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ASUS HD 7970 DirectCU II: coolest and quietest 28nm card
•Cranked 75MHz over reference for an ultimate engine clock of 1000MHz
•All new DirectCU thermal design utilizes six all-copper heatpipes and 20% bigger dissipation area, achieving 20% cooler and 14dB quieter performance than reference
•Acclaimed DIGI+ VRM with 12-phase Super Alloy Power technology delivers precise digital power and enhanced durability for stable overclocking
•VGA Hotwire allows you to plug and solder wires on the card’s voltage regulators and accurately read and control Vcore, Vmem, and PLL voltages on a hardware level
•GPU Tweak utility helps you modify and tune clock speeds, voltages, and fan performance via an intuitive interface
•One card drives up to six screens with AMD Eyefinity™ 6
Posted 12 December 2012 - 12:46
So, my EAH5670 just isn't cutting it anymore. I've been looking for a new card for the past two months or so, but I can't seem to bet myself to decide on one, and even when I do, I'm not sure. What are some tips to look for a graphics card? Is there some guide out there? I know that it's recommended to buy cards just by looking at specs, it's mostly about benchmarks, but I can't seem to find some relevant benchmarks online. Not only that, I don't want it for just gaming. I do lots of high resolution Photoshop work along with HD video editing, but I also want to play games like Assassin's Creed III on the highest settings on a card that won't dip under 30 frames.
I was wondering if such a card exists that's in the $100-$150 range. Should I spend more? I would love some examples, but more than anything, I would love a sort of guide on how to properly search for cards. Thanks!
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Posted 12 December 2012 - 13:39
You're struggling with that budget, I would recommend a 660Ti at least but it's probably almost twice your budget.
Stick with Nvidia, they have a feature built into the Keplar (600 range) cards called CUDA which is GPU processing, it's great for Photoshop and the like, although obviously it won't be as good as having a dedicated workstation card like a Quadro.
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AMD graphics cards support OpenCL which is pretty much replacing CUDA nowadays. For instance Photoshop CS6 uses OpenCL instead of CUDA. OpenCL is supported by all graphics cards and is an open standard whereas CUDA is a proprietary NVIDIA system.
CUDA also helps in processing videos but that's if the program you're using supports CUDA (even PhotoShop)
Posted 13 December 2012 - 05:32