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September 1, 2012 2:45:09 PM

i want a graphics card for gaming to pair with a 3570k/2500k up to £240. its either the evga 660ti non oc or the xfx 7950. i found them at the same price and so am unsure of which one to get. I will probably not overclock as I have never done before although mabee moderatley. will I be able to run these cards on a 650w psu is not how much power will I need to run one of them? thanks!

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September 1, 2012 2:54:03 PM

660 ti advantages :

1) Better drivers from nVidia
2) PhysX support
3) Lower power consumption

7950 advantages:

1) 3GB memory buffer
2) 384 bit bus width
3) Better for extreme resolutions

Personally I would go with the 7950, even though I usually go nVidia with my PCs. I just don't like that 192bit interface on the 660ti.
September 1, 2012 2:55:35 PM

That power supply is enough for either card. If they're the same price, get the 7950 - it's the better all around card. AMD's single card driver support is very good, as is Nvidia's - you only really run into problems when you do multiple graphics cards.

If the 660ti is cheaper, get that - it's a nice card if it's available to you cheaper than the 7950.

I do think that the 7950 will last longer in future games due to the fact that it has a 384-bit memory bus as opposed to a 192-bit bus on the 660ti, but that's just my speculation.

I personally would get the 7950 unless the 660ti was ~10% cheaper.
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September 1, 2012 2:59:42 PM

BigMack70 said:
That power supply is enough for either card. If they're the same price, get the 7950 - it's the better all around card. AMD's single card driver support is very good, as is Nvidia's - you only really run into problems when you do multiple graphics cards.

If the 660ti is cheaper, get that - it's a nice card if it's available to you cheaper than the 7950.

I do think that the 7950 will last longer in future games due to the fact that it has a 384-bit memory bus as opposed to a 192-bit bus on the 660ti, but that's just my speculation.

I personally would get the 7950 unless the 660ti was ~10% cheaper.

The 7950 is actually £5 cheaper than the 660ti so I think I will go with the 7950 as it will last longer and I wont have to upgrade for a while! thx!
September 1, 2012 3:04:28 PM

viktorbkk said:
660 ti advantages :

1) Better drivers from nVidia
2) PhysX support
3) Lower power consumption

7950 advantages:

1) 3GB memory buffer
2) 384 bit bus width
3) Better for extreme resolutions

Personally I would go with the 7950, even though I usually go nVidia with my PCs. I just don't like that 192bit interface on the 660ti.

Since this card is better at higher resolutions im gonna go for it because I can see myself upgrading to a monitor with higher resolutions so the 7950 will handle better! thx for help
September 1, 2012 3:06:16 PM

Enjoy! :D 
September 1, 2012 4:22:37 PM

Depends on what you plan on running. I'd go with the 7950. But that's because I do a lot of GPGPU stuff (like Boinc). Basically check the specs on what your planning on using it for and go from there.
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September 1, 2012 5:11:03 PM

Same price?. 7950. But most people don't go beyond 1220p.
September 1, 2012 5:51:19 PM

Get the 7950. It's better than the 660ti, and I bought mine for the same price. Nvidia really needs to drop the 660ti to $260. That's where the 7870 is now.
a c 232 U Graphics card
September 1, 2012 6:09:35 PM

1920 x 1080 => 660 Ti
2560 x 1600 => 7950

In Guru3D 2012 game test suite @ 1920 x 1080, the 660 edges out the 7950 by a score of 1387 to 1348....and its cheaper

a c 186 U Graphics card
September 1, 2012 6:41:24 PM

Basically agree with JackNaylorPE 1920 x 1080 1920 X 1200 AND LOWER => 660 Ti
2560 x 1600 AND HIGHER => 7950 other then TH most professional trustworthy reliable review sites consistently have the GTX 660 Ti beating a 7950 at 1920 resolution.
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_660_Ti_Power...
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6159/the-geforce-gtx-660-...

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"As it stands, AMD’s position correctly reflects their performance; the GTX 660 Ti is a solid and relatively consistent 10-15% faster than the 7870, while the 7950 is anywhere between a bit faster to a bit slower depending on what benchmarks you favor. Of course when talking about the 7950 the “anything but equal” maxim still applies here, if not more so than with the GTX 670. The GTX 660 Ti is anywhere 50% ahead of the 7950 and 25% behind it, and everywhere in between." Source:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6159/the-geforce-gtx-660-... keep in mind if your planing on overclocking =7950 if i were a betting man i make a good bet future proofing i think the 7950 would be a better choice
September 2, 2012 12:15:01 AM

JackNaylorPE said:
1920 x 1080 => 660 Ti
2560 x 1600 => 7950

In Guru3D 2012 game test suite @ 1920 x 1080, the 660 edges out the 7950 by a score of 1387 to 1348....and its cheaper


This is why your advice is often a huge fail :non: ... you have your ideas and methodology set in stone and you don't actually listen to the OP, who says

Quote:
The 7950 is actually £5 cheaper than the 660ti


There is absolutely NO reason to get a 660ti for £5 MORE than a 7950 unless you know you're almost exclusively going to be playing games that make heavy use of PhysX.

Also, at 1080p, 660ti = 7950, OC 660ti > 7950, OC 7950 > OC 660ti. e.g.
a c 186 U Graphics card
September 2, 2012 1:04:17 AM

lol should have read thread better if you can get the 7950 five dollars cheaper than 660 ti i would get the 7950 without thinking twice now if the 7950 was like $30 more then the 660 ti i would pass on it but since that is not the case 7950 all day long bud just my two cents lol
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