GeForce 680 & 670 vs. Radeon 7970 & 7950 Gaming Perf.
Wondering how the GeForce GTX 680 and GeForce GTX 670 compare to the Radeon HD 7970 and Radeon HD 7950 at stock frequencies as well as overclocked? You ask for it and we have done just that. Hold onto your hard earned cash and take note of just how the new GeForce GTX 670 compares with the rest of the competition.
NVIDIA recently launched its $399 GeForce GTX 670 video card. We evaluated that video card last week, and given an extremely short review time, we shared what we could. We discovered through our testing that there were a couple of other comparisons we could have made once we witnessed the awe inspiring performance of the GeForce GTX 670 at $399. And many [H]’ers discovered just the same. We found that GTX 670 gave the Radeon HD 7950 a run for its money and surely for its value. We also found the GTX 670 was rather close in performance to the GeForce GTX 680 in some scenarios. Many questions came up that we didn't get to answer in that first evaluation, such as, "How does the GTX 670 compare to Radeon HD 7970?" How do all these video cards compare when overclocked? This evaluation is an attempt to answer those questions and find out how well the GTX 670 performs overall.
What Am I Looking At?
On page 2 you will find apples-to-apples comparisons of GeForce GTX 670, GeForce GTX 680, Radeon HD 7950, and Radeon HD 7970. The page is divided into two parts, on the top you can see how the GTX 670 & 680 compare to HD 7950. On the bottom half of the page are graphs comparing the GTX 670 and 680 to the Radeon HD 7970. On page 3 we do the same except compare overclocked frequencies on all the cards.
When you look at the performance keep in mind current approximate street pricing on the "stock" video cards. The GTX 670 is $399, the Radeon HD 7950 is $399, the Radeon HD 7970 is $449 and the GTX 680 is $499. Surely you can find less expensive exceptions and more expensive custom cards, but these are the MSRP values we are using for comparison.
The results are a culmination of data we have collected over the last few weeks, using the latest drivers at the time of evaluation. We have series R300 driver from NVIDIA and Catalyst 12 from AMD being used. Our test system specifications are below. All results are apples-to-apples. All video cards are reference video cards, no custom add-in-board partners cards here.