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Worth the money? -- GeForce GTX650Ti Boost SuperClocked 2GB ... vs ... Sapphire Radeon HD 7770

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June 12, 2013 8:03:23 AM

Hi,

I've done some initial research and its seems like I need to choose between these two graphics cards. My computer is for 1440p browsing on multiple monitors with HD video and some moderate gaming (Civ5, nothing too fancy).

Question 1: These two cards are the ones I should choose between right? I feel like If I spend more than $100, I might as well bite the bullet and go with $170 for the 650Ti Boost.

Question 2: for moderate gaming and lots of HD videos on multiple monitors, is it worth it to go with the GTX650Ti over the HD7770.

I don't intend to SLI, and I have plenty of power for these cards.

Thanks so much :) 
a b U Graphics card
June 12, 2013 8:08:41 AM

It's absolutely 100% worth it. The Boost is honestly a whole other league of performance.
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June 12, 2013 8:10:03 AM

I bought a GTX 650 and I wish I would've shelled out a couple more twenties to get the 650 Ti version instead.
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a b U Graphics card
June 12, 2013 8:13:51 AM

Brian_W said:
Hi,

I've done some initial research and its seems like I need to choose between these two graphics cards. My computer is for 1440p browsing on multiple monitors with HD video and some moderate gaming (Civ5, nothing too fancy).

Question 1: These two cards are the ones I should choose between right? I feel like If I spend more than $100, I might as well bite the bullet and go with $170 for the 650Ti Boost.

Question 2: for moderate gaming and lots of HD videos on multiple monitors, is it worth it to go with the GTX650Ti over the HD7770.

I don't intend to SLI, and I have plenty of power for these cards.

Thanks so much :) 


Hi,

The 7770 and 650ti Boost, aren't really comparable. It's like comparing an apple to an orange! :) 
The point I'm making is that the 650ti Boost is by far the better card for gaming. IMO the 650ti is the way to go. Only compute performance on the 6xx Nvidia cards isn't great. Unless your doing heavy Photo/Video editing, I don't think that should sway you though. The 7770 is a good card, I'm not dissing it, but not the same class as the 650ti Boost. The 650ti Boost is approximately 30-40% better GFX specially for gaming.
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a b U Graphics card
June 12, 2013 8:15:35 AM

I'd say quite a bit more than 30-40%! But other than that detail, +1 :-)
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June 12, 2013 8:19:14 AM

Thanks so much for the prompt feedback. I definitely trust your guidance here.

Is the 650Ti Boost by far the best for the price range? I can't spend more than that.

What do you guys think about pairing the card with a i5-3570K and Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H LGA 1155 Z77 ATX. Everyone is saying the Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Z77 ATX is way better, but i'd like to save $25 and I don't intend on SLIing. I like the color of the gigabyte one. I have 1 SSD, 2 HDs, sound card, wifi card, 8GB ram.
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June 12, 2013 8:24:34 AM

And I assume the Boost version is better than GeForce GTX 650 Ti ($130, 40 less than the Boost version)?
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a b U Graphics card
June 12, 2013 8:27:09 AM

Sounds like a good choice to me. I've always had excellent experiences with Gigabyte hardware (using a GB mobo at the moment). The Z77 Extreme4 is a very standard recommendation, largely because it's cheap. How are people saying it's better? Just interms of overclocking? CPU choice is good, and the GTX650 Ti Boost is an incredible card for the money. They should have called it Beast instead of Boost!
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a b U Graphics card
June 12, 2013 8:28:00 AM

Brian_W said:
And I assume the Boost version is better than GeForce GTX 650 Ti ($130, 40 less than the Boost version)?


35-40% better. Should really have been called a GTX660 LE - it's far closer to GTX660 speed.
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June 12, 2013 8:32:32 AM

sam_p_lay said:
Sounds like a good choice to me. I've always had excellent experiences with Gigabyte hardware (using a GB mobo at the moment). The Z77 Extreme4 is a very standard recommendation, largely because it's cheap. How are people saying it's better? Just interms of overclocking? CPU choice is good, and the GTX650 Ti Boost is an incredible card for the money. They should have called it Beast instead of Boost!


They said it had a little SSD that helps performance. But, I have a 120GB SSD anyway, so maybe that doesn't matter? Also, it has more 6g/s HD connections. This is VERY IMPORTANT to me, cause I'm all about fast storage and I have 3, 3TB 6g/s hard drives. HOWEVER, I've been told that a 6g/s SATA connection on a motherboard doesn't matter, because these large harddrives are slowed by internal stuff.

Thoughts?
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June 12, 2013 8:35:34 AM

sam_p_lay said:
Brian_W said:
And I assume the Boost version is better than GeForce GTX 650 Ti ($130, 40 less than the Boost version)?


35-40% better. Should really have been called a GTX660 LE - it's far closer to GTX660 speed.


Thanks so much to everyone for the feedback. It's settled, I'm going with the 650Ti Boost. Now, the only thing left to decide is the motherboard.
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a b U Graphics card
June 12, 2013 8:35:36 AM

Haha the motherboard doesn't have an SSD. They were correct though that no hard disk needs more than 3GB/s SATA2. For SSDs though you're absolutely right that you want 6GB/s SATA3.
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June 12, 2013 8:49:18 AM

sam_p_lay said:
Haha the motherboard doesn't have an SSD. They were correct though that no hard disk needs more than 3GB/s SATA2. For SSDs though you're absolutely right that you want 6GB/s SATA3.


Thanks fro the reply Sam. So, why do companies advertise SATA 6G/S on their hard drives? e.g., http://www.amazon.com/WD-Blue-Desktop-Hard-Drive/dp/B00...
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a b U Graphics card
June 12, 2013 8:53:49 AM

Same reason you can buy a GT630 with 4GB graphics memory :-) A lot of people are clueless and the manufacturers know this. The hard disk industry is especially non-trustworthy (the Thailand floods, MiB vs MB etc...).
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