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October 12, 2012 1:37:49 PM

hiii guys

am confused as to which gpu should i choose ???

plz help

More about : 660 7850

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October 12, 2012 1:49:00 PM

Performance average of a few games:



Power Consumption:



So the GTX660 is a bit faster, while using a bit more power. If you game at >1080p, the GTX660 is better, if you game at 1080p or less, either one will work. The 7850 can generally be had for cheaper now days, I'd go with the 7850.

The MSI 7850:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127688

The MSI 660:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127702

The 7850 is 20 dollars cheaper right now (on Newegg.CA, only 10 dollars cheaper on Newegg.COM), and more frugal as well, but it is a bit slower. If you shop around, say NCIX and other stores, you might even find better prices.

Compute wise the AMD's current crops are generally better.
October 12, 2012 4:51:10 PM

what about memory bandwidth issue with 660..........does it greatly affects it when gaming at 1920*1080 resolution..............
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October 12, 2012 4:55:54 PM

Maxx_Power said:
Performance average of a few games:

http://media.bestofmicro.com/T/W/352292/original/AVG%20Perf%20HIGH.png

Power Consumption:

http://media.bestofmicro.com/U/N/352319/original/Power.png

So the GTX660 is a bit faster, while using a bit more power. If you game at >1080p, the GTX660 is better, if you game at 1080p or less, either one will work. The 7850 can generally be had for cheaper now days, I'd go with the 7850.

The MSI 7850:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127688

The MSI 660:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127702

The 7850 is 20 dollars cheaper right now (on Newegg.CA, only 10 dollars cheaper on Newegg.COM), and more frugal as well, but it is a bit slower. If you shop around, say NCIX and other stores, you might even find better prices.

Compute wise the AMD's current crops are generally better.

October 12, 2012 4:57:58 PM

beastwolf said:
what about memory bandwidth issue with 660..........does it greatly affects it when gaming at 1920*1080 resolution..............


Not so much at 1080p unless you use more than 4X MSAA. Then the limited bus width becomes an issue.
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October 12, 2012 6:35:17 PM

beastwolf said:
what about memory bandwidth issue with 660..........does it greatly affects it when gaming at 1920*1080 resolution..............


Shouldn't be an issue at 1080p with most games and AA settings at moderate to max. The HD7850 has a bit more memory bandwidth (1200mhz x 4 transactions/clock x 256 bits wide > 1500 mhz x 5 transactions/clock x 192 bits wide).

FYI, the MSI 660 is really nice (as well as their HD7850). Runs very cool, and quiet as a whisper. All nickel plated heatsink (no copper left to oxizide after a few years) and PWM (4 pin) fans.
October 13, 2012 6:59:34 AM

so should i pick 660 over 7850 for gaming at 1600*900 resolution..........coz at that resolution memory bandwidth wouldn't be an isuue........
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October 13, 2012 2:37:22 PM

beastwolf said:
so should i pick 660 over 7850 for gaming at 1600*900 resolution..........coz at that resolution memory bandwidth wouldn't be an isuue........


Well, technically at that resolution, the HD7850 AND the GTX660 are both perfectly fine. I guess then it comes down to what kind of a sale price you can get.

The HD7850 can be had for cheap (2GB edition) like here:

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=69558&vpn=AX...

For the money you are going to pay for a GTX660, you can get a HD 7870, like this:

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=69557&vpn=AX...

If you are bent on spending the 200+ dollars on a GTX660, I'd go with the HD7870 above. It is about the same price as a GTX660, and quite a bit faster.
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October 13, 2012 2:40:00 PM

+1 at tht res i will chosse whatever is cheaper
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