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Nvidia GTX660 or the ATI Radeon HD7870 For Heavy Gaming?

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December 25, 2013 9:32:11 AM

I recently purchased all components except the graphics card for my gaming rig. I was going to buy an Nvidia GTX660, however upon reearch I found out that the Radeon 7870 was better in most scenarios and was cheaper than the 660. Also, I don't exactly know what Mantle is, but I've heard that ATI cards will benefit from a 40%-50% increase in certain games. This added to my confusion as a couple of hours ago I was thinking about a 660, and now all of a sudden I'm finding the 7870 to be much better package. I have always been an Nvidia guy, however I accept change. Can anyone give an unbiased opinion on these cards and a suggestion which may solve my dilemma? All help will be appreciated, thanks! Sorry for the long question.

My system specs are:
Intel Core i5 3330 @ 3.00ghz
Gigabyte H61M-S1 Motherboard
8GB KIngston RAM
WD Caviar Green 1TB HDD
Samung 22" LED Monitor 1920x1080 (only has a DVI in)
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December 25, 2013 9:52:34 AM

You´ve said all the reasons, forget about brands and buy products and in this situation is clear that amd has the better product.
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December 25, 2013 10:02:34 AM

pit_1209 said:
You´ve said all the reasons, forget about brands and buy products and in this situation is clear that amd has the better product.

Hey man! Thanks for your prompt reply, can you tell me what Mantle is and how will it affect my gameplay? Also, how will Mantle be enabled? Thanks!
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December 25, 2013 10:23:35 AM

KillerGamer said:
pit_1209 said:
You´ve said all the reasons, forget about brands and buy products and in this situation is clear that amd has the better product.

Hey man! Thanks for your prompt reply, can you tell me what Mantle is and how will it affect my gameplay? Also, how will Mantle be enabled? Thanks!


Mantle is a low level api almost like the ones in consoles, it´s to grant to developers a better access to the hardware capacities and make the most out of it, it supposed to work with just a capable Gpu (GCN especially but they said that any could work), a game engine written to use the Mantle SDK and an optimized driver, check this for more info.

http://www.amd.com/us/products/technologies/mantle/Page...
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December 25, 2013 8:16:42 PM

pit_1209 said:
KillerGamer said:
pit_1209 said:
You´ve said all the reasons, forget about brands and buy products and in this situation is clear that amd has the better product.

Hey man! Thanks for your prompt reply, can you tell me what Mantle is and how will it affect my gameplay? Also, how will Mantle be enabled? Thanks!


Mantle is a low level api almost like the ones in consoles, it´s to grant to developers a better access to the hardware capacities and make the most out of it, it supposed to work with just a capable Gpu (GCN especially but they said that any could work), a game engine written to use the Mantle SDK and an optimized driver, check this for more info.

http://www.amd.com/us/products/technologies/mantle/Page...


Thanks man! Appreciate your efforts :D 
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March 10, 2014 4:17:00 AM

I hope I'm not late to post a comment... but most likely >.<.... I'm always been AMD guy... always using AMD CPU and GPU... bout what to think is best of this two, well this is most likey u want to consider. First off all I'm using HD 7870 with FX8350 right now and I'm really satisfied with the performace.... but one thing that I found what AMD lack from nVidia is nVidia Physx.... it may not be crucial but some of the game using this tech from nVidia... I played tombraider reboot with full res and full detail just fine with 7870 on 22" monitor... but when I play Warframe I found that the physic particle effect is not there coz this effect is using nVidia Physx and Radeon cards doesn't support it.

If you using your PC for gaming then you may consider nVidia... for me, well I stick to Radeon right now since I also need performance for my work.
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