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GTX 650 Ti Boost Vs. GTX 660

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April 25, 2013 12:47:59 PM

Hi Guys
This is my current computer config

Corsair HX 850W PSU

I have a bit of a confusion
My first question is
My Mobo is a Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 which has PCI-E 2.0 and not 3.0
So will I be able to use these cards?

If I can indeed use these cards

Which one should I buy?
Asus GTX650TIB-DC2OC-2GD5 is for INR 12,500 i.e $230.884
Asus GTX660-DC2-2GD5 is for INR 15,500 i.e $286.293

I have seen the review of the 650Ti Boost and in the benchmark I have seen a max difference of 10-12FPS between 650Ti Boost and 660

Is the GTX 660 worth the price difference?

Will I be able to use either of these cards for a year(or more)[Especially the 650Ti Boost] without having to upgrade?

Also as my mobo is PCI-E 2.0 and an old CPU, will there be a performance hit??

Thanks.

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April 25, 2013 12:52:24 PM

Your motherboard is compatible with these cards, they are backwards compatible with PCIe 2.0 with no loss of performance.

If the GTX 660 comes with a free copy of Metro: Last Light, I would go for that and get a bit more performance as well on your very nice system.


http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7990/25.html
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April 25, 2013 12:52:56 PM

Jaxx89 said:
Hi Guys
This is my current computer config

Corsair HX 850W PSU

I have a bit of a confusion
My first question is
My Mobo is a Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 which has PCI-E 2.0 and not 3.0
So will I be able to use these cards?

If I can indeed use these cards

Which one should I buy?
Asus GTX650TIB-DC2OC-2GD5 is for INR 12,500 i.e $230.884
Asus GTX660-DC2-2GD5 is for INR 15,500 i.e $286.293

I have seen the review of the 650Ti Boost and in the benchmark I have seen a max difference of 10-12FPS between 650Ti Boost and 660

Is the GTX 660 worth the price difference?

Will I be able to use either of these cards for a year(or more)[Especially the 650Ti Boost] without having to upgrade?

Also as my mobo is PCI-E 2.0 and an old CPU, will there be a performance hit??

Thanks.


You'll be fine.
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April 25, 2013 1:00:15 PM

Thanks for the quick reply.
My main concern is that is it worth the price difference?
I don't really care much for a free game as game prices here aren't that high.
Just curious, isn't Metro: Last Light supposed to release in May??
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April 25, 2013 1:04:25 PM

You take a very small performance hit using a GPU that's optimized for PCIe 3.0 on a PCIe 2.0 port. We're talking about less then 5%. To give you an idea all AMD CPUs still only support PCIe 2.0. Performance loss is hardly noticeable. Especially when you're looking at mid range GPUs you'll be just fine.
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April 25, 2013 1:08:19 PM

Jaxx89 said:
17seconds said:
Your motherboard is compatible with these cards, they are backwards compatible with PCIe 2.0 with no loss of performance.

If the GTX 660 comes with a free copy of Metro: Last Light, I would go for that and get a bit more performance as well on your very nice system.


Thanks for the quick reply.
My main concern is that is it worth the price difference?
I don't really care much for a free game as game prices here aren't that high.
Just curious, isn't Metro: Last Light supposed to release in May??

According to the chart, there is a less than 10% performance difference, so probably not worth it if you do not want the free game. They include, I believe, a download coupon that you can use once the game is released in a couple weeks.
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April 25, 2013 1:12:16 PM

Kindredsouls said:
You take a very small performance hit using a GPU that's optimized for PCIe 3.0 on a PCIe 2.0 port. We're talking about less then 5%. To give you an idea all AMD CPUs still only support PCIe 2.0. Performance loss is hardly noticeable. Especially when you're looking at mid range GPUs you'll be just fine.


Yeah agree. To use Pcie 3.0 to its full potential, one needs a compatible mobo, graphic card and processor (ivy bridge) and in the end all you get is a 5% performance increase
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April 25, 2013 1:18:15 PM

Thanks guys.
What about not having to upgrade for a year or more??
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April 25, 2013 1:25:23 PM

Jaxx89 said:
Thanks guys.
What about not having to upgrade for a year or more??


In my opinion you should be fine for 1-2 years on that gpu
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April 25, 2013 1:27:40 PM

hitesh12 said:
Jaxx89 said:
Thanks guys.
What about not having to upgrade for a year or more??


In my opinion you should be fine for 1-2 years on that gpu


You're talking about the 650Ti Boost right???
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April 25, 2013 1:33:41 PM

Jaxx89 said:
Thanks guys.
What about not having to upgrade for a year or more??


That really depends a lot on what your expectations are. What is your monitor's screen resolution, how many monitors do you have, what games do you play (some examples), and what graphics settings do you want to play games at?

For example; if you want to play Far Cry 3 on one monitor at 1920 x 1080 and medium/high settings then you'll be fine.

