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Gainward GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB GDDR5 or XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB GDDR5?

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May 3, 2013 12:59:39 PM

What will be the best for playing Call of Duty, Battlefield and Counter-Strike games? it will be paired with an Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz and Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB DDR3 1600MHz. Resolution is 1360x768.
May 3, 2013 1:03:38 PM

7850 all the way. Either should max games at your resolution though.
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May 3, 2013 1:13:09 PM

tiny voices said:
7850 all the way. Either should max games at your resolution though.


The 650ti Boost beats the 7850 2gb marginally in most benches. Just look at the review on Toms. But as you say either would suffice at that res.
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May 3, 2013 1:14:32 PM

keith12 said:
tiny voices said:
7850 all the way. Either should max games at your resolution though.


The 650ti Boost beats the 7850 2gb marginally in most benches. Just look at the review on Toms. But as you say either would suffice at that res.


http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/778?vs=782

It would seem the 7850 is even or better in just about every application. They are both very good cards though.
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May 3, 2013 1:22:07 PM

tiny voices said:
keith12 said:
tiny voices said:
7850 all the way. Either should max games at your resolution though.


The 650ti Boost beats the 7850 2gb marginally in most benches. Just look at the review on Toms. But as you say either would suffice at that res.

Which one is going to be the coolest, reliable and with lower power consumption?
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/778?vs=782

It would seem the 7850 is even or better in just about every application. They are both very good cards though.


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May 3, 2013 1:23:43 PM

They both suck about the same power. (within 10 watts of each other)

They both will run perfectly cool and be identically reliable.
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May 3, 2013 1:28:29 PM

It would appear that different sites have come to different conclusions.
From HardOCP:
"Performance - On performance, the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost offers the same gameplay experience as the Radeon HD 7850. We found that the gameplay experience was the same in every game, but the performance itself was actually slightly faster with the GTX 650 Ti Boost..."
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Given that the GTX650Ti Boost is cheaper, I think it is the better choice because it wins on bang/buck.
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May 3, 2013 1:40:17 PM

Stock for stock, they are perfectly matched. Once overclocked, the 7850 will walk all over the 650Ti Boost.

I would personally go with the 7850, as it has more overclocking headroom and the far superior AMD never settle bundle (Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon) which make it an even better deal.

Both of these cards will be overkill for your resolution.
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May 3, 2013 1:45:18 PM

That's a very good point about the free games. Overclocking will vary from one card to the next, and may not even be relevant, but if you're interested in any one of these games, subtracting its price (even discounted) off the cost of the graphics card might completely change the bang/buck results.
Since your resolution is low, you might also consider the HD7790, which also includes free games and which dropped in price considerably down to where it needed to be, since it is beaten by the GTX650Ti Boost.
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May 4, 2013 8:11:09 PM

At that resolution and game that you are playing, both of your choices are excellent BUT overkill. Which is good because you are actually planning ahead and future-proofing your rig so first i applaud you for that.
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The HD 7850 has the benefit of having a 256-bit bus and a higher shader count. It also benefits from the high efficiency rate, good overclock headroom with lower heat problem and 32 ROPs (same as HD7900 series). It also features many time in Tom's bang/buck crossfire configuration. (1)
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The GTX 650 ti Boost will benefit from having a higher BF3 FPS (2) and a higher clock speed to back up the 192-bit bus. Nvidia also provide with free vouchers for online game. Sorry, i do not see a lot of benefits against the HD 7850 other than the price.

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(1) - http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_T...
(2) - http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-HD-7850-vs-GeForce-GTX-6...

Hope you'll find your choice! Cheers.
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May 4, 2013 8:45:56 PM

Thanks to FCAT testing, we know that Crossfire will not be relevant until AMD fixes it, hopefully some time in July.
I happen to be running all AMD cards at the moment, but that is in part because I am also bitmining with them (nVidia can't mine for squat). I have a GTX650Ti (non Boost) on a shelf ATM, and it does quite well with all of my games, although settings in GW2 need to be turned down a bit or I get jitters.
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May 4, 2013 9:00:21 PM

Onus said:
Thanks to FCAT testing, we know that Crossfire will not be relevant until AMD fixes it, hopefully some time in July.
I happen to be running all AMD cards at the moment, but that is in part because I am also bitmining with them (nVidia can't mine for squat). I have a GTX650Ti (non Boost) on a shelf ATM, and it does quite well with all of my games, although settings in GW2 need to be turned down a bit or I get jitters.


Well sir, you have luck in your AMD rigs :
http://techreport.com/news/24748/amd-says-frame-pacing-...

Looks like AMD is caring for us consumer after all, it's better than never.
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May 5, 2013 8:59:55 AM

Yes, the pcper articles included interviews with AMD; they made no attempt to finger-point or deny the problem, but got right on it. I'm not running multiple cards though. I've used cards from both companies, and have little preference. When I was playing Sacred 2 I wanted the PhysX, and now that I'm mining (probably for another couple months) I use AMD; in fact my HD7970 has yet to play a game, but it's been running at 96%+ since it arrived a little more than a week ago.
Anyway, we're wandering a little too OT here. On pure gaming performance, there may be little to recommend one of these cards over the other, but factors like free games and PhysX/mining could really skew their relative value.
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