining what's wrong with the title. Otherwise, cramming every detail into the title essentially defeats the purpose of a title.
This thread title means nothing to 90% of the SDers who glance through thread titles to see if it is interesting. If you're not a PC hardware geek, the title could be for golf clubs or motorcycles for all we know. Not too hard to get this point, think about it.
Do you want us to push the buttons for you too?
Please see above then push the buttons up your backside.
I think people who are looking for a card like this probably know what a gigabyte 660 ti means
Absolutely. And people glancing through thread titles to see if there is an interesting deal have to look inside to find out it is just a video card. Laziness in the thread title department, period.
If you click "I bought this", you'll automatically thumb it
and REP it!
Not just now but have been offering superior overclocking this entire generation and since late June and Catalyst 12.7 beta drivers regained price/performance lead at every price bracket for single-GPUs (7970 GE is also faster than GTX680, especially now since NV officially denied MSI and EVGA voltage control). Of course NV cards have their own advantages with features:
- Dual-Link Dual-DVI off 1 card
- Native ambient occlusion in the drivers
- Adaptive V-Sync
- TXAA anti-aliasing (although this is a blurfest and not a real advantage and only 1 game the Secret World has used it...ineffectively)
- Superior performance/watt for 670/680 cards
Strictly from a performance, price/performance and overclocking perspectives, Radeons have regained the lead since 5 months ago!
If you are going to buy a 7950, wait for a solid deal on Gigabyte Windforce 3x, MSI TwinFrozr 3 7950 or Sapphire Vapor-X 7950. Right now MSI TF3 7950 is still going for $300[amazon.com] or so, but it can overclock to surpass GTX680/7970 cards, and rather easily too. At about 1050mhz, HD7950 is already as fast as a GTX680[techpowerup.com]. This overclock can be reached below Tahiti's stock voltage of 1.175V on good after-market 7950s (Gigabyte Windforce 3x, MSI TF3). This is why the 660Ti at $265 isn't that hot.
The explanation is simple -- HD7950 still has 32 ROPs and 384-bit bus of the flagship 7970 but only slightly less shaders and texture units. It's basically an underclocked slightly neutered HD7970. GTX660Ti has 25% less ROPs and 25% lower memory bus than the flagship 680. This is why the 660Ti is a real mid-range product while 7950 is more high-end but factory underclocked in a way because AMD wanted to launch earlier and went conservative with clocks.
Also to add weight to the AMD case is the 7950/7970 ship with 3GB of onboard ram - so at higher resolutions - these cards really start to pull away from Nvidia.
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