Two posters in particular are pushing very hard for AMD over at VC&G. Can you pick them out?
You mean a dull tool that claims to be a sword? Like Evolucion8 died and was reincarnated in India http://forums.anandtech.com/showpost.ph ... stcount=69
I have posted an analysis of one of the only reviews online where both cards are above 1200mhz, 680 was 1340 MHz and 7970 was around 1250 MHz. It is an article by overclock3d and I posted the analysis here. Despite being clocked 100mhz less the 7970 was 5% faster asan index at 1080p 8x aa
i cannot imagine a GTX 680 at 1340MHz .. it would eat the HD 7970 for a snack and belch it out in radioactive dust.
Here's a review with a 7970 at 1200/1575MHz
and the GTX 680 at 1186/3604MHz
. I didn't get a "golden sample" from AMD that would do 1250MHz. Even at 1200MHz and drawing well over 100W more than the OC'd/overvolted GTX 680, the HD 7970 is still slower. You would need approximately 1250-1300MHz on the HD 7970 just for PARITY with the GTX 680 at 1200MHz. That would not happen as a stock clock until HD 7980; a complete reworking of it at the transistor level - and evidently AMD blew it in their arrogance thinking that Nvidia would be 6-8 months late and that Southern Islands would be shortly after. AMD did not get a "Respin Insurance Policy" as i suggested they might need, last December.
The charts don't lie. Without a respin, AMD has lost this round. They are using too much power to make overclocking further than 1050MHz practical so as to catch the *stock* GTX 680. Which means when translated (analysis), their pricing on the HD 7970 needs to drop further. They have lost much goodwill from their customers by being overly aggressive.