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Ati 7870 or GTX660

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October 30, 2012 7:15:02 PM

Looking with upgrading my graphics card and I was about to order the 7870 until somebody brought up the fact that if you are playing games such as; BF3, Borderlands 2, Skyrim (which are all games I will be playing primarily) that it's better to go Nvidia. How much of a difference is there really? The GTX660's are a little out of my price range. Suggestions?

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a b U Graphics card
October 30, 2012 7:16:16 PM

Get the 7870. It's a better card overall, and can be over clocked to wreck the 660.

Also, I'm not sure if the deal is still here, but the 7850 was like $160 a few days ago, if that's the case, I would just get the 7850.
a b U Graphics card
October 30, 2012 7:19:51 PM

7870 and GTX660 are the same price. You might have been comparing the Ti version. Right now the cheapest 7870 and GTX660 are both $210 after rebate on newegg.



Between the two, the 7870 is a hair faster in general, but the GTX 660 does do better in certain games (like BF3). They are close enough competitors that it probably doesn't matter that much which you choose.

You can overclock the GTX660, too.
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a b U Graphics card
October 30, 2012 7:25:58 PM

Go with the 7870. It is better at over clocking than the gtx 660.
a c 92 U Graphics card
October 30, 2012 7:44:11 PM

The 7870 is faster in skyrim and bf3. The 660 is faster in borderlands. With the latest drivers:


the 7870 beats even the 660 ti


about 8% faster than the 660


in an nvidia sponsored game, the 7870 is significantly slower than the 660.

a b U Graphics card
October 30, 2012 7:44:14 PM

If you get the right card and it happens to overclock well and you have good cooling, then probably.

These cards are neck-and-neck, though. I think it is a bit of a disservice to try and make it sound like the AMD is the clear winner:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/548?vs=660



October 30, 2012 7:46:01 PM

i think the 7870.Because its compute performance.Even though you arent paying for it.But i think that i would rather have the advantage of having compute performance available.
Its like when i buy a product i should be able to use the product to the extent of the fullest.
October 30, 2012 7:47:06 PM

I appreciate all the responses. I think I am going to stick with this 7870. I have been running a GTX260 for about 3 years so really any card will be a clear upgrade. Just to double check that everything works together, this will also be the PSU i am upgrading to: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b U Graphics card
October 30, 2012 7:49:09 PM

That's a great PSU! No worries, there.

You will really like the 7870.

a b U Graphics card
October 30, 2012 7:49:33 PM

anthony7389 said:
I appreciate all the responses. I think I am going to stick with this 7870. I have been running a GTX260 for about 3 years so really any card will be a clear upgrade. Just to double check that everything works together, this will also be the PSU i am upgrading to: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You'll be fine. Antec is a reliable brand, and I have one of the antic earth watts myself, and they run fine. Enjoy your new card mate :) 
October 30, 2012 7:55:25 PM

Thanks again for the help
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