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Nvidia Geforce GTX 560ti or 660?

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November 11, 2012 10:05:52 AM

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...

Which 1 is better ( top 560ti and bottom 660). Seeing as the are more or less the same price, the 660 a bit more but about the same. I'm looking to play bf3, just cause 2, black ops, skyrim, crysis, crysis 2 etc...

Great if I could get an answer! Thanks!:) 
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November 11, 2012 10:13:35 AM

Gut instinct says the 660 (rough mental calculation. A 560Ti is beaten by the 7850, the 660 is roughly equal to a 7870. Therefore 660 beats 560ti)

And Anandtech backs that up.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/547?vs=660
Looks to be quite a difference as well.
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November 11, 2012 10:13:44 AM

660 honestly - What are the rest of your pc specs?
I know Scan do some good deals on 660's and it comes with Borderlands 2 and AC3.
Anyway. The 660 surpasses the 560 ti in anything and it has less power usage so that's cheaper in the long run too.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-gef...
Check this link for results, just look at the higher end 1080p chart down with 660 ti at the top.
In battlefield 3 1080p all ultra GTX 660 picks up 42fps average but the 560 ti only gets 31fps average.
I think the answer is clear :p 
Hope i helped :) 
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November 11, 2012 10:15:38 AM

manofchalk said:
Gut instinct says the 660 (rough mental calculation. A 560Ti is beaten by the 7850, the 660 is roughly equal to a 7870. Therefore 660 beats 560ti)

And Anandtech backs that up.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/547?vs=660
Looks to be quite a difference as well.


Yeah props. That makes sense, but even real world performance in benchmarks and stuff the 660 shows just how much better it is - If anything it nears GTX 570 performance if not equals it.
That, coupled with the lower power usage, should sway your decision.
November 11, 2012 10:17:43 AM

Cool!Thanks to both! Just making sure before I purchase, i don't want to get the wrong thing!:p 

My specs are :
Motherboard - Gigabyte MA770T-UD3
RAM - Kingston 4GB DDR3 1333mhz
GPU - ATI Radeon HD 6670(going to get a 660 in the next month or so)
CPU - AMD Phenom X4 955 @ 3.20ghz
PSU - 480W (Don't know anything about it, that's why i'm going to get a decent 1, it cost me £10 so not the best!:p  )
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November 11, 2012 10:23:32 AM

oakcatton said:
Cool!Thanks to both! Just making sure before I purchase, i don't want to get the wrong thing!:p 

My specs are :
Motherboard - Gigabyte MA770T-UD3
RAM - Kingston 4GB DDR3 1333mhz
GPU - ATI Radeon HD 6670(going to get a 660 in the next month or so)
CPU - AMD Phenom X4 955 @ 3.20ghz
PSU - 480W (Don't know anything about it, that's why i'm going to get a decent 1, it cost me £10 so not the best!:p  )


Good choice going for the 660, only thing i can think of is your RAM speed, maybe get some 1600mhz ram or 8gb 1600.
With technology now, 1333mhz ram is becoming worse and worse comparatively so an upgrade on that would definitely be worthwhile.
Otherwise, decent specs, half decent CPU to pair with a 660 although like i say your ram may hold you back a bit.

Hope that helps too :) 
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November 11, 2012 10:26:15 AM

As for a PSU upgrade, a 660 on a 480w should be fine but after that try a Corsair CX600 maybe.
November 11, 2012 10:29:22 AM

I was thinking of upgrading to some corsair vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600mhz, so i put a post out on this website, and they said that i won't see much of a diference if i put 8gb in, but i might have a look now to buy some corsair vengeance 1600mhz but just some 4gb, will that be ok?

Calum, i had a cx600 because there a pretty decent company i think!Thx! I'll problably get it!:) 
November 11, 2012 10:30:27 AM

calumconroy said:
Good choice going for the 660, only thing i can think of is your RAM speed, maybe get some 1600mhz ram or 8gb 1600.
With technology now, 1333mhz ram is becoming worse and worse comparatively so an upgrade on that would definitely be worthwhile.
Otherwise, decent specs, half decent CPU to pair with a 660 although like i say your ram may hold you back a bit.

