I've been looking over the prices of mid-high end cards for a few weeks now. Before the 7950 I was sure that I wanted the Gigabyte GTX 670 Windforce, but now that would end up costing about ~$70 more than an equivalent 7950.
There are some things that are keeping me from taking the plunge with AMD after 5 years with nVidia: things like driver issues, even though people say they're rare I still wonder, extra heat from a larger chip which might lead to more noise, and performance in games like WoW (1080p).
I'm not into extreme overclocks, but just high enough that it has large gains while not forgoing things like fan noise/heat. I am very particular about noise and I'm not sure how much more heat or power an OC'ed 7950 (1050-1100Mhz) would use versus the Gigabyte 670. I've narrowed it down to three cards basically:
The Vapor-X seems to have an overall cooler running setup as well as more quiet fans compared to the Dual X, but it's relatively new, and although the reviews suggest it's a great card, I wonder about the Boost feature being a power hog. I'm curious about someone's opinion on this card in particular, because it's been the one I keep nearly biting at.
There's not much to be said about the Gigabyte GTX 670 other than it's rated really well at cooling/quietness/overclocking ability, but it costs a bit more than I'd like to spend so close to another set of GPUs. It's only $70, but if the performance for the most part is equal should I just save the money?
I'm not betting on a price drop from nVidia, but it would make the decision a lot simpler since I'm more familiar with them. Should I worry about switching to AMD or are they for the most part as solid as nVidia cards now (like I said it's been a while)?
Games I intend on playing: The Witcher 2, Darksiders II, Borderlands 1/2, Sleeping Dogs, maybe play around with hi res textures in Skyrim a bit
i5 2500k @ 4.5Ghz
EVGA 460 GTX SC @ 875core/2000mem
ASRock Extreme4 Gen3 1155 P67
G Skill Sniper 2x4GB ram
2 TB Mechanical Drives
128 GB Samsung 830 SSD
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610W
I'm sure the power supply is enough, but I just want to make sure.
Again, thanks for reading over this, and any advice is greatly appreciated in advance.
Edited by Sarasvati on 9/1/2012 5:10 AM PDT