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Consdering GTX 660Ti or GTX 670

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September 18, 2012 8:59:21 PM

I will be using this GPU to game (BF3, Skyrim, Crysis). Here is the deal. I will be running this on one of those korean 2560x1440 monitors. Is the difference in memory between the two cards a big deal here? I understand memory becomes an issue at higher resolutions. I will only be gaming on ONE monitor, however, while just using the computer for homework, browsing, etc, I may connect another monitor I have which is 1680x1050.

So my question is about memory. Which one do I pick?

i5 3570k OC to 4GHz
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G Skill 2 x 4GB Ares DDR3 1600(will get another 8 soon)
HAF 922
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Hyper EVO with push and pull Sickeflow

Current GPU is a PNY GTS 250 1GB
September 18, 2012 9:06:14 PM

I am not very interested in AMD's offering unless of course there is a very good motivation that they would suit me better. Feel free to tell me if that is the case.
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September 18, 2012 9:46:33 PM

670 if you can afford it.
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September 18, 2012 9:52:39 PM

Mousemonkey said:
670 if you can afford it.


Would the difference be worth the added 100$? Also, would SLIing down the road solve the memory issue?
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September 18, 2012 10:48:46 PM

No SLi would not solve a mem issue but it will not be an issue I run a 670GTx single card at 5760x1080 with a 4th 1920x1200 screen and it all runs just fine. Cant max all games but high and above on all Ive tried so far.

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September 18, 2012 10:57:19 PM

this a repeat post. thought I replied to this ?
September 18, 2012 11:01:13 PM

The only thing AMD would be better at is if your running at ultra detail on something beyond 1080p. That is the only point when you see Nvidia's offerings to falter because of the limited memory bus. However, at 1440 you should be good with the GTX 670.

I wouldn't suggest the GTX660 Ti.
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September 18, 2012 11:17:51 PM

Avetiso said:
I will be using this GPU to game (BF3, Skyrim, Crysis). Here is the deal. I will be running this on one of those korean 2560x1440 monitors. Is the difference in memory between the two cards a big deal here? I understand memory becomes an issue at higher resolutions. I will only be gaming on ONE monitor, however, while just using the computer for homework, browsing, etc, I may connect another monitor I have which is 1680x1050.

So my question is about memory. Which one do I pick?

i5 3570k OC to 4GHz
Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 800w Modular
G Skill 2 x 4GB Ares DDR3 1600(will get another 8 soon)
HAF 922
ASRock Extreme4 z77
Hyper EVO with push and pull Sickeflow

Current GPU is a PNY GTS 250 1GB


If you buy a 670, your paying A LOT of money for only a few more frames per second than the 660ti. Its better off getting a 660ti and doing SLI later on.
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September 18, 2012 11:24:33 PM

Toms just did benchmarks to prove that the 660ti's 192 bit bus is a bit limiting. I highly recommend the 670. After seeing the benchmarks, I'm really happy I spent the extra money.

If I had to choose right now, I would go a 7970 as they are the same price as the 670 and would handle 16 AA and 16AF much better than nVidia.
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September 18, 2012 11:38:03 PM

2790225,9,1056758 said:
Toms just did benchmarks to prove that the 660ti's 192 bit bus is a bit limiting. I highly recommend the 670. After seeing the benchmarks, I'm really happy I spent the extra money.


that's pretty much what I said before.......... now I know this is a REPEAT POST. wonder what happened to it ?
September 19, 2012 12:07:55 AM

on newegg right now (i think it ends today) the gygabyte windforce 3 gtx 670 is on sale for $360 which is really good.
i got it myself and i love it. i flashed the bios which gave me a little extra voltage and it overclocked like mad. i got the core to 1300mhz and it's amazingly quite. and i love the fact that it uses the gtx 680 pcb so it doesn't look freakishly small.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

promo code: HARDOCPX912G

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September 19, 2012 1:00:26 AM
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If the budget allows definately get a factory overclocked 670. Some arent that far off from the 680. Power Edition, TOP, FTW etc. It is really dictated by what you can afford. There might not be much of a difference between the factory overclocked 660 ti's and the reference 670 but there really is when you look at the factory overclocked 670s. Also the smaller memory bus of the 660 ti might be an issue running above 1080.

As far as SLI helping the memory problem think of it this way. Each card has to have all the textures loaded on it. So having two cards does not help the memory issues that a 660 ti has.
September 19, 2012 2:25:46 AM

swifty_morgan said:
2790225,9,1056758 said:
Toms just did benchmarks to prove that the 660ti's 192 bit bus is a bit limiting. I highly recommend the 670. After seeing the benchmarks, I'm really happy I spent the extra money.


that's pretty much what I said before.......... now I know this is a REPEAT POST. wonder what happened to it ?
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This is my first thread on my first day on this forum, ever. I ensure you, it is not a repeat, at least not on my part. I searched the threads but did not find consolidated info specifically talking about memory limitation at higher resolutions that answered my question.
September 19, 2012 2:45:01 AM

Thank you guys for your input. I will not be getting the 660 Ti. However, I hear that CCC 12.7 are now pretty good drivers for AMD. Since I was most worried about memory, is the difference between a 7970 and a 670 going to change anything for me at 1440p? Or will I only see a difference at multi-monitor set ups?

Both cards look great. I am looking to keep this for long term. It is my understanding that if I ever do change my mind (my pockets forbid!) and I want to go with another 1440p display, 7970 would probably be a better fit. But the general concensus is going green.

I'm going crazy trying to decide between the two now..=/ I'll search some threads for this.
September 19, 2012 6:10:18 AM

Avetiso said:
Thank you guys for your input. I will not be getting the 660 Ti. However, I hear that CCC 12.7 are now pretty good drivers for AMD. Since I was most worried about memory, is the difference between a 7970 and a 670 going to change anything for me at 1440p? Or will I only see a difference at multi-monitor set ups?

Both cards look great. I am looking to keep this for long term. It is my understanding that if I ever do change my mind (my pockets forbid!) and I want to go with another 1440p display, 7970 would probably be a better fit. But the general concensus is going green.

I'm going crazy trying to decide between the two now..=/ I'll search some threads for this.


Depends on the games and the eye candy you turn on. If it involves Nvidia favored items like Physics, then I would roll with a 670.

Your really not going to lose with either purchase, your looking at a 5-15 FPS difference depending on what game you play for either AMD/Nvidia.

I've been with AMD since the 2k series and have been completely satisfied. I've had buddies go with Nvidia for just as long and its the same story.
September 19, 2012 6:20:27 AM

drinkingcola86 said:
Depends on the games and the eye candy you turn on. If it involves Nvidia favored items like Physics, then I would roll with a 670.

Your really not going to lose with either purchase, your looking at a 5-15 FPS difference depending on what game you play for either AMD/Nvidia.

I've been with AMD since the 2k series and have been completely satisfied. I've had buddies go with Nvidia for just as long and its the same story.


Thanks for the info! I actually found a local guy I will be buying 2 670's from for 275 each, only 2 weeks old, still under warranty. Thanks to everyone else as well for their input!
September 19, 2012 6:20:35 AM

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September 19, 2012 6:27:03 AM

That is an awesome deal. glad you found it. I wouldn't pass that up.
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September 19, 2012 4:53:01 PM

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