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December 10, 2012 9:55:33 AM

I have a question regarding two cards:

MSI HD 7850 1GB OC

GigaByte GTX 650 Ti 2GB OC

Both are same price, 7850 is currently faster. But I've seen the 650 smoke it in a Skyrim bench where all 1 GB cards hit the wall. My question is that is this going to happen more and more in the next couple of years since I'm not planning to upgrade again in the near future.
I'm a casual gamer bear in mind, whatever card I buy it's probably going to be paired up with an i3 Ivy Bridge, 8GB RAM and 1080p monitor.

TIA

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a c 290 U Graphics card
December 10, 2012 9:57:17 AM

It will not happen unless you're playing at 5760x1080 resolution. HD 7850 will always be faster.
December 10, 2012 10:00:58 AM

The 7850 does indeed have a lot more muscle, though I wouldn't buy a 1GB card today if I was wanting any kind of longevity out of it. If you're wanting it to last a few years, why not spend a little extra for a GTX660? Then you get more GPU muscle and 2GB memory too.
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a c 79 U Graphics card
December 10, 2012 10:09:30 AM

there are 2gig versions of 7850 as well...
December 10, 2012 10:23:07 AM

Kari said:
there are 2gig versions of 7850 as well...


I was gonna mention that, but they're priced so close to the GTX660 that there's not really a lot of point. But yeah, it is another way of having the best of both worlds.
a c 79 U Graphics card
December 10, 2012 10:28:44 AM

bc5 said:
I was gonna mention that, but they're priced so close to the GTX660 that there's not really a lot of point. But yeah, it is another way of having the best of both worlds.

yeah, it all depends on local pricing.
December 10, 2012 1:29:57 PM

Thanks for the quick responses. There's a 10 € difference between Sapphire HD 7850 2GB OC and MSI GTX 660 2GB OC at my shop. I take it the 660 is the better choice? Can a Corsair CX430V2 (only thing I've bought for my new build) even run that card?
December 10, 2012 1:48:14 PM

Pleasure :-) And good choice! I think that PSU will be fine - GTX660 is very energy-efficient, only 130/140 watt TDP.
a c 290 U Graphics card
December 10, 2012 5:36:19 PM

GTX 660 is much more powerful than HD 7850. It's definitely worth picking it up. And yes, CX 430 will easily drive GTX 660.
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