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Windows 7: Nvidia gtx 580 or AMD 7970

04 May 2012   #1
silverstormz

windows 7 home premium
 
 
Nvidia gtx 580 or AMD 7970

Hey guys i was wondering what card should i choose
now im planning on getting one for my birthday
So id like to know what are the advantages of each and what brand is best
Custom cooler etc etc
Price will be around 300-450


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04 May 2012   #2
James7679

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Here are the side by sides of the two. Assuming they are both reference cards, the 7970 should be your choice.

EDIT: and as far as brands, most recommendations for ATI GPUs are the XFX line and for NVidia, EVGA is king.
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04 May 2012   #3
silverstormz

windows 7 home premium
 
 

I know EVGA is king for Nvidia ive never actualy used an amd card before so i wasnt sure as to what the king of them was
I also heard Saphire is a large brand for amd or is it best to stick with XFX
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04 May 2012   #4
James7679

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

XFX for ATI=>than anything else.
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04 May 2012   #5
silverstormz

windows 7 home premium
 
 

Ok ill take you're word +1 rep btw Realy hard to find any xFx on uk sites :/
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04 May 2012   #6
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by silverstormz View Post
Ok ill take you're word +1 rep btw Realy hard to find any xFx on uk sites :/
I wouldn't worry about it. Sapphire is also a highly reputable brand.

If you buy a base 7970, it may be a reference card anyway - essentially identical hardware from all vendors. (I don't know who actually makes them.) Warranty support would be the important consideration.
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04 May 2012   #7
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

I agree, the 580 wasn't anything spectacular. I'd go with ATI on that one. Although the 680/690 just came out for Nvidia
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04 May 2012   #8
M1GU31

Windows 10 64bit Technical Preview
 
 

i got a xfx amd card and it works great although the fan is a tad loud when under load but other then that works great just there cards a little loud imo.
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04 May 2012   #9
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
I agree, the 580 wasn't anything spectacular. I'd go with ATI on that one. Although the 680/690 just came out for Nvidia
The 680 might be worthy of consideration, although the price on the 580 makes it attractive. (The 680 is slightly superior, but maybe not 100 superior.)

The 690 is new, of limited availability, and a bit expensive. ($1000US list price. It may not be available at list price for a while.)
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04 May 2012   #10
Devilz

Windows 8.1 - 64 Bit
 
 

as per benchmarks, 7970 is far better than 580, infact much closer to 680/690
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