Best Graphics card in $250-$400 Price range

SirNormanBochuck
US Enlisted: 2011-11-02
2012-11-28 15:34
I am looking to upgrade my graphic cards. Now I have 2x 7770's however I'd like to get just one card to equal the performance. I get 60 to 70 fps on ultra...however I would like to just get one card. I was thinking about the
GTX 670 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008HZ5438/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER [amazon.com]

Thanks for any help or opinions
StayPuftOCN
US Enlisted: 2011-10-25
2012-11-28 15:37
I'd go with a 7970 for the same money

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008 [newegg.com]
Mogul26
US Enlisted: 2012-10-17
2012-11-28 15:38
Go with a Zotac 660ti Amp'd it's performance is only 3fps less on BF3, as well as many other games. It's $100 less as well.
SirNormanBochuck
US Enlisted: 2011-11-02
2012-11-28 15:39
ImBackBabyyy said:
I'd go with a 7970 for the same money

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008 [newegg.com]

That is a good price considering the $150 in free games you get. But can that card run Quad Crossfire?
StayPuftOCN
US Enlisted: 2011-10-25
2012-11-28 15:40
THEEvILKinEVIL said:
ImBackBabyyy said:
I'd go with a 7970 for the same money

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008 [newegg.com]
That is a good price considering the $150 in free games you get. But can that card run Quad Crossfire?



All 7970's can do 4 way crossfire but you'll never need 4 way
DnBKinG
GB Enlisted: 2011-10-25
2012-11-28 15:42
THEEvILKinEVIL said:
I am looking to upgrade my graphic cards. Now I have 2x 7770's however I'd like to get just one card to equal the performance. I get 60 to 70 fps on ultra...however I would like to just get one card. I was thinking about the
GTX 670 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008HZ5438/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER [amazon.com]

Thanks for any help or opinions


Get that 670, there amazing cards and overclock the shit out of it and you will be up to a 680 overclocked easy.
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SirNormanBochuck
US Enlisted: 2011-11-02
2012-11-28 15:42
Im just wondering so if I ever need to upgrade....I can just do a crossfire.
StayPuftOCN
US Enlisted: 2011-10-25
2012-11-28 15:43
THEEvILKinEVIL said:
Im just wondering so if I ever need to upgrade....I can just do a crossfire.



All the high end cards from Nvidia and Amd can do Crossfire, 3 way crossfire and 4 way crossfire
DnBKinG
GB Enlisted: 2011-10-25
2012-11-28 15:45
Nvidia = SLI
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Polemology
CW Enlisted: 2012-06-15
2012-11-28 15:51 , edited 2012-11-28 15:52 by Polemology
I think that it's a choice of the Radeon 7970 or the GTX 670.

The GTX 670 performs better than the Radeon 7970 in Battlefield 3 however if you care about the ~10 FPS the Radeon 7970 will give you in different games, then go for the 7970 instead.
It's entirely up to you, depending on what sort of games you play, experiences with different game companies, preference of the software each company uses, etc.

Personally I wouldn't dare OCing anything because of the risk of damaging any of your parts.

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

I'm not a fanboy of either, they're both great manufacturers of GPUs and are great at what they each do.
OopsIpeepee
US Enlisted: 2011-11-19
2012-11-28 15:57
If you looking for the "best graphics card" then the 7970 is the one you want. It's currently the fastest card on the market.


http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/directCompute.html [videocardbenchmark.net]
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DnBKinG
GB Enlisted: 2011-10-25
2012-11-28 15:57 , edited 2012-11-28 16:00 by DnBKinG
OopsIpeepee said:
If you looking for the "best graphics card" then the 7970 is the one you want. It's currently the fastest card on the market.


http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/directCompute.html [videocardbenchmark.net]


7970ghz Edition. Not the standard 7970
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N0v4life
NO Enlisted: 2011-10-24
2012-11-28 16:09
I agree with most of the comments posted already. 7970 is a very good all around graphics card. However, as of late I've always bought myself nVidia cards because I have have some bad experiences with AMD drivers, although the new Catalyst drivers for AMD cards are very beneficial. (Someone imply if I'm wrong or not?)

If it was my decision, I'd stick with an overclocked GTX 660ti or a GTX 670.

The nVidia cards consumes less power than the AMD cards. They're small in size as well if that is something you fancy, the nVidia ones.

