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#115909 11-Apr-2013 13:18

Looking at getting a new Graphics card soon.

I have been a NVidia fan boy all my life. Recently there drivers etc are starting to annoy me in the since that it breaks things and just sill bugs. (im on Windows 8)

Its been a while since I have done any research around the cards. What is the current top dog in Graphics cards?

My budget is around $700

I was looking at the NVidia Gigabyte GTX 670

Thoughts?

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  #797760 11-Apr-2013 13:29
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Have you looked at an HD7970 or 7950?

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/598?vs=508

What resolution do you game at though?




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  #797761 11-Apr-2013 13:30

sidefx: Have you looked at an HD7970 or 7950?

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/598?vs=508

What resolution do you game at though?


I have 2 x 24" monitors so that's 1920 x 1080

 
 
 
 


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  #797898 11-Apr-2013 17:10
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sidefx: Have you looked at an HD7970 or 7950?



^^^this... And there's the GTX 670, which is also around your budget

http://pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=VGAAS59574&name=Asus-GTX-670-DirectCU-II-TOP-Super-Overclocked-2GB

Nice card!

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  #797922 11-Apr-2013 17:57
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HD7970, you can get a GHZ edition for around $650

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  #797941 11-Apr-2013 18:28
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I've bought the Radeon 670 gcard and with it's 2 fans, it couldn't even fit into my Tower Case.. The thing is HUUUGE.

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  #797943 11-Apr-2013 18:32
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All the ATi kit I have seen/used has drivers that blow chunks... It is a no brainer.

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  #798207 12-Apr-2013 08:37
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Yeah, GTX 670 is highly recommended for your price range.

Note: Use Tom's Hardware Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart :D

 
 
 
 


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  #798211 12-Apr-2013 08:44
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I have a Gigabyte 7950 that i picked up for around $550, i overclocked it past the 7970 ghz, and haven't looked back. A 7970ghz is faster than a 680 in most cases so really that's a no brainer. AMD fixed there drivers years ago, never had any problems (apart from when i was crossfiring my 2 6870's but thats to be expected)

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  #798234 12-Apr-2013 09:33
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1080p: All the ATi kit I have seen/used has drivers that blow chunks... It is a no brainer.


You obviously haven't used the 7000series cards then. AMD have been focusing a lot on their drivers lately and I only see them getting better, so I wouldn't worry about drivers like the earlier days.

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  #798235 12-Apr-2013 09:36
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1080p: All the ATi kit I have seen/used has drivers that blow chunks... It is a no brainer.


I'm surprised that didn't trigger a "Here we go..." from PeterReader. Actually I'm a bit surprised the whole thread didn't trigger one ;-)




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  #798370 12-Apr-2013 13:27

So then the verdict I should get the 7970? :)

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1080p: All the ATi kit I have seen/used has drivers that blow chunks... It is a no brainer.


"Holden is way faster than Coke bro and Intel tastes way better than Burger Fuel..." Tongue Out

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  #801014 17-Apr-2013 14:14
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I have multiple PC's at home, some have Nvidia Geforce GPU's some have AMD Radeon's. I've had minimal driver issues with either both companies have regular release schedules for their current products and pretty good support for their back catalogue.

Go for whichever is best bang for buck (price/performance) at the time, which varies but lately has been Radeon 7xxx series.

If you do go AMD follow https://twitter.com/CatalystCreator for updates.



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  #801024 17-Apr-2013 14:28

Yes I have been convenience that the 7970 would be the best one for me. One the other hand I have overclocked my GTS 450 at the moment just going to wait till it dies. The core is running at 1000MHz and memory 2000MHz and 1.1 volts. It got up to 58 degrees. So still stable.

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