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Nearest nVidia equivalent to the 7850

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May 1, 2012 11:36:48 AM

Hi guys,

I'm in the process of building a completely new build and was going to get a MSI 7850 Frozr for the graphics card. I have been thinking about it and think I would prefer an nVidia card as, although I haven't had a gaming PC for a long time, I have always preferred their cards and drivers to AMD and think I would like to be able to utilise the PhysX they offer.

My question is what is the nearest card from nVidia performance wise to the 7850? I don't want it offer less performance than the 7850 so probably the next step up from nVidia that is as close to the price range of the 7850 as possible.

What would you suggest?
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May 1, 2012 11:48:57 AM

Depends on the game and resolution. The 7850's performance generally sits somewhere between the 560 ti and the 570. If you can, go for a 570 ($300) @ around $40-50 more than the 7850:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I prefer Nvidia cards as well at this time, but I wouldn't let the limited implementations of PhysX make the decision for you.
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May 1, 2012 11:54:19 AM

Good suggestions from ubercake, but also if you arent in a rush you could see what nvidias next 6xx card is going to be like, I'm sure it will shake things up a bit.

I do prefer the Nvidia drivers myself.
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May 1, 2012 11:57:23 AM

Looking at the prices in the UK, the 570 is actually quite a bit cheaper compared to the 7850 I was going to buy. Would it really offer better performance?

The 570 has been available for around £185 whereas the MSI Frozr 7850 is £200.

Would it be best to step up and go for the 580, or even possibly wait to see what new card nVidia come out with that are cheaper than the 680?
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May 1, 2012 11:57:36 AM

HD7850 is a great combination of power and efficiency with great OCing potential. nvidia has not released the new cards to compete with this yet.
A GTX670/660 if that's what they will be called would be what I'd wait for if you have to have nvidia.
-Bruce
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May 1, 2012 12:07:22 PM

Goonerbyron said:
Looking at the prices in the UK, the 570 is actually quite a bit cheaper compared to the 7850 I was going to buy. Would it really offer better performance?

The 570 has been available for around £185 whereas the MSI Frozr 7850 is £200.

Would it be best to step up and go for the 580, or even possibly wait to see what new card nVidia come out with that are cheaper than the 680?



Check it for yourself:

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/radeon-hd-7870-review-ben...

If you can afford GTX 580, it would be a decent buy. However, Nvidia will be launching its new cards soon, so it's worth waiting a little bit.
May 1, 2012 1:31:25 PM

Ok thanks, I'll probably wait and see what the 660 and 670Ti offer and if not, go with the 7850.
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May 1, 2012 1:46:50 PM

Goonerbyron said:
Ok thanks, I'll probably wait and see what the 660 and 670Ti offer and if not, go with the 7850.

The 570 is already out and a better performer than the 7850 today; well above what any overclock on a 7850 would give you.

If you're considering a 670, considering the pricing on last gen products, you're probably going to be looking at a $400-450 price tag. Also, going by previous gen release pricing, a 660 will run $300-350 and may offer the same performance as 570 you can get today for $300.
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