Either 7970 or 670 would be great choice.
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Guovssohas
NO Enlisted: 2011-11-11
2012-11-28 16:19 , edited 2012-11-28 16:23 by Guovssohas
Definitely the 7970, i would get the standard 7970 since it oc's easily to the ghz edition speeds anyway. If you really like oc'ing and tweaking get the 7950, they oc very well and should easily reach 7970ghz speeds, for much less money.
cakes-mA
US Enlisted: 2012-10-23
2012-11-28 16:23
I have the GTX 670 FTW. It gets up to 1250MHz and performs well. I got mine for $420 a couple months ago, so the price is probably a little less.
StayPuftOCN
US Enlisted: 2011-10-25
2012-11-28 16:23
N0v4life said:
I agree with most of the comments posted already. 7970 is a very good all around graphics card. However, as of late I've always bought myself nVidia cards because I have have some bad experiences with AMD drivers, although the new Catalyst drivers for AMD cards are very beneficial. (Someone imply if I'm wrong or not?)

If it was my decision, I'd stick with an overclocked GTX 660ti or a GTX 670.

The nVidia cards consumes less power than the AMD cards. They're small in size as well if that is something you fancy, the nVidia ones.

Either 7970 or 670 would be great choice.



I'm an Nvidia fanboy and i'd still buy a 7970 for the same price of a 670
FiF7yOnE
VI Enlisted: 2012-08-25
2012-11-28 16:24 , edited 2012-11-28 16:31 by FiF7yOnE
MSI PE 670. Currently what I have, overclocks like a champ, over-volts like a champ, and gets no hotter than 62 degrees while playing BF3 maxed out in 1080p. Amazing card for a solid price.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127685&Tpk=MSI%20PE%20GTX%20670 [newegg.com]

Best deal on the market currently. I would jump on that if you do not have either of those games. Both big titles, both great games. I mean that's a free $100-$120 in just titles...making the card basically under $300 considering. It's the exact card I have, and I can tell you for sure you will never dip below 60 fps on ultra pre-set at 1080p or 1920x1200. With the stock overclocked settings. I have not met a game that I cannot run. Plus you're also getting things like Physx which a lot of games are making use of now. Like Borderlands 2, AC3, Planetside 2, etc. With my overclock, I am getting over 1300mhz boost clock(generally around 1320), and roughly 7100 mem. Stable in heaven dx11. And I could go higher on voltage and push it further if needed. Even in furmark, the card has not touched 70 degrees during burn-in. Which puts more stress on the GPU than any game on the market basically.
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cakes-mA
US Enlisted: 2012-10-23
2012-11-28 16:33 , edited 2012-11-28 16:37 by cakes-mA
OP, this site [anandtech.com] is very handy.

Look at the comparison.
FiF7yOnE
VI Enlisted: 2012-08-25
2012-11-28 16:36 , edited 2012-11-28 16:39 by FiF7yOnE
Nostalgist said:
OP, this site [anandtech.com] is very handy.

Look at the comparison.


Based on those marks, I'm happy I went with 670 over the 7970. Look at the difference in benchmarks for BF3 1080p 4xaa. 30 FPS difference. Wow. Still, they do trade blows back and forth pretty evenly. But the power consumption is generally lower with nvidia. Not always, but generally.

Still trying to find a better current deal than the MSI PE GTX 670 for $394 shipped with free borderlands 2 and assassins creed 3. That is almost too good of a deal.
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cakes-mA
US Enlisted: 2012-10-23
2012-11-28 16:40 , edited 2012-11-28 16:44 by cakes-mA
KFieLd-CsG said:
Nostalgist said:
OP, this site [anandtech.com] is very handy.

Look at the comparison.
Based on those marks, I'm happy I went with 670 over the 7970. Look at the difference in benchmarks for BF3 1080p 4xaa. 30 FPS difference. Wow. Still, they do trade blows back and forth pretty evenly. But the power consumption is generally lower with nvidia. Not always, but generally.

Still trying to find a better current deal than the MSI PE GTX 670 for $394 shipped with free borderlands 2 and assassins creed 3. That is almost too good of a deal.

I think you saw the 7950 comparison. I just changed it to 7970, but the 670 still beats it for BF3. It's a mixed bag overall though. I've never had trouble with Nvidia cards so I'm def sticking with them.