Asus DirectCU II Top Reviews: GeForce GTX 680 vs Radeon HD 7970

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Casecutter

"this particular round it's been AMD pulling this maneuver with its GHz edition of the HD 7970." At least they didn't just rework a whole new series of models on the same old silicon...
:cough:GTX7XX:cough:

Why Asus is calling a standard Ghz 7970 there "TOP"... When "TOP in the card's name, which means it's overclocked like a son-of-a-gun"... Not in this case it just a reference Ghz version?

For the best ASUS version of a 7970 you should've use their MATRIX 1100Mhz. Then OC it furfure to like 1230MHz core (12%) and 1790MHz memory (8%) and that provides another 10-11%.

No one should be so stupid to pay "TOP" dollar for an ASUS and not realize they're going to OC it to the "nth-degree" and at least the 7970 Ghz still has that ~25% to offer. That GTX680 might find max clocks of 1207MHz core (6%) while memory (16%) which translates to an actual Fps gain of 9-10%.

To come along on March/June of 2013 and claim a "high strung Uber" GTX680 is a better purchase than a 7970 Ghz is purely deceitful and one of main reasons I stopped my subscription a long time ago.

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crazyglue

I have always owned a NVIDIA card by default but im a bit worried to buy AMD for reason although im not loyal to either. Maybe its the reputation of AMD right now... i dont know.

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jayhernandez7

You should go with AMD right now. You'll get a way better game bundle, plus the price is a lot cheaper sometimes. I used to have NVidia, never had problems, but switched to AMD since the 5770 and haven't gone back lol. I now own 2 x 7870s(crossfire). I haven't even thought of upgrading, not anytime soon atleast.

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NavarWynn

This review appears to be about a paragraph to long: Copy/paste error?

"In the game of high-stakes poker known as the GPU industry, once a manufacturer reveals its hand... ... that's exactly what Asus has done by adding its sizable DirectCU II cooler to this card."

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devin3627

you save money... thats mainly it.

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iplayoneasy

Out dated review. The 7870 LE card hits those old 7970 3dmark scores thanks to the new amd drivers

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wumpus

I'd also check to see how the new drivers are handling the micro-stutter issue. The 6850 allows some amazing overclocks and should benchmark accordingly in crossfire mode (and the price of the crossfire unit will be right in line with these boards). Don't know how bad the microstutter currently is (it likely was still a problem 3+ months ago).

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TheMissingPiece

Due to when this review was published, the verdict seems fair, but today I'd probably recommend the AMD card, because (as of today) the AMD card is cheaper and offers a better game bundle than the 680.

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Xenite

Wait you call the 7970 expensive when it's cheaper than the 680 by $50. And considering the slight power difference I think being $50 cheaper puts it right in line where it should be.

Add to that the AMD game bundle which adds about another $150 in value, I think your way out of touch calling it expensive.

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cisx

I AGREE WITH YOU, THIS REVIEW IS MADE BY AN NVIDIA FANBOY

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Keith E. Whisman

Look at the bench mark scores, how can you not be an Nvidia fanboy? I certainly am.

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