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November 10, 2013 8:26:41 AM

Am thinking of upgrading to the gtx 660 am I currently using the 7790 which I get decent frames with but would like something a little bit more powerful. Other options am looking at are the 7870. So my question; is there significant difference in terms of performance between the7790 and the 660/7870 or should I be looking at something higher up? And does a 3Gb card perform better than a 2GB?

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Core i5 4570
8GB RAM

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November 10, 2013 8:30:46 AM

For about the same price you could get the new R9 270X. Should be a little faster and its a current generation card.
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November 10, 2013 8:31:38 AM

If you have the option on your motherboard you could crossfire two 7790's, which would save you money and give you more power than the 7870/660 with games that have crossfire support. The 7870 and 660 are two steps up, some would consider it a worthwhile upgrade, others don't. I personally would go with something higher like a Radeon 7950 or R9 280x as a single card solution.
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November 10, 2013 8:42:55 AM

SuperChil said:
Am thinking of upgrading to the gtx 660 am I currently using the 7790 which I get decent frames with but would like something a little bit more powerful. Other options am looking at are the 7870. So my question; is there significant difference in terms of performance between the7790 and the 660/7870 or should I be looking at something higher up? And does a 3Gb card perform better than a 2GB?

My system
Core i5 4570
8GB RAM


the 660 will be around 20%-30% faster then the 7790... the 7870 will be about 35%-45% faster. (the aforementioned r9-270x will be at the top end of that stretch) and the 7870xt will be about 55%-60% faster.
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November 10, 2013 8:47:12 AM

ingtar33 said:
SuperChil said:
Am thinking of upgrading to the gtx 660 am I currently using the 7790 which I get decent frames with but would like something a little bit more powerful. Other options am looking at are the 7870. So my question; is there significant difference in terms of performance between the7790 and the 660/7870 or should I be looking at something higher up? And does a 3Gb card perform better than a 2GB?

My system
Core i5 4570
8GB RAM


the 660 will be around 20%-30% faster then the 7790... the 7870 will be about 35%-45% faster. (the aforementioned r9-270x will be at the top end of that stretch) and the 7870xt will be about 50% faster.

You mean that the HD7790 is that much slower than those cards, If the 7870XT is 100% and the 7790 is 50% then the 7870XT is double the performance or 100% faster.
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November 10, 2013 9:05:24 AM

swilczak said:
If you have the option on your motherboard you could crossfire two 7790's, which would save you money and give you more power than the 7870/660 with games that have crossfire support. The 7870 and 660 are two steps up, some would consider it a worthwhile upgrade, others don't. I personally would go with something higher like a Radeon 7950 or R9 280x as a single card solution.

yh i would have done that but i have a miniITX motherboard
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November 10, 2013 11:41:38 AM

rolli59 said:
ingtar33 said:
SuperChil said:
Am thinking of upgrading to the gtx 660 am I currently using the 7790 which I get decent frames with but would like something a little bit more powerful. Other options am looking at are the 7870. So my question; is there significant difference in terms of performance between the7790 and the 660/7870 or should I be looking at something higher up? And does a 3Gb card perform better than a 2GB?

My system
Core i5 4570
8GB RAM


the 660 will be around 20%-30% faster then the 7790... the 7870 will be about 35%-45% faster. (the aforementioned r9-270x will be at the top end of that stretch) and the 7870xt will be about 50% faster.

You mean that the HD7790 is that much slower than those cards, If the 7870XT is 100% and the 7790 is 50% then the 7870XT is double the performance or 100% faster.


nope. the 7790 is about 66% of the speed of the 7870xt. in xfire a 7790 will come in a tiny bit faster then a 280x/7970...
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November 10, 2013 1:07:54 PM

ingtar33 said:
rolli59 said:
ingtar33 said:
SuperChil said:
Am thinking of upgrading to the gtx 660 am I currently using the 7790 which I get decent frames with but would like something a little bit more powerful. Other options am looking at are the 7870. So my question; is there significant difference in terms of performance between the7790 and the 660/7870 or should I be looking at something higher up? And does a 3Gb card perform better than a 2GB?

My system
Core i5 4570
8GB RAM


the 660 will be around 20%-30% faster then the 7790... the 7870 will be about 35%-45% faster. (the aforementioned r9-270x will be at the top end of that stretch) and the 7870xt will be about 50% faster.

You mean that the HD7790 is that much slower than those cards, If the 7870XT is 100% and the 7790 is 50% then the 7870XT is double the performance or 100% faster.


nope. the 7790 is about 66% of the speed of the 7870xt. in xfire a 7790 will come in a tiny bit faster then a 280x/7970...

It does not not even HD7950 http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7790_CrossFir...
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a c 173 U Graphics card
November 10, 2013 4:26:18 PM

a gtx660 would be a modest upgrade. a 7870 would be a slight bit faster than the 660 for about the same price. at the moment no games max out 2gb cards at 1080p. a 3gb card may come in handy in future titles though. I would aim for a 270x/7950/gtx760 or 7970/280x for a more noticeable jump in performance if it fits in your budget.
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November 10, 2013 11:01:28 PM

rolli59 said:
It does not not even HD7950 http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7790_CrossFir...


I have my own love hate with tech powerup i won't get into... just know that a 2x 7770 in xfire will come in around a 7870xt, while 2x 7790 in xfire should come in around a 7970 (vanilla) or a little slower (but faster then the 7950 by a little bit); while 2x 7850 in xfire will come in somewhere between a 7970 and a r9-290 (a little closer to the 7970 then the r9-290)
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November 11, 2013 12:57:21 AM

ingtar33 said:
rolli59 said:
It does not not even HD7950 http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7790_CrossFir...


I have my own love hate with tech powerup i won't get into... just know that a 2x 7770 in xfire will come in around a 7870xt, while 2x 7790 in xfire should come in around a 7970 (vanilla) or a little slower (but faster then the 7950 by a little bit); while 2x 7850 in xfire will come in somewhere between a 7970 and a r9-290 (a little closer to the 7970 then the r9-290)

the problem there is xfire is unpredictable, can deliver worse performance than a single card, frame-times and microstutter can become apparent, and lower end cards are often only fitted with 1gb vram. 2 cards never give the same smoothness/predictability of gameplay compared to an equivelant single card.
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November 11, 2013 1:00:14 AM

7790 is still good...save money and buy at least 760 or 280x...probably on christmas
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November 12, 2013 12:12:17 PM

Decide to go with the 280x which I assume will surely have a significant performance difference from the 7790
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November 12, 2013 12:35:54 PM

ingtar33 said:
rolli59 said:
It does not not even HD7950 http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7790_CrossFir...


I have my own love hate with tech powerup i won't get into... just know that a 2x 7770 in xfire will come in around a 7870xt, while 2x 7790 in xfire should come in around a 7970 (vanilla) or a little slower (but faster then the 7950 by a little bit); while 2x 7850 in xfire will come in somewhere between a 7970 and a r9-290 (a little closer to the 7970 then the r9-290)

Well if you looked in the link you will see it is pretty much equal with HD7950 until you hit 2560 x 1600 res the 7790CF gets destroyed and dragging the average down.
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