Hope that helps too :) 


there's actually no performance difference between 1600mhz ram and 1333mhz, if there really is you wont even notice it and it will not hold it back but the cpu might :D 
November 11, 2012 10:32:34 AM

calumconroy said:
As for a PSU upgrade, a 660 on a 480w should be fine but after that try a Corsair CX600 maybe.


the 660 is better and the corsair cx600 is also a good choice corsair makes good psu
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November 11, 2012 10:33:05 AM

I'd recommend a 660 for 1080p monitor but a 560Ti for lower resolution monitors like 720p or 1366x768. You don't need to spend a lot of money on a GPU if your monitor is weak.

What monitor do you have?
November 11, 2012 10:34:55 AM

Will the cpu hold it back a lot? It's just i haven't got any money for a cpu if i get that gpu!:S
November 11, 2012 10:35:53 AM

Benq 1920x1080, so it's 1080p, pretty decent monitor
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November 11, 2012 10:38:28 AM

oakcatton said:
I was thinking of upgrading to some corsair vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600mhz, so i put a post out on this website, and they said that i won't see much of a diference if i put 8gb in, but i might have a look now to buy some corsair vengeance 1600mhz but just some 4gb, will that be ok?

Calum, i had a cx600 because there a pretty decent company i think!Thx! I'll problably get it!:) 


I have 8GB: surfing web and watching video is 3GB; playing Battlefield 3 gets up to 6GB. So, 8GB is the way to go.

Corsair is great, but the company also makes a cx500 that should be cheaper.
November 11, 2012 10:40:07 AM

what about 8gb of 1333mhz ram?
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November 11, 2012 10:40:34 AM

oakcatton said:
Benq 1920x1080, so it's 1080p, pretty decent monitor


BenQ makes some good gaming monitors, I almost bought one. Definitely get a 660. I think this is the one you
linked and a good buy from that store.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With a 660 you should play on High at great fps.
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November 11, 2012 10:41:12 AM

envy14tpe said:
I have 8GB: surfing web and watching video is 3GB; playing Battlefield 3 gets up to 6GB. So, 8GB is the way to go.

Corsair is great, but the company also makes a cx500 that should be cheaper.


True about the RAM, but about the cx500? The OP already has a 480 :s
November 11, 2012 10:43:46 AM

Cool! Thanks envy14tpe, i'm going to get an msi twin frozr geforce gtx 660 with 2GB DDR5 Ram from overclockers.co.uk but thanks for the link anyway!
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November 11, 2012 11:02:43 AM

oakcatton said:
Cool! Thanks envy14tpe, i'm going to get an msi twin frozr geforce gtx 660 with 2GB DDR5 Ram from overclockers.co.uk but thanks for the link anyway!


Good choice! :) 
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November 11, 2012 11:04:19 AM

oakcatton said:
what about 8gb of 1333mhz ram?


yeah, I assume you already have 2x2GB. So why not buy 2x2GB of same RAM?

Their is a performance gain at 1600, compared to your 1333, but I wouldn't recommend buying it
since you already have 1333. This is what I'm talking about.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4503/sandy-bridge-memory-...

You don't gain much in gaming from 1333 to 1600
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November 11, 2012 11:07:28 AM

envy14tpe said:
yeah, I assume you already have 2x2GB. So why not buy 2x2GB of same RAM?

Their is a performance gain at 1600, compared to your 1333, but I wouldn't recommend buying it
since you already have 1333. This is what I'm talking about.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4503/sandy-bridge-memory-...

You don't gain much in gaming from 1333 to 1600


Yea i agree the only real difference you'd see in going 1333 to 1600 is in Video editing and stuff like that but seeing as you already have 1333 4gb just buy another 4 :p 
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November 11, 2012 11:10:35 AM

calumconroy said:
True about the RAM, but about the cx500? The OP already has a 480 :s


Missed that post. I saw it was £10! That's cheap and probably not good. The PSU that CalumConroy mentioned is good. I saw the 600W on sale for $60usd, and the 500W for $50. However, a 660 only needs 500W. You could save some money and get a 500W instead.
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...
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November 11, 2012 11:15:31 AM

envy14tpe said:
Missed that post. I saw it was £10! That's cheap and probably not good. The PSU that CalumConroy mentioned is good. I saw the 600W on sale for $60usd, and the 500W for $50. However, a 660 only needs 500W. You could save some money and get a 500W instead.
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...


Yeah probably really quite bad that 480, like i said though, a cx500 isn't worth it for the difference when with £13 more you could get a CX600

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...

And I've just realized we've gone from graphics cards, to RAM, and now to PSU's xD
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November 11, 2012 11:40:35 AM

calumconroy said:
Yeah probably really quite bad that 480, like i said though, a cx500 isn't worth it for the difference when with £13 more you could get a CX600

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...

And I've just realized we've gone from graphics cards, to RAM, and now to PSU's xD


It's alright though. All these steps and improvements will get his/her system running awesome.
Also, simply adding a 660 is great but not great if you have bottlenecks.
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November 11, 2012 11:49:22 AM

envy14tpe said:
It's alright though. All these steps and improvements will get his/her system running awesome.
Also, simply adding a 660 is great but not great if you have bottlenecks.


Yeah obviously :p 
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November 11, 2012 12:13:57 PM

GTX 660 has about the same performance as the GTX 580 and uses only half of the power.
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November 11, 2012 12:29:18 PM

lostgamer_03 said:
GTX 660 has about the same performance as the GTX 580 and uses only half of the power.


660 has closer performance to the 570, the 660 Ti however beats the 580 and like you say, uses a fraction of the power.
November 11, 2012 12:42:55 PM

My PC has a EVGA GTX 660 and the CX600. So from experience assure you you're good to go.
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November 11, 2012 12:43:43 PM

songorocosongo said:
My PC has a EVGA GTX 660 and the CX600. So from experience assure you you're good to go.


CX 600 is boss but seems a bit overkill?
November 11, 2012 12:54:29 PM

calumconroy said:
CX 600 is boss but seems a bit overkill?


A PSU is supposed to last a few upgrades. With that in mind, when I bought it I wanted to upgrade to higher end GPU's. I started with a Sapphire HD 6850 and BF3 was OK on high setting but on ultra I was most of the time at the lower 20's fps. Now on ultra this baby can get the frames per second up to 50 avg. And if I lower some insignificant settings to high or med I average ~70 fps.
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November 11, 2012 12:56:20 PM

songorocosongo said:
A PSU is supposed to last a few upgrades. With that in mind, when I bought it I wanted to upgrade to higher end GPU's. I started with a Sapphire HD 6850 and BF3 was OK on high setting but on ultra I was most of the time at the lower 20's fps. Now on ultra this baby can get the frames per second up to 50 avg. And if I lower some insignificant settings to high or med I average ~70 fps.


Yea fair enough :p  what 660 you got? I'm hoping to get an MSI 660 Ti Power Edition but if not then an ASUS 660 or EVGA 660 SC
November 11, 2012 1:03:56 PM

calumconroy said:
Yea fair enough :p  what 660 you got? I'm hoping to get an MSI 660 Ti Power Edition but if not then an ASUS 660 or EVGA 660 SC


EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2662-KR GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and EVGA Precision X is awesome
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November 11, 2012 1:14:49 PM

songorocosongo said:
EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2662-KR GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and EVGA Precision X is awesome


Haha i'm english ;)  if i got an EVGA 660 i'd get this:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/EVGA-GeForce-GDDR5-Graphics-Car...

I also like the look of this ASUS though:
http://www.waeplus.co.uk/product/1291375/ASUS-GeForce-G...

Though to be honest i want the 660 Ti - The MSI Afterburner software is beast but no doubt EVGA Precision X is too :p 
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-msi-gtx-660-ti-power...
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November 11, 2012 1:23:54 PM

songorocosongo said:
I'm pretty sure they are the same.


What are? The two 660's or the Software?
November 11, 2012 1:30:34 PM

the two 660's the one you posted is just an European model(correct me if I'm wrong). Even the box was the same as mine.
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November 11, 2012 1:39:14 PM

Oh yeah they are I was just showing you, to be honest i'd prefer the ASUS as it has the DirectCU II cooling.
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