Amd 7850 vs nvidia gtx 660

MSI AMD R7850 Power Edition 2GD5 is 285$ in my area
Gigabyte NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 2 GB GDDR5 GV-N660OC-2GD Graphics Card is 286$ in my area which should i buy
i will be using only single monitor.for upcoming crysis 3 which card suits best?also which offers better overall performance?
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  1. The GTX660 is faster than the 7850. If you can spend more then try getting a 7870 which is a very good card for its price.
  2. It depends on your PCIe connection if it is 3.0 x 16, or 2.0 x16, if it is 3.0 than the HD7850 is faster than the GTX660 , the GTX has a faster clock rate but is only 192 bit rate, as the HD7850 has a 256 bit rate thus rendering more memory transfer rate. Plus the pixel/ clock is 1024 for the HD7850 as the GTX is 960/ clock. So it does depend on your motherboard, as to which is faster. These are factory specs!!!, Both cards are overclocked, which brings them to the same memory bandwidth, your choice!
  3. knightdog56 said:
    It depends on your PCIe connection if it is 3.0 x 16, or 2.0 x16, if it is 3.0 than the HD7850 is faster than the GTX660 , the GTX has a faster clock rate but is only 192 bit rate, as the HD7850 has a 256 bit rate thus rendering more memory transfer rate. Plus the pixel/ clock is 1024 for the HD7850 as the GTX is 960/ clock. So it does depend on your motherboard, as to which is faster. These are factory specs!!!

    these are my specs
    intel core i5 3570k
    asrock z77 extreme4
    corsair gs600 psu
    corsair h80 cpu cooler
    corsair 400r case
  4. I disagree with the memory bandwidth issue. It'll likely depend on the resolution you intend to play at. You can definitely make a case for GTX660ti being a bad buy because of memory bandwidth, but the GTX660 is significantly cheaper and priced against cards that are all competing for lower resolutions (1080P and below). I highly doubt that PCIe 3.0 or 2.0 makes any noticeable difference right now.

    You take any benchmark with a pinch of salt really because they all use different precedents which don't necessarily equate to reality, but in general the 660 seems like the better buy









    If you go higher resolution then the memory bandwidth is more of a problem, but then if you want to game at max settings at a higher resolution, you really want to spend more money anyway.
  5. Rammy said:
    I disagree with the memory bandwidth issue. It'll likely depend on the resolution you intend to play at. You can definitely make a case for GTX660ti being a bad buy because of memory bandwidth, but the GTX660 is significantly cheaper and priced against cards that are all competing for lower resolutions (1080P and below). I highly doubt that PCIe 3.0 or 2.0 makes any noticeable difference right now.

    You take any benchmark with a pinch of salt really because they all use different precedents which don't necessarily equate to reality, but in general the 660 seems like the better buy

    http://media.bestofmicro.com/U/8/352304/original/Crysis2%20HIGH.png

    http://media.bestofmicro.com/U/4/352300/original/BF3%20HIGH.png

    http://tpucdn.com/reviews/Gigabyte/GTX_660_OC/images/crysis2_1920_1200.gif

    http://tpucdn.com/reviews/MSI/HD_7850_Power_Edition/images/crysis2_1920_1200.gif

    If you go higher resolution then the memory bandwidth is more of a problem, but then if you want to game at max settings at a higher resolution, you really want to spend more money anyway.

    i'm using a 27inch 1080p monitor
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