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Confused by latest graphics card prices. ($300-$400 range) 7950 vs GTX 660. Quick assistance wanted.

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April 9, 2013 12:35:06 AM

Seems to be a few $249.99 GTX 660 Ti's posted on amazon/newegg and I'm trying to figure out what to buy.

I currently have a 6870, and I'll have $300 (maybe $350, if its worth it) in the next 2 weeks to upgrade.

I've been looking at a 7950 or 660 TI, but I can't wrap my head around all of the different brands/models/prices/clocks/bullshit.

I honestly just want someone to explain the difference between the two, and then tell me which brand is the best in my price range.

I prefer not to do to much overclocking, as I like my products to last a while. I'm only using it for gaming. I have a 3570k (3.4GHz, not overclocked. Haven't bothered yet, I always balls it up) 16GB RAM, and an Asrock Extreme4 Mobo.

Thanks for any assistance!
April 9, 2013 12:43:11 AM

I have two monitors at the moment.

24" and a 20-something that I picked up for $80 at bestbuy. I just use it for forums/teamspeak/youtube/music.

Thanks, I really appreciate the quick answer.

Will I see a big improvement over the 6870?

I ran 14 min FPS / 54 average on the Bioshock Infinite benchmark.
April 9, 2013 12:46:43 AM

nmeseth said:
I currently have a 6870, and I'll have $300 (maybe $350, if its worth it) in the next 2 weeks to upgrade.


$370 will get you a reference 670 if you don't find one on sale, which honestly is going to be considerably better than a 660ti if you like to have antiailiasing.

I'd also take it over a 7950, simply because I have experience with both, am used to playing on a 120Hz monitor, and dislike the uneven frame latencies that seem to plague tahiti - but most people wouldn't even notice them, especially not on a 60Hz monitor.

If you don't think it would bother you, then the 7950 represents better value, as it's got good overclocking headroom and better performance than the 660ti.
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April 9, 2013 12:46:46 AM

nmeseth said:
Seems to be a few $249.99 GTX 660 Ti's posted on amazon/newegg and I'm trying to figure out what to buy.

I currently have a 6870, and I'll have $300 (maybe $350, if its worth it) in the next 2 weeks to upgrade.

I've been looking at a 7950 or 660 TI, but I can't wrap my head around all of the different brands/models/prices/clocks/bullshit.

I honestly just want someone to explain the difference between the two, and then tell me which brand is the best in my price range.

I prefer not to do to much overclocking, as I like my products to last a while. I'm only using it for gaming. I have a 3570k (3.4GHz, not overclocked. Haven't bothered yet, I always balls it up) 16GB RAM, and an Asrock Extreme4 Mobo.

Thanks for any assistance!


Get this:

GIGABYTE GV-R795WF3-3GD Radeon HD 7950 3GB $299
http://204.14.213.185/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Free Crysis 3 & Bioshock game !!!

The 3GB might be very useful if you plan to keep your card few years or decide to do multi monitor gaming later.

For the price you cant go wrong with it and your system seems waiting for the card. :) 

Great Card, Great Cooler, Great performer.

Thanks
nmeseth said:
I have two monitors at the moment.

24" and a 20-something that I picked up for $80 at bestbuy. I just use it for forums/teamspeak/youtube/music.

Thanks, I really appreciate the quick answer.

Will I see a big improvement over the 6870?

I ran 14 min FPS / 54 average on the Bioshock Infinite benchmark.


You will see MASSIVE improvement in gaming coming from 6870.
Example: http://www.techspot.com/articles-info/496/bench/Overclo...


HERES A Full Review of the Card : http://www.techspot.com/review/496-amd-radeon-7950/page...
April 9, 2013 12:46:54 AM

nmeseth said:
I have two monitors at the moment.

24" and a 20-something that I picked up for $80 at bestbuy. I just use it for forums/teamspeak/youtube/music.

Thanks, I really appreciate the quick answer.

Will I see a big improvement over the 6870?

I ran 14 min FPS / 54 average on the Bioshock Infinite benchmark.


Well HERE is a Benchmark comparison of the 2 cards:
April 9, 2013 12:47:33 AM

Also... I'm confused. Are you psychic, or were you replying to a different thread and posted in this one by mistake? :p 
April 9, 2013 1:07:18 AM

DarkSable said:
Also... I'm confused. Are you psychic, or were you replying to a different thread and posted in this one by mistake? :p 


Who are you talking to?
April 9, 2013 1:11:55 AM

lunyone said:
DarkSable said:
Also... I'm confused. Are you psychic, or were you replying to a different thread and posted in this one by mistake? :p 


Who are you talking to?


Tom's had a bit of a freak-out moment - when I hit the reply button, the only other two posts that were there were the OP, and the OP's second post, which I can only presume was in reply to a different post that showed up at a later point.

(So what I saw was the OP replying to questions that were never asked, leading to my wondering if he was psychic.)
April 9, 2013 1:14:02 AM

DarkSable said:
lunyone said:
DarkSable said:
Also... I'm confused. Are you psychic, or were you replying to a different thread and posted in this one by mistake? :p 


Who are you talking to?


Tom's had a bit of a freak-out moment - when I hit the reply button, the only other two posts that were there were the OP, and the OP's second post, which I can only presume was in reply to a different post that showed up at a later point.

(So what I saw was the OP replying to questions that were never asked, leading to my wondering if he was psychic.)

Lol :) 
April 9, 2013 1:53:06 AM

go for amd 7950 > gtx 660 ti and after oc better than gtx 670. And it is easily oc without adjusting voltage setting. ANd you will get extra 1gb ram. or wait for 2 3 months amd releasing amd 8850 n 8870 at 200 n 280 $ which is equal to gtx 670 n gtx 680/ 7950 or 7970.
April 9, 2013 5:55:10 AM

Eh...

Just get two of these and SLI:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And you will blaze past the GTX 680 to match the 7970 Ghz, for only $340...

Or if you want a single card just get a 7950 that you can overclock to give near similar performance. ~$320 and you can crossfire with another 7950 in the future.

Reviews and benchies:

http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/5377/nvidia-geforce-g...

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_6...
April 9, 2013 8:44:00 AM

With personal experiences, a 7950 is beastly :) 

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