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7950 (cheaper) or 660 Ti?

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December 5, 2012 9:10:25 AM

Hi all,

Edit:
My Motherboard only has one PCI-e 2.0 x16 slot, will the PCI-e version being 2.0 (and not 3.0) affect the performance a lot?
I am using a 1080p monitor :)  and I would like to play many games, but preferably BF3, GTA IV, Crysis games etc.

If I were to get a 7950, which one should I get? The MSI seems to do a great job at cooling the card, but the Sapphire card also looks like a great card

I am not sure whether to get a Radeon 7950 or a GTX 660 Ti, because here (Singapore) the 7950 is cheaper than most 660 Ti.

The prices (in Singapore Dollars) :
Asus GTX660Ti DC II 2GB DDR5 => 489
MSI N660Ti 2GB DDR5 Power Edition OC => 489

Sapphire HD7950 3GB Vapor-X => 475
XFX R7950 (800M) 3GB Double-Dissipation => 449
MSI R7950 3GB DDR5 Twin Frozr III => 485


I have no idea why the 7950 is cheaper than most 660 Ti's here...

My PC spec's:
i5-2320 CPU @3.00 GHz
8 GB DDR3 RAM
Nvidia GT 520

I will be upgrading a 300 W PSU to Cooler Master Silent PRO Gold 600W PSU.

With the prices, should I buy a 660 Ti or a 7950?

Thank you for reading this post :) 

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December 5, 2012 9:15:27 AM

Hi Myanmar dude, I recommend the 7950.
a b U Graphics card
December 5, 2012 9:29:36 AM

7950 and get the sapphire if you can, i see that card is recommended by users a lot
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December 5, 2012 9:30:17 AM

7950
December 5, 2012 10:57:48 AM

Edit: If I were to get a 7950, which one should I get? The MSI seems to do a great job at cooling the card, but the Sapphire card also looks like a great card

a b U Graphics card
December 5, 2012 12:42:53 PM

What games? What monitor resolution?
December 5, 2012 12:45:57 PM

7950, especially if it's cheaper there.
a b U Graphics card
December 5, 2012 12:53:51 PM

Just get the cheapest 7950 with an aftermarket cooler. I have two VTX3D X-Edition 7950s which do an absolutely amazing job at cooling.

So I would recommend any aftermarket solution from TUL (VTX3D is part of TUL). Among those are VTX3D, Club 3D and PowerColor.
December 5, 2012 12:54:32 PM

I have 7950 sapphire and it is super quiet. I overclocked it from 925mhz to 1ghz without any problems and the fans are still quiet.
a b U Graphics card
December 5, 2012 1:17:56 PM

what games do you play


i wonder if you could use your 520 for physx with the 660ti it might be your best bet.
a b U Graphics card
December 5, 2012 1:40:47 PM

Well i POSTED than bench days ago burntpizza.

And if you can read better plz.

The date the review was made. 05.12.2012.

The one you posted is 26.11.2012.

Thats more than a week. Read before posting.

http://techreport.com/r.x/7950-vs-660ti/value-99th.gif

Perhaps AMD will smooth out some of the rough patches in later driver releases, but the games we've tested are already on the market—and Nvidia undeniably delivers the better experience in them, overall. said:
Perhaps AMD will smooth out some of the rough patches in later driver releases, but the games we've tested are already on the market—and Nvidia undeniably delivers the better experience in them, overall.
a b U Graphics card
December 5, 2012 2:18:37 PM

Just my 2 cents. The two are obviously pretty close in performance (they trade blows based on games and drivers); if you have no brand preference, I'd go for the 7950 because it saves you about 30$. I doubt you'll regret either purchase.
December 5, 2012 2:33:10 PM

prototype18 said:
http://techreport.com/review/23981/radeon-hd-7950-vs-ge...

Well this review is 05.12.2012.

So 660 Ti WINS it !

Good Luck !



