For anybody planning to OC this card, http://www.overclock.net/t/126511...ster-guide My 670 is at 1340 with no problems but I backed it down to 1270 due to this guide. The cards will peak much higher, to maximize performance you want to stabilize the clocks to avoid throttling.
Here is a good comparison benchmark that shows solid performance for a GTX 670 and compares four reference cards all overclocked GTX670 GTX680 vs Radeon 7950 Radeon 7970. This is as of May 2012 so I am not sure how the results are now with newer software/firmware releases. However, this is only one sample also.
I hope Amazon gets a deal like this...Still have last year's Soutwest/Chase Amazon gift card stash waiting for some new build deals. Thanks for the post...keeps me on my toes about the deals that my turn up.
If I don't do any 3d gaming, is the 7850 capable of handling FarCry3, Skyrim, and SC2 at 1080p resolution?
More importantly, is the 670 worth $100 more than the 7850?
The 7850 is more than enough for most 1080P gaming. The GTX 670 is more suited for 2560 x 1440 or 1080P @ 120 FPS.
If you have either a 2560 x 1440 monitor or a 120 Hz 1080P monitor , then it is worth the $100 more. If you don't have either and don't intend to get either soon then I think it's hard to justify the $100 more.
Edit: It also matters what CPU you have as well. If the game you are running isn't optimized for your CPU ( in this case possible CPU bottleneck), you may not see much of a difference beyond a certain range of GPUs (e.g. 7850 and up would yield similar results).
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