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September 17, 2012 1:44:39 AM

Trying to choose between the GTX 660ti and AMD 7950 for gaming in 1080P.

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September 17, 2012 1:56:51 AM

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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. Coupled with the tight pricing between all of these cards, this makes it very hard to make any kind of meaningful recommendation here for potential buyers. Compared to the 7870 the GTX 660 Ti is a solid buy if you can spare the extra $20, though it’s not going to be a massive difference. The performance difference is going to be just enough that AMD is going to need to trim prices a bit more to secure the 7870’s position.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." Source: http://www.anandtech.com/show/6159/the-geforce-gtx-660-...
September 17, 2012 1:57:25 AM

I would go with the GTX 660 ti. Most games prefer nvidia cards even tho the 7950 may have a bit better specs than the GTX 660 ti, The GTX 660 ti will do much better in gaming, as well you get features like Physx, Cuda, 3D vision, The 660 ti will last you longer, from personal experiences I found the nvidia cards usually have a longer life span while it is easier to overclock ATI cards.
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September 17, 2012 2:09:43 AM

Xndurin said:
I would go with the GTX 660 ti. Most games prefer nvidia cards even tho the 7950 may have a bit better specs than the GTX 660 ti, The GTX 660 ti will do much better in gaming, as well you get features like Physx, Cuda, 3D vision, The 660 ti will last you longer, from personal experiences I found the nvidia cards usually have a longer life span while it is easier to overclock ATI cards.


lolwut? :pt1cable: 

@OP, check what games you want to play and see if they favor one card over the other. The 7950 is the better all around card but if you play games that like the 660ti, go for it.

The 660ti is a gamble with that crippled memory bus:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-...

quote (talking about 1080p gaming):
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We really can’t recommend Nvidia's GeForce GTX 660 Ti if you plan to use 4x or 8x MSAA; even two Radeon HD 7750s are a better choice.


The 7950 gives you no risk of getting crippled performance due to a limited memory bus and it's cheaper than the 660ti as well:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Some sites are saying there's no issue with the memory bus. Some are saying it's a HUGE issue. In general, minimum framerates are not as impressive as average framerates on the 660ti. It's a bit of a confusing picture, but I say - why even take the chance? If you want to buy Nvidia, the GTX 670 is by far the card to get, not the 660ti.
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September 17, 2012 2:15:00 AM

It's a hard choice i honestly wouldn't buy either neither card impresses me but since this is the question at hand i guess i would go with 7950
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September 17, 2012 2:21:22 AM

One has PhysX, the other doesn't. All else is equal. Which are you gonna choose?

Just to save you the time BigMack, the 660 Ti comes with Borderlands 2, so you actually get to own one of those 6 or 7 good PhysX games. Metro 2033 First Light is also supposed to feature advanced PhysX effects. More PhysX games are on the way, don't get caught without the option to enable it.
September 17, 2012 2:25:29 AM

3 decent looking PhysX games are on the way that I'm aware of:
Metro: Last Light
Borderlands 2
Hawken

PhysX is dying a long slow death, as it should. It's a lame marketing gimmick. Other physics engines are better and don't rely on Nvidia's marketing department.

Also, not all else is equal. One of them has its minimum framerate drop into the crapper when you crank the AA and/or the resolution up, the other doesn't. I'll let you figure out which is which.
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September 17, 2012 2:27:35 AM

Just get a 670 or 7970 forget those pooh butt cards lol jk.
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September 17, 2012 2:29:49 AM

I'd grab the 7950 if it was my money. But I'm AMD bias for GPU so...
I would rather play at the true highest settings and at those the 660Ti just can't handle the high AA.
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September 17, 2012 2:30:52 AM

bigcyco1 said:
Just get a 670 or 7970 forget those pooh butt cards lol jk.

I know you said "jk" but honestly this is the best thing to do if you can spend the extra $100. If not just get a 7950.
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September 17, 2012 2:33:27 AM

oh god i see where this thread is going not good let's do it the right way guys list all the games you intend to play OP it's going to be a long day lol
September 17, 2012 2:34:09 AM

The 670 is a very nice card for 1080p gaming... +1 to that if you have the cash.

This 670 is $360 for the next couple days with promo code:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's a VASTLY better option than the 660ti and it's a good alternative to the slightly more expensive 7970.
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September 17, 2012 2:35:41 AM

andrewcarr said:
I know you said "jk" but honestly this is the best thing to do if you can spend the extra $100. If not just get a 7950.
:lol:  i am getting involved in the green and red war i like them both ;) 
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