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Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Windforce 3X review

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dolphie 18th November 2012, 19:28 Quote
Well there are some really nice 2560x1600 in the 27" range now and are expensive but not crazily expensive. The Hazro and some others are around £500 or so I think. I could maybe stretch to that early next year, but the problem is that I would then need a card to cope, and it starts getting really expensive then.

I like to crank games and judging by all those charts, even high end cards struggle with that resolution. The big double cards are so expensive, but at least with the Radeon you could maybe just about scrape by. You might only be able to get 30fps out of demanding games but at least you're pulling it off. If the alternatives are 10fps less, that's 20fps which is a no go for most action games.

In the end I would probably just have to compromise on the screen and get a 24" instead :( One of those with this 670 Windforce3 shaves off hundreds. I am hoping something nice might happen early next year with screens and the GTX 780 or whatever.
BlueFalcon 21st November 2012, 21:46 Quote
dolphie, it also comes down to the games you play/want to play. Planet Side 2, WOW, Hard Reset, Dragon Age 2, Project CARS, Max Payne 3 will run faster on NV cards, while other games like Sleeping Dogs, Hitman Absolution, Witcher 2, Skyrim with ENB mods, Arma II games, Dirt games, Far Cry 3, Anno 2070, Metro 2033, will run faster on AMD's cards. Games like Battlefield 3 and Crysis 2 will be nearly a tie at this point. Nvidia no longer has an advantage in Frostbite 2.0 games after AMD fixed their driver issues in that engine. At the same time, Nvidia also offers PhysX effects in games like Batman AC or Borderlands 2 which look cool and the GTX670 will use a bit less power.

You can't go wrong with GTX670 Windforce 3x as it IS an excellent card. My main point was the standing of the cards in this review is no longer accurate as the latest drivers drastically changed the situation. You also make a very good point regarding no single-GPU being sufficient enough to drive 2560x1600 on its own.

Right now GTX670 OC Windforce is going for about £300 with 2 free games - Borderlands 2 and Assassin's Creed 3.
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-gigabyte-gtx-670-windforce-3x-28nm-pcie-30-(x16)-6008mhz-gddr5-gpu-980mhz-boost-1058mhz-cores-13

1Ghz Gigabyte Windforce HD7970 is also £300 with 3 free games - Sleeping Dogs, Hitman Absolution and Far Cry 3
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/3gb-gigabyte-radeon-hd-7970-overclocked-5500mhz-gddr5-1000mhz-dvi-i-hdmi-2x-mini-dp

If you push HD7970 with overclocking, it will outperform GTX670/680 at 2560x1600:
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/57894-asus-hd-7970-3gb-matrix-platinum-edition-review-20.html

Most HD7970 will only overclock to 1150-1200mhz though, but still would be faster at 1920x1200 or 2560x1600 than GTX670 OC. If you don't want to overclock, it's a moot point. Chances are for next generation games like Metro Last Light and Crysis 3, neither GTX670 nor HD7970 would be fast enough anyway - the store of PC enthusiast!
dolphie 27th November 2012, 02:08 Quote
Thanks a lot Blue, helped a lot :)
Xtheblackfox 28th November 2012, 19:54 Quote
My HD 7950 is a beast and fantastic value!!
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