My guess is, you should be good for 1-2 years. Here's a tip for you; look at upgrades in November around black Friday. You can find some really killer deals then.
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April 25, 2013 1:51:47 PM

10717560,0,395051 said:
Your motherboard is compatible with these cards, they are backwards compatible with PCIe 2.0 with no loss of performance.

If the GTX 660 comes with a free copy of Metro: Last Light, I would go for that and get a bit more performance as well on your very nice system.



Whats the performance relative to ?

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April 25, 2013 1:51:52 PM

@Kindredsouls Have 1 monitor with a resolution of 1920x1080
Looking to play some games on these lines
Batman Arkham City
Crysis 2 & 3 ( I know I prolly wont be able to play Crysis 3 at high settings)
Battlefield 3
Borderlands 2
Call of duty Black Ops 2
Metro 2033
Bioshock Infinite
Just Cause 2

Future titles
Batman Arkham Origins(when released)
Metro: Last light
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger
Lost planet 3
Grid 2
Battlefield 4
Assassins creed Black flag

EDIT: Wud love to play the games at high settings.
Not sure if its possible with the 650Ti boost
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April 25, 2013 2:11:40 PM

Jaxx89 said:
@Kindredsouls Have 1 monitor with a resolution of 1920x1080
Looking to play some games on these lines
Batman Arkham City
Crysis 2 & 3 ( I know I prolly wont be able to play Crysis 3 at high settings)
Battlefield 3
Borderlands 2
Call of duty Black Ops 2
Metro 2033
Bioshock Infinite
Just Cause 2

Future titles
Batman Arkham Origins(when released)
Metro: Last light
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger
Lost planet 3
Grid 2
Battlefield 4
Assassins creed Black flag

EDIT: Wud love to play the games at high settings.
Not sure if its possible with the 650Ti boost


A lot of those games are pretty demanding. I would say you will be able to play all of those at medium/high settings. If you're happy with that then that's great. Go with the 650 Ti Boost. If you want high/ultra settings on most games you'll need a better card. In the Nvidia family I'd said a 660 Ti. That would give you more longevity. If you want to try and compromise then roll with a 660. That would give you high settings on most games and maybe ultra on a few. After a year or two you would probably scale back to medium on the newest games.

I do upgrades every two years and purchase the x60Ti or x70. Basically I skip every other generation.

I hope that helps you.
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April 25, 2013 2:22:04 PM

Jaxx89 said:
Hi Guys
This is my current computer config

Corsair HX 850W PSU

I have a bit of a confusion
My first question is
My Mobo is a Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 which has PCI-E 2.0 and not 3.0
So will I be able to use these cards?

If I can indeed use these cards

Which one should I buy?
Asus GTX650TIB-DC2OC-2GD5 is for INR 12,500 i.e $230.884
Asus GTX660-DC2-2GD5 is for INR 15,500 i.e $286.293

I have seen the review of the 650Ti Boost and in the benchmark I have seen a max difference of 10-12FPS between 650Ti Boost and 660

Is the GTX 660 worth the price difference?

Will I be able to use either of these cards for a year(or more)[Especially the 650Ti Boost] without having to upgrade?

Also as my mobo is PCI-E 2.0 and an old CPU, will there be a performance hit??

Thanks.


Kindredsouls said:
Jaxx89 said:
@Kindredsouls Have 1 monitor with a resolution of 1920x1080
Looking to play some games on these lines
Batman Arkham City
Crysis 2 & 3 ( I know I prolly wont be able to play Crysis 3 at high settings)
Battlefield 3
Borderlands 2
Call of duty Black Ops 2
Metro 2033
Bioshock Infinite
Just Cause 2

Future titles
Batman Arkham Origins(when released)
Metro: Last light
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger
Lost planet 3
Grid 2
Battlefield 4
Assassins creed Black flag

EDIT: Wud love to play the games at high settings.
Not sure if its possible with the 650Ti boost


A lot of those games are pretty demanding. I would say you will be able to play all of those at medium/high settings. If you're happy with that then that's great. Go with the 650 Ti Boost. If you want high/ultra settings on most games you'll need a better card. In the Nvidia family I'd said a 660 Ti. That would give you more longevity. If you want to try and compromise then roll with a 660. That would give you high settings on most games and maybe ultra on a few. After a year or two you would probably scale back to medium on the newest games.

I do upgrades every two years and purchase the x60Ti or x70. Basically I skip every other generation.

I hope that helps you.


I would not recommend the OP a 660ti but a GTX 660 non ti is all good.
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April 26, 2013 6:16:34 AM

The 660ti is way over my budget. It is for 20,500.00 INR (376.961 USD)
Whereas the 660 is just a little over my budget, but I don't mind.

So like I asked is the 660 worth the price difference I mentioned?
And it looks like everyone does prefer the 660.

Gunna give it some thought though...
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