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SAPPHIRE 100352-3L Radeon HD 7950 3GB vs. a GTX 660 Ti 3GB

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April 13, 2013 5:06:41 PM

First things first, which is the best GTX 660 Ti 3GB (or $300 nvidia card) and does it compare to the SAPPHIRE 100352-3L Radeon HD 7950 3GB? Nvidia seems to be better of at lower resolutions and has physX. SAPPHIRE has two games free with it and I don't have a multiplayer FPS yet. Is it better to go with the physX and Free to play games for a bit, or is there so little difference that getting the new games now makes more of a difference. I plan for the computer to last 4+ years and my fav game is Total War if that makes a difference.

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April 13, 2013 5:22:41 PM

HD 7950 will perform better than GTX 660 Ti. SEGA (the publisher or Total War series) is also partnered with AMD and so there's a good chance that their games will run better on AMD cards. PhysX is quite limited in that very few games support it these days. The only relevant ones at the moment are Borderlands 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum (and maybe the upcoming Batman as well) and Metro: Last Light.

GTX 660 Ti is not a bad card by any means but I'd say HD 7950 would serve you better. Posting your system specifications would let us advise you further.
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April 13, 2013 5:37:22 PM

hizodge said:
HD 7950 will perform better than GTX 660 Ti. SEGA (the publisher or Total War series) is also partnered with AMD and so there's a good chance that their games will run better on AMD cards. PhysX is quite limited in that very few games support it these days. The only relevant ones at the moment are Borderlands 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum (and maybe the upcoming Batman as well) and Metro: Last Light.

GTX 660 Ti is not a bad card by any means but I'd say HD 7950 would serve you better. Posting your system specifications would let us advise you further.


Alright, this is what I am looking to buy
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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Qkvd
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Qkvd/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Qkvd/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling MX4 4g Thermal Paste ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Performance ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($112.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($62.68 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech K100 Wired Slim Keyboard ($10.14 @ Outlet PC)
Other: OS ($70.00)
Total: $1068.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-13 20:31 EDT-0400)

This can be changed, but so far it seems the best to me. Anyway, so your saying that few games run physX that I'll nuy more than likely. (My brother has the both batman games alrady for his 360 so ex those of the list) AMD is bound to come up with something similar anyway, right? So I can save money, be able to overclock if needed, and get two new games? AMD seems to be my choice I guess. (also I heard that you can get a limited physX driver on a amd card, but it seems first you either have to sell your soul, or be buddies with a computer genius and then it only works half the time from what I hear.)
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April 13, 2013 5:59:44 PM

Let's see...

Borderlands 2 can run Medium PhysX on AMD card without any considerable framerate drops if you've got a good CPU. I've found it working on both 3770K overclocked @ 4,6 GHz and 3820 OC @ 4,5 GHz. Wouldn't vouch for any other PhysX compatible games. I've tried Metro 2033 which seems to work somewhat decent as well as Mafia 2 and Mirror's Edge which both lagged like crazy with PhysX enabled. You should be good for it with 3570K at least if you decide to OC.

One way to enable PhysX on AMD platform that I've heard of, is to have a PhysX compatible Nvidia Geforce card running alongside your AMD Radeon card as a 'PhysX dedicated GPU' using some kind of 3rd party hack. I've been wanting to try this out just for the sake of it but honestly; Running both Nvidia and AMD video drivers at the same time and everything working perfectly in sync sounds a bit too good to be true.

In response to your inquiry about AMD's take on PhysX: Just recently AMD came up with TressFX, which uses the GPU to calculate realistic hair physics, perhaps as some sort of a response to Nvidia PhysX. It's very niche as well though, as you can probably imagine and is currently only supported by both AMD and Nvidia GPUs in Tomb Raider 2013 reboot. It is unknown at this time where AMD decides to take it from here. Whether they opt to make it AMD-exclusive or simply ax the whole thing as an experiment is still up for debate.
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April 13, 2013 7:03:45 PM

Alrighty then, AMD 7950 it is, now, what one of those is the best deal? My price range for this can go up to $330, though, lower is best.
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April 13, 2013 7:51:01 PM

These ought to be what you're looking for:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

They are basically the same card with different cooler. I take it the Powercolor card has a newer board revision which makes it perform 1-5% better or just enables some new features. I know that the $330 Sapphire HD7950 FleX supports 3 monitor Eyefinity without displayport so it might be something similar. I could be wrong though.
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April 13, 2013 8:44:17 PM

hizodge said:
These ought to be what you're looking for:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

They are basically the same card with different cooler. I take it the Powercolor card has a newer board revision which makes it perform 1-5% better or just enables some new features. I know that the $330 Sapphire HD7950 FleX supports 3 monitor Eyefinity without displayport so it might be something similar. I could be wrong though.


Thank you so freaking much you actually said the difference between the parts, some guys just give a list of ten different cards which only confuses me more.
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April 25, 2013 7:42:27 AM

that same motherboard will be 95 bucks at microcenter with your processor
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