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[TechSpot] The Best Graphics Cards: Nvidia vs. AMD Current-Gen Comparison
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Default [TechSpot] The Best Graphics Cards: Nvidia vs. AMD Current-Gen Comparison - 11-26-2012, 18:29 | posts: 307

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AMD kick-started 2012 with the release of the Radeon HD 7970, the first member of the Radeon HD 7000 GPU series. This launch marked the introduction of the first-ever graphics card to be made on a 28nm design process, representing the company's most complex GPU to date, with 4,313 million transistors in a 352mm2 die.

Following this release, through the year AMD shipped seven additional 28nm HD 7000 cards targeting price ranges from $100 through to $400, which is where the HD 7970 sits today (nearly 30% below its debut price). Most of AMD's lineup has undergone similar price cuts to address stiff competition from Nvidia's own 28nm GPU offerings.

Nvidia arrived slightly later to the party, roughly two months after the HD 7970 debut, the GeForce GTX 680 at $500 was cheaper and faster than the HD 7970, forcing AMD to make swift price cuts even though the GTX 680 remained in very limited supply for many months.

This price war of sorts continued as Nvidia dribbled out new GTX 600 parts over the next five months. Discontent with reactively slashing prices, AMD made an effort to improve margins by releasing overclocked versions of its two top models: the HD 7970 GHz Edition and the HD 7950 Boost.

By mid-September things had settled down and models had been consolidated. We finally had a better idea of where things were going to stand in terms of price and performance, and neither company seemed to have another major release in the works. And then, AMD threw us a curve ball.
http://www.techspot.com/review/603-best-graphics-cards/
   
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Default 11-26-2012, 21:42 | posts: 1,833 | Location: Estonia

No OC results? Awww.

OC results: AMD > everything, lol.
   
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Default 11-26-2012, 21:49 | posts: 4,383 | Location: Europe

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By Steven Walton on November 26, 2012
Nice review. Also 7970 has 3GB VRAM. 2 GB in our days is not enough. Anyway 8000 is not so far.
Expecting Nvidia users very soon here
   
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Default 11-26-2012, 21:54 | posts: 1,667 | Location: Northampton, United Kingdom

Nice little review. Glad I got my 7950 now
   
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Default 11-26-2012, 22:05 | posts: 23,466 | Location: NZ

Good.
   
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Default 11-26-2012, 22:14 | posts: 2,599 | Location: Australia

I will be an amd gpu user in a few hours. I don't agree with them recommending the 660ti at all since its the same price as the 7950 ($300+, not $250-300).
   
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Default 11-26-2012, 22:44 | posts: 11,396 | Location: England

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Nice review. Also 7970 has 3GB VRAM. 2 GB in our days is not enough. Anyway 8000 is not so far.
Expecting Nvidia users very soon here
We will be watching to make sure they play nicely.

When I installed my 7970 I knew it was a beast, overclocking is where they shine.
   
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Default 11-26-2012, 23:01 | posts: 4,881 | Location: South Dakota

Was going to just post this in the news section (a much more neutral place). But the reason the 660Ti was recommended was because, if you are spending 295, then yeah, spend the extra 5 for the better card (the 7950boost @300), but if you are at 240-260 price range (some people are limited) then 660Ti is the recommendation at that price point. That's the "point" of the article.

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Default 11-26-2012, 23:04 | posts: 9,776 | Location: UK

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But the reason the 660Ti was recommended was because it doesnt its price brackets that it looks at
Keh?
   
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Default 11-26-2012, 23:09 | posts: 1,516 | Location: shropshire,UK

the GeForce GTX 680 at $500 was cheaper and faster than the HD 7970...lol...they must of only tested nvidia games or just missed out the word "slightly"
   
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Default 11-26-2012, 23:28 | posts: 8,105 | Location: United Kingdom

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Keh?

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Default 11-26-2012, 23:38 | posts: 4,881 | Location: South Dakota

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Keh?
You know, I'm reading my own thing and I can't figure out yet what I was trying to say. I was obviously distracted and put two thoughts into a sentence and it makes zero sense.
   
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Default 11-27-2012, 00:02 | posts: 6,740

It's good to see AMD getting some credit for a change. The article more or less stated what I already knew, but it's always nice to have quality sources to reference.
   
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Default 11-27-2012, 11:48 | posts: 3,716 | Location: Serbia, NS

Indeed, AMD did a great job on HD 7000 series price/performance wise.
   
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Default 11-27-2012, 12:20 | posts: 8,188 | Location: UK

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Indeed, AMD did a great job on HD 7000 series price/performance wise.
A great job indeed
   
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Default 11-27-2012, 12:50 | posts: 7,756 | Location: UK

Price atm in uk is fairly equal atm re 7950's and 660 ti's. I'd def go for the 7970 though over the 680 because you can snag one for around 300....

That would be my pick..but if I couldnt afford that much getting a 660 ti or a 7950 would still be a tough choice due to my reservations about drivers etc..(i'd probably get a 660 ti msi twin fzr if on sale).

I havent tried an AMD gpu for awhile so admit I could be wrong on that score. (reliability etc).
   
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Default 11-27-2012, 13:37 | posts: 277 | Location: Belgium

Good for AMD. They need some positive news.
   
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Can't wait for the HD89xx cards
   
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Default 11-28-2012, 21:17 | posts: 8,188 | Location: UK

From what ive read, the 8's are only going to be slighty faster 7's, so won't be worth bothering with, thats if you have a 7 series of course.
   
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Default 11-28-2012, 21:22 | posts: 23,466 | Location: NZ

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From what ive read, the 8's are only going to be slighty faster 7's, so won't be worth bothering with, thats if you have a 7 series of course.
I read that also. No major architecture changes, prob just a refresh of current gen...
   
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Default 11-29-2012, 02:05 | posts: 2,179 | Location: Malaysia

Sadly they don't test HD 5870 in the mix, I would like to see the old faithful against new cards in new games.
   
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Default 11-29-2012, 11:55 | posts: 3,716 | Location: Serbia, NS

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Sadly they don't test HD 5870 in the mix, I would like to see the old faithful against new cards in new games.
HD 5870 is still a decent card even today. Something around GTX560Ti and HD 6950.
   
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Default 11-29-2012, 17:27 | posts: 446

AMD really suck.







No I'm kidding, that was just in jest towards:

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Nice review. Also 7970 has 3GB VRAM. 2 GB in our days is not enough. Anyway 8000 is not so far.
Expecting Nvidia users very soon here
I do love my 680. Got one pretty much at release but I feel maybe I should have waiting to see what AMD offered and perhaps waited for a 4GB 680 instead. I think they are a bit cheaper now than what I paid for my 2GB when it came out.

Nice work AMD.
   
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