Lol what...don't link a review with two cards, one of which is only slightly overclocked and the other:
" In fact, the Zotac's boost frequency is one of the highest among the GTX 660 Ti cards available. Also, its 6.6 GT/s memory is 10% faster than most of its competitors, even though they cost as much as 350 bucks."
Especially since the Zotac is not one of his choices.
a b U Graphics card
December 5, 2012 2:46:53 PM

http://www.geforce.co.uk/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-...

http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1...

Both are not at stock speeds. Ant zotac is only 1033 while 980 is the boost one.
7950 comes with 40 more. (clock)

Consider that 660 it is 192 and 7950 384 bit.


Anw OP didnt state te resolution so i assume its 1080P.

For gaming over 1080P i recommend 7950 Sapphire.

But i missed that price part [50$ over 660 Ti (what the h is wrong with prices there lol)]

So i would put that 50$ in my pocket and get the 7950.

Srry for missing that part of the budget
a b U Graphics card
December 5, 2012 3:20:04 PM

prototype18 said:
http://techreport.com/review/23981/radeon-hd-7950-vs-ge...

Well this review is 05.12.2012.

So 660 Ti WINS it !

Good Luck !

I'm quite wary about this review. First of all, it's run on Windows 8 and AMD already stated they had troubles implementing their drivers in this new OS so these issues could very much be initial immature driver issues. Also, their game choice for benchmarking seem to be biased towards Nvidia GPUs...

I would be interested to see how this test fares on a Windows 7 testbench with different games.

I'm also basing this wariness on my own personal experience with Radeon cards (as you can see in my sig). I recently jumped ship to AMD simply due to much better price/performance ratio here in Europe; Radeons are much cheaper than their competing Nvidia counterparts here. My transition has been fairly fluid apart from the usual gripe that comes with Eyefinity and CF configs and I also don't notice such high microstutter as they stated in their review, and I have a Crossfire setup!
a b U Graphics card
December 5, 2012 3:23:55 PM

Well even on windows 7 7950 Boost passed 660 Ti. On stock 660 Ti wins (12.11 beta 8 . 310.54)

So remb they can both OC but as 7950 being cheaper i would get it
December 5, 2012 3:49:05 PM

I have the 7950 sapphire card(Pre-boost) and its a dream. My performance in most games is very solid(Planetside 2, please get optimized). I bot it when the card was still $350 and dominating most cards around its price range and so far I have yet to really push its limits.
December 5, 2012 4:04:41 PM

7950 overclocks to 7970 levels. 660 ti has hardly any memory - Therefore, do not expect to turn anti-aliasing up very high. Also, do not expect to get great framerates with the 660 ti with a monitor that is greater than 1080p, or with multiple monitors.
a b U Graphics card
December 5, 2012 4:14:23 PM

arcticle said:
Also, do not expect to get great framerates with the 660 ti with a monitor that is greater than 1080p, or with multiple monitors.

Well i stated this
December 6, 2012 4:14:56 AM


I am using a 1080p monitor :)  and I would like to play many games, but preferably BF3, GTA IV, Crysis games etc.

Also will the 600 W PSU I am getting be enough to overclock the Vapor-X to 120% Power limit and max. stable clock speeds?

a b U Graphics card
December 6, 2012 4:40:09 AM

linminhtoo said:
I am using a 1080p monitor :)  and I would like to play many games, but preferably BF3, GTA IV, Crysis games etc.

Also will the 600 W PSU I am getting be enough to overclock the Vapor-X to 120% Power limit and max. stable clock speeds?


I also had this choosing scenario so I can relate with you...

At 1080p, both cards are head to head, like 7950 wins in other games, and 660 Ti wins in other. So you should just go with the cheaper price, or check the benchmark for games that you will be playing. But generally, they are just head to head. And also additional info, 7950 will win in higher res, while 660 Ti will win in lower. so youll just have to pick from there.

If youre gonna pick 660 Ti, find the ASUS TOP model. For me, the best 660 Ti out there. But if you can't find one, go with the MSI PE, the next in line.

But If youre gonna pick 7950, go with Sapphire. You won't lose on that sapphire.

Regarding the PSU, that is more than enough to handle you're system. You should not worry about that. And also since it is Gold quality. ;) 
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