The real reason that the voices of the internet should be cheering should be for the falling prices that have been happening across enthusiast class video cards over the course of the past few months thanks to healthy competition between AMD and NVIDIA. From our perspective, the overall game play experience has improved slightly from older drivers for the cards from both the Red and Green teams, however we would not say that the performance differences have been earth shattering from the perspective of overall game play performance.
The most interesting stand out from this evaluation has been the NVIDIA GTX 660 Ti, which is priced significantly higher than the Radeon HD 7870 while turning in similar performance numbers. The GTX 660 Ti has lost its value at this point in time, lending way to the Radeon HD 7950 which has benefited from falling prices and new drivers.
If you are in the video card market today, the current offerings tend to scale very well with price and you will receive a higher level of performance for your incremental dollar spent.
A 660 is worth it's price a 660 ti is not because amd is giving three free games and with new drivers AMD just are violently making NV cards not a great buy right now
Exactly. No matter how you look at AMD is the way to go at every price point right now. The only one I would even consider from nvidia is the 670 since they can be found sub $350 at times (Though I wouldn't pay a cent more). For example:
7870 vs 660: The 7870 is easily stronger and often trades blows with the 660 Ti. Yet the 7870 is the same price and comes with Far Cry 3!
7950 vs 670: The 670 is probably about 10% stronger at this point, but the 7950 is known to overclock to 680 levels (Get the right model) and yet is $50 cheaper and comes with 3 free GOOD games.
680 vs 7970: The 7970 is about even with the 680, however it overclocks like nothing I have ever seen. You can seriously get a 25% performance increase to the point that it beats the 590 and 6990 (Even if they are OC'd too!). Also the 7970 is $50 cheaper and comes with 3 free games!.
Then the 7970 GHz is naturally ~7% stronger than a 680 and overclocks even higher than the normal version.
I picked up a eVga gtx 670 FTW 2GB from microcenter for 369.99 with 20 Mail in Rebate.. I had the 660ti, it was a good card.. but it is worth extra dollars since it preforms the right at reference 680 speeds. But there will always be something better.. like a 4gb 670 or 680.. if I had the 680 I would be drooling over getting another one to be faster than the 690.. but I would be kicking myself for not waiting 3 months or so for the 700 series... 3d gaming really is not there yet with just one card.
I wanted a gpu that will handle BF4 but i think it might come as a disappointment seeing how the FPS is going to be capped at 60fps from what I have been hearing.. it will use 80% of frostbite 2 engine. what this means for 2gb on the card and current proformance. I am not sure.. but it is being made to play on next gen consoles ps4 xbox720 at 1080p 60fps... so what ever you get now 660ti or 670 should handle the next two years fine. if not. throw another one in there.
dont get more than 2gb on the card. sli will only read 4gb and 670 sli is very close to 680 sli. 660ti sli would not be worth it..
Then look at resale on said card.. the Ti will not resell as well as 670 dollar for dollar.