In a month I will be able to aford a 7870 ghz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and I was wondering is this the best card i can get(performance) I heard the the 660ti is coming out soon and i was wondering will it be out in a month and will it be 300, and do you think that that is a better choice then 7870... I play mostly open map games(gta IV, fallout, bf3, etc etc)
How good the cards seem to be is much dependent on who does the reviews.... I found THG's review somewhat ...er shall we say "curious".
According to the settings we chose on a per-game basis, picked to maximize visual quality at playable frame rates, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti is close to, if not slightly slower than a Radeon HD 7870. However, after comparing lab results, the outcome of our testing appears tied to the way we picked settings for each game, likely taxing the 660 Ti's memory bandwidth more than less-demanding options would.
Perhaps our settings favor the Radeon cards. Perhaps theirs favor the GeForce-based boards. And maybe the most real-world outcome lies somewhere in between. But, I believe the truth is that GeForce GTX 660 Ti performs within 5%, plus or minus, of the Radeon HD 7870
I don't think I have ever seen a review couched in quite such a dramatic way.
OTOH, Techpowerup comes up with a completely different scenario. In their test suite (Alan Wake, Batman Arkham City, BF3, BattleForge, Civilization 5, Crysis. Crysis 2, Dragon Age II, Hard Reset, Metro 2033, Stalker CoP, Starcraft 2, Shogun 2, Skyrim, WoW, Diablo II, Max Payne 3, Sniper Elite V2), we see the following:
The 7870 finishes with a total of 1236.6 fps and delivers that at a cost of $0.23 per frame.
The 7950 finishes with a total of 1348.2 fps and delivers that at a cost of $0.24 per frame.
The 7970 finishes with a total of 1532.8 fps and delivers that at a cost of $0.30 per frame.
The 660Ti finishes with a total of 1387.4 fps and delivers that at a cost of $0.22 per frame.
The 660 Ti finishes about 3 % ahead of the 7950 but does it for $30 (10%) cheaper
Yeh 7870 is more for other games non nvidia programmed for physix such as Batman/Bf3 work better with AMD. The 7870 is also more for being faster at higher resolutions. If you mainly play nvidia type games at 1920x1080 then the 660ti should be good for you if you don't mind spending at least $300.
A lot of games are available with Nvidia based graphics which is why I may just get the 670 although I am tempted to go for the 7870 to try it out.
Crysis is one of those games that demands a lot. It will give you good frame rate at 1920x1080 on both Amd and Nvidia, with a little more fps on the nvidia cards. Of course as you go up in higher resolution both types of cards are somewhat similar as long as you aren't comparing the 7970 or 680.
My brother plays minecraft on a gtx 555. Stupid card from dell but it could run crysis 2 on high and fSX also.
Not sure on GTA IV I hear its demanding too. It hasn't been compared much in benchmarks because both types of cards are close with that game. I don't see why you wouldn't be able to run that mod if the card is powerful enough and you have a good cpu/ram too.
well the mod is very demanding...also i can play minecraft just wondering if the faster gpu would help with low fps even though i got almost the same with a 40$ gpu so i dont know... what is the most demanding game out there?
If you are talking about TSAA then the nvidia cards have that too and it does a pretty good job at not using more resources really. The new gen nvidia's have I think two new tessalation and anti-aliasing technologies and for the games that support it, does pretty good.
If its a month from now that you will be buying the card then I would wait and see how the price game goes. If the price of the 660ti doesn't drop or no deals show up and the 7870 or 7970 do show price drops then go for one of them.
Sounds like for what you want to do the 660ti should be fine. I would go for a 670 but I don't know if that is in the price range you want. Sounds like from what you want to do, nvidia would be a better choice.
OK thanks i think i will come back to the forum once i get the money and make sure im making the right decicsion but until then i will watch the prices and decide from there! thanks for the help guys really appreciate it!