So my Sapphire Radeon HD6870 gave out today. While it is still under warranty, due to the expected long turn-around time, I was thinking about replacing it with something of equal or slightly higher caliber (and handing the refurb-ed card to my brother). However, despite hours of research, there simply isn't enough tangible information for me to make my decision.
Here's my setup. It is fairly new, as I gave up on my Bulldozer rig. It was just not quite there...:
Intel i5-3570 (@ 4.2Ghz)
Asrock Z77 Extreme3
Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz 2x4GB
Corsair 600M builder series
Corsair Force Series 3 90GB SSD as system drive
(rest doesn't really matter I suppose)
I play games like SC2, BF3, GW2...etc. single monitor, I can deal without MSAA. I also have a 3D monitor, and AMD's 3D support is non-existent, which is another reason why I'm thinking about going back to nVidia. I cannot believe I had to "buy" a third party software to get ANY sort of 3D content. It was outrageous...
And so... my current options at this point are:
- Zotac GTX 650 Ti for $104.99 (which is a slight downgrade for the most part)
- EVGA GTX 650 Ti BOOST for 159.99 (which seems to be an upgrade for the most part)
- EVGA GTX 660 Superclocked 2GB for 199.99 (which is an evident upgrade, but also a bit more than I should be spending)
There's also apparently a GTX 650 SSC. And I have no idea where it stands in performance in contrast to the preceding two.
So my ultimate question would be.... How much real world gaming difference can I expect from my HD6870 compared to the 3 GPU's mentioned above. Would the 650 Ti be THAT big a downgrade. Would the 650 Ti BOOST perform neck to neck. And is the 660 THAT big a jump to justify another $200. Or is there another option I'm missing? Anything helps!
I've done a lot of thinking about these cards as well - switching to the green team and looking for a slight upgrade before my HD 6870's worth drops below $100...
GTX 650Ti is on average 5% worse - and a lot worse when MSAA is applied
GTX 650Ti Boost is on average 30% better - much better in newer games
GTX 660 is on average 45% better - you'll be glad for the extra muscle a year down the road
They're all at appropriate prices right now, but get the 650Ti Boost at least - that ASUS card you have linked is a great one.