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August 16, 2012 8:15:41 PM

Hi all,

So I am looking for a $300 GPU upgrade and have been holding off since June, waiting for the 660ti. Now that it is released, is it worth getting a 660ti as opposed to the 7870 at the same price point? Taking into consideration that the 7870 has custom coolers already while 660ti are reference cards.

I will be overclocking for sure, if that makes a difference.

The intensive games I play most are BF3, SC2, Dirt 3

System specs:
i5-2500k - 4.6ghz
Asus p8p67 pro
8GB DDR3 1333mhz
128GB m4 bootdrive
1TB 7200rpm seagate hdd
23" 1080p monitor
corsair tx650v2

Yes I have checked out some benchmarks, main doubts are overclocking potential and custom vs reference cards. I could consider waiting a while more for custom 660ti, but I think its reasonable to assume it will be more expensive.

Thanks for the help

EDIT: sorry my mistake, I dont know how I missed the custom cards.

More about : 7870 660ti

a c 291 U Graphics card
August 16, 2012 8:19:56 PM

It's very worth getting GTX 660 Ti for sure. It handles battlefield much better, even though it is a little bit less powerful on Dirt 3, but it will still be able to max that game out. Asus Direct CU II TOP seems nice edition, and that's not a reference card.
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August 16, 2012 8:23:52 PM

Well as always if your interest is primarily to chase a big overclock, the 7870 (or 7950) is the way to go.

However, I think the 660ti is a better option overall. The custom cards all launched at the $300 price point, which is about right. The MSI OC Power Edition for $310 ($300 after MIR) looks like the way to go.

I would get this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The 7950 at $320 is a nice option too, but it won't perform as well in BF3, so I'd just stick to the 660ti.
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a c 92 U Graphics card
August 16, 2012 8:41:05 PM

The 7870s customs can be found for $280 and should give you better performance than the 660ti when you OC both.
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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2012 9:42:47 PM

GTX 660 TI hands down

Its a 670 for 300$..... I sorry was there a question?
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August 16, 2012 9:46:38 PM

Rockdpm said:
GTX 660 TI hands down

Its a 670 for 300$..... I sorry was there a question?


I have a question.

What reviews did you read?


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August 16, 2012 9:47:49 PM

jimbaladin said:
Why waste money on either of them?

http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2261626

Bang for buck there is nothing close. This card will hit 1150 clock with ease and at that speed it's faster than a 680, never mind a 660 Ti.
:heink:  that has nothing to do with his question and it's over $300
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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2012 9:56:19 PM

Rockdpm said:
GTX 660 TI hands down

Its a 670 for 300$..... I sorry was there a question?



Toms review is in , the verdict the 7870 was faster overall.
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August 16, 2012 10:07:09 PM

redeemer said:
Toms review is in , the verdict the 7870 was faster overall.
That's Toms verdict other legit forums say otherwise not sure who is right :??: 
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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2012 10:25:22 PM

Tom's Hardware's review was the only site that even mentioned the possibility of the GTX 660 ti being slower than the HD 7870. I don't know why, but every other site/review said that the GTX 660 ti is on average 10-15% faster than the HD 7870 and only 5% slower than the HD 7950.
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August 16, 2012 10:34:33 PM

Ironslice said:
Tom's Hardware's review was the only site that even mentioned the possibility of the GTX 660 ti being slower than the HD 7870. I don't know why, but every other site/review said that the GTX 660 ti is on average 10-15% faster than the HD 7870 and only 5% slower than the HD 7950.
Yep that's what i mean!I think TH is wrong on this one maybe idk for sure though
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August 16, 2012 10:38:43 PM

All these conflicting benchmarks are giving me headaches... I think I will just go with whichever has the better deal; given the somewhat even split in opinions I dont think I will be worse off either way. Thanks all
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a c 117 U Graphics card
August 16, 2012 10:56:00 PM

haven't found SC2 ATM:


the overclocking results


*these are not "cherry picked" based on performance but what the OP is asking about!

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On the other hand due to the constant flip-flopping of the GTX 660 Ti and 7950 on our benchmarks there is no sure-fire recommendation to hand down there. If we had to pick something, on a pure performance-per-dollar basis the 7950 looks good both now and in the future; in particular we suspect it’s going to weather newer games better than the GTX 660 Ti and its relatively narrow memory bus. But the moment efficiency and power consumption start being important the GTX 660 Ti is unrivaled, and this is a position that is only going to improve in the future when 7950B cards start replacing 7950 cards. For reasons like that there are a couple of niches one card or another serves particularly well, such as overclocking with the 7950, but ultimately unless you have a specific need either card will serve you well enough.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6159/the-geforce-gtx-660-...
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August 16, 2012 11:31:16 PM

Yea just bought a 660ti! I am glad I dont have to decide anymore, finally decent graphics! Thanks again everyone
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a c 291 U Graphics card
August 16, 2012 11:34:13 PM

I'm glad you've made a decision. You will not be disappointed! :) 
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August 17, 2012 10:09:05 AM

Crazy to spend so much cash on a weak card when you could have had the 7950 for almost the same cost.
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August 17, 2012 10:32:32 AM

Ignore the trolling and congrats on the new card happy gaming! :hello